Show me the Speakers!!!

It has finally arrived! The list of approved speakers (though it might not be final and more might be added).  For those of you out there waiting to see if it is worth paying for admission to the Utah Open Source Conference, the wait is over.  Not that this should have ever been questioned.  If you see your name and wonder why you haven’t received a notice yet, its on its way.  Congrats to all the presenters.  See you all then!


What’s a monopoly again?

So apparently its only a monolopy at 90% share if its against Microsoft according Brad Smith one of Microsof’t’s top lawyer (according to the article)  So Microsoft is all up in arms that it isn’t fair that Google and Yahoo can have a deal that would supposedly give them 90% market share.

This leaves me wondering.  So, typically people claim well Microsoft it the better product why else would they have ~90% market share.  References you ask…  Well you’re in luck.

(Some dates are old)

Wikipedia ~90%

WindowsITPro  ~93% ~97.5%

Market Share by Net Applicatoins ~91%

Yes I know this isn’t the greatest list or maybe even a good list, but well you get the idea.  If you have better links or to the contri then post them in a comment.


PC World, Linux examined by the ‘informed’

Well I’d talk about the article, but well you are just going to have to read it.  Just a quick gem though from the article:

The big question is: Given that Red Hat bases its Fedora distribution on OpenSUSE, and that Fedora and OpenSUSE are both distributions with advanced features intended for power users, why would you pick one over the other?

openSUSE Examined


Utah Open Source Conference interview

One of the major projects that I have been working on for the last year or so has been the Utah Open Source Foundation and their annual conference.  I’m incharge of sponsorships and marketing, so if you are interested in sponsoring or helping us market the conference better… Please let me know!

Yesterday Jayce, one of the guys in our group, was interviewed on  It was really good, so if you missed it you are lucky they have a stream up that you can listen too.  Plus, I think there is a discount code that was announced there.

A direct link to the article and stream: Utah Open Source Conference Preview – Jayce Hall of UTOS – Jul 07, 2008


HP 2133 Mini-Note also with SLED

I saw an email about this and went to to check it out. HP 2133 Mini-Note on Also here is the ad from the email.


openSUSE, I want… or Change this…

Well if you want your voice to be heard and believe that openSUSE would be so much cooler if only they would add or change something, now is your chance.  There is an ideas page for openSUSE 11.1.  There are already several ideas up there and I’m sure they are looking for some refinement and new ideas there.

This is the perfect time to do it as they are gearing up for openSUSE 11.1 alphas.

openSUSE 11.1 Gnome ideas (These are for the Gnome desktop)


openSUSE 11.1 Roadmap is released!

This is from Andreas. THANKS!!!  So come one, come all and help make openSUSE 11.1 a great release.  There is no time like the present.  Jump in early and grab that first alpha on July 24!

——–  Announcement  ——–

With openSUSE 11.0 out the door, it’s time to start thinking about openSUSE 11.1. The public release of openSUSE 11.1 is scheduled for December 18, 2008, six months after the release of openSUSE 11.0.

The full schedule for the release cycle is as follows:

  • Thu, Jul 24: openSUSE 11.1 Alpha1
  • Thu, Aug 21: openSUSE 11.1 Alpha2
  • Thu, Sep 18: openSUSE 11.1 Beta1 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Oct 02: openSUSE 11.1 Beta2 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Oct 16: openSUSE 11.1 Beta3 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Oct 30: openSUSE 11.1 Beta4 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Nov 13: openSUSE 11.1 RC1 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Nov 27: openSUSE 11.1 RC2 – snapshot release
  • Thu, Dec 4: openSUSE 11.1 GM – final release
  • Thu, Dec 18 openSUSE 11.1 public release

This is, of course, a tentative schedule. Any critical or show-stopping bugs may delay betas and release candidates.

Major areas of interest in this release include:

  • GNOME 2.24
  • KDE: KDE 4.1.1 (optionally KDE 3.5.10)
  • Continued improvement in the software update stack
  • Linux kernel 2.6.27+

Want to get involved? The start of a release cycle is a great time to get involved in openSUSE development. See the How to Participate page on the openSUSE wiki for details.

See the full 11.1 roadmap on the openSUSE wiki for more details and updates.

Note that Coolo and Michl are on vacation until the end of next week, so let’s start the discussion on features once they are back on the opensuse-factory mailing list,



OpenSUSE User Group Meeting Tonight

Its that time of month again where we crazy opensuse fans get together.  So for those that don’t know where we meet,

its at the Applebee’s in Sandy, UT @ 7pm.

This month we are going to try and do something a little more than just hang out.  We want to look at OBS a little and talk about improving banter and giver.  All three of these are awesome projects.  So, kudos to those that have put them together.


Back @ Novell

Many of you know, but for those that don’t I was hired back on as a full time employee.  Its been about a month since I started as the build guy for the mono-a11y team.  For those that don’t know what a11y is, its accessibility.  The 11 referring to the 11 letters between the letters a and y.  The wiki link belong explains a lot about the mono-a11y stuff, but quickly the stuff we are doing is making all winforms stuff accessibility on Linux.  One of the advantages, I think, is that we are helping out in other a11y project and improving accessibility in general on Linux.  So if you have problems with the mono a11y packages, you know who to complain to. Not a whole lot to say right now, but here are some links.

Mono:Accessibility – This is our main wiki ‘landing’ page

openSUSE:Accessibility – This is the new ‘landing’ page for openSUSE accessibility stuff

mono-a11y packages – For those of you that are feeling brave.  Currently there isn’t the olive package and a small problem with on of the other packages, so give it a day or two for it to be fixed, I hope 🙂