This Tuesday openSUSE 13.1 was released. So far I’m quite happy with it personally. It has some interesting new things, some of which are not obvious or easily discoverable or well-publicized, like KDE Connect for doing interesting things with your Android phone and your KDE desktop, the new KScreen monitor/xrandr tool, a preview version of the upcoming QtQuick/QML based NetworkManager widget and the inclusion of VLC in the official distro (naturally it’s a crippled build because of patent issues).
It also has a few problems of course, the KDE bluetooth tool, BlueDevil, is not yet fully ported to BlueZ5, an update should fix this fairly soon. The proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers are not yet available as RPMs for easy installation, which should also be taken care of rather soon also. And of course PulseAudio has some surprises in store.
As always, join our community and help make 13.2 due 8 months from now, i.e. July 2014, even better than 13.1.
openSUSE-Guide.org was updated for the new release and had a record of over 2000 unique visitors on Tuesday 19 November. That’s up about 10% compared to the 12.3 release in March.
openSUSE 13.1 Launch Party
On Wednesday was the combined open, informal weekly SSLUG meeting and openSUSE 13.1 Launch Party, which was fun.
SSLUG has weekly, informal, open meetings every Wednesday on Copenhagen Business School. On Wednesday 20 November 2013, this meeting will double as an openSUSE 13.1 Launch Party.
As usual there won’t be any formal agenda. Just chatting, voluntary consumption of take-out food – and the possibility to install the new openSUSE release in good company. And of course we’ll have a lot of fun.
The address is:
Howitzvej 60, stuen
We kick off at 18.00.
Due to recent changes to the KDE repository structure on the openSUSE Build Service, the KDE:UpdatedApps repository is now obsolete.
It will no longer get any updates and will eventually be removed completely from the Build Service. You should remove the KDE:UpdatedApps repository from your system as soon as possible, these updates will now come to you via the KDE:Extra repository instead.
For a complete list of KDE repositories see https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:KDE_repositories.
This Friday 27 September marked the 30th anniversary of the original announcement of the GNU project by Richard Stallman. With the aim to create a free (Unix) operating system, which eventually lead to the GNU/Linux system many of us use today.
For the occasion Stallman has written an article on why free software is more important than ever before.
Congratulations, and thank you, GNU!
On Wednesday the topic was Copyright vs. Community. Discussing the history of copyright, how it is being extended and (mis)used, and how Richard Stallman proposes to reform copyright.
On Thursday night the topic was A Free Digital Society. Covering a wide range of topics including privacy, censorship, electronic voting, software freedom, DRM and streaming services, software patents, services as a software substitution and also the EU Unitary Patent.
Here is Stallman auctioning off a plush GNU at the end of the talk. My apologies for the poor photo.
As always it was a very interesting and entertaining experience. Video recordings were made and should be up on the KLID website before too long. If you can’t wait, you can download other audio and video recordings of Stallman’s speeches here: http://audio-video.gnu.org/
Stallman also gave away stickers and sold various other items for the support of the FSF.
On Wednesday openSUSE 12.3 was released, due to 12.2 having been delayed this cycle was shorter than usual, 6 months instead of 8. Last night I upgraded my ‘production’ PC and so far everything is running very smoothly for me.
If, like me, you aren’t too fond of the dark theming. Switching to the vanilla KDE Air plasma desktop theme and Oxygen colour scheme is just a few clicks in Systemsettings.
By default Apper will only notify you about updates via the KDE notification system, if you want a full update applet install the package ‘apper-plasmoid’. The plasmoid is a bit immature and rough around the edges, so it was decided not to include it in the default installation.
As always, remember to join our community and help make 13.1 (to be released November 2013) even better than 12.3.
PS: Of course the release of openSUSE 12.3 means that openSUSE-Guide.org was updated too.