04.24.10

Gemini version available ♊︎

Novell News Summary – Part I: OpenSUSE 11.0 Discontinued Soon; Farewell, OpenSUSE Summaries

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenSUSE at 10:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Yacht harbour

Summary: People leave and come to OpenSUSE, which has no news of great significance to tell this week

THIS WEEK will be the last week that we post news summaries regarding Novell simply because there’s too little significant news about Novell. In recent months we occasionally posted such summaries just once in a fortnight because the amount of news was not sufficient to merit a post. Novell may be sold within weeks or months, so we do expect less — not more — news about Novell products.

This first summary is all about OpenSUSE, which is a shadow of its former self. The “People of OpenSUSE” series used to come on a weekly basis, but its key maintainer has moved on. This series is back, perhaps momentarily. This time it’s about Andrew Wafaa and there are signs that new people still join the project sometimes.

Events

FLISOL is to take place in Venezuela and OpenSUSE may have some presence there.

Venezuelan Linux community is finishing all the preparations for the April 24, the day that all Latin America celebrate the FLISOL, Latin American Festival of Free Software Installation.

OpenSUSE-LXDE is still disliked based on the ratings in the OpenSUSE Web site. Why all this resentment? OpenSUSE-LXDE merely announced its first meeting and a developer meeting is expected to take place in order to discuss other, more formal parts of OpenSUSE (more connected to Novell).

Someone is still uploading videos from last year’s OpenSUSE Conference (2009) [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] and it’s unclear whether such a conference is also scheduled to take place this year. Zonker is not around to help organise it.

The following new blog post suggests that OpenSUSE manages to gain new users, despite losing many (to other distributions).

If you’ve followed my dents on identi.ca, you may have noticed that I asked people for their recommendations for a good KDE4 Linux distribution. Well after a bit of thought I decided that I would move away from Kubuntu to openSUSE.

Marcus announced the imminent end of life of OpenSUSE 11.0. That only happened yesterday (no public post about it yet). He wrote the following:

Dear opensuse-announce subscribers,

SUSE Security announces that openSUSE 11.0 will be discontinued soon. Having provided security-relevant fixes for two years, we will stop releasing updates after June 30th 2010.

As a consequence, the openSUSE 11.0 distribution directory on our server download.opensuse.org will be removed from /distribution/11.0/ to free space on our mirror sites. The 11.0 directory in the update tree /update/11.0 will follow, as soon as all updates have been published. Also the openSUSE buildservice repositories building openSUSE 11.0 will be removed.

The discontinuation of openSUSE 11.0 enables us to focus on the openSUSE distributions of a newer release dates to ensure that our users can continuously take advantage of the quality that they are used to with openSUSE products.

This announcement holds true for openSUSE 11.0 only. As usual, Novell/SUSE will continue to provide update packages for the following products:

openSUSE 11.1 (supported until December 31st 2010)
openSUSE 11.2 (supported until approximately May 12th 2011)
openSUSE 11.3 (currently in development, to be released around July 8th 2010)
for the next two openSUSE releases plus two months overlap period.

Please note that the maintenance cycles of SUSE Linux Enterprise products and products based on the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system are not affected by this announcement and have longer life cycles.

To learn more about SUSE Linux Enterprise products, please visit http://www.novell.com/linux/suse/ . For a detailed list of the life cycles of our Enterprise Products please visit http://support.novell.com/lifecycle/ and http://support.novell.com/lifecycle/lcSearchResults.jsp?sl=suse

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please do not hesitate to contact SUSE Security at <security@suse.de>.

Technical

Somebody has written to provide guidance on how to install/use the Novell Client on OpenSUSE 11.2. It is about time. It’s explained in great detail, but it’s not simple.

This has been covered on a couple of forums out there, but I’ve yet to find a decent comprehensive post. This is for 32bit systems, it’s easily modified for 64bit setups.

There are other OpenSUSE posts that are technical [1, 2, 3], some of which discuss new packages [1, 2, 3] such as osc:

I just submitted the new osc 0.126 release to the openSUSE:Tools project.

Uwe wrote about YaST and here is something about OBS.

To get some testing on these new features I have prepared packages for the upcoming release in the mozilla:beta OBS repository.

It’s about plug-ins.

Leftovers

Sascha Manns has released the usual newsletter (“Weekly News”) [1, 2] and gave room for this guest blog post about Linux, which is one among other new ones.

The openSUSE Testing Core Team (TCT) has been asked to contribute to the Weekly News on a regular basis. We are grateful for the opportunity.

Weekly News too is yearning for contributions. OpenSUSE-Guide.org is still growing up and it seems to replicate some of tips from the OpenSUSE Wiki, which was intended to centralise everything just like OpenSUSE Forums (it lost key members [1, 2]).

Today it was five months ago that I announced the availability of opensuse-guide.org, and soon I’ll begin updating it for openSUSE 11.3, so it’s a good time for a quick status report.

It looks like a nice and useful Web site. It would also have less surveillance than OpenSUSE.org, or maybe not. Novell staff is looking at what people search for in OpenSUSE.org.

http://software.opensuse.org/stage includes now a little box to show what other people search for. It was a little idea The Boosters had, but I found the results so far pretty suprising. I didn’t really expect subversion in the top 3, but perhaps it’s only the moment.

The impact on privacy should be taken into consideration.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Links 7/12/2021: Plasma Mobile Gear 21.12 and Tails 4.25

    Links for the day



  2. All IRC Logs Now Available as GemText Over Gemini Protocol

    Today we've completed the transition from plain text over gemini:// to GemText over gemini:// for IRC logs



  3. IRC Proceedings: Monday, December 06, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, December 06, 2021



  4. [Meme] Rowing to the Bottom of the Ocean

    The EPO‘s Steve Rowan (VP1) is failing EPO staff and sort of “firing” workers during times of crisis (not at all a crisis to the EPO’s coffers)



  5. EPO Gradually Reduced to 'Fee Collection Agency' Which Eliminates Its Very Own Staff

    Mr. Redundancies and Mr. Cloud are outsourcing EPO jobs to Microsoft and Serco as if the EPO is an American corporation, providing no comfort to long-serving EPO staff



  6. Linux Foundation 2021 Annual Report Made on an Apple Mac Using Proprietary Software

    Yes, you’re reading this correctly. They still reject both “Linux” and “Open Source” (no dogfooding). This annual report is badly compressed; each page of the PDF is, on average, almost a megabyte in size (58.8 MB for a report of this scale is unreasonable and discriminates against people in countries with slow Internet connections); notice how they’re milking the brand in the first page (straight after the cover page, the 1991 ‘creation myth’, ignoring GNU); remember that this foundation is named after a trademark which is not even its own!



  7. Links 7/12/2021: OpenIndiana Hipster 2021.10 and AppStream 0.15

    Links for the day



  8. Microsoft “Defender” Pretender Attacks Random Software That Uses NSIS for installation; “Super Duper Secure Mode” for Edge is a Laugh

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  9. Links 6/12/2021: LibreOffice Maintenance Releases, Firefox 95 Finalised

    Links for the day



  10. “Wintel” “Secure” uEFI Firmware Used to Store Persistent Malware, and Security Theater Boot is Worthless

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  11. No Linux Foundation IRS Disclosures Since 2018

    The publicly-available records or IRS information about the Linux Foundation is suspiciously behind; compared to other organisations with a "tax-exempt" status the Linux Foundation is one year behind already



  12. Jim Zemlin Has Deleted All of His Tweets

    The Linux Foundation‘s Jim Zemlin seems to have become rather publicity-shy (screenshots above are self-explanatory; latest snapshot), but years ago he could not contain his excitement about Microsoft, which he said was "loved" by what it was attacking. Days ago it became apparent that Microsoft’s patent troll is still attacking Linux with patents and Zemlin’s decision to appoint Microsoft as the At-Large Director (in effect bossing Linus Torvalds) at the ‘Linux’ Foundation’s Board of Directors is already backfiring. She not only gets her whole salary from Microsoft but also allegedly protects sexual predators who assault women… by hiring them despite repeated warnings; if the leadership of the ‘Linux’ Foundation protects sexual predators who strangle women (even paying them a salary and giving them management positions), how can the ‘Linux’ Foundation ever claim to represent inclusion and diversity?



  13. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IX — Microsoft's Chief Architect of GitHub Copilot Sought to be Arrested One Day After Techrights Article About Him

    Balabhadra (Alex) Graveley has warrant for his arrest, albeit only after a lot of harm and damage had already been done (to multiple people) and Microsoft started paying him



  14. The Committee on Patent Law (PLC) Informed About Overlooked Issues “Which Might Have a Bearing on the Validity of EPO Patents.”

    In a publication circulated or prepared last week the Central Staff Committee (CSC) of the EPO explains a situation never explored in so-called 'media' (the very little that's left of it)



  15. Links 6/12/2021: HowTos and Patents

    Links for the day



  16. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, December 05, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, December 05, 2021



  17. Gemini Space/Protocol: Taking IRC Logs to the Next Level

    Tonight we begin the migration to GemText for our daily IRC logs, having already made them available over gemini://



  18. Links 6/12/2021: Gnuastro 0.16 and Linux 5.16 RC4

    Links for the day



  19. Links 5/12/2021: Touchpad Gestures in XWayland

    Links for the day



  20. Society Needs to Take Back Computing, Data, and Networks

    Why GemText needs to become 'the new HTML' (but remain very simple) in order for cyberspace to be taken away from state-connected and military-funded corporations that spy on people and abuse society at large



  21. [Meme] Meanwhile in Austria...

    With lobbyists-led leadership one might be led to believe that a treaty strictly requiring ratification by the UK is somehow feasible (even if technically and legally it's moot already)



  22. The EPO's Web Site is a Parade of Endless Lies and Celebration of Gross Violations of the Law

    The EPO's noise site (formerly it had a "news" section, but it has not been honest for about a decade) is a torrent of lies, cover-up, and promotion of crimes; maybe the lies are obvious for everybody to see (at least EPO insiders), but nevertheless a rebuttal seems necessary



  23. The Letter EPO Management Does Not Want Applicants to See (or Respond to)

    A letter from the Munich Staff Committee at the EPO highlights the worrying extent of neglect of patent quality under Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos; the management of the EPO did not even bother replying to that letter (instead it was busy outsourcing the EPO to Microsoft)



  24. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, December 04, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, December 04, 2021



  25. EPO-Bribed IAM 'Media' Has Praised Quality, Which Even EPO Staff (Examiners) Does Not Praise

    It's easy to see something is terribly wrong when the people who do the actual work do not agree with the media's praise of their work (a praise motivated by a nefarious, alternate agenda)



  26. Tux Machines is 17.5 Years Old Today

    Tux Machines -- our 'sister site' for GNU/Linux news -- started in 2004. We're soon entering 2022.



  27. Approaching 100

    We'll soon have 100 files in Git; if that matters at all...



  28. Improving Gemini by Posting IRC Logs (and Scrollback) as GemText

    Our adoption of Gemini and of GemText increases; with nearly 100,000 page requests in the first 3 days of Decembe (over gemini://) it’s clear that the growing potential of the protocol is realised, hence the rapid growth too; Gemini is great for self-hosting, which is in turn essential when publishing suppressed and controversial information (subject to censorship through blackmail and other ‘creative’ means)



  29. Links 4/12/2021: IPFire 2.27 Core Update 162 and Genode OS Framework 21.11

    Links for the day



  30. Links 4/12/2021: Gedit Plans and More

    Links for the day


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

Recent Posts