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Beta and RC work

October 17th, 2013 by

As part of the openSUSE community efforts gearing up for openSUSE 13.1, the openSUSE team has been hard at work on a variety of things. Ludwig Nussel, in his role of controller in the team, keeps an eye on progress of the tasks we have been assigned. He gives an overview of some of the things we have been doing.

For beta 1

For beta 1 the focus was on testing and of course practical changes in a variety of areas. Here’s a list of the tasks on progress.opensuse.org.

After the btrfs discussion we checked out how often it is used and did some recommendations to give it extra testing. The result was that it was clearly mentioned in the Beta announcement and that during the installation YaST2 would ask if you could test btrfs.

gantt chart

We organized the Beta Pizza Hackaton, getting internal help from the SLE team on fixing openSUSE bugs. The idea came up to make it a contest. We went over the bugs that were reported, putting them in categories (bronze/silver/gold) to signify importance for the release. We developed an IRC bot to announce changes and a script to record who-did-what to help a committee of ‘wise men’ to decide who would win.

In the technical area, we agreed with the documentation team to move the manuals into activedoc. That way they are easier to maintain and always up to date. And Greek was included as primary language on the dvd! We also had to work with MS to get the bootloader and kernel signed properly for UEFI systems, we documented the development process, hacked further on testing tools, and of course there was a lot of writing of articles for news.opensuse.org.

Last but not least, we’ve been talking to Open Source press and helping them to ensure we have a boxed version of openSUSE 13.1 in Germany. We (and the openSUSE Board, as it is their decision) are still looking for providers in other countries!
13.1 openSUSE 3D box


Here’s a list of the tasks on progress.opensuse.org. And the summary:

To help the marketing team, we made and ran a script to remind packagers to tell marketing about their features. Based on this and help from the community, we made a start with the feature guide, writing about KDE, GNOME and the Linux kernel. A second goal was to get the ‘promote openSUSE 13.1’ article out, for which we had to kick people for artwork and we had to update countdown.opensuse.org. We also updated software.opensuse.org with information about the USB stick installation.

On the technical side, we did a lot of testing work and of course pick fixes to go into Factory. There was also work with Legal for a new EULA (End User License Agreement) which does not mention Novell anymore (will be included in the final); and we added openSUSE 13.1 to bugzilla, pinged our translators about the release and kicked people about the community repos.

A lot

As you can see, there are a lot of tasks we have to juggle. progress.opensuse.org with it’s useful Gantt chart is a big help for that, but it also simply requires work: checking what is done, what is not done, kicking people to do their thing. We’re hoping to get more community members involved with progress.opensuse.org – a few are already helping out via this tool and you’re welcome to check out how we do it!

The end result is that we can release a quality product, on time – something to be proud of!


We’re back with weekly statistics (the stats from last week were in the RC1 announcement. Here are the top-10 contributors to openSUSE Factory of the last week:

Spot Hacker
1 Denisart Benjamin
2 Dominique Leuenberger
3 Raymond Wooninck
4 Hrvoje Senjan
5 Tomáš Chvátal
6 Stephan Kulow
7 Marguerite Su
8 Sascha Peilicke, Matthias Mailänder, Marcus Meissner
9 Cristian Rodríguez
10 Guido Berhörster, Dirk Mueller, Andreas Schwab

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