03.27.10

Novell News Summary – Part I: OpenSUSE 11.3 Milestone 4, Upstart Introduced

Posted in GNU/Linux, OpenSUSE at 4:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: OpenSUSE has a new test release but very little news apart from that

APART from BrainShare, not much has happened in the past week, but OpenSUSE had some noteworthy developments. Not many, but some.

The Planet SUSE Web site was down earlier in the week and one person from this community reminds us that it’s operated by volunteers.

Also with the Video, we use Blip.tv and will also add YouTube to the toolset for distribution of openSUSE video. The Planet is hosted on a community owned and run server as is the Community Wiki and package search. So you can’t say we are wholly reliant on Novell :-)

Can the OpenSUSE community attend FOSSCOMM 2010 in Greece? Marcus Meissner and others visited Prague [1, 2].

Releases

OpenSUSE 11.3 Milestone 4 is out, but not with much impact (compared to Ubuntu for example).

Li-f-e is also updated and details can be found here or here:

The openSUSE Education team is happy to announce the availability of the updated openSUSE Education Li-f-e DVD iso. The Linux for Education (Li-f-e) contains a wide selection of education, development, office, as well as multimedia packs to meet all possible computing needs of students, teachers and parents.

Additionally:

Good news ! We will have virtualbox guest tools on our openSUSE 11.3 liveCD (see my request bnc#589416).

When it comes to OBS, there are some new SUSE packages that include mso-dumper.

I’m happy to announce that the mso-dumper tool is now packaged in the openSUSE build service under my home repository.

Also courtesy of OBS:

And I followed by adding the usual pos-release-announcement announcement:

Don’t want to get your hands dirty and have headaches due to compilation issues? That’s bloody easy! Get this very same release version already packaged for your distribution from the openSUSE Build Service! Packages (32bit and 64bit) available for the following distributions…

Technical

Apart from some typical HOWTOs [1, 2], this week we have Andreas Jaeger explaining how to add new packages to OpenSUSE. SUSEGeek is also back in action and the distribution gets Upstart.

The openSUSE developers have released the fourth milestone of openSUSE 11.3. The most important development in this release is the shift from booting with the traditional System V init scheme to the newer Upstart system. Many other distributions, including Ubuntu and Fedora, use Upstart by default, or as with Debian, can be easily switched to using it. For more information about Upstart, see The H feature Faster booting with Upstart.

More news can be found in the OpenSUSE Web site.

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