JUN
26
2007

openSUSE Build Service on Steroids

Thanks to a yet to be announced generous sponsor (also the first non-Novell sponsor to the openSUSE project) is the openSUSE Build Service running like on steroids since last week: over 120 CPUs are now available in the build host farm. And the new hosts' disc systems are also very fast. That's enough power to rebuild the openSUSE:Factory project within a few hours. And of course it's nice for packagers: no longer waiting for your builds to start. At least I as heavy user don't remember having to wait for it anymore the whole last week. :-)

JUN
14
2007

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 5: One CD Installation Media

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 5 was announced today (major changes): most exciting novelty are additional one CD installation media giving you a rather complete English desktop. Compared to the default desktop installations from DVD most of the missing applications are games. Before installation (and of course after) from these medias one can register online repositories to get the full default SUSE desktop experience.

JUN
5
2007

LinuxTag 2007; Novell Sponsorship

I'm back from vacation / LinuxTag 2007: met many openSUSE, Trolltech, KDE and GNOME people - more than expected. Jump over to some pictures. On other news, Novell will be Silver sponsor of both aKademy and GUADEC this year. I will only visit aKademy though.

MAY
22
2007

KDE 3.5.7

I hope it surprises nobody that KDE 3.5.7 packages for openSUSE exist: the wiki has a guide how to upgrade. And in case that you belong to the 25% who accidentially installed another desktop ;-), a second guide explains how to install KDE. Thanks to Apokryphos for creating both.

MAY
19
2007

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 4 Remarks

This week openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 4 has been released. As previously announced it doesn't contain ZMD anymore. From my point of view the inclusion of first KDE4 packages and the installation of four KDE4 games in the default KDE selection is more exciting. :-) Another interesting application you may want to install and try is Dolphin/KDE4. With Alpha 5 we should have all KDE4 modules in Factory.

MAY
11
2007

KDE Four Live Alpha 1

KDE 4.0 Alpha 1 has been released, code-named "Knut" (btw my reasoning was: "small but growing and being forgotten soon"). And of course it's accompanied by a new KDE Four Live version and packages for openSUSE. Just keep in mind that it's the first Alpha release which is totally unusable and not representive for KDE 4[.0]. :-)

MAY
3
2007

openSUSE Survey Results

The openSUSE Survey results are in: thanks to the over 27k people who participated. And over 70% of those use the best desktop environment! :-) Read the complete results (PDF) if you have doubts which is it...

APR
22
2007

KDE Four Live++

New KDE Four Live CDs are online. The last week unmentioned problem with squashfs which led me to uploading a "DVD.iso" is history, now you can get the same content of a typical desktop setup in a 477MB ISO. Additionally I wanted to produce a DVD which contains all the kde* modules and koffice: to my surprise the ISO stayed within CD size with just 655MB. I guess the effort to have a more lean base system and patterns available in openSUSE 10.3 already pays off.

APR
20
2007

Lessons for Lizards

Lessons for Lizards is a community cookbook-style book project for openSUSE which started a few months ago (FOSDEM presentation).

APR
19
2007

Announcement: Software Management for openSUSE

On SUSE Linux 10.1 it was required, on openSUSE 10.2 you can deselect it during installation, for openSUSE 10.3 it was planned to be made an optional install but yesterday Andreas Jaeger announced:

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