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Archive for September, 2009

openSUSE-LXDE : improvments to PCManFM

September 30th, 2009 by


That picture talks… your quest is to find the news!!!

BTW on the screen you can see the work in progress openSUSE-LXDE for openSUSE-Factory (the next 11.2).  Notice how LXDE use only 108MB RAM and 5% CPU with:

* Firefox 3.5.3

* OpenOffice.org (writer) 3.1.1

* Pidgin

* LXTask

that’s amazing isn’t it?  (Don’t focus on red  lines… The background is nice but THIS IS NOT the new, check the ICONS)

Thanks to Miguel Albalat Aquila for the patch

Thanks to me for changing on the patch to allow it to work with trash support patch

Andrea 😉

Remote-Learner unveils

September 29th, 2009 by

A little over two months ago,  one of Moodles best partners announced the release of a suite of products called ELIS  http://www.eschoolnews.com/tech-solutions/all-press-releases/index.cfm?i=60118    The products and principles of this organization seem oddly familiar. They support open source for schools, so does the openSUSE for Education project. They support a lower more reasonable TCO for Education Technology, so does the openSUSE for Education project. They really do a great job of supporting these ideals, so does the team from the openSUSE for Education.  Thanks to both efforts open source Education Technology is becoming vastly superior choice.

osc09: Lightning Talks

September 23rd, 2009 by

Sunday morning of the openSUSE conference I took part in the Lightning Talks which were short talks on a variety of topics.  I’ve took some brief notes of these:


DocBook-XML die Zweite!

September 21st, 2009 by

(Disclaimer: This post is mainly intended for a German audience and describes my book about DocBook XML. For this reason, as an exception, the following text is written in German only.)

Nach ca. 1½ Jahren und unzähligen Stunden, dem Verschleiß von hunderten von Korrekturseiten und Stiften, einer überstandenen Druckerei-Pleite, viel verbrauchtem Gehirnschmalz, einem unwilligem PC und über 1000 Revisionen im SVN-Repository, ist jetzt die 2. Auflage meines Buches  “DocBook-XML — Medienneutrales und plattformunabhängiges Publizieren” beim Millin-Verlag erschienen. 5 Jahre nach der ersten Auflage.


openSUSE Conference Photos

September 19th, 2009 by

I found so far the following galleries of photos from the openSUSE Conference (osc09):

The flickr photos are also shown on the osc09 twitterwall.

Please tell me about further galleries and I’ll update this blog post.

Update 2009-09-23:  Add Coly Li’s photos

osc09: Notes from Governance Session

September 18th, 2009 by

Today at the openSUSE Conference I took the notes of the governance session.  We will continue the discussion tomorrow but let me just publish the raw notes as I took them at the meeting without much editing.

Notes below:


openSUSE Conference 09 has started !

September 17th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Conference 09 has started today !

Some first impressions can get found on our gallery server already.

In case you are around Nuernberg, you can still drop by for a talk or a beer !

New Layout in Town

September 17th, 2009 by

Creating a new (book) layout is both challenging and fun. On the one side you have to observe different parameters like legibility, simplicity, and aesthetic. On the other side, you can play with fonts, margins, styles and all the other great things in typography and design! 🙂

It’s the first time for the Start-Up Guide to get a new layout after some years. The result is the new, so called, pocket layout.


openSUSE Edu Li-f-e goes hybrid

September 16th, 2009 by

I am happy to announce that the very first working hybrid iso of openSUSE Education Li-f-e DVD created on openSUSE Build Service is now available for testing.

openSUSE-LXDE Live CD 1.0.0

September 13th, 2009 by

After lots of test i’m ready to release a new openSUSE-LXDE live CD

Here the change log:

Fix: Lxpanel will "flash" no more (workaround, removed battery applet from panel,
     this applet make lxpanel crash if no battery is found on laptop)
Fix: Added wireless-tools, usbtools, acpid
Fix: Added iwl*-ucode packages (intel wireless cards now working)
Fix: Ath_pci and ath5k conflicts no more (ath5k in blacklist)

Feature: Added Trash support
Feature: Added bluetooth support
Feature: Added "sudo"
Feature: Added "gdb" to help in debugging if crash occurs on LXDE applications
Feature: Added "fuse" and "ntfs-3g"
Feature: Added "rdesktop"

I hope you will enjoy that new release.

Before show you some shots, i would like to attract your attention on a feature i open on openFATE and that is also on the weekly news #88

That features asks to provide LXDE into OSS repo, and to made that installable from DVD media like XFCE.

Please add you vote: Feature Request: #307729: Officially Provide LXDE

Any way, going back to the live, you can download 1.0.0 and 0.9.4 releases from that URL:


MD5 and SHA1 sums are available on that page, a very very BIG thank to  Fisher Duan for hosting.

Again please report any issue on my email: andrea[at]opensuse[dot]org

Please notice how “free -m” on lxterminal show that the REAL used ram is just 67MB with the following running applications:

1) Firefox 3.5.2
2) PCManFM
3) Lxterminal
4) Lxtask