Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Opening up Development: YaST, LiMaL, ZYPP

The greatest part of our distribution is developed by many individual Open Source developers and we do the integration and packaging of their great software. But there is also a good amount of software developed by SUSE developers as Open Source (under the GPL). One such area is systems management and installation. The following three components have now opened up their internal mailing lists:
  • YaST is the installation and configuration tool for SuSE Linux. It is popular for its easy use and attractive interface and the capability to customize your system quickly during or after the installation. To learn more about YaST see http://en.opensuse.org/YaST. YaST has been developed by SUSE for several years and is now under the GPL.
  • libzypp is the integration of SUSE's yast2 Package manager and Ximian's libredcarpet. At Novell two solutions before were used - Red Carpet and YaST package manager. To learn more about libzypp see http://en.opensuse.org/Libzypp.
  • LiMaL (Linux Management Library) provides a system library style, object oriented way of access to the operating system. To learn more about LiMaL see http://forge.novell.com/modules/xfmod/project/?limal.
Jiri announced the opening of the internal mailinglists today with an email on the opensuse-announce mailinglist. Besides the mailinglists where all communication about these projects should happen, we are soon moving our internal subversion repositories for these projects to the public so that everybody can follow the code changes and contribute. Libzypp is the first planned repo to move to our new public server, the move is planned in the next two weeks.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Klezmatics @ Klezmer Festival Fürth

Just back from the last concert of the Klezmer Festival in Fürth: The Klezmatics. Their newest album "Wonder Wheel" won the GRAMMY Award for 2007's Best Contemporary World Music Album - and I understand why. They presented a wide range of their repertoire - from slower and more silent to really fast. Each musician on his own was already excellent but together ...

Jana and myself are excited that we got one of the last copies of the "Wonder Wheel" - guess what we're listening to right now ;-).

The "Wonder Wheel" contains lyrics by Woodie Guthrie interpreted with a Klezmer Flavor. Looking up Woodie Guthrie on wikipedia I noticed the following quote that I wanted to share:

"This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin' it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do."
—Written by Guthrie in the late 1930s on a songbook distributed to listeners who wanted the words to his recordings

Thursday, March 15, 2007

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha2

Today was release day for openSUSE 10.3 Alpha2, I sent out the announcement this evening.

A critical part - and that's why I'm asking for testers - is our move to the new libata kernel stack also for IDE devices. This means especially that hard disks previously mounted as /dev/hda will now show up as /dev/sda. We have written code to make this change automatically in all involved files but this one definitely needs thorough testing, so we appreciate bugreports in bugzilla. If you look at the Most Annoying bugs for Alpha2, you'll notice that we did break support for those systems that do not work yet with libata and need the old driver. So, if this is the case on your system, better wait for Alpha3. The new libata stack already has better support for some IDE devices, is actively maintained and allows features like hotplug - and therefore I can undock my docking station.

For the first time, we also released the Kiwi tool together with a configuration for creating a LiveDVD of openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 2. It can be created by anyone, you just need to call one simple script. Please find detailed instructions and a list of known issues here.

Short Trip to Prague

Last Thursday my boss asked me whether I'd liked to join him for a trip to Prague and I decided to go with him. I spent two days (Monday and Tuesday) in our Prague office and talked to developers about the work they are doing right now and discussed what can be done for openSUSE 10.3. Monday evening Nayden (thanks again!) walked with us from around the Castle (Hradschin) and then downhill to Wenzelsplatz. The castle was impressive and I regretted not having a tripod with me to take some nice photos at night. The walk ended with some good Czech beer.

Above are some photos from St. Vitus Cathedral, a small house at the castle walls and view from Charles Bridge.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Odd Details in Fürth

We had once again a sunny sunday in Fürth and decided to walk through the city with our cameras and look out for the odd details you normally don't see.

This is directly at the Rathaus, part of some art installation called "Fürth Bemutterung 2007".

Fürth is celebrating its 1000's birthday and this week the 10th Klezmer Festival. Between the Klezmer flags at the Rathaus, there was also one odd flag - the flag of Tibet. I'm not sure whether it really belonged there. (Note I just learned it's part of a campaign by the Tibet Initiative.)

The whisky shop behind the Rathaus had this sign in its shopping window.

I've never seen such a house number before - a half is not used at all. It just shows that Fürth is full of surprises.

I guess this is the window of a former shop that's now a normal flat and the owners wanted to show something in their window.

The toy shop at the Wirtschaftsrathaus had this model car standing on the heater in their shopping window.

This is an opening in one of the doors of the Rathaus. But why is there a power plug?

I found a couple of weeks ago Zonebattler's Homepage and enjoy reading his blog and looking at his photos - not only but also about curiosities in Fürth. Fürth is really a nice city full of suprises.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Spring in Fürth

As Jana writes, we enjoyed the spring sunshine today. We not only went out once to take some photos - we went out three times to first do a jogging round, then for photos and later for just a walk through the city.

Here're my favorites from today. The moss in bloom was really interesting.