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Archive for July 24th, 2009

GSoC – summary of this week’s meeting

July 24th, 2009 by

During the past few weeks I spend most of my time on implementing a basic user interface to manage oauth tokens. Again I’m quite impressed about this powerful rails framework 🙂

Additionally I worked on the “Accept-Authentication” stuff (see my last post for the details).

I also found a small bug in osc when doing a POST request. For every POST request it used “application/x-www-form-urlencoded” which is wrong when e.g. POST’ing a specfile which isn’t urlencoded. For now we use “application/octet-stream” if we have POST request + POST data.

The plan for this week is some code restructering, testing and bugfixing.

Call for openSUSE Core Test Team

July 24th, 2009 by

In addition to well-developed code, testing is a major part of ensuring a rock-solid openSUSE Linux distro. To make sure testing of openSUSE 11.2 (and beyond) are done in a well-organized way, we’re improving the way the openSUSE Core Test Team works together to ensure top quality for openSUSE.

In the next couple of days Milestone 4 of openSUSE 11.2 will be available. This is a very good moment to have a closer look into the next openSUSE release: some new features are already implemented and there is enough time to fix reported problems.

Thus we are looking for 15 members of the openSUSE Community that are willing to contribute to the openSUSE project by joining the openSUSE Core Test Team and operate in the following areas:

  • Check if new features are implemented and working as requested
  • Have a deeper look into the install and update system of openSUSE and ensure a broad hardware coverage
  • Creating, improving and executing test cases for various areas of the distribution

Repository for test cases and tracking system for all test results will be Testopia, the test case management extension of Novell’s Bugzilla. Members of the Core Test Team will get access to the openSUSE test plans and will so be able to contribute. Beside storing test results they are also able to create or modify test cases.

If you are really interested in joining the openSUSE Core Test Team and willing to spend a reasonable amount of time to move the openSUSE project forward please get in contact with Holger Sickenberg <holgi at suse.de> providing following information:

  • Your Linux experience
  • Previous testing experience, if any
  • Areas you are interested in testing

The number of members is limited to 15 at the moment to ensure we are able to adequate support everyone of them. We will add more once we’ve figured out in the smaller group whether everything works.

Of course everybody is still able to contribute to the openSUSE project by testing parts of the distribution. Enabling the openSUSE Core Test Team will not have any impact on that. Further information on testing is available at www.opensuse.org/Testing.

We are looking forward to your application. Deadline for applications is August, 15th 2009.

Build Service for Package Testing – and Making Factory Updates Smaller

July 24th, 2009 by

I’ve blogged already about the work done by Coolo and Michael on reducing the size of factory updates.  Looking into some  of the packages that did not get filtered out due to timestamps, I decided to use that as my hackweek project – and learn some more about the openSUSE Build Service.

Coolo told me that I could create a small project in OBS with packages I wanted to look at and with my testing version of build-compare.  So, I created a project and set it up to build against openSUSE:Factory and linked some packages from factory into the project.