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05.17.08

Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part III: OpenSUSE 11.0 a Step Closer to Final; Moonlight Goes Public

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Mono, Novell, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED at 12:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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OpenSUSE

In this week’s limelight, OpenSUSE had Marcus Hüwe.

Despite being a openSUSE member and a platinum member of the PackMan team packaging several widely-used applications he also helps the Build Service team with osc code contributions.

With no more talk, today we nominate Marcus Hüwe as part of ‘People of openSUSE’!

The very latest version of KDE4 is now available for the latest stable version of OpenSUSE.

After knowing this news, I immediatly took YaST to update all KDE4 packages yesterday. Now, I’m going to mention how to do that in easy (GUI) way, how to install or update KDE 4 to your openSUSE machine (I’m recenty using openSUSE 10.3 right now and used in this whole tutorial). I assume You have installed KDE 4.0 before following this tutorial, see this to install KDE 4.0 in your openSUSE machine.

SuSE logoKulow announced the release of Beta 3 of OpenSUSE 11.0 roughly a day ago:


The openSUSE team is proud to announce the third Beta release of
openSUSE 11.0!

Over 700 bugs were fixed since beta 2, more new artwork was added
and several new package versions were includes. The live installation
has seen great improvements and should work flawless now.

For screenshots and additional information, see the news posting at:

http://en.opensuse.org/Screenshots/openSUSE_11.0_Beta3

Remember that this is a beta. It may not be safe to run for production
systems, and should be used by users interested in testing the next
release of openSUSE for bugs.

Most Annoying Bugs
===============

See the Most Annoying Bugs[0] page on the wiki for an up-to-date list.

[0] http://en.opensuse.org/Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_11.0_dev

Call for Testing
===============

If you want to help testing our standard test-cases, just take a look
at openSUSE.org/Testing, and in particular the Testing:Features_11.0
[1] sub-page which includes a definitive list of the features added
into openSUSE 11.0. You can also coordinate with others and subscribe
to the opensuse-testing@opensuse.org mailing list to help with our
organized testing.

[1] http://en.opensuse.org/Testing:Features_11.0

Media and Download
===============

openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3 for i386, x86-64 and PPC comes as different media
sets, all of which can be downloaded from:

http://software.opensuse.org/developer

Deltas from Beta 3 are also provided at
http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.0-Beta3/iso/delta/

Comments, Feedback and Helping
===============

openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3 is a great time to start testing-out openSUSE
11.0 before it is officially released. You can directly help and
contribute to the openSUSE distribution by filing bug reports and
giving feedback to the developers.

* Reporting bugs: Please report all bugs you find on in our
Bugzilla as explained on bugs.openSUSE.org.
* Discussion and feedback is very welcome as well; the most
appropriate place is the opensuse-factory@opensuse.org mailing list.
Or in the #opensuse-factory IRC channel.

For other queries and ways to communicate with the openSUSE community
take a look at the http://openSUSE.org/Communicate wiki page.

The next planned release[2] is openSUSE 11.0 Release Candidate 1 on May 29.

[2] http://openSUSE.org/Roadmap

Have a lot of fun!


The package manager in version 11.0 saw some improvements also.

OpenSUSE appears to be receiving some of Google’s money for further development, which is somewhat odd, but not quite as strange as Google’s funding of Mono projects.

According to Brockmeier, interest was high as the openSUSE project received more than 50 applications for its 10 allocated slots, and he is confident the students they’re working with will be valuable contributors in the long run.

More technical news about OpenSUSE you can find in the weekly newsletter.

In this week:

* Linuxtag 2008 – latest information
* People of openSUSE: Marcus Hüwe
* Upcoming… openSUSE 11.0beta3

SUSE

On the more commercial side, here is what we’ve seen in the past week.

The Teradata story about SUSE support has found itself also in the Indian press.

Over at YouTube, an interview with Novell’s Brandon Philips has emerged. It’s embedded below and also available as Ogg now (we get better at producing these quickly, thanks to advice from reader akf).

Ogg Theora

Mentioned at the middle of the week we also had MSI's Ballnux-based laptop, which is further analysed here

The Linux Novell version will feature a 1.3mp webcam, 802.11b/g, 2.5 hrs battery life, 80G / 2.5” SATA hard drive, 512MB DDR2/ 667MHz memory, 10″W (1024×600) LED display, Intel 945GMS, ICH7-M chipset and weighs 2.3 lbs.

Novell and SUSE virtualisation are mentioned in this article from CIO.com.

Broadwater recently faced a budget crunch at the same time he needed new Web servers and more room in his data center. His solution: new HP blade servers based on Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise server software, which builds in virtualization software from Xen, a leading open-source alternative to VMware’s offering.

Lastly, there’s that announcement of Moonlight’s first public release, which some people welcome.

The first public release of Moonlight, which provides a Linux client implementation of Microsoft’s Silverlight rich Internet application (RIA) technology, was made available this week.

We will reserve harsh judgment this time around. It’s Saturday after all.

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