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 which will build all of your certs and push them out.  The second script, 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  There is also the #ifolder irc channel on freenode


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


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


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!


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):


Top 4 Alternatives to Ubuntu Linux

Came across this article from Matt Hartley.  He gives openSUSE a very positive review.  Go check it out.


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.


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.