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Novell launches openSUSE project with initial beta release

Tash Shifrin

Novell has launched its openSUSE project with the release of a beta 1 version of Suse Linux 10.0 – codenamed “Prague” – to developers as part of a shift to an open source methodology for developing Suse Linux.

Developers will now be able to contribute to the review, testing and development of new versions of Suse. They are invited to hunt for bugs and suggest patches for Suse 10.0 in the first stage of open community participation.

Novell hopes that throwing open the Suse source code to developers will help make the operating system more widely available and broaden the base of users.

David Patrick, vice-president and general manager for Linux and open source platforms and services at Novell, said, “In 2003, we moved our company to Linux. Now we want to move the world to Linux.

“With openSUSE, our goals are to make it easy for anyone to access Suse Linux and to provide a place where developers can advance the state of the art of Linux. The project provides an environment where new ideas are welcomed, incubated and implemented rapidly.”

The beta 2 release of Suse 10.0 is timetabled for 18 August. Details of the openSUSE project can be found at http://opensuse.org.


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