APR
17
2007

KDE Four Live

I found a nice name for my openSUSE-based KDE 4 Live CDs/DVDs: "KDE Four Live" - which has also spoken a nice second meaning. :-) It has been three weeks since the initial announcement, but still two weeks to go until KDE 4.0 Alpha 1, so I updated the DVD to another random SVN snapshot.

APR
10
2007

openSUSE Build Service News Feeds

Even less known than that there are RepoView pages created in every OBS repository's repodata/ sub-directory seems to be that there is also a latest-feeds.xml file which you can subscribe to with your feed reader. For example, for KDE:Community and openSUSE 10.2, this is the RepoView page and this the latest changes feed it links to.

MAR
26
2007

Factory + Dashboard + OBS + KIWI = ???

A short story about using the right tools: Factory is the development distribution of the openSUSE project, currently at version 10.3 Alpha 2+. The SUSE-powered Dashboard tells you what is compiling - or not. If it's a good day the KDE 4 packages in the openSUSE Build Service can be updated.

MAR
23
2007

Kickoff Buttons

Andy Koehler has created some nice animated Kickoff buttons in case you don't like the one that your distribution ships. :-) They look best at their native size but can be used with any: when you change the panel size the animation is not resized initially but a "dcop kicker Panel restart" will fix that.

MAR
21
2007

#opensuse-kde

After the GNOME team made a big splash about their openSUSE involvement some people thought it would be a good idea to found #opensuse-kde to not flood other #opensuse-channels with KDE talk anymore.

FEB
20
2007

Start Menu Blogging

Two days ago Miguel de Icaza blogged about the revised Main Menu of the GNOME desktop in the upcoming SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Desktop Service Pack 1 and how it and the KDE Kickoff start menu inspired each other. In the update section he adds some very familiar sounding anecdotes: during the usability study done in Germany with amongst others Microsoft Vista Beta 2 we also found that most users don't recognize a "Search" input box at the bottom.

FEB
18
2007

openSUSE Survey Online

The openSUSE project is interested in knowing how you feel about the openSUSE project and the openSUSE 10.2 distribution. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey until April 30, 2007. You can enter in a drawing for some hardware gadgets as thank you for taking the survey.

FEB
5
2007

A More Productive Kerry Beagle

Above is the title of a blog I found linked at tuxmachines.org (btw great site with a daily mix of desktop related news and blogs). Its author describes the interface changes in the latest Kerry Beagle release and likes them very much. He also suggests some improvements: I don't think Beagle supports "blank searches" but the other two items he mentions you will likely see soon in a Kerry release. :-)

JAN
24
2007

openSUSE Build Service available under GPL

Joining the list of tools being used internally at Novell/SUSE being available as Open Source (like SWAMP or Testopia) now also the source code for the openSUSE Build Service is available under GPL from today on. So if you have some spare computers in your cellar you can set up your own build service farm (to build your own secret or illegal stuff).

JAN
17
2007

Do you know KNetWalk?

You think that you know every game that KDE ships? How about KNetWalk? It's a nice little game - not just for system administrators. The chance that you have it already installed is high, it's in the kdegames module! It entered SVN in May 2005, received bug fixes, got ported to KDE 4. But only the upcoming KDE 3.5.6 release will fix the biggest bug: the non-appearance of KNetWalk in the K menu. Have a nice play...

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