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Archive for October, 2009

openSUSE Edu: Li-f-e t-shirt

October 31st, 2009 by

Here is openSUSE Education Li-f-e: Linux for Education t-shirt for your viewing pleasure only ūüėČ

Designed and modeled by Samyak Bhuta

We will be proudly wearing this when presenting Li-f-e at ifest celebrating 125 years of innovation, imagination, implementation and engineering with IEEE at the DA-IICT, Gandhinagar, India on 2 November 2009.

A distro without packages?

October 30th, 2009 by

Yesterday i noticed that openal-soft on 11.2 is broken, it just locks up with current pulseaudio. It’s not surprising noone noticed as there are no packages in Factory that use it anymore. Even Chromium BSU which roughly has a 0% chance that it will ever need maintenance, security or otherwise was dropped from Factory and moved to the build service games dumpsi^Wrepo. Please, put your packages back to Factory. Chances that people find and use the software are much bigger if the distro has it rather than some random build service repo. Yes, there are some rules you have to follow then but that’s also a sign of quality for our users. Yes, it won’t be the latest and greatest version always but that doesn’t matter for most packages. So please put your packages back to Factory [unless they are full of security bugs ;-)], a distro without packages is not useful.

Updating from Factory to openSUSE 11.2

October 29th, 2009 by

As Stephan Kulow announced recently openSUSE 11.2 is now build in a separate project and openSUSE Factory contains changes that will not go into openSUSE 11.2. Therefore if you followed so far openSUSE Factory via e.g. “zypper dup” and want to switch to 11.2, you have to change the repositories that you are using.¬† If you installed openSUSE 11.2 RC1, you have already the right repositories for 11.2 setup.


Pictures from your finger print reader

October 29th, 2009 by

I tried the fprint_demo utility. Get fprint_demo for 11.2 / Factory / 11.1 But the finger print reader in Lenovo T60p doesn’t export the image. ūüôĀ So if you have a different finger print reader on your machine, it seems you can get the images from it!

Announcing Candidacy for the openSUSE Community Board

October 28th, 2009 by


for everyone not subscribed (yet) to the opensuse-project mailinglist: here is my candidacy announcement for Board Member of the openSUSE Community Board once again.

Community, Election Committee,

I herewith announce my candidacy for Board Member of the openSUSE
Community Board.

My name is Rupert, I’m 28 and I’m currently on the home stretch of
studying business administration and electrical engineering at
Darmstadt University of Technology.

I have been involved with the openSUSE Project for several years. I
started using Linux with the release of SUSE Linux 9.1 and became an
active contributor to the Project during my Internship in Product
Management at Novell/SUSE in 2007/2008. In January 2008, I have been
approved as an official openSUSE member. As an employee and afterwards
as a community volunteer, I served as the Project Manager of the
openSUSE forums merge and contributed as a moderator to the openSUSE
community until May 2009. As a Workstudent for Community Architecture,
I worked on several forums-internal projects and contributed to the
openSUSE Weekly Newsletter in 2008/2009.

Currently I’m involved in the efforts to come up with a sufficient
usability concept for the openSUSE Wiki in co-work with the Wiki- and
Booster Teams.

My contributions to the openSUSE Project so far imho reflect clearly
that I’m an organizing and coordinating kind of person and that I’m
focused on the social components of building and growing an
Open-Source Community. From my perspective, having a strong marketing
focus and thus providing sufficient support- and documentation
resources to the end user is just as important to the success of the
openSUSE Project as contributing to the distribution in a developing
capacity actually is. Just to make clear where I’m coming from.


Thanks a lot for listening,

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften is over

October 27th, 2009 by

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften is an event to show all kinds of science in a simple way to the public. Many education facilities and companies in the Nuernberg area participated. It took place last Saturday and we had a rather long but very successful night. Our room at Georg-Simon Ohm Hochschule (technical university) was pretty well visited over the whole evening. We could welcome visitors with all kind of technology level – from pure beginners, long time Linux users to developers with deep technical knowledge. We served them 4 different dishes:

  • openSUSE Education
    Lars showed the benefits openSUSE Education has for schools and students and got in contact with a Nuernberg school which now want to move 30 clients to openSUSE Education.

    Will giving a desktop talk
  • Games on Linux
    Andreas and Marco from live.linuX-gamers.net project showed impressively what games they offer from a Live-USB stick and received pretty many “wows” and “ahhs”. To them a special thanks for supporting the openSUSE project.
  • openSUSE 11.2/Desktop
    Here Juergen showed the strength of GIMP by merging two ancient city maps of Nuernberg into one. With that he was a real visitor magnet.
    Will demonstrated the latest KDE and GNOME desktops. People were impressed by Digikam’s photo management capabilities, and interested to learn how the default KDE 4 desktop can be customized to resemble a more traditional KDE 3 or GNOME desktop, and that you can install thousands of different programs with YaST instead of having to download them from some website.
  • Build Service, Participation etc.
    Pretty many visitors asked how they can contribute to openSUSE and were happy that they don’t have to be a developer to contribute. Wiki edits, translation and bug reports is sufficient. The more technical audience were impressed by the opportunities the Build Service offers them for their daily work.
Kid playing games on Linux

Kids playing games on Linux

Our room in the university was well attended till 11pm or so and we gave a talk each hour about different topics like “Introduction to openSUSE 11.2”, “Open Source philosophy”, openSUSE Education, Games on Linux and others. We handed out more then 500 openSUSE DVDs and had way more than 500 people attending our room.

People are interested in Linux and Linux is very well received. After a few focused questions which all started with “Does this … work with Linux?” people left our room, taking a DVD and saying, “If its that good, I’ll give it a try”. Most frequent question that evening was “How do you earn money?”. As many people know at which cost a Windows license or Windows Word come its not easy to understand that our products come for free and we charge for maintenance and support.

With our room at the university where several other events took place we could take advantage of an attractive venue for visitors. Thanks to that and thanks to our people who spent a Saturday night supporting openSUSE this was a successful participation and we should continue participate at “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften” to fill the saying “From the local to the Global”.

Developing for openSUSE using Devel Projects

October 22nd, 2009 by

With the opening of the openSUSE distribution so that everybody can contribute to packaging, we introduced the concept of devel projects and I’d like to explain a bit more what they are and why they are important.


update from the openSUSE Boosters

October 21st, 2009 by

While openSUSE 11.2 gets closer and closer, all of the Boosters are mostly busy making sure RC1 and the final release are good.¬† But we’re finding some time to work on our Boosting projects.¬† On the umbrella site for all opensuse.org sites front, a design and user profiles are being developed .¬† The factory.opensuse.org status site concept is being developed in collaboration with the Maintenance team, so that it will be used for seeing the state of maintenance work (ie online updates) for released openSUSE versions.¬† We’re analysing the Build Service web client code for how to hook in there, and several team members are brushing up their Ruby skills.¬† The reorganize contributor documentation squad are discussing a new structure on the opensuse-wiki mailing list.

If you have any feedback on these ideas you can find us on the opensuse-project mailing list or on -wiki as above.¬† If you want to help out, we’ll be using opensuse-boosters@opensuse.org in future.


The Propaganda Minister

Branching Contrib for 11.2

October 21st, 2009 by

As you might know, Contrib is a universal repository for third-party packages. Branching of this repository to openSUSE:11.2:Contrib is going to happen on October, 30, so if you want to have your favorite application or tool included in openSUSE:11.2:Contrib, please submit your request as soon as possible.

If you already maintain some package(s) in Contrib, please spend a few minutes by checking that the package builds fine, has properly set metadata (maintainer, bugowner) etc.

I am going to Encuentro Linux 2009!

October 21st, 2009 by

Yes, I am going to Encuentro Linux 2009, and so does openSUSE!. This year the most important Linux event in Chile will be held in Valparaiso and Vi√Īa del Mar at the same time. I’ll be giving a presentation on SUSE Studio (if you didn’t already know ūüėČ ) on Saturday 24th, 10:00 – 11:10 AM. Of course I am taking all openSUSE 11.1 DVDs I have left, and will be a great oportunity to show on my notebook¬† what’s coming for 11.2.


More information (in spanish only) here. See you there!.