EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

03.13.10

Novell News Summary – Part I: OpenSUSE Build Service 1.7.2, live.opensuse.org, and OpenSUSE on TV

Posted in GNU/Linux, KDE, Novell, OpenSUSE at 12:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The tiny lizard

Summary: Business as usual for the OpenSUSE community and the developers, who also announce new milestones

MANY eyes are on Novell’s future (or lack thereof [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]), but in many ways, OpenSUSE carries on as usual.

Community

Brent, an OpenSUSE person, writes about the OpenSUSE community (or communities in general) and he is not alone.

I thought it would be a good idea to try and engage you – the fine openSUSE community – in discussion about “Us” the Community. We seemed to have been spoiled by having a Community Manager, people kind of seemed to let him do the work or worse expected him to do so. Now that we don’t have that position any more we need to go back to basics and start rolling our sleeves up. We’ve started but we have much to do. As such this is the first in I’m not sure how many posts on the subject.

With or without Novell, the OpenSUSE community is likely to live on, maybe even without that patent deal which Novell and Microsoft signed.

Events

Jan Weber represents the OpenSUSE community right about now.

On next weekend I will be present at Chemnitzer Linux-Tage running the openSUSE booth there, so if you don’t know what todo next weekend and you are in the Chemnitz area stop by and visit Chemnitzer Linux-Tage, of course stop by at the openSUSE booth :)

In Nicaragua too, an OpenSUSE Group turns out to exist.

For us, the openSUSE Group in Nicaragua, this is a great opportunity to participate in leading one of the main groups and to send personnel to the remaining places, so we can provide a permanent and effective presence in the Country.

Reviews

In OpenSUSE Forums, someone has posted a sort of comparison between PCLinuxOS 2010 (still in beta) and the latest stable version of OpenSUSE. We could not find another review.

Setting up my HP wireless printer/scanner was also painless, that took me days of bashing my head against the keyboard fighting with the hplip drivers in 11.2, where it wouldn’t work if you selected the printer the software discovered, you had to enter the IP manually. Plus PCLOS set the scanner part up automatically, that has to be done seperately in 11.2.

Novell’ Untz saw OpenSUSE breaking.

It was funny to see Garrett breaking his openSUSE installation. Except that it shouldn’t break this way when using GNOME:Factory on 11.2. Oops.

Technical

On the technical side of things, the release of OpenSUSE Build Service 1.7.2 was probably the most major development. “KDE OBS Generator Builds KDE Packages for Various Distros,” heralds Linux Magazine.

The idea for kde-obs-generator emerged from CampKDE and FOSDEM. Since then, Novell employee Lubo Lunák has uploaded its first developer version on kde-apps.org. The program creates RPM and Debian packages for openSUSE Build Services (OBS) supported distros without having to know very much about package building. A few command line commands in kde-obs-generator will easily create packages, according to Lunák. He has tested it on Plasma, KDM and KSplash themes, simple wallpapers and, of course, KDE apps themselves. The tool should greatly simplify uploading content to the kde-apps.org site, for example.

More on OBS here:

Build your own Google Earth rpm

[...]

The procedure to build the rpm can be found in the openSUSE wiki. One word of caution about the procedure, you need to be an experienced linux user and you need to have access to the openSUSE Build Service (OBS) to be able to build the rpm. This is due to library dependency problem, which prevents it to build without modification to the base system.

Cornelius wrote about http://live.opensuse.org/ in this announcement which is also significant.

Enjoy this gift from our community member and don’t forget to report any problems you find with this new milestone in our bugzilla. :-)

PS: I had a talk with our SUSE Studio guys and they are up to something similar using their infrastructure. They have to solve some issues first, though. Feature for this is already filed in openFATE.

Cornelius has this older post about Studio.

Last time I blogged about open positions in the SUSE Studio team we were just preparing the first public alpha of SUSE Studio. We were excited about our application, but we didn’t know what users would say. Now we are running SUSE Studio Online with more than 50.000 registered users. We have released an onsite version as part of the SUSE Appliance Toolkit, have won awards, and we get a lot of fantastic feedback. We have achieved a lot. To sustain this growth and success we are looking for some smart people to join our team. This could be you.

Then there’s just a bunch of OpenSUSE-specific/oriented HOWTOs, notably:

Installing ATi Drivers in OpenSUSE

new “osc config” command

MySQL Version Updates

Develop Javascript Plasmoids on openSUSE

Panel Drawers in KDE

Using osc build to make a jail on openSUSE

You can get the most recent osc and build tools from the openSUSE:Tools repository. You will also need an account on the build service.

Leftovers

The Wiki Team needs some help and another newsletter has been posted.

The next openSUSE german Wiki Team meeting will take place tomorrow Wednesday March 09 at 18:00 GMT. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-wiki-de channel on Freenode.

 

In this Week:

* Pavol Rusnak: Announcing Connect!
* Andrew Wafaa: openSUSE & Google Summer of Code 2010
* Bento-Theme implementation approach
* Linux.com/Joe Brockmeier: Beginner’s Guide to Nmap
* Poll: Which linux Distro do you use frequently

The man behind these posts says that “Geeko wants you” and a Geeko tram gets spotted (but it’s not really Geeko). On the more positive side of things, there’s something for OpenSUSE to be genuinely proud of; It has achieved this minor goal of advocacy with an accidental television appearance:

Just received the message (via awafaa) that our preferred distro openSUSE is being featured in the trailer of the Film Genitori e Figli (Parent and children). Here an screenshot of the moment were openSUSE is visible at 01m:40s

GNU/Linux is used on sub-notebooks quite extensively, especially outside the United States.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Links 17/9/2014: CoreOS, ChromeOS, and systemd

    Links for the day



  2. Italy is Cracking Down on Microsoft's Monopoly Abuse While Gradually Moving to GNU/Linux

    Italy is not only moving to Free/Open Source software but also to GNU/Linux while at the same time barring Microsoft from forcibly tying Windows to new PCs



  3. OpenSUSE's 'Assurances' Are Classic MBA School Hogwash

    OpenSUSE is not part of any commitment, except for SUSE's; the impact of the Novell/SUSE acquisition casts uncertainty on the project's future



  4. Links 16/9/2014: Firefox OS Smartphones in Bangladesh, “Treasure Map” of the Internet

    Links for the day



  5. The United Kingdom Should Dump Microsoft For the Sake of National Security

    The UK has issues of Microsoft dependency and Windows viruses; its migration to Free software and GNU/Linux is not fast enough to guard its autonomy in the age of digital imperialism<



  6. CBS Hires Even More Microsoft Staff to Cover Microsoft Matters

    CBS continues to be infested with Microsoft staff past and present (this time Dave Johnson) and the bias in output is quite revealing



  7. Microsoft Has Just Killed Minecraft for GNU/Linux and the Possibility of Free/Open Source Releases

    Persson sells out to Microsoft and lets the abusive monopolist destroy the popular cross-platform game that a community has been built around



  8. Another Reason to Boycott Intel UEFI

    More anti-competitive aspects are revealed inside UEFI, which helps merginalise GNU/Linux



  9. Quick Mention: Novell and SUSE Passed to Microsoft's 'Partner of the Year', Microsoft Focus

    Novell is changing hands again, and falling into the hands of even more Microsoft-friendly actors



  10. Links 16/9/2014: Linux 3.17 RC5, KDE Frameworks 5.2.0

    Links for the day



  11. Željko Topić, Benoît Battistelli, and the European Patent Office (EPO): Part II

    Part II of our look into the EPO appointment of Željko Topić and other matters showing the dubious integrity of the EPO



  12. Links 14/9/2014: Android-based Watches Earn Optimism

    Links for the day



  13. Links 14/9/2014: Eucalyptus Devoured

    Links for the day



  14. Links 11/9/2014: Linux Toilet Project, Linux-Based Wheelchair Project

    Links for the day



  15. Links 10/9/2014: Brian Stevens in Google, Ubuntu 14.10 Expectations

    Links for the day



  16. Links 9/9/2014: Hating/Loving Linux, Android Aplenty

    Links for the day



  17. Links 8/9/2014: Linux 3.17 RC 4, Switzerland Welcoming Snowden

    Links for the day



  18. Suspicion of High-Level Corruption at the European Patent Office (EPO): Part I

    The European Patent Office (EPO) Vice-President has a background of corruption and his appointment to the EPO too is believed to be reliant on systemic corruption



  19. Links 6/9/2014: Core OS at DigitalOcean, Women in Xorg

    Links for the day



  20. Software Patents 'Quality' Debated in Courts, Microsoft's Biggest Patent Troll Still a Chronic Liar

    Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft's and Bill Gates' largest patent proxy, continues to spread lies about its motivations, claiming that patent assessment is among the goals when in fact only the courts and patent offices do this



  21. New Article Explains How Bill Gates Prevents Schools From Moving to GNU/Linux and Free Software

    A new article from Al Jazeera provides details about the role of so-called 'charities' of billionaires inside school systems



  22. Microsoft Sued for Large-scale Copyright Abuses

    Microsoft reveals its disregard for copyright law which it loves so much to wield as a weapon against its competition and clients



  23. Links 5/9/2014: New WordPress, Systemd Debate Continues

    Links for the day



  24. 'Embrace and Extend' at Microsoft: The New Generation

    Some of the latest examples of Microsoft's predatory acts against Free software and against competition in general, disguised as acts of friendliness



  25. Bill Gates' God Complex: Common Core a One-Man Campaign of Greed and Control

    The push for Common Core is overwhelmingly dominated by Bill Gates, who intimidates and even resorts to retribution against critics while bribing those who help him accomplish the goal of privatised (for his private profit) indoctrination in US schools



  26. Bill Gates Investments Harm the World, Not Improve the World, Based on New Exclusive Piece of Investigative Journalism at The Nation

    The Gates Foundation's profiteering efforts and lack of ethics outlined in a new report that many sites around the Web find fascinating and mostly irrefutable



  27. Links 3/9/2014: Android Gadgets, New Tails OS

    Links for the day



  28. Linus Torvalds DebConf Talk

    Torvalds' latest talk which got media attention earlier this month



  29. Microsoft Should Not be Considered Too Big to Jail

    Microsoft continues to use dumping as a strategy which revolves around starving the competition, not beating the competition



  30. Pro-Software Patents Voices Finally Acknowledge the Demise of Software Patents in the United States

    A milestone is reached as even the most zealous supporters of patents on algorithms (or computer-implemented inventions, or software patents) are admitting that the era of software patents may be over


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts