Interview: OpenSUSE's Joe Brockmeier
Oct 04, 2009, 04:04 (1 Talkback[s])
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"TuxRadar: First, we want to ask you a few things we asked
Andreas earlier. What are your favourite features of the upcoming
OpenSUSE 11.2 release?
"Joe Brockmeier: Mainly, 11.2 is going to have refreshed
desktops. WebYAST is very important. So overall in 11.2 I see a ton
of enhancements... We should also have a Moblin version of OpenSUSE
called Goblin - I'm looking forward to that for my netbook. We'll
be shipping Gwibber, one of my favourite social networking
"TR: Then there's the decision recently for KDE to be selected
as the default desktop in the installer - what's your perspective
on that? What was the process leading to the decision?
"JB: Well, it was proposed in our feature tool, OpenFATE, so
that started the discussion, and then the process that we normally
use to select features depends on the feature. If it's something
that requires implementation it usually goes to the maintainer of
"So if you propose a kernel feature it'll go to the guys who
maintain our kernel. If you propose something software-wise, it'll
go to whoever deals with that, and they can really look at that and
choose whether to implement it and so forth. Because this was more
of a policy rather than a piece of software change, it kinda went
up the stack and ended up in Michael Löffler's court."