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Welcome to the fourth issue of openSUSE Weekly News! This article covers all things during the Christmas holidays.

In this week:

  • A look at openSUSE's accomplishments in 2007
  • openSUSE 11.0 now Scheduled
  • openSUSE Education goes Gold
  • Jeff Jaffe, Novell CTO, on the openSUSE Project


A look at the openSUSE Accomplishements in 2007

  • "We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all openSUSE users and contributors a very merry Christmas and an enjoyable holiday! Thank you all for the great work you’ve done this year and the achievements accomplished."

openSUSE Build Service Version 0.5 (Pointsettia) Available

  • "The openSUSE project releases the version 0.5 of the openSUSE Build Service. This code drop does provide the functionality as provided on the first time as official tar ball release. Pointsettia provides the complete infrastructure to build single hardware architecture distributions. System images can be created via KIWI."

openSUSE-Education 1.0 is golden for 10.2!

  • "We decided not to wait any longer: openSUSE-Education 1.0 for 10.2 is Gold! So this is the first real version of openSUSE-Education."

openSUSE 11.0 Now Scheduled

The scheduled release date for the next version of openSUSE -- openSUSE 11.0 -- has now been published.

In the Community

openSUSE Build Service: Software for Millions

  • "Klaas wrote an article about the openSUSE Build Service that got published in the german edition of Linux Magazin...It covers general introduction into openSUSE’s Build Service, tutorials how to build a simple package, touches upon OSC and web client and gives an overview over the underlying technology."

People of openSUSE: Lukáš Ocilka

  • "Here you have an interview with Lukáš Ocilka, a Czech YaST developer maintaining many YaST components such as Installation, Firewall, and Backup."

People of openSUSE: Rajko Matovic

  • "Before 2007 ends you can read Rajko Matovic interview. Rajko is an openSUSE community member contributing largely on the Wiki side being a member of the Wiki team, and having more than 1300 pages edited."

People of openSUSE: Marcus Meissner

  • "As a Christmas gift we present you Marcus Meissner - the teamlead of the SUSE Security Team, Wine and gPhoto coder and also packager. Keep reading!"

People of openSUSE: James Ogley

  • "The Planet SUSE sysadmin, James Ogley, was interviewed by us. Apart from managing the biggest openSUSE blog aggregator, he is also part of the openSUSE GNOME team packaging lots of GNOME/GTK applications."

Planet SUSE

Covering just a few posts from Planet SUSE, an aggregation of SUSE contributors' blogs:

Jeff Jaffe (Novell CTO): openSUSE

  • "Last month, openSUSE announced its guiding principles, including its means for governance, and we appointed the initial board for openSUSE. It is instructive to look at Novell’s motivation in supporting these principles."

Pascal Bleser: Translating the Packman website

  • "The Packman website now has translations for german, french, dutch, portuguese, brazilian portuguese, spanish, danish, czech and italian."

Martin Schlander: Gift Shopping

  • "This year I did some christmas shopping in the newly available openSUSE shop."

Stephen Shaw: OpenSuSE 11 Alpha 0 Screenshots

  • "I really only have screenshots for the install of the gnome cd since for one reason or another the display stuff wasn’t working very well with vmware. So, without too much talking here are the screenshots."

Past Meetings

GNOME Meeting 2007/12/13

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around GNOME in openSUSE."

GNOME Meeting 2007/12/20

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around GNOME in openSUSE."

KDE Meeting 2007/12/12

Action items:

  • figure out who to blame for ymp's not referencing a pattern (Beineri)
  • schedule possible date for next packaging day (dirk)
  • improve kde building guide (bille)
  • ask about bug day and figure out the week day (beineri)
  • script for watching homes for kde apps (dirk)
  • meeting gekker/michl/coolo (beineri)

openSUSE Project Meeting 2007/12/19

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around openSUSE."

Upcoming Events/Meetings

Project Meeting - Wednesday 2008/01/09 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET)

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around openSUSE."

The date and time in your timezone

KDE Meeting - Wednesday 2008/01/09 19:00 GMT (20:00 CET)

  • "The Novell/openSUSE KDE Desktop Team invites everyone interested to join the #opensuse-kde channel for KDE related matters and to chat with the hackers that are there to support the KDE community on openSUSE."

The date and time in your timezone

  • KDE 4.0 Launch Activities
  • Preparing KDE 4.0 Launch announcement for
  • KDE 4.0 Branding and other 4.0 challenges for 11.0

Security Updates

There have been a series of security announcements over the past few weeks. To view them in full, refer to the openSUSE Security Announce mailing list.

In the Press Review: Opensuse 10.3 Linux distribution

  • "You can save a lot of money by making that move and if you want to give it a try, the Opensuse distro is easy to install and use, well supported and a good introduction to the open source platform. Should you get the Linux bug, it makes it easy to switch to the fully supported Novell product too."

New ATI Linux Display Driver

  • "A new version of the ATI/AMD Linux display driver was released, for both x86 and x86_64 platforms. This release includes support for openSUSE 10.3 or openSUSE Live and Red Flag DT 6.0 Linux distributions."

The driver release is also covered at

Techzone: KDE 4.0 install on OpenSUSE

  • "Their revolutionary 1-Click install performs the job very well here too...As compared to Kubuntu, the install is a breeze and very easy. I love mouse clicks. I hope you enjoyed the article as much as I had enjoyed installing KDE4. Watch out for more articles on KDE 4 on OpenSUSE. "

openSUSE 10.3 – excellent live performance

  • "‘openSUSE’ is a rock-hard, versatile Linux based operating system and is the most admired free software distribution... What has always positioned openSUSE apart is the appraisal of administration homogeneity that the distribution carries to this assorted set of gears – mostly during its gigantic system configuration framework. To conclude, we can appreciate the go-getting span of openSUSE 10.3’s configuration gears, but we may have to face some quarters in which it exasperatingly surpassed its grasp."

openSUSE Linux Unleashed Book Now Available

  • "openSUSE Linux Unleashed should now be at a bookstore near you. It is available at all the Borders and Barnes & Noble stores in my hometown (Milwaukee, WI), and should be at just about any independent bookshop with a decent selection of computer books. With the holidays over, and perhaps with some of your friends tearing their hair out over Windows Vista, the book is a perfect antidote."

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