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openSUSE Admin: manage the complexity

November 24th, 2013 by

200px-Caméléon_commun_In the Service Team’s Cave, where the infrastructure of openSUSE servers and services runs, the openSUSE Service Team faced an issue: requests to admin@opensuse.org were managed only by mail, making it hard to keep track of all the open issues and leading to coordination problems. As some requests to this list also contain log in credentials, the list itself could not have a public archive. This could have exposed sensitive data to the public. So it is always complicated telling people what’s going on there, and even more complicated, allowing interested people to subscribe. (Please note: including credentials in plain Emails is never ever a good idea – it is even not the intention of the Service Team to get such credentials. But sometimes people don’t care about their sensitive data, or just realize too late that their log files contain information that should not be visible).

But openSUSE – and especially the administration of all openSUSE services – is all about collaboration and communication. So hiding in a small cave might not be a good idea if you want to get some helping hands or reach out for collaboration.

Today we took one big step forward with our infrastructure by integrating admin@opensuse.org into the ticket system available at http://progress.opensuse.org/ ! At first this may not sound very interesting, but please remember that this service is already integrated into our authentication infrastructure. Now everyone with an openSUSE account is able to  check the state of public tickets (warning: tickets are set to private per default), create new ones a have a look at other public modules of this “openSUSE admin”-project – or become part of the team.

Just to avoid confusion: sending an email to admin@opensuse.org is not only still possible but also the preferred way to reach us.

For coordination and to be “reachable” for all those guys hanging around at some IRC channel, we now also have a public channel on irc.freenode.net: #opensuse-admin Feel free to say hello, thank you, or ask us questions.

Help Wanted: openSUSE Review Team

August 28th, 2013 by

Package review image

The openSUSE Review Team is interested in adding 1 to 2 new members to the team.  This person will review submissions to opnSUSE Factory that will improve the quality of the product and add great new functionality to the already awesome openSUSE distribution.  Details of the tasks performed by the members of the Review Team can be seen on the openSUSE Review Team wiki page and the associated openSUSE Factory Submissions portal.

Ideally we want to add a non-SUSE employee from the community, but all qualified candidates will be considered.  (Dominique “Dimstar” Leuenberger would really appreciate some more non-SUSE folks on the team.  Who can blame him?!)

A qualified candidate would display the following characteristics:

a) works well with the Review Team and the openSUSE (and greater Linux) community
b) considerable expertise with RPM packaging
c) considerable expertise with openSUSE packaging methods and standards
d) reasonable awareness of Linux security concerns
e) an appreciation for quality controls and the value of solid, quality software
f) an availability to routinely perform these tasks for the community.  Typically a few hours per week divided over several days during the week.
g) willing to apply the rules to everybody; primary goal is to safeguard quality, not friendship :)    You’re even allowed to decline coolo’s request!

Applications will be considered until 9 September 2013.

If you’re interested, please send email to the Review Team via review@opensuse.org.  In your email, tell a little about yourself, particularly about the “a” through “g” qualifications listed above.

Oh, and don’t forget to have fun.

openSUSE Conference Workshop preregistration of attendees

July 17th, 2013 by

We at openSUSE team have been faced with one slight difficulty. We need to track people interested in the workshops so we can assure you can fit in beforehand, tell you some info from the workshop authors where they tell you what you should have with you or what is the workshop plan, and lastly even collect your suggestions.

For this purpose we created

ad-hoc-hacky google docs file.

Where you are interested in the parts “Attendees list” which is obviously list of interested people (green is done by  Tomáš Chvátal to the amount of expected people to be there, it is NOT a hard limit, on the registration later on there will be printed sheet with the workshops which have the hardlimit, so you can write in even if you are not sure right now). Other list is  “Atendees suggestions” which is just field where you can express your ideas what you expect from the event or what you wish from the author to do.

We would also like to apologise that we didn’t do this up-front during your registration, which we simply forgot (mea culpa) but for the next conference it is on the list and will be implemented in the OSEM tool which handles our sweet conference management.

See you all on the conference!

Announcing the release of openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 12.3-1

May 8th, 2013 by

openSUSE Education Team is proud to present Li-f-e (Linux for Education) 12.3-1. This first release is based on openSUSE 12.3 with all the official updates applied. Li-f-e incorporates the latest stable versions of all popular desktop environments such as KDE, Gnome and Cinnamon. It includes wide range of software catering to everyone’s needs from the openSUSE Education repository, multimedia from the Packman repository, development tools, and KIWI-LTSP -that allows normal PCs or diskless thin clients to network boot from a server running Li-f-e and lot more. Everything you need to make your computer useful is available right out of the box as soon as Li-f-e is installed on it.

Get it from here:Direct Download | Torrents | Metalinks | md5sum

Since this edition is based on openSUSE 12.3, all the official 12.3 updates, repositories from build service and Packman can be used to install additional software and keep it udpated.

Minimum hardware requirement are 1GB of RAM and 15GB free disk space. Installation from a USB stick will take about 40 minutes to complete depending on hardware capabilities. From a DVD it takes much longer. Check this howto for creating live USB stick on vfat partition or other GUI and terminal ways.

Here is the sample of some of the software available on the iso. A complete list of packages with version numbers is listed here.

This time, we also have an openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 12.3 64bit version in SUSE Studio – if you want to give it a try, download the ISO image or log in and run the image via “Testdrive” in your local browser! (Please note that 64bit edition has not been through a rigorous QA.)

Test reports are always welcomed – if you encounter any problems, feel free to contact us via any way mentioned in our wiki or write a bug report.

Have a lot of fun!

Your openSUSE Education Team

Planned maintenance downtime for widehat.opensuse.org 2013-03-05

March 4th, 2013 by

On 2013-03-05 we will do some maintenance on our public rsync server to increase the performance of the machine. During the maintenance a slower machine will take its place to keep the most of the services up.

The affected services are:

  • rsync.opensuse.org
  • tube.opensuse.org
  • torrent seeder

Only the first 2 of those will be running until we put the original machine back in place, which can take a few days.

With kind regards,
Your openSUSE admin team

Planned maintenance downtime December 1st

November 24th, 2012 by

Update: all services are back – please report issues via mail to admin @ opensuse.org

On Saturday, December 1st 2012, at approximately 05:00 UTC our data center team will do a backend storage upgrade. The planned window is 8-10 hours for the maintenance, and specific applications will probably be not available until 24:00 UTC as listed below.

The plan is to keep read only versions of each affected site running. We will keep this announcement updated with the current state and also report changes to opensuse-announce@opensuse.org.

To avoid confusion – the services listed below are not scheduled for any downtime and accordingly up for the whole time:

Live streams from openSUSE Conference

October 20th, 2012 by

The SUSE Video team is happy to announce the availability of live streams from the openSUSE Conference. Just klick on the images or Room names below to start the live stream in your browser. If you want to get an overview about all recorded streams, just visit us on openSUSEtv.


Data
 

Room Data

 


Picard
 

Room Picard

 


Riker
 

Room Riker

 

…and here are some links to older talks in other rooms:


Spock
 

Room Spock

 


Scotty
 

Room Scotty

 


Mc Coy
 

Room Mc Coy

 


Kirk
 

Room kirk

 

LIVE by opensusetv from openSUSE Conference.

Planned maintenance downtime of rsync.opensuse.org, Monday 2012-09-17

September 16th, 2012 by

Failing GeekoOur public rsync server ‘rsync.opensuse.org’ will be not available on Monday, 2012-09-17, starting 11:00 local time (CEST) which is 17th of September, 09:00 UTC. The downtime is expected to last for three hours.

Please have a look at our webpage with local mirrors of our distribution and choose one of the closest to your region/country.

openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 12.2 out now!

September 14th, 2012 by

openSUSE-Education li-f-e logoopenSUSE Education team once again presents Li-f-e (Linux for Education) built on hot new openSUSE 12.2 including all the post release updates. As always this edition of Li-f-e comes bundled with a lot of softwares useful for students, teachers, as well as IT admins of educational institutions. Apart from stable versions of KDE and Gnome, Cinnamon is also available. Sugar desktop suite makes a comeback thanks to the work of Xin Wang packaging it. Li-f-e also give full multimedia experience right out of the box without having to install anything extra. The live installable DVD iso stands at 3.3G as an incredible array of softwares from open source world are available on it, we have not just bundled them in, but have tried to integrate it with the distribution to give everything a seamless feel.

KIWI-LTSP brings Li-f-e a very easy to setup LTSP server for PXE booting thin-clients/PC/laptop over the network with many new features and improvements. It can be deployed at schools, homes or even offices. Epoptes lab administration tool makes its debut replacing italc, epoptes allows control of every aspect of the clients, such as: lock/unlock screen, full remote control, messaging, broadcasting display, reboot/shutdown etc.

 

DVD boot screen   Bootmenu openSUSE-Education   Splash screen openSUSE-Education

Sugar Windowmanager   Li-f-e applications   Multimedia applications

Get it from here: Direct Download | Torrents | Metalinks | md5sum

As this edition is based on openSUSE 12.2, all the official 12.2 updates, repositories from build service and packman can be used to install additional softwares and keep it up to date.

Minimum hardware requirement is 1GB of RAM and 15GB free disk space. Installation from USB stick will take about 40 minutes to complete, from a DVD it takes much longer. Check this howto for creating live USB stick on vfat partition or other GUI and terminal ways.

Here is the sampling of some of the softwares available on the iso.  Complete list of packages with versions here.

Have a lot of fun…
Your openSUSE Education Team

rsync.opensuse.org unreliable

June 17th, 2012 by

rsync logoOur rsync server ‘rsync.opensuse.org’ is currently unreliable and crashes very often. Reason might be hardware related: we are still searching for the real issue.

Please choose one of the available rsync mirrors listed on http://mirrors.opensuse.org/ instead: those get their files from our staging server and are normally as up to date as rsync.opensuse.org.

Sorry for the inconvenience caused. We will update this post once we fixed the problem.