Archive:Weekly news 127
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- Welcome to the openSUSE Weekly News.
- Now, when the twentythird week ends, we are pleased to announce our new issue 127.
- This week we have seen, that we have soon the 11.3 RC1 checkin, so we can test the new Release Canidate. As written in the last weeks, you are invited to test and to write Bug reports.
- The other interesting thing is the "Hackweek V". We have created an own Section inside "In the Community", so we have an good Overview about this week.
- We hope that you'll enjoy reading.
- "We wanted to give you an update regarding the status of our Strategy Team’s release of strategy proposals for public discussion. Truth is, despite our best intentions to release on this date, we failed to realize each of our personal schedules leading up to this date. For many of us on the team, we had a number of commitments and didn’t realize that most of us had scheduling conflicts.
- We are 90% done completing the wording of our proposals. While we could have rushed to finish everything by today, it was agreed that quality of the proposals was more important than rushing to meet a deadline. As such, we have agreed to postpone the release for one additional week until everyone is able to return to the table and finalize our proposals."
- "I just added a new feature on Planet openSUSE: articles with more than 100 words are shorted (see the "...") and have an additional "read more" link to read the full article on the host blog.
- I hope that this will enhance the readability, as we keep having massive entries that run across several screens (which, IMHO, ruin the experience of having an aggregator).
- Thanks to the Django developers from whom I blatantly stole some code to do the tedious word wrapping in HTML."
- "The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the 1.8 and 2.0 releases of the openSUSE Build Service (OBS). It is an open package and distribution development platform that provides a transparent infrastructure that allows developers to build for various major Linux distributions and hardware architectures.
- The public server http://build.opensuse.org is available for all open source developers to build packages for the most popular distributions including Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Ubuntu. It is also used to build the openSUSE and MeeGo distributions. (...)"
- "So it’s time to take some hours to test our future version.
- Today I start a fresh M7/Factory install : booting from pxe. The test case is build quickly a minimal server text mode.
- Just uncheck the auto configuration, we are after all linux admin. Choose your partition keyboard, language (en recommanded for server) etc … normal. (...)"
Schedules for the next Week
- "11th June:
- RC 1 of 11.3 checkin/release"
The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:
- All Open Reports: 4911 (+55)
- Blocker: 3 (+0)
- Critical: 278 (+6)
- Major: 901 (+8)
- Normal: 2768 (+28)
- Minor: 403 (+10)
- Enhancements: 558 (+3)
Build Service Team
- "Last month I found some time to take a look at osc to fix issues and add some stuff I was missing since I have to work with build.opensuse.org and the SUSE internal buildservice (e.g. for updates and maintenance of our enterprise products).
- Yes, I know it's some weeks old and now integrated, but anyway. Here is what I've done: (...)"
Build Service Statistics
The Build Service now hosts 13169 (+164) projects, 94850 (+612) packages, 23281 (+478) repositories by 23440 (+100) confirmed users.
- "Greetings! Second week of the KDE at openSUSE blog. We are now on PlanetSUSE as well, so hello to all its readers. And since you did not get the last post: this blog is a short summary of what’s happening at openSUSE regarding KDE and it tries to give all those that bring KDE to the openSUSE users the credit they deserve. (...)"
- "Just a quick blog to update all of you of the changes to the openSUSE KDE4:Unstable repository. As you (hopefully) all know is that KDE SC 4.5 Beta 2 got tagged yesterday. At the moment we are testing the build of the Beta 2 packages to see if everything is in the right shape for the release hopefully later this week."
- Meeting Minutes
- "As of today the openSUSE KDE4:Unstable repositories are now offering the new KDE SC 4.5 Beta 2 packages for 11.1, 11.2 and Factory. So come and get them !! The new beta also has an update on the polkit-kde-1 package which resolves the segmentation fault when logging off.
- Besides the KDE SC 4.5 Beta 2, the repositories are also offering the updates to konversation 1.3, digikam 1.3.0 and kipi-plugins 1.3.0. (...)"
- "# zypper install evolution
- This will install say 13 packages, evolution and its dependencies including evolution-data-server etc....
- # zypper remove evolution
- This will remove only evolution. Leaving the dependencies installed. The 12 packages are left installed. (...)"
- "In boot.rootfsck and boot.localfs the return status of fsck is stored in $FSCK_RETURN. The result determines the further boot process. I suggest to ignore a return code 32 (user abort) in order to make a fast boot possible if the user knows what he is doing (e.g. in case of a fs check forced just by the number of boot cycles)."
- "I am presuming that opensuse 11.3 will be fixed at kernel version 2.6.34, which contains poor/buggy support for the TurboCore features of the new AMD X6 processors."
- "It would be nice to have a set of favourite modules in YaST either as a separate group or as part of the display (for example a list of items just below the left sidebar)."
Feature statistics for openSUSE 11.3:
More information on openFATE
- total: 667 (+10)
- unconfirmed: 425 (+10)
- new: 14 (+0)
- evaluation: 93 (-4)
- candidate: 5 (+0)
- done: 44 (+0)
- rejected: 67 (+0)
- duplicate: 19 (+0)
- "Had a marvelous time at WriteCamp Milwaukee 2 Saturday.
- Mercy Hill Church at the Hide House is a fantastic venue, which you can see for yourself in the Flickr feed. The space was broken up into five session areas: Two in the main “sanctuary” area, with plenty of separation, so no one got confused by audio bleedthrough; three smaller classrooms.
- The whole conference had a pretty analog feel to it for this techie. I brought my laptop, and lugged it around unopened pretty much all day. I confined my notes to pen and paper."
- "I´m at Linuxtag in Berlin again this year. As every year it´s a great event, interesting people and interesting talks. Together with the fanstastic weather here in Berlin we really have a great time.
- My personal highlights of the first day are: (...)"
- "The openSUSE presence will of course be amazing: just take a look at our wiki page. Many contributors will have a talk, but we'll also have workshops on the openSUSE booth (I recommend Robert's Learn Inkscape Vector KungFu) and various interviews on RadioTux. And of course, you can just come to the booth to meet us: we'll be happy to share our enthusiasm with you!
- On the GNOME side, we apparently couldn't find enough volunteers in time to run a booth. That's a sad news, but we'll still have many people attending the event, and we'll have several talks in the Desktop track on Saturday. I know I won't miss Stormy's one :-) (...)"
- "It is Hackweek V here at Novell. And as with all good things that are supposed to start on Monday, and end on Friday, the best thing is that they can start on Friday evening and go until the night becomes a dawn on Monday morning. It is in this spririt that I started to do some preparation to the long overdue release of libwpd libwpg and all projects that are depending on these two. Already during the week-end I fixed some obvious regressions in libwpg, caused by the complete API rewrite. I added some callbacks to the libwpd's API, so that we can try to support named styles during the 0.9.x series and will not have to break ABI too soon (libwpd 0.8.x were API stable for about 5 years). And today, I was playing with some more regressions and bugs found by sum1, the best QA person that I know. (..:)"
- "Hi developers!
- These are first hours of hackweek. A lot of people in Novell and in the community are starting to work on different projects. What can I give for free software in this week? Sure, my favorite project is NetworkManagement. (...)"
- "Hack Week 2010 — Client-side awesome
- It is Hack Week this week, when all of Novell's hackers work on whatever project they want for the whole week.
- The infrastructure for Document-Centric GNOME is coming along just fine. The Zeitgeist hackers are kicking all sorts of ass with the engine and the activity journal — that's what lets you see your work in a nice timeline.
- Another part of the document-centric vision is to allow comfortable flow or circulation through your files, which is sorely missing right now."
- "This week is hackweek at SUSE. Originally I had planned to go to Linuxtag, which also is this week, but unfortunately I'm not able to follow that plan, so I'm making the best of it and take the opportunity to hack away on a project I wanted to do for a long time already: A graphical client for SUSE Studio. It's tracked as Feature 309733 in openFATE.
- I'm not going to replicate the functionality of the web interface. This can easily be used through a browser. Maybe I will experiment with embedding a browser component, but the main focus of the client will be on those tasks which can't be done online. This is stuff like managing downloads, running and deploying appliances locally, natively connecting to testdrive, etc. I'm sure you have more ideas. Don't hesitate to share them with me, if you like."
- "Hi, as hackweek continue I want to present my contribution for this year event. My plan is to support our the youngest supported desktop environment LXDE. So I contact our LXDE guy Andrea Florio and he ask lxde developers. Then we communicate directly and I found as the most intersting idea to replace gnome gvfs which is needed to have usable gio interface in glib (geek-deserialization: allow easy access remote systems, zip archives in file manager like it is part of filesystem). Motivation for replacement is quite big gvfs dependency and system resource requirements. It choose it because I can learn something new, can return to programming in C from Ruby on Rails which is used for webyast and last not least I think it is usable also for another lightweight environment xfce4. (...)"
- "Hackweek V is over and I can happily report success. My graphical SUSE Studio client is functional and has the first cool features implemented. The focus of the client is not to duplicate the functionality of the SUSE Studio web interface, but to provide those features, which are hard or not possible to do on the server. This is stuff like managing downloads, running and deploying appliances locally, or native access to testdrive. From this list I got the native testdrive done. On the click of a button, the client starts a testdrive on the SUSE Studio servers and then connects with an embedded native client. This gives great performance and a very smooth and integrated experience."
- "Recently people played around a lot with a new kind of presentations. The pages in the classical presentation tool sense seem to lie around on a large canvas and while the presentation running, the focus moves over the canvas and stops by interesting points. Zooming allows to go more in detail and other cool graphics effects make it fun to watch these presentations.
- This week was the fifth Hackweek at Novell where we can pick an interesting topic and work on it. I am always interested in cool applications and I wanted to investigate a bit on Qts GraphicsView anyway so I decided to go for a proof of concept implementation of a lightweight but cool presentation tool following these concepts. (...)"
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lists.opensuse.org has 37271 (+20) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 46569 registered users - Most users ever online was 30559, 08-Jan-2010 at 13:06.
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New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE
- "The OpenSceneGraph is an OpenSource, cross platform graphics toolkit for the development of high performance graphics applications such as flight simulators, games, virtual reality and scientific visualization. Based around the concept of a SceneGraph, it provides an object oriented framework on top of OpenGL freeing the developer from implementing and optimizing low level graphics calls, and provides many additional utilities for rapid development of graphics applications."
- "Updated to install_flash_player_10_r53.64_linux.tar.bz2"
- You can find other interesting Packages at:
- Packman – OBS
To view the security announcements in full, or to receive them as soon as they're released, refer to the openSUSE Security Announce mailing list.
- Package: flash-player
- Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2010:024
- Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 17:00:00 +0000
- Affected Products: openSUSE 11.0
- openSUSE 11.1
- openSUSE 11.2
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP3
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP1
- "The second 2.6.35 prepatch has been released. "So -rc2 is out there, and hopefully fixes way more problems than it introduces. I'm slightly unhappy with its size - admittedly it's not nearly as big as rc2 was the last release cycle, but that was an unusually big -rc2. And I really hoped for a calmer release cycle this time." There's some new drivers and a lot of fixes; the short-form changelog is in the announcement, or see the full changelog for all the details."
- "Guest Blog from Rares Aioanei! Welcome to another edition of openSUSE's kernel weekly news! This week sees the launch of 2.6.35-rc2, plus other goodies, so let's dive into it! (...)"
- "The third 2.6.35 prepatch is out. "So I've been hardnosed now for a week - perhaps overly so - and hopefully that means that 2.6.35-rc3 will be better than -rc2 was. Not only do we have a number of regressions handled, we don't have that silly memory corruptor that bit so many people with -rc2 and confused people with its many varied forms of bugs it seemed to take, depending on just what random memory it happened to corrupt." The short-form changelog is in the announcement, or see the full changelog for all the details. Linus now evidently goes offline for a little while, so the flow of changes into the mainline will slow down. (...)"
Tips and Tricks
For Desktop Users
- "Have you ever thought about how you really spend your time at work? If you're wondering where the time goes, the GNOME Time Tracker is a great tool to help you keep an eye on which activities eat up your days."
For Commandline/Script Newbies
- "One of the operation of the shell when it analyzes the input is Shell expansion. Bash provides different types of expansion. In this article let us review an important expansion — “Brace expansion”."
- "The GNU find utility is one of the most useful commands you’ll ever get to know. At first glance the options and syntax can seem arcane. But, with a little practice, you’ll be able to locate any file on your system with almost no trouble at all. To help you get started, we’ve got 10 ways you can use find to get what you’re looking for.
- Note that not all versions of find are created equal. The find command you’ll use on Linux is slightly different than the find on BSDs, Solaris, or Mac OS X. Much of the syntax is shared and can be used between systems, but not all. (...)"
- "If you’ve been using Linux for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard about grep, though maybe you’re not familiar with using it. GNU grep is a tool that lets you search one or more files, or standard input. Simple, effective, and absolutely necessary for anyone managing Linux and UNIX-type systems. Want to get a grip on grep? We’ll get you started in no time.
- The basics of grep are simple: to search for a given pattern, run grep pattern file. This will look through one or more files and return any lines that match the search pattern. Note that grep returns lines of text and the filename, if you’re searching through files rather than standard input or the output of another command."
For Developers and Programmers
- "Back in February I wrote a post on Tunneling Debug and JMX with Alfresco. Here are a few updates to that post:
- 0/ For JMX: From Alfresco 3.2 sp1 (enterprise release) on you no longer need to add the custom-core-services-context.xml file. Instead in the alfresco-global.properties file add monitor.rmi.services.port=50508 to set the static port. (...)"
For System Administrators
- "Dropbox is a great way to synchronize files across multiple machines. A free basic Dropbox account gives you 2GB of storage, while pro paid accounts give you 50GB or 100GB of storage space. Dropbox works great on desktops; there are clients for Linux, Windows, and OS X. There are GUI tools provided to manage the Dropbox and set it up for these operating systems.
- But what happens if you want to link a Linux computer that doesn't have a GUI? It is possible, with a bit of work, to make Dropbox run without a GUI, allowing you to synchronize files with servers that are running headless or where a user account may not be logged in all the time."
- "Just about anyone who’s attempted dual booting or another non-standard boot setup has, at some point, made their own system unbootable. If the words “GRUB Error 2″ or “No Valid System Disk Found” make you break into a cold sweat, then fear no more. Now you can include the Super Grub Disk in your geek arsenal, and say goodbye to boot errors. SGD can work with Linux or Windows systems to bypass or repair the broken bootloaders that have kept many of us awake at night, and all in under 2MB. That’s right, it can even run from a floppy disk."
- "Have you ever asked: “how I can install TOra or Oracle client for my favourite language into my suse system?”
- It was always a pain mainly due the brilliant Oracle licensing policy. Now it should be a little bit easier – just because I started special repositories with Oracle related packages. (...)"
- "Did you remember the June 8th 1995 ?
- There was a annonce here.
- Announcing the Personal Home Page Tools (PHP Tools) version 1.0. (...)"
- "First I thought to tweet about this , but If I don’t be a bit descriptive it would not make sense.
- There is a discussion being carried out in the openSUSE Project ML . Initially I found it very interesting (Yes ! it was), but when the numbers got increased and discussion was out of topic I stopped reading the post (which maximum have done). Regarding the number of mails issue in the mailing lists , I agree with Sankar’s statement. Anyways back to the topic, today morning I found 2-3 posts (same thread) mentioning (Just to have a look what does 50 mails have to say) the chicken-egg funda. As far as this funda is concerned I am with it.But when one says (no offense) ”I want to or would like to contribute to a Fully developed chicken ” means one would contribute to a developed Open Source project , I surely dont like it and will not support this idea. (...)"
- "I have just published my RAnsrID git repository on gitorious.org. Beginning now I will stay backward compatible with old versions of journal and disk meta structure blocks. Get the git repo from
- git clone git://gitorious.org/ransrid/ransrid.git
- Unfortunately, there is little (read: no) documentation available yet; that will change after LinuxTag. Upto then the only doc is the heavily commented source code. Grab it, study it, enhance it, send a patch - that's the open source way. (...)"
- "Since anything (however stupid it might be) can be patented, I am gonna patent the following:
- Title: SYSTEM and METHOD for TROLL CONTROL in open-source projects mailing lists, via Contribution-Points based eMail Limits
- Certain mailing lists are more troll-prone than others. For instance, foundation-list, project-list etc. are more troll-prone and attract a lot of noisy crowd than other useful mailing lists like performance-improvement, research, product-XYZ-users-support-list, etc. (...)"
- "I've had a lot of people ask me both within the openSUSE community and outside of it, whether I applied for the vacant openSUSE Community Manager role.
- In a nutshell, yes I did apply for it. Why the past tense? Well I got notified almost two weeks ago that I was unsuccessful :'( The good thing that did come out of it, is that there seem to be some very good candidates in the running - let's face it, they would have to be pretty damned good to beat me ;-) (...)"
- "Guest Blog from Rares Aioanei. Hello everyone and welcome to this week's Weekly PostgreSQL News, served openSUSE-style!"
- "Some help offered on a common issue with what seems to me to be a rather odd little twist with regard to 'alsa' - seemingly missing."
- "Now this seems like a good idea! :-) Happiness with openSUSE results in folks dropping the big OS. Nothing unusual here."
- "We can be forgiving I suppose for those who only understand 'apt' from the land of 'Linux for Human Beings' and brown undertones. With a bit of 'aptitude' :-) we can learn to 'zypp' things."
- "Currently an unsolved issue this, but interesting because all the facts dictate that this should be working. @lwfinger is in the driving seat now."
On the Web
- "KDE Official NewsKDE today announced the immediate availability of KDE SC 4.5 Beta2. Quoting the announcement:
- Over the last two weeks, roughly since the first beta, 1459 new bugs have been reported, and 1643 bugs have been closed, so we're witnessing a lot of stabilization activity right now. More testing is in place, however, while the restless developers continue to create a rock-stable 4.5.0. (...)"
- "VMware will distribute and support Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server OS and also bundle the Linux variant with software appliances, under an arrangement between virtualization provider VMware and Novell being announced on Wednesday.
- Users who want to deploy VMware vSphere virtual machines with Suse Linux can get a free subscription to the Linux OS that includes patches and updates. VMware and solution provider partners will offer customers an option to purchase technical support for Suse Linux to be delivered directly by VMware."
- "Geek.net, the parent company of SourceForge.net, Slashdot.org, ThinkGeek.com, Geek.com, freshmeat.net, and ohloh.net, has told employees that it will be closing freshmeat.net and ohloh.net. This information has not yet been released to the public, but we've heard it from more than one Geek.net employee."
- "yes, forcing, I’m such an abused little critter, it’s so bad, I’ll need counseling. :(
- Over the last few weeks I have been putting the finishing touches on the plasma KPart plugin… It looks pretty good now, but still lacks a bit of the bits to really make it shine, including an API to allow applications to interact with the Plasma APIs on a more intimate level, rather than just "load widget foo, and I’ll get out of the way". (...)"
- "Adobe has murdered Flash for 64-bit Linux. At least for the moment.
- On Thursday, the company took the beta tag off the 32-bit Flash Player 10.1 for Windows, Linux, and Mac, and it released a slew of security updates for versions 10.0.45.2 and earlier. But at the same time, it posted a statement to the Adobe Labs page announcing the end of the Flash 10.1 for 64-bit Linux beta."
Reviews and Essays
- "Employees of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have ported Sun's/Oracle's ZFS natively to Linux. Linux already had a ZFS port in userspace via FUSE, since license incompatibilities between the CDDL and GPL prevent ZFS from becoming part of the Linux kernel. This project solves the licensing issue by distributing ZFS as a separate kernel module users will have to download and build for themselves."
- "The Parallel Realities website offers a collection of simple, mostly SDL based action games. They're all fairly lightweight and might make good boredom beaters on a less powerful machine, or failing that, a handy distraction while waiting for something to complete in the background. If amazing graphics are your thing, be warned that the retro styling of all of these games leans more towards nostalgic appeal than an attempt to wow. (...)"
- "A new attack on a Flash bug has surfaced that would give attackers control of a victim’s computer after crashing it, reports PC World. Adobe put out a Security Advisory about this on June 4. It is categorized as a critical issue and all operating systems with Flash are vulnerable including Windows, Linux, and Apple and it is also found in the recent versions of Reader and Acrobat."
- "Google has released Chrome 5.0.375.70 for Linux, Mac, and Windows to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, conduct cross-site scripting attacks, bypass security restrictions, or obtain sensitive information. (...)"
- "There are vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash player and AIR. An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of your computer."
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