02.02.08

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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part I: Another Week of Alpha 1, BBC Uses OpenSUSE

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Interview, Linspire, Novell, OpenSUSE at 12:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Novell has made the news quite a few times in the past week, especially compared to a very quiet week that we saw before that. Let us begin with OpenSUSE.

Here is a new screenshots gallery extracted from the latest build (alpha 1) of OpenSUSE 11.

Well another alpha release is out and I’m behind on getting my screen shots out. This time I’m ahead of last time. There have already been a few articles out there already about this release with plenty of screen shots and will include links to them. This way you get twice as much. For those that don’t want to click on the links, I’ve setup a page with all of the screen shots.

Here is a photo of OpenSUSE 10.3 (with KDE 4.0) running on a MacBook Pro.

And here you have the profile of Wolfgang Rosenauer:

Mostly known for his work on openSUSE for packaging Mozilla applications and for testing the distribution, we present you the community contributor Wolfgang Rosenauer.

SUSE was selected by a hosting company called OSI Hosting (no relation to the Open Source Initiative).

“I have followed the progress of SUSE from their 7.0 personnel edition, up to the new 9.0 version for the enterprise, and I can say they are the best choice for OSI,” said Jason Macer, founder of OSI Hosting.net, Inc. – which has designs on becoming the ‘World’s Largest Open Source Based Dedicated Hosting Company.’

Francis Giannaros announced the release of the latest OpenSUSE newsletter:


The seventh issue of openSUSE Weekly News is now out![0] For the week
starting the 21-01-2008.

In this week:
* openSUSE Build Service Expands Support to Red Hat and CentOS
* Sax2 ported to Qt4
* Open Source Meets Business, with openSUSE attendees, kicks off
* openSUSE 10.3 PromoDVDs Now Available for Order

[0] http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/7

Have a lot of fun!


OpenSUSE is apparently used quite extensively in the BBC. Somebody, call Erik Huggers and Ashley Highfield, who think that almost nobody in the world uses GNU/Linux, despite the fact that they work for the BBC.

Expensive and error-prone digital tapes has forced BBC UK, one of the world’s largest television broadcasters, to look at using computers running Linux to help produce its programs.

[...]

The team set up two dual quad-core Intel systems with 4GB of RAM and 4TB of disk storage with the XFS file system. OpenSUSE Linux is the operating system.

Going a wee tangentially, below lies one bit of news from Linspire, which is technical. It’s similar to the Build Service from Novell.

Here is an article about this:

Linspire, developer of the commercial Linspire and Freespire flavours of community desktop operating systems, is to offer a custom desktop Linux OS build service to partners.

And the press release too, in case you are interested in it.

Linspire, Inc., developer of the commercial Linspire and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems and CNR.com, a free Linux software delivery service, today officially announced an initiative to offer a custom desktop Linux OS Build Service to partners. Designed to provide custom desktop Linux OS configurations, the Custom OS Build Service will also significantly help partners cut time to market and greatly reduce the overall expense required when building a desktop Linux operating system.

We don’t usually cover Linspire on Saturdays, but maybe we shall begin making the exception. This Web sites does, after all, overlap the goals of boycottlinspire.com and shares the very same space.

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