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June 14, 2007

Mi Paiz Venezuela y Linux

by @ 10:56 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux migrations

Venezuela Embraces Linux

Alrighty, then. Here’s one that’s cool to me for several reasons. I lived in Venezuela for two years as a missionary for my church. I really learned to love and appreciate the Venezuelan people. It is great to see that they are embracing Open Source Software. Linux is really sweet, and so it is all just really cool to see cool people using cool software. Cool.


“The Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez announced the launch of their ‘Bolivarian Computers’ last week, consisting of four different models produced in Venezuela with Chinese technology. The new computers will run the open-source Linux operating system and will first be used inside the government ‘missions’ and state companies and institutions but eventually are expected to be sold across Venezuela and Latin America.”

“Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez presented the new machines to the public last week at an event in the state of Falcon as he donated them to a school there. The new computers are produced by the joint venture VIT (Venezuela de Industria Tecnologica), which is owned by the Chinese company Lang Chao and the Venezuelan Ministry of Light Industry and Commerce.”

Read the rest of the story here.

Specsavers opens eyes to open source

by @ 4:06 pm. Filed under Linux migrations

Another great migration story comes to us this time from Specsavers, a chain of opticians. They are migrating a third of their systems to Linux.


“Specsavers, the retail chain of opticians, is putting the finishing touches to an IT refit of its UK operation that has seen it move a third of its applications to open source software.”

“The group is making the same transition across all eight countries in which it operates in order to save money and hassle. Key to the move is the adoption of open standards so it can avoid being trapped into using any single vendor’s software.”

“Michel Khan, IT director for the Specsavers Group, said it had already saved a ‘mid-quartile’ six figure sum from licence fees alone and another ‘lower quartile’ six figure sum from the operational benefits of wresting control back from proprietary vendors.”

Read the whole story here.

SA’s first Linux training academy

by @ 12:23 pm. Filed under Linux News

Now THIS is way cool. South Africa has its own Linux training school. That is super neat. Students will get a bunch of hands-on training and will emerge with an LPI certification.


“In a first for South Africa, Linux Holdings have launched a full-time Linux Training Academy.”

“Kin Le Roux, MD of Linux Holdings explained that the Linux curriculum consists of four months full time Linux training and then a six months internship at an open source related company.”

“The four months training will consist of 35% lectures and 65% practicals, after which the students will write their Linux Professsional Institute (LPI) level one exams.”

Read the entire article here.

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha5 Released

by @ 10:15 am. Filed under General SUSE, SUSE News, SUSE releases

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha5 Released

From the bros in Germany:

I’m glad to announce openSUSE 10.3 Alpha5.

Important Changes Since Alpha4

The following are some highlights of Alpha5 compared to Alpha4:

* Linux 2.6.22 rc4
* Reduced size and cleaned up dependencies of some packages

* glibc 2.6
* Emacs 22.1
* OpenOffice.Org 2.2.1 rc3
* Lots of package renames and splits to create smaller systems and allow

  a one CD installation.
* Two one CD installation media: A GNOME CD and a KDE CD.  Both contain

  a small desktop.  Please review the media and tell us changes.  This
  is our very first version – I would call it pre-Alpha 😉

* If openSUSE is installed from CDs, user is offered to bring up
  network connection in order to be able to install a remote add-on

  product together with openSUSE.

A more detailed list of changes is available via .

Most Annoying Bugs
So far the following critical bugs have been found, please read before

you install:

* YaST do not accept the default gpg key by default and asks for import

  during registration. (Bug 283738)
* grub config completely broken on update (Bug 283709)
* No remote repository gets added during installation (Bug 283740)

* ifup/getcfg are broken, so the traditional network scripts will not
  work – workaround: Use NetworkManager (Bug 283724).

* No NIS offered during installation (Bug 270899) 

The list of annoying bugs is found here as well, please update it if

you find more:

Call for Testing

* Please test the new 1 CD GNOME and KDE installation media and tell

  us how to improve them.  Please keep in mind the space constraints.

* Please test the network setup at the beginning and that you can add

  remote installation sources even if installing from CD.

* Live DVD

  A live DVD is not part of this release, but it can be create by

  anyone using the kiwi config for current Factory.

  1) Add the openSUSE:Tools project repository, if you do not have it yet:

  sa -r ‘

  Please note that you may need a different repo, if you do not use openSUSE 

  10.2 on your workstation.
  2) install or update the kiwi live system description:
  zypper install kiwi-desc-livesystem

  3) Create a Live image, be sure that no /tmp/mydvd directory does exist 

  Kiwi will create an image for that architecture what you run as host system.

  4) Burn the image and boot it 🙂

* Instlux

  Please test InstLux, to start a Linux installation under Windows.

  Thanks a lot for Jordi for his great work!  Our first tests showed
  that this might not work under Vista since the binary is not signed.

  Take care about the uninstaller of the openSUSE installer which gets
  blocked by Vista Popup Blocker after login.

  Network installation with InstLux is now available and needs some
  further testing. InstLux Network Installer needs no special media

  only a working internet connection. The InstLux Network Installer
  can be found at:

* OpenOffice.Org 2.2.1 RC3

  Please test the new version!

* libata for IDE devices

   We’re using the libata stack now also for IDE controllers.  Please
   do test that an update works and all files are changed

   automatically (libata uses /dev/sda for the first harddisk instead
   of /dev/hda).  Disks with more than 15 partitions are not handled

   right now, we’re still evaluating whether there is a good solution.
   to use the old scheme, boot with "hwprobe=-modules.pata".

Media and Download

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha4 for i386, x86-64 and ppc comes as different media

* 1 GNOME Installation CD for i386 (NEW!)
* 1 KDE Installation CD for i386 (NEW!)

* 6 CDs (CD 6 was needed due to the increase space of TeXLive)
* 1 AddOn CD with only NonOSS packages on it

* 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for extra
  languages (the 6 CDs contain support for english, french, italian, spanish,

  german, chinese, japanese, czech, danish, norwegian, khmer,
  hungarian, polish) (the 6 CDs have support for installation in all

  languages, just extra packages are only on this extra media)
* 1 DVD containing the contents of the 6 CDs and the NonOSS AddOn CD

* CDs/DVDs containing the sources corresponding to the media

We have created Delta ISOs from openSUSE 10.3 Alpha4.  Please use them

for download.

The DVDs and the source media are only available via bittorrent.

Please report all bugs you find on in our bugzilla as explained in, discussion is most appropriate on the

opensuse-factory@xxxxxxxxxxxx mailing list.

To download media, please use the links provided at:

The next Alphas are:

* Thu, Jul  6   openSUSE 10.3 Alpha5+ release (internal)

* Thu, Jul 19   openSUSE 10.3 Alpha6 release

Have a lot of fun,

 Andreas Jaeger, Director Platform / openSUSE, aj@xxxxxxx
  SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, GF: Markus Rex, HRB 16746 (AG Nürnberg)

   Maxfeldstr. 5, 90409 Nürnberg, Germany
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