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

To a more open and community oriented future…


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.


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 😉


Kernel presentation by Greg Kroah Hartman

One of the guys that I work with sent me this link.  Its a really good presentation that GKH gave at Google Tech Talks.  For those that don’t know who GKH is, he is a Novell employee that started the Linux Driver Project.  There were some really cool stats about the kernel and its development in there.  For example, on a per day basis there are 4,300 lines added, 1,800 lines removed, and 1,500 lines modified on the stable kernel (2007 – 2008). You have to watch to see the rest.


Off to Linux World Expo

I’m sitting in the airport waiting to head out to San Francisco.  Starting tomorrow as many know is Linux World Expo.  I’m really excited and can’t wait.  I’m going so that I can help with the opensuse booth.  This year there is an openSUSE community day.  If you go to that link there is a list of the events.  They have some really good presenters that will cover some really cool topics.  So, if you are passing though make sure that you stop by the openSUSE community day.  I can’t wait!

From what I understand there are some really good booths to stop by as well,  One of them is Linux Journal.  I’ve been working with them to get our conference in their magazine and the person that I was talking to said there will be some sort of really cool secret swag this year.

If you are going to be there, I’ll see you then.


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


OpenSuSE 11 Alpha 2 Released

The lastest alpha of openSUSE 11 is out.  Here is the link to the iso images.


A link to the official announcement.


Interview with the new OpenSUSE community manager

Go check it out.  Nothing more to say.


Linux Journal 2008 Readers’ Choice Survey

It’s that time of the year when you need to get over to Linux Journal’s 2008 Readers’ Choice survey.  So if your favorite distro isn’t opensuse, well just leave that question blank. 😛


OpenSuSE 11 Alpha 1 Screen Shots

Well another alpha release is out and I’m behind on getting my screen shots out.  This time I’m ahead of last time.  There have already been a few articles out there already about this release with plenty of screen shots and will include links to them.  This way you get twice as much.  For those that don’t want to click on the links, I’ve setup a page with all of the screen shots.

To start this off, as many of you probably know already, there is a new looking installer (Though my favorite part comes at the end).  They have combined a few things onto one page which is really nice.  We didn’t need 5 pages to get 5 small details.  Ok…  In this example its 3 items in one, but still.

This is the first screen.  And there you have it, the new looking installer.

Screen 1

Screen 2 and Screen 3

of the installer is checking the hardware and setting up the repositories.  In a way this is nice because it just takes care of it for you.  These moved fast for me.  Note:  I didn’t have an internet connection so I don’t know if the outcome would have changed or not.

Screen 4

The usual, what would you like me to install, upgrade, repair, and addons.

Screen 5 and Screen 6

This is the new  time zone selector.  Its much nicer.  I can now just click on what I want to go to.  So the first one is the whole world and the second is my time zone.

Screen 7  Screen 8  Screen 9  Screen 10

These are the option selection and partitioning pages.  Mostly just to show off the new installer.

Screen 11  Screen 12  Screen 13

Installing packages

Screen 14  Screen 15  Screen 16

Root, Host Name, apply settings pages.  Nothing too exciting here.

Screen 17  Screen 18  Screen 19

Network Settings and Applying them.  Notice in the top left that you can op to skip these settings.  This is a great feature in my option.  Sometime I just don’t want to worry about these settings for right now.  Though this isn’t very often.

Screen 20  Screen 21  Screen 24

Pick your auth type.  I didn’t notice the windows auth this time though.  I am using the gnome install CD, but don’t know if that should change things.  Also adding a user.  Other than the spacing being off a little, nothing really new that I noticed.  Note Screen 24 though, new or not.  I’ve never noticed that it tells you that the caps lock is on before.  Great to have that change.  Sometimes I notice that the texts changes before I realize that I have the caps on.

Screen 22

Release notes, nothing new

Screen 23

It’s Alive.  Or at least grub comes up.  Note that for me the first boot after stage 2 thought my install failed at some point.  I didn’t see the monitor, graphics, and some other hardware configs.  They could be missing.

Now for my favorite part other than the new installer.  This makes my day.  I don’t think anything annoyed me more than the stupid, stupid, unusable, waste of time gtk software selector.  Luckily they have made a big change to it.  THANK YOU!!!

PackageSelector 1

PackageSelector 2

PackageSelector 3

PackageSelector 4

SO MUCH BETTER!  It might now work a 100%, but at least I don’t hate it just by looking at it.

So thank you opensuse and community for another alpha release.  If only I could find time to mess with this!

Some links of interest with alpha 1