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Reminder: openSUSE german Wiki Team Meeting

February 17th, 2010 by

The next openSUSE german Wiki Team meeting will take place Saturday February 26) at 11:00 GMT. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-wiki-de channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:


We using for our Meeting the Meetbot. Please check http://wiki.debian.org/MeetBot for the commands.

Please add topics as soon as possible. Also, if you have questions for the meeting, but can’t attend (we know that the meeting times can’t work for everyone) please add them to the agenda as well.

For more on IRC meetings, see: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

As always, we meet in #opensuse-newsletter on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-wiki-de

Not familiar with IRC? A good overview can be found at irchelp.org. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.

Wondering what meeting times are? Check the openSUSE Meetings page. All project meetings and team meetings should be listed there.

Call for Volunteers in the German Wiki

February 9th, 2010 by

some of you have noticed, that we’re making a Cleanupsession in the German Wiki. Old Articles are to be deleted, other just to updated.
Now we have created a new QA-Set with declarations of Styles, Formatting and Templates.
All of this means many things to do. So we’re making an Call for Volunteers.
This Guys who would like to read the new QAs, could read the there: http://de.opensuse.org/Benutzer_Diskussion:Saigkill.
Also a new thing is our new Sublist for Wiki Communication. You can subscribe this List with: mailto:opensuse-wiki-de+subscribe@opensuse.org.

All who wants to participate our Project can post it in this List. On this place we held upcoming coordinations.

What’s the next? First we try to creating an temp. Wiki Team specially for this Project.

At last i can say: “It would be great, if many hands are helping”.

Reminder: Wiki Transition – Mentoring Session: Sunday December 27, 2009 at 17.00 UTC

December 22nd, 2009 by


last week we did our best to gain a considerable amount of contibutors for the Article reviewing we need to achieve and honestly, I’m just amazed by the crowd that stepped up  and is willing to help us. Let me take the opportunity to thank you for that.

In order to sync all volunteers and to make them aware of the Quality standards we defined for the Article reviewing and the actual transition of content into the new wiki instance, we’ll do a mentoring session on Sunday, the 27th of December at 17:00 UTC over at #opensuse-wiki on IRC freenode. This session is particularly important to our success and thus I highly encourage everyone interested in joining us to attend the session. Remy, Jon and I will give you an overview over the Transition Guidelines [1] in order to ensure a smooth Wiki transition and a situation where we ALL can work hand in hand, in a productive way.

The meeting announcement, along with the agenda is at [2]. Over at the openSUSE forums, we have a very vital thread discussing the transition [3]. The IRC channel #opensuse-wiki is the preferred way to get in touch with Remy and/or Jon (Spyhawk and Jonathan_R). Last but not least we certainly invite you to follow the discussions on the opensuse-wiki mailing list.

Fasten your seatbelts and please help us to make this Wiki transition a BIG success for the openSUSE Project.

See you at the mentoring session,

[1] http://en.opensuse.org/Transition_Guidelines
[2] http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-wiki/2009-12/msg00141.html
[3] http://forums.opensuse.org/tech-news/428612-wiki-transition-call-contributors.html

Statement of the Wiki Team on the recent MediaWiki Update

December 6th, 2009 by

Related to the recent MediaWiki Update, we currently encounter some issues with the openSUSE Wiki and we’d like to make you aware of it. Wiki Senior Rajko M. posted an official statement at the opensuse-wiki ML and we’d like to forward it to News.o.o to reach out to a broader audience. As you can see, the current issues are known to the Wiki team and we’re working hard on resolving them.

Announcement on our news server:
came earlier then expected for the openSUSE Wiki Team, and we were thrilled
with update, new hardware, etc.

Of course Mediawiki software update from version 1.5 that is couple of years
old to the recent 1.15 is bound to have a problems as our customizations in
layout and structure doesn’t work well in all details, or are not available
right now.

In earlier email Remy listed bugs that we are aware of and the
webmaster@opensuse.org is notified about problems. Here is the reordered list
from Remy’s email with comments:

1) The namespace SBD:SBD has disappeared. No more support database ..

Don’t panic, the articles are in a database. It is just that SDB namespace is
not configured and Mediawiki software has no idea how to access articles. Once
it will be added again all articles will appear in their places.

Note: Do not recreate articles on your own.
Once SDB is recreated any article that will be created now will disappear with
all changes that you made. The Mediawiki can handle only one title SDB:Article
and that is either normal article with colon in the title, or article that
belongs to namespace SDB, and colon has special meaning as namespace
delimiter. Both can be in database, but only one can be presented to the web
page viewer.

2) The internal relative links [[/subpage]] are now broken. Only
absolute links [[page/subpage]] are allowed.

The subpages is additional functionality not in default Mediawiki
configuration and it doesn’t work right now.

3) The <iimg></iimg> tag isn’t interpreted anymore. I am not sure if
there is a way to fix this, or if we should avoid using it in the

4)The [edit] button is now on the left, next to the title
sections/subsections. It makes the headings difficult to read.
– There are now 2 horizontal lines on the bottom of each page, between
the Categories and the end of the articles.

5) The “Recent changes” link in the Toolbox isn’t working anymore.

6) It is now impossible to upload file on the wiki with error:
Internal error – The upload directory (public) is not writable by the web

This one is server access problem, and it is up to the webmaster to solve it.

7) When user that is not logged into wiki request article from
http://en.opensuse.org/ it is often served identical article from some other
language wiki. Example: http://en.opensuse.org/NVIDIA or
http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_11.2 .

Regards Rajko,

openSUSE Wiki Team: http://en.opensuse.org/Wiki_Team
People of openSUSE: http://en.opensuse.org/People_of_openSUSE/About