One month ago it was announced that Attachmate would be acquiring Novell (and some of Novell's IP would also be sold off to a consortium owned by Microsoft and other companies), but not many details were known at that point how this acquisition would impact Novell's SUSE or openSUSE Linux distributions. Today though a brief interview has been published between Attachmate's CEO, Jeff Hawn, and the openSUSE Community Manager, Jos Poortvliet.
Miguel de Icaza has put out a new blog post last night detailing what he and his team at Novell are "cooking" for future versions of their Mono software platform. Some items, like Mono GPU acceleration, are already known, but some of the other items are quite interesting on this long TODO list of new items to be presented within Mono and Moonlight (the Mono-based Microsoft Silverlight implementation for Linux) over the next few months.
In the off-hours of XDS Toulouse a few of us were wondering what David Reveman has been working on lately for Novell. David was the creator of the now-defunct XGL and has worked on Compiz, Glitz, and other Linux graphics projects, but lately his work really hasn't been publicized (nor has he been present at XDS, X@FOSDEM, etc) and even other SuSE/Novell employees have been unsure what his day-to-day activities are for Novell. It turns out at least one of his recent projects has been bringing GPU acceleration to Moonlight.
While for a while it looked like Novell was going to be bought out by VMware, this is not actually the case. Being announced this morning is that Novell is being acquired by Attachmate Corp and Novell will also be offloading some of their intellectual property to a Microsoft technology consortium. Attachmate has dabbled with Linux a bit in the past and was even a sponsor previously of X.Org.
It's been over a month since the release of openSUSE 11.4 M2, but the third development milestone is now available after the developers fixed a show-stopping bug with Mesa's Software Rasterizer (it's sad though they still aren't using LLVMpipe as a replacement instead). The openSUSE 11.4 M3 release brings a number of package updates and other improvements to this next Linux operating system release due out in March of 2011.
Tomorrow the openSUSE Conference is beginning in the always-wonderful Germany for a three-day event about the openSUSE project and free software in general with a variety of hacking sessions, birds of a feather sessions, and surely some Nürnberg beer along the way. Sadly due to some last minute scheduling changes and only getting back from San Diego yesterday, I on the behalf of Phoronix will not be in attendance at the German conference, but there is openSUSE news to report today: version 2.1 of the openSUSE Build Service has just been released.
After releasing Smeegol Linux yesterday, the openSUSE developers are out today with the second milestone for the release of openSUSE 11.4. The openSUSE 11.4 Milestone 2 release brings an updated kernel along with many other new packages.
The openSUSE Goblin Team, which was originally formed to bring the latest Moblin innovations into the openSUSE world and now are focusing upon pulling in MeeGo innovations after Moblin and Maemo merged, has a new announcement. This openSUSE team is now announcing the first public release of Smeegol, which combines MeeGo with openSUSE into one netbook-designed Linux distribution.
The first milestone release of openSUSE 11.4, which will be released in March of 2011, is now available. The openSUSE 11.3 release came in July and since then for openSUSE 11.4 the Novell and community developers have pulled in X.Org Server 1.9, GNOME 2.32 Beta 1, KDE Software Compilation 4.5, and many other package updates.
As expected, openSUSE 11.3 has been released this morning. openSUSE 11.3 is the latest Linux distribution update from Novell and the openSUSE Project. This release introduces a number of new features, including SpiderOak file sync integration, improved file indexing, support for the Btrfs file-system, graphics driver updates, and many package updates. Available for openSUSE 11.3 is KDE SC 4.4.4 and GNOME 2.30.1, but a preview snapshot of GNOME 3.0 complete with the GNOME Shell is also available.
Moonlight, the de facto open-source implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight platform for Linux that leverages Mono, is nearing its 3.0 release. Moonlight 2.0 was just released a half-year ago, but Moonlight 3.0 Preview 7 was just released and it's offering up more features.
openSUSE 11.3 is planned for release in just under one month and in preparations for that major Linux distribution update, the 11.3 release candidate has been made available.
The openSUSE community has announced the releases of version 1.8 and 2.0 of the openSUSE Build Service. The 2.0 release brings in a new user-interface, an enhanced request system, and many other new features.
A new snapshot of openSUSE 11.3 is available, which now puts it at Milestone 7, and means that the first release candidate is near. However, while the release of openSUSE 11.3 is approaching in July, it continues to add in new packages and support.
Fedora was the first tier-one Linux distribution shipping with support for optionally installing to a Btrfs file-system for the past year, but in recent weeks the adoption rate of Btrfs looks like it will be quickly rising. Fedora 13 is extending the Btrfs support to offer system rollback support by where a file-system snapshot is created via Btrfs each time a yum transaction takes place. Red Hat recently released the first public beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 and it includes Ananconda installation support for RHEL6 onto Btrfs, MeeGo will be using Btrfs by default in this distribution that marries Maemo and Moblin, and Ubuntu is making Btrfs plans where Btrfs may become the default file-system in Ubuntu 10.10. Novell / openSUSE is also getting in bed with Btrfs.
The RadeonHD Linux driver that came about in 2007 following the announcement of AMD's open-source driver strategy has had an interesting history. This driver was developed by Novell's developers, but now they are even dropping it from their openSUSE distribution.
Right on schedule, openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 4 has been released. This fourth test release brings many changes, among which that take place "under the hood" is switching over to the Upstart init daemon, an upgrade to NetworkManager 0.8 for wired/wireless/broadband network management, and other packages upgraded include OpenOffice.org, Mono, CUPS, Python, and Samba, among others.
While Red Hat is busy at work on Fedora 13 and Canonical is busy working on their Long-Term Support release of Ubuntu 10.04, Novell is working on openSUSE 11.3. This next upgrade to openSUSE is due out in mid-July, but the first milestone release is now available.
Just two days after Mono 2.6 was rolled out, which has been widely discussed within our forums, Miguel de Icaza has a few more Microsoft / Mono related announcements. Miguel this morning has announced that Moonlight 2.0 is complete, there is a new collaboration agreement between Microsoft and Novell to bring the Silverlight 3.0 and 4.0 feature sets to Moonlight, and Microsoft has updated its patent covenant that concerns Moonlight's distribution abilities.
To end out 2009, Miguel de Icaza has announced the release of Mono 2.6 along with MonoDevelop 2.4. This major update to Mono delivers WCF client and server for what is exposed by Microsoft's Silverlight 2.0, a continuations framework, a new soft debugger, a verifier and security toolbox, more complete 3.5 coverage, and various other changes to this free software project to implement Microsoft's .NET on Linux. One of the interesting changes though in Mono 2.6 is that it now supports LLVM.
For those interested in programming in C# on Linux or have interest in Mono for using Microsoft's .NET, you may be pleased to know that Mono's C# compiler is now C# 4.0 feature complete. Covariance and contravariance, optional parameters, dynamic binding, and other features of the C# 4.0 programming language have now been implemented within Mono. The Mono C# compiler that supports this is not yet in a released version, but you will need to checkout the Mono SVN code.
Coming in between the releases of Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12 is openSUSE 11.2, which is available as of this morning. The openSUSE 11.2 desktop is now using KDE 4.3 by default (though GNOME 2.28 is also available), OpenOffice.org 3.1 integration, the Linux 2.6.31 kernel, and many other underlying advancements.
On the same day as the Ubuntu 9.10 release, Novell has made available the final release candidate of the forthcoming OpenSuSE 11.2 update.
OpenSuSE 11.2 is getting ready to be released with its EXT4 usage, Linux 2.6.31 kernel, updated drivers, updated desktop for both GNOME and KDE, YaST improvements, and much more. In preparation for this release, Novell has put out the first release candidate of 11.2. OpenSuSE 11.2 integrates bug-fixes as well as updates the kernel to Linux 188.8.131.52, pumps in the latest GNOME 2.28 final packages, bumps PulseAudio to 0.9.19, and brings Qt 4.5.3. Novell is still aware of some bugs with this OpenSuSE 11.2 build,
While betas of Microsoft's Silverlight 3 platform have been available for a number of months after being announced in the last half of 2008, their free software implementation of Silverlight, which is known as Moonlight and developed largely by Novell with the Mono developers, has lagged behind. Only today has the first beta release for Moonlight 2.0 been released. While Moonlight 2.0 is largely focused on implementing Silverlight 2 features, a few Silverlight 3 features did manage to work their way into this release.
The OpenSuSE developers have just announced the release of 11.2 Milestone 5. OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 5 ships with the Linux 2.6.31-rc4 kernel, has been built with GCC 4.4.1, provides PackageKit 0.5, updates the desktop environments to KDE 4.3 and GNOME 2.27.5, and uses X Server 1.6.3. This new release from Novell also has Firefox 3.5.1 and version 3.1.1 Beta 1 of OpenOffice.org. The changes found in Milestone 5 can be found on their factory news page.
A month after the release of OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 1, the second alpha release for this next major OpenSuSE update is now out in the wild.
OpenOffice.org 3.0 was release last October, but today the OpenOffice.org community has announced the release of its first major update. OpenOffice.org 3.1 brings a major revamp of the program's on-screen graphics, further grammar check integration, performance improvements, improved support for bi-directional scripts, easier deployment of macro applications, and many other features.
The Novell developers behind OpenSuSE have announced the release of OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 1. This is the first, early look at OpenSuSE 11.2, which will officially be released later this year. OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 1 incorporates the Linux 2.6.29 kernel, KDE 4.2.2, GNOME 2.26, Mono 2.4, OpenOffice.org 3.1 Beta 4, and Xfce 4.6. Beyond many package updates, OpenSuSE 11.2 will also feature improvements to its installer, package cache handling in YaST, and the LiveCDs are now using LZMA compression.
Just in time for Christmas, Novell has announced the availability of OpenSuSE 11.1. OpenSuSE 11.1 is updated against the latest Linux packages including KDE 4.1, GNOME 2.24, OpenOffice.org 3.0, the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, and various other updates. For more information on OpenSuSE 11.1 or to download it, checkout OpenSuSE.org.
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