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01.16.10

Novell News Summary – Part I: OpenSUSE Build Service 1.7, Forums Expansion

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenSUSE at 3:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A short rundown involving OpenSUSE links and few developments

NOT much can be said about OpenSUSE this week. There seems to have been some stagnation, but in particular areas there is awakening. Kevin Yeaux returns to OpenSUSE after experimenting with Vista 7 and there are other happy campers:

On the whole, openSUSE 11.2 is pretty good after you find the little tripping stones…

Technical

On the technical side, not much has changed, but there are OpenSUSE-specific HOWTOs in all sorts of Web sites [1, 2, 3, 4], even when the content is not OpenSUSE specific.

Many of the blog posts are from SUSE people and Novell employees, but the same goes for almost any company. Here is progress on OBS 1.7, which is further discussed in the OpenSUSE news site.

Michael Schröder put some effort into supporting a new way of doing a branch and merge of a package with openSUSE Build Service (OBS). This is a new feature of OBS 1.7 release and is active now on build.opensuse.org by default. This new way is almost the same way as subversion or git are working.

Luc Verhaegen from RadeonHD no longer works for Novell, but he still tests his code under OpenSUSE:

What I found is that this board booted a debian old-stable (etch) just fine, but that debian stable (lenny), opensuse 11.1 and 9.04 ubuntu, all locked up shortly after initialising the ide controller. Some digging around revealed that this was an issue with the processor power state and recent kernels, and that this is only seen with an older bios version, and that version A03 and higher would fix this. Upon reboot, it was indeed confirmed that this was an old version, namely, A02.

Masim Sugianto carries on writing tips for software on OpenSUSE servers and so does Ben Kevan (SLES 11 actually), who concentrates on KDE and repositories. The OpenSUSE repositories have just had added to them the new Amarok and the latest build of KDE 4.4. Camp KDE is guaranteed to have some OpenSUSE presence:

At the last minute I’m getting away from the snow and ice to visit Camp KDE in San Diego this weekend. I’ll be there waving the openSUSE flag…

Kraft is coming to KDE and Screenie is worth a shot [pun not intended], says the OpenSUSE Web site:

I thought it might be nice after the holidays to tell about the status of the Kraft project, the KDE software for people operating a small business. Some nice things happened around it.

Katarina’s YaST rants just carry on, but help is usually at hand:

All I really need know I learned in kindergarten … Come on, say you’re sorry when you mess things up. Allright, we released a YaST (ncurses) update. It broke ncurses packager in openSUSE 11.1 and 11.2 for everyone.

Leftovers

Apart from the above, there might be more in the weekly newsletter that was finalised. The Wiki/News team is hoping to expand just like the OpenSUSE Forums, which expanded also in terms of languages.

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