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openSUSE
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openSUSE 11.0, KDE 4
Website www.opensuse.org
Company/
developer
Novell
OS family Linux
Source model Open Source
Initial release March 1994 (age 13–14)
Latest stable release 11.0 / June 19, 2008 (2008-06-19); 12 days ago[1]
Kernel type Monolithic kernel, Linux
Default user interface KDE/GNOME
Working state Current (10.1 and above)

openSUSE, (pronounced /ˌoʊpɛnˈsuːzə/), is a community project, sponsored by Novell and AMD,[2] to develop and maintain a general purpose Linux distribution. After acquiring SUSE Linux in January 2004,[3] Novell decided to release the SUSE Linux Professional product as a 100% open source project, involving the community in the development process.[4] The initial release was a beta version of SUSE Linux 10.0, and as of June 2008 the current stable release is openSUSE 11.0.[5] A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... The term software company could be applied to: a) a company that produces software, distributes software from a third party, or provides services such as custom software development. ... For other uses, see Software developer (disambiguation). ... For the road bicycle racing team previously known as Novell, see Rabobank (cycling). ... This article is about operating systems that use the Linux kernel. ... Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... A kernel connects the application software to the hardware of a computer. ... It has been suggested that Monolithic system be merged into this article or section. ... The Linux kernel is a Unix-like operating system kernel. ... The user interface is the part of a system exposed to users. ... For the NYSE stock ticker symbol KDE, see 4Kids Entertainment. ... This article is about the mythical creature. ... A Linux distribution (also called GNU/Linux distribution) is a member of the Linux family of Unix-like software distributions. ... SUSE (pronounced IPA: , properly (in German), ZOO-za, loosely SOO-sa [1] in English) is a major retail Linux distribution, produced in Germany and owned by Novell, Inc. ...


Beyond the distribution, openSUSE provides a web portal for community involvement. The community assists in developing openSUSE collaboratively with representatives from Novell by contributing code through the open Build Service, writing documentation, designing artwork, fostering discussion on open mailing lists and in Internet Relay Chat channels, and improving the openSUSE site through its wiki interface. Novell employed over 500 developers working on SUSE in 2004.[6] Novell markets openSUSE as the best, easiest distribution for all users.[7] A mailing list is a collection of names and addresses used by an individual or an organization to send material to multiple recipients. ... This article is about Internet Relay Chat. ... Wiki wiki redirects here. ...


Like most distributions it includes both a default graphical user interface (GUI) and a command line interface option; it allows the user (during installation) to select which GUI they are comfortable with (either KDE, GNOME or XFCE), and supports thousands of software packages across the full range of open source development. GUI redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... GUI can refer to the following: GUI is short for graphical user interface, a term used to describe a type of interface in computing. ... For the NYSE stock ticker symbol KDE, see 4Kids Entertainment. ... This article is about the mythical creature. ... Xfce ([1]) is a free software desktop environment for Unix and other Unix-like platforms, such as Linux, Solaris and BSD. It aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and easy to use. ... Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ...

Contents

History

The SUSE Linux distribution was originally a German translation of Slackware Linux. The Slackware distribution (maintained by Patrick Volkerding) was initially based largely on Softlanding Linux System. In mid-1992, SLS was founded by Peter MacDonald, and was the first comprehensive distribution to contain elements such as X and TCP/IP. Slackware was one of the earliest Linux distributions, and is the oldest, and most UNIX-like, distribution still being maintained[1]. It was created by Patrick Volkerding of Slackware Linux, Inc. ... Patrick Volkerding (born 1967) is the founder and maintainer of the Slackware Linux distribution. ... Softlanding Linux System (SLS) was an early Linux distribution, founded by Peter MacDonald in mid-1992. ... Peter MacDonald co-developed early features of the Linux kernel, including shared libraries, pseudo-ttys and virtual consoles. ... “X11” redirects here. ... The Internet protocol suite is the set of communications protocols that implement the protocol stack on which the Internet runs. ...


S.u.S.E was founded in late 1992 as a UNIX consulting group, which among other things regularly released software packages that included SLS and Slackware, and printed UNIX/Linux manuals. S.u.S.E is an acronym for the German phrase "Software- und System-Entwicklung" ("Software and system development"), however in English speaking communities a rumour still circulates that the name is a tribute to the German computer pioneer Konrad Zuse, whose name in English has similar pronunciation. They released the first CD version of SLS/Slackware in 1994, under the name S.u.S.E Linux 1.0. It later integrated with the Jurix distribution by Florian La Roche, to release the first really unique S.u.S.E Linux 4.2 in 1996. Over time, SuSE Linux incorporated many aspects of Red Hat Linux (e.g., using RPMs and /etc/sysconfig). In a move to more effectively reach its business audience, SuSE introduced the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server in 2001, and consecutively changed the company name to SUSE Linux in September 2003 as a part of its overall new branding strategy, as announced by SUSE's marketing VP Uwe Schmid.[8] Filiation of Unix and Unix-like systems Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX®, sometimes also written as or ® with small caps) is a computer operating system originally developed in 1969 by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie and Douglas McIlroy. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Statue in Bad Hersfeld Konrad Zuse (June 22, 1910 Berlin - December 18, 1995 Hünfeld) was a German engineer and computer pioneer. ... Red Hat Linux was a popular Linux distribution assembled by Red Hat until the early 2000s, when it was discontinued. ... RPM Package Manager (originally Red Hat Package Manager, abbreviated RPM) is a package management system. ... up2date is a tool used by Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS and Fedora Core that downloads and installs new software and upgrades to the operating system. ...


On November 4, 2003, Novell announced it would acquire SuSE.[9] The acquisition was finalized in January 2004.[10] J. Philips (Novell's corporate technology strategist for the Asia Pacific region) stated that Novell would not "in the medium term" alter the way in which SUSE continues to be developed.[11] At Novell's annual BrainShare gathering in 2004, all computers ran SUSE Linux for the first time. At this gathering it was also announced that the proprietary SUSE administration program YaST2 would be released into the public under the GPL license. is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the road bicycle racing team previously known as Novell, see Rabobank (cycling). ... YaST from SUSE 9. ...


On August 4, 2005, Novell spokesman and director of public relations Bruce Lowry announced that the development of the SUSE Professional series will become more open and within the community project openSUSE try to reach a wider audience of users and developers. The software, by definition of open source, already had their coding "open," but now the development process will be more "open" than before, allowing developers and users to test the product and help develop it. Previously all development work was done in-house by SUSE, and version 10.0 was the first version that had public beta testing. As part of the change, YaST Online Update server access will be complimentary for SUSE Linux users, and along the lines of most open source distributions, there will both be a free download available on the web and a boxed edition. This change in philosophy led to the release of the SUSE Linux 10.0 release on October 6, 2005 in "OSS" (completely open source), "eval" (has both open source and proprietary applications and is actually a fully featured version) and retail boxed-set editions. is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The current mascot of SUSE is commonly referred to as a gecko called Geeko, but is actually a chameleon. For other uses, see Gecko (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Chameleon (disambiguation). ...


Features

openSUSE has many features, which include: (Note:Only YaST and AppArmor are headed by Novell)

AppArmor (Application Armor) is security software for Linux, released under the GNU General Public License. ... YaST from SUSE 9. ... Xen is a free virtual machine monitor for IA-32, x86-64, IA-64 and PowerPC architectures. ... Sun xVM VirtualBox is an X86 virtualization software package originally developed by German software company innotek GmbH. As such it is an application installed on an existing host operating system; within this application, additional operating systems, each known as a Guest OS, can be loaded and run, each with its... It has been suggested that Qemu-Launcher be merged into this article or section. ... For the NYSE stock ticker symbol KDE, see 4Kids Entertainment. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... NetworkManager is a software utility aimed at simplifying the use of computer networks on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. ... This article is about the mythical creature. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cube view on a hardware accelerated Xgl server Xgl is an X server architecture designed to take advantage of modern graphics cards via their OpenGL drivers, layered on top of OpenGL via glitz. ... Compiz running on Fedora Core 6 with AIGLX. Accelerated Indirect GLX (AIGLX) is an open source project founded by Red Hat and the Fedora Linux community to allow accelerated indirect GLX rendering capabilities to X.Org and DRI drivers. ... Old UI for Beagle, code named Best Beagle is a search tool for Linux, enabling the user to search documents, chat logs, email and contact lists in a similar way to Spotlight in Mac OS X, or Google Desktop under Microsoft Windows. ... OpenOffice. ...

Versions

10.x Series

The initial stable release from the openSUSE project was SUSE Linux 10.0, released on October 6, 2005.[12] This was released as a freely downloadable ISO image and as a boxed retail package, with certain bundled software only included in the retail package.[13] This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


On May 11, 2006, the openSUSE project released SUSE Linux 10.1, with the mailing list announcement identifying Xgl, NetworkManager, AppArmor and Xen as prominent features.[14] Cube view on a hardware accelerated Xgl server Xgl is an X server architecture designed to take advantage of modern graphics cards via their OpenGL drivers, layered on top of OpenGL via glitz. ... NetworkManager is a software utility aimed at simplifying the use of computer networks on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. ...


For their third release, the openSUSE project renamed their distribution, releasing openSUSE 10.2 on December 7, 2006. Several areas that developers focused their efforts on were reworking the menus used to launch programs in KDE and GNOME, moving to ext3 as the default file system, providing support for internal readers of Secure Digital cards commonly used in digital cameras, improving power management framework (more computers can enter suspended states instead of shutting down and starting up) and the package management system. This release also featured version 2.0 of Mozilla Firefox. The ext3 or third extended filesystem is a journaled file system that is commonly used by the Linux operating system. ... For library and office filing systems, see Library classification. ... Secure Digital (SD) is a flash (non-volatile) memory card format developed by Matsushita, SanDisk, and Toshiba for use in portable devices. ... Look up digital camera in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Power management is a feature of some electrical appliances, especially copiers and computer peripherals such as monitors and printers, that turns off the power or switches the system to a low-power state after a period of inactivity. ... The Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) specification is an open industry standard first released in December 1996 developed by HP, Intel, Microsoft, Phoenix, and Toshiba that defines common interfaces for hardware recognition, motherboard and device configuration and power management. ... In computing, booting (booting up) is a bootstrapping process that starts operating systems when the user turns on a computer system. ... Illustration of a package management system being used to download new software. ... Firefox redirects here. ...


The fourth release, openSUSE 10.3, was made available as a stable version on October 4, 2007.[15] An overhaul of the software package management system (including support for 1-Click-Install), legal MP3 support from Fluendo and improved boot-time are some of the areas focused on for this release. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


11.x Series

OpenSUSE 11.0 was released on 19 June 2008. It included the latest versions of KDE and GNOME, with version 4 of KDE becoming default over the older 3 series. It comes in three versions freely downloadable: a complete installation DVD (including GNOME, KDE3, and KDE4), and two Live CDs (GNOME, and KDE4 respectively). Package management and installation were made significantly faster with ZYpp. Gnoppix 0. ...


Like the previous versions, it targets 32 bit PC, 64 bit PC, and PowerPC architectures. 32-bit is a term applied to processors, and computer architectures which manipulate the address and data in 32-bit chunks. ... A stylised illustration of a personal computer A personal computer (PC) is a computer whose original sales price, size, and capabilities make it useful for individuals, intended to be operated directly by an end user, with no intervening computer operator. ... In computer architecture, 64-bit integers, memory addresses, or other data units are those that are at most 64 bits (8 bytes) wide. ... PowerPC is a RISC microprocessor architecture created by the 1991 Apple–IBM–Motorola alliance, known as AIM. Originally intended for personal computers, PowerPC CPUs have since become popular embedded and high-performance processors as well. ...

Hardware Compatibility

As of v10.0, openSUSE resumed support for the PowerPC based systems from Apple including the Old World(PCI Based 601, 603, & 604 systems, Powerbook 1400, 2400, 3400 , G3(Kanga) and G3 Wallstreet, and the original PowerMac G3 Beige) and New World Macintoshes(Blue & White G3, Lombard and Pismo Powerbooks, and All G4 & G5 based systems) as well as the IBM POWER based systems and the Cell/PS3. PowerPC is a RISC microprocessor architecture created by the 1991 Apple–IBM–Motorola alliance, known as AIM. Originally intended for personal computers, PowerPC CPUs have since become popular embedded and high-performance processors as well. ...


See also

  • openSUSE Build Service
  • SUSE Linux distributions

References

  1. ^ Announcing openSUSE 11.0 GM
  2. ^ Sponsors/AMD. opensuse.org. Retrieved on 2008-03-17.
  3. ^ Novell Completes Acquisition of SUSE LINUX. Novell Press Release (January 13, 2004). Retrieved on 2006-01-13.
  4. ^ Tina Gasperson (August 3, 2005). Novell frees SUSE Professional under new branding. NewsForge. Retrieved on 2006-01-13.
  5. ^ Michael Loeffler (October 4, 2007). Release of openSUSE 10.3. opensuse-announce mailing list. Retrieved on 2007-10-04.
  6. ^ Arthur Griffith, CompTIA Linux+ Certification (Virtual Training Company, 2004)
  7. ^ Frequently Asked Questions. opensuse.org. Retrieved on 2007-01-13.
  8. ^ SuSE Rebrands Ahead of 9.0 Launch. internetnews.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-03.
  9. ^ Novell to acquire SuSE Linux. zdnet.com.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-03.
  10. ^ Kennedy, D. (2003). Novell's Linux buy opens road to top. Retrieved December 20, 2003.
  11. ^ Ramesh, R. (2004). Novell: SuSE stays the same, for now. Retrieved January 14, 2004.
  12. ^ CowboyNeal (October 5, 2006). SUSE 10.0 OSS Released. Slashdot. Retrieved on 2007-01-13.
  13. ^ Joe Harmon (September 19, 2005). Packages on the retail version and not the OSS version of SUSE Linux 10.0. Novell.com. Retrieved on 2007-01-13.
  14. ^ Andreas Jaeger (May 11, 2006). SUSE Linux 10.1 Release. opensuse-announce mailing list. Retrieved on 2007-01-13.
  15. ^ Francis Giannaros (October 4, 2007). Announcing openSUSE 10.3 GM. openSUSE News. Retrieved on 2007-10-08.

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External links

  • Official site
  • openSUSE Community site
  • openSUSE Forums
  • SUSE Forums
  • Suse Unbound Forum
  • openSUSE 11 new features
  • Managing Firm-Sponsored Open Source Communities, a masters thesis
  • First Look at OpenSUSE 11 beta 2
  • Russian Community OpenSUSE
For the road bicycle racing team previously known as Novell, see Rabobank (cycling). ... Novell eDirectory (formerly called Novell Directory Services [NDS]) is an X.500 compatible directory service software product released in 1993 by Novell, Inc. ... Novell ZENworks, a suite of software products developed and maintained by Novell, Inc. ... Novell Identity Manager (aka, IDM) is Novells implementation of Identity Management software. ... Novell BorderManager is a program made by Novell designed to restrict access to undersirable websites from within a Novell Network. ... SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) is a Linux distribution supplied by Novell, targeted at the business market. ... SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED), formerly Novell Linux Desktop is a desktop-oriented Linux distribution supplied by Novell and targeted at the business market. ... Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) is a network software product by Novell, Inc. ... GroupWise is a cross-platform collaborative software product from Novell, Inc. ... NetWare is a network operating system developed by Novell, Inc. ... AppArmor (Application Armor) is security software for Linux, released under the GNU General Public License. ... Evolution or Novell Evolution (formerly Ximian Evolution, prior to Novells 2003 acquisition of Ximian) is the official personal information manager and workgroup information management tool for GNOME. It combines e-mail, calendar, address book, and task list management functions. ... iFolder is an open source application, developed by Novell, Inc. ... Mono is a project led by Novell (formerly by Ximian) to create an Ecma standard compliant . ... A Certified Novell Administrator (CNA) is a person that is professionally certified by Novell to administer NetWare-based based computer networks. ... Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) is a certification which is designed to certify that an individual possesses in-depth knowledge and skills related to administration and troubleshooting of the Novell NetWare operating system. ... Drew Major was one of the founders of Novell and the lead architect and developer of NetWare operating system for over 15 years. ... Dennis Fairclough is Deputy Chair/Professor at the Computing & Networking Sciences Department at Utah Valley State College. ... Raymond Noorda (born 1924) was a U.S. computer businessman. ... Ronald W. Hovsepian or Ron Hovsepian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Novell, Inc. ... Jeffrey Vernon Merkey is an American computer scientist and entrepreneur. ... Eric Emerson Schmidt, Ph. ... A Linux distribution (also called GNU/Linux distribution) is a member of the Linux family of Unix-like software distributions. ... CentOS is a freely available Linux distribution which is based on Red Hats commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) product. ... Debian is a free operating system. ... The Gentoo Linux operating system (pronounced ) is a Linux distribution named after the Gentoo penguin. ... Knoppix, or KNOPPIX, is a complete Linux distribution on a CD. This includes a working computer operating system and a powerful suite of graphical user software which can be used as a live CD. It is a Debian-based Linux distribution, developed by Linux consultant Klaus Knopper. ... Mandriva Linux (formerly Mandrakelinux or Mandrake Linux) is a Linux distribution created by Mandriva (formerly Mandrakesoft). ... Red Hat Enterprise Linux (often abbreviated to RHEL) is a Linux distribution produced by Red Hat and targeted toward the commercial market, including mainframes. ... Slackware was one of the earliest Linux distributions, and is the oldest, and most UNIX-like, distribution still being maintained[1]. It was created by Patrick Volkerding of Slackware Linux, Inc. ... This page provides general information about notable Linux distributions in the form of a categorized list. ...

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