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openFATE: Now with more open

It was just announced that openFATE, openSUSE’s feature tracking system, will now be open to non openSUSE members.  What this means anyone can submit new feature requests.  For more info: openFATE – Adding New Features Now Open for Everybody.

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openSUSE Factory is open for Community

Some great news was just announced!  The openSUSE project opened its Factory repo up to anyone in the community that would like to directly help maintain, support, and/or contribute to the core distribution.  For those that don’t know what Factory is it is the next release of openSUSE.  So, the current Factory will become openSUSE 11.2.  You can read all about this great news over at http://news.opensuse.org.

To a more open and community oriented future…

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iFolder server on XEN

ok, since I got the request here is the xen image (32 bit only).  I’ll apologize now for the fact that I don’t currently have a way to test this image, so please let me know if it works.  It actually has newer packages than the other images. I’ll try to get this all in sync sooner than later.

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Sneak peek – new iFolder UI

This is just a short blog entry to show off a quick sneak peek at the new iFolder UI if you haven’t been brave enough to install the new packages.

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iFolder appliance 0.0.8

Well, the packages finally built and I was finally able  to build a new appliance.  So, the changes:

I’ve added the iscsi packages to the images.  This includes the yast packages making it really easy to add external storage through iscsi.

Updated mono core to be 2.4.2 preview 1.

Updated ifolder packages which made our patches obsolete and closer to just working with the next version of mono (2.4.2).  I’m not sure what all of the updates were to be honest.

I’ve also generated more formats of images and archs (huge thanks to Nat on the suse studio team)

As a disclaimer I haven’t really tested these much more than the default setup, my scripts in /root/iFolder, and logging in.  Please let me know if there is anything you want to see changed, added, or fixed!

So, without further delay here is the list of images.  I did exclude the xen image, but if you would like it please just drop me a comment or email.

32 bit:

vmware (works in VirtualBox just fine)

disk image

Live image – Let me know how this works out if you try it 😉

64 bit:

vmware (works in VirtualBox just fine)

disk image

Live image – same deal as the 32bit live 😉

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iFolder on openSUSE 11.1

Just recently my work team took a week off for Innovation Time Off (ITO).  Our team split up into 3 groups to work on various non work related open source projects.  As you can tell the project that I choose to work on was iFolder.  As some might know it went through a period of silence.  However, it has recently had a big code dump in svn, a community manager added, and a revived community around it.

For those of you that don’t know what iFolder is it is a really cool toy/tool.  It allows you to sync data between multiple machines.  There is a client for Linux, Mac, and Windows.  The great thing about this is that both the client and server are open source so you can run your own instance of it on a local server.  There is more info about it on the iFolder site.

Unfortunately, it has not kept up with mono and has been needing some love to work with mono 2.4.  So as part of our project we setup a repo with the latest mono 2.4 branch and added a couple patches (currently for openSUSE 11.0, openSUSE 11.1, and SLE 11).  This allowed us to get to our goal of creating an iFolder Server appliance based on openSUSE 11.1. (Huge kudos to suse studio)

If you want to use the appliance, all you have to do is download it.  It is a vmware image, but I have only tested it on Virtual Box.  The root password is novell so, I’d change it if you are actually going to use it in production.  Once the VM comes up and you have logged in there are 2 scripts in /root/iFolder.  The first script is BuildSSL.sh which will build all of your certs and push them out.  The second script, BuildiFolder.sh will run the configure apps.  Once those are finished and assuming all went well you are ready to go.  Just pull up a browser and go to http(s)://server/admin and http(s)://server/ifolder.

If there are any bugs with the appliance please let me know:  sshaw {at} decriptor dot com.  If there are any bugs in iFolder please file them at http://bugzilla.novell.com/.  There is also the #ifolder irc channel on freenode

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openSUSE Community Week!!!

Just around the corner is the openSUSE Community Week, May 11 – 17, 2009.  This will be a week of total awesomeness!  I highly recommend stopping by and learning as much as you can.  There will be plenty of really cool community people there to help you learn all kinds of things that you have been meaning to learn!

There will also be the chance to contribute back and maybe even bug that developer about your bug that has been bugging you or even find new bugs.

So, be sure to come out and hang out with some really awesome people for a week of awesomeness, because it will be awesome! 🙂

openSUSE Community Week details

openSUSE GNOME Schedule

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New Mono UIA repos

For those that haven’t heard I’ve been working at Novell on a11y (accessibility). The area that I focus on is the build stuff. We finally have 3 major projects in OBS: Mono:UIA, Mono:UIA:Preview, and Mono:UIA:Bleeding. Mono:UIA is for our currently released version and is updated every release.  Mono:UIA:Preview is currently tracking trunk until we branch for 1.0 and is updated every Friday.  Mono:UIA:Bleeding is tracking trunk and is updated every night at 5 MST.

So, if you are interested in testing  out our code here are some 1-clicks:

Mono:UIA – openSUSE 11.0

Mono:UIA – openSUSE 11.1

Mono:UIA:Preview – openSUSE 11.0

Mono:UIA:Preview – openSUSE 11.1

Mono:UIA:Bleeding – openSUSE 11.0

Mono:UIA:Bleeding – openSUSE 11.1

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openSUSE 11.1 release party

Just a quick post letting everyone know that there is a release party here in Provo, Utah. The link with details is here.

We don’t have a sponsor for pizza yet, but please RSVP anyways just in case. Maybe we can have people throw some money in for pizza.

See you all there!

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Gimp 2.6 for openSUSE 11.0

I just finished packaging gimp 2.6 for openSUSE 11.0 last night and figured I’d share it with the rest of you.

Sorry, I couldn’t find the 1 click logo stuff quickly.  (I welcome help on that).

Update (many thanks again to FunkyPenguin):