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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 tools.

"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 that technology.

"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."

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