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Forum Users Benefit from openSUSE KDE Repository

"Without question, users who frequent the openSUSE forums are very appreciative of all the work being done by ALL the various development teams. The progressive nature of KDE4 continues to spark a great deal of interest generally, though especially do users want options to try the latest and greatest, yet at the same time maintain a level of stability. With KDE development moving so quickly between distribution releases, users don’t want to be stuck with the distro release version of KDE. The much requested 4.5.* stable repo has now been provided for openSUSE 11.3 users. Those currently using the Factory repo will now be able to switch to:
http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Release:/45/openSUSE_11.3/"

openSUSE Conference 2010 – Collaborate Across Borders

"The openSUSE Conference brings together users, contributors and friends of the openSUSE project from 20th to 23rd October in Nuremberg, Germany. Over four days, more than seventy talks and workshops explore the theme of ‘Collaboration Across Borders‘ in Free and Open Source software communities, administration and development. The conference is the yearly get-together of the openSUSE project to give its people a chance to meet face to face, talk to and inspire each other. It takes place in the Berufsförderungswerk Nuremberg in the beautiful surroundings of the Franconian metropole. Everybody interested is welcome to join and enjoy the program which starts each day at 9am, the admission is free."

OSC2010 Sneak Peaks – Vincent Untz: Explaining GNOME 3

"The openSUSE Conference brings together users, contributors and friends of the openSUSE project from 20th to 23rd October in Nuremberg, Germany. Over four days, more than seventy talks and workshops explore the theme of ‘Collaboration Across Borders‘ in Free and Open Source software communities, administration and development. The conference is the yearly get-together of the openSUSE project to give its people a chance to meet face to face, talk to and inspire each other. It takes place in the Berufsförderungswerk Nuremberg in the beautiful surroundings of the Franconian metropole. Everybody interested is welcome to join and enjoy the program which starts each day at 9am, the admission is free. The openSUSE Conference 2010 Sneak Peaks will introduce some speakers and talks to you.]
Today we feature the talk “Explaining GNOME 3″ from Vincent Untz."

openSUSE: Finding The Target

"Hi all, Your strategy team has been working hard, as promised, to incorporate the comments you have all given over the last few months into a new document. That document aims to describe where openSUSE stands right now, what users we target, what we are doing. Who we are has been covered pretty decently in the current community statement and now we would like to present you with what users we target.
While you can all give us your input in the usual way (commenting down here, replying on the openSUSE mailinglists, on the forums and in private mail or IM), we have decided to make use of another commenting platform which is much more suited for a discussion like the one we are having. This is called co-ment, a pretty awesome commenting tool under the GNU Affero GPL. We would like to ask you to give your input on the document there instead of in the other channels so the discussion will be more structured and easier for everyone to follow. Select some text you want to comment on (a word, a few words, a sentence) and choose the little yellow + sign on the top-left to add your comment. If you click a colored section of the text, you can see the comments which have been made on it and add your own. Easy peasy!
You can find the document here. And for reference here the openSUSE Strategy portal on the wiki. Please have fun!"


Status Updates

Distribution

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Nelson Marques: merc retro adds fuse

"‘merc retro’ is a small project I started on SUSE Studio and aims to deploy a minimalist install of openSUSE 11.3 with GNOME and some applications. ‘merc retro’ is intended to run from a self bootable USB stick and comes packing some handpicked applications:..."

Jos Poortvliet: directions - openSUSE and Fedora

"Interestingly enough, in parallel to our discussion about where we're going, Fedora is also discussing strategy. One particularly good blog post by Máirín Duffy about target users of Fedora offers some interesting insights.
Situation
On Fedora, there are basically four repositories:
* Stable - end user product
* Testing - stabilisation tree
* Rawhide - development tree (our factory)
* Kopers - personal repositories (bit like our Build Service home projects)
As you might know, Fedora Stable does currently receive quite some package updates over it's lifecycle - catering to users who want the latest software. The downside of this is that it sacrifices stability - you can't have your cake and eat it too. And for some users - even that isn't enough. They want the latest Banshee when it is released right away - not wait for it to mature in Testing. So they have to enable Rawhide repositories - often bringing in far more unstable software than just Banshee or whatever they're after. And that software is build against a whole different stack - Rawhide has moved beyond stable of course, adding things like a newer glib or other base libraries and building against a newer GCC. All this creates a significant risk for instability."

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Build Service Team

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Andreas Jaeger: Build Service Cheat Sheet

"Last week I had some discussions with colleagues about the build service and Berthold and Darix suggested to create some kind of reference card for the build service.
So, I’ve sat down, learned how others do sheat cheets, e.g. via XML or in OpenOffice.org and then decided to go the easy route with columns using an OpenOffice.org text document.
The first version is now available for download. It describes building packages for Factory, reviewing of package submissions, maintenance, package editing, miscellaneous commands and osc installation. The file is supposed to be printed on two sides of a paper – and then cut the paper to A5."

Build Service Statistics

Statistics can be found at http://build.opensuse.org


KDE Team

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Javier Llorente: KDE bug triage report

"Last month there was a KDE bug triage (sorry for the late report) and we squashed 60 bugs :-D
Thanks to all the people who contributed in making the KDE experience a bit better, especially Stephen Dunn and Christian Trippe. ;-)
Remember, this hasn’t finished here. Going through the bug reports always helps!"


Mono Team

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Andrés G. Aragoneses: Fines and NGOs

"My flatmates and I are moving to another place. Actually, it's a place that is very close to the previous one, so we will still live in the center of Madrid. Basically the place is a bit better, with less traffic noise, and we now have a big terrace to enjoy the summer better!
However, the move is turning a bit irritating because it has coincided with the Q1 timeline of our project and I'm becoming crazy trying to give my best with both things. This move was planned even before I joined Novell; if I had joined before, maybe I would have preferred to stay in the previous place because now it's very likely that I move to Cambridge (MA) on October of this year."


openFATE Team

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#310515: Filesystem compatybility layer

"Many closed source software are designed to working with only one operating system. Main problem to creating closed source application to Unix is filesystem hierarchy difference. (...)"

#310516: YaST2 DNSSEC

"With the root zone now being signed, DNSSEC is finally seeing adoption. It would be really nice for YaST to be able to generate a signed zone."

#310517: DKIM and DomainKeys support

"DKIM is now widely adopted by all major E-Mail providers and is considered a key check in anit-spam systems. While many people and organizations deploy one of the big integrated mail solutions or use a hosted solution, some just want good, old, plain SMTP. We should help these people, to get highest level of security directly with their operating system of choice."

#310518: Make openSUSE 11.4 12.0

"Since going from SUSE 9 to 10, going to the next major version happened after xx.3. openSUSE 11.4 will come after 11.3, so it should follow this pattern. If this became permanent, then with the release cycle one could always predict what release and when."

#310530: 4 Options for better SUSE install and backup flexibility

"I would like to see the same installation flexibility for SUSE as is available for Ubuntu and Fedora.
SUSE uses a wonderfully polished installer, however, the following features are either missing or I am not informed on how to use the following, which I think would be a great addition to SUSE distro and suse studio for the average or even small business user. (...)"

#310532: Using the torrent protocol in package manager

"I believe talk about the benefits of the torrent protocol is not necessary.
Integrating the torrent in yast (or directly in libzypp), will also reduce the bandwidth consumption of servers, improving the speed of many users.It would be possible to use all of the servers contained in metalink and add them as seed. (...)"

#310560: Server Download Option for 11.4+

"I am sure this may have been proposed before, but just in case I think it is a good move if the SUSE project would consider the following...
#Proposal Break 11.4+ distributions into the following downloadable images from the opensuse.org site..."

#310563: Dashboard Install GUI

"Create a dashboard install on the DVD at the installation screen to help new users better understand the install options available to them. By this I mean where the selections come up to install Gnome, KDE, etc. that a dashboard listing replace it showing the Gnome, KDE, LXDE, XCFE, JeOS, Server, and Server/Server GUI as separate icons rather than a drop down list to select. Additionally, as the user scrolls across the icon it would give them a a summary description of the type of system it will install and possibly a screenshot or two to see if they will like it visually. Then as the install proceeds the user can customize the package selection later as is currently part of the system."

Statistics

Feature statistics for openSUSE 11.4

More information on openFATE


Translation Team

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Localization


In the Community

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Bryen Yunashko: A Great Weekend in Columbus at the Ohio Linux Fest

"The weekend has come and gone and I’ve had a great weekend at the Ohio Linux Fest in Columbus, Ohio. A bit busy and intense at times as I was wearing my two hats… both representing openSUSE and representing GNOME-A11y.
So, I got there on Friday morning and checked out the only two sessions I could make time to see for the whole weekend. Unfortunately, ASL interpreters I had arranged for to assist me over the weekend had backed out so I was very lost communication-wise for the most part during the weekend. But I persevered….
I checked out the sessions led by Mel Chua (Red Hat’s Community Education Engineer) and Robyn Bergeron (Fedora Marketing lead). I had befriended both of them just a couple of months earlier at the Community Leadership Summit. Even though I wasn’t going to have an interpreter present, I went to see both sessions because I’m always supportive of those whom I know and go to their sessions as a show of support whenever I can."

Events & Meetings

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openSUSE for your ears

  • The openSUSE Weekly News are available as Livestream or Podcast in the German Language. You can hear it or download it on http://blog.radiotux.de/podcast.

From Ambassadors

Carlos Ribeiro: The openSUSE ambassadors were present at VOLDAY

"The first VOLDAY helded in São Paulo is over ...
But ... For sure I can say that was another success for Brazilians Linux communities, sponsors, and everyone involved, had an excellent level of talks and the presence of ambassadors openSUSE was secured by two presentations and distribution of some openSUSE dual-layer DVDs, which surprised everyone because one side has the facility for 32-bit machines and 64-bit in other side. (...)"

Bruno Friedmann: frOsCamp day I

"So our little team found it’s way to Zürich yesterday.
Every body is here this morning.
More content will be coming, but I offer you an exclusive look & preview right now !"

openSUSE in $COUNTRY

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New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

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Packman: guake 0.4.2-1

"Guake is a top-down terminal for Gnome (in the style of Yakuake for KDE, Tilda or the terminal used in Quake)."

Packman: pyalsaaudio 0.6-1

"This package contains wrappers for accessing the ALSA API from Python. It is currently fairly complete for PCM devices and Mixer access. MIDI sequencer support is low on our priority list, but volunteers are welcome. "

Awesome Music Player That Rocks: Jajuk

"Jajuk is a free, cross-platform music player available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, written in Java. I never used Jajuk before, so I tested it for the first time today, an I'm really impressed. Let me explain.
Introduction
The version I'm going to talk about is 1.9 RC2, which is the version currently included in Ubuntu 10.10 Beta. Jajuk is written in Java and it uses the mplayer engine for playing audio files, and comes with a full set of features, most of them reviewed here."
The Package jajuk is available in the Packman Repository.

Packman: kmediafactory 0.8.0-2

"KMediafactory is easy to use template based dvd authoring tool. You can quickly create DVD menus for home videos and TV recordings in three simple steps."

Packman: cclive 0.6.3-1

"cclive is a command line video extraction utility similar to clive but focuses on low requirements. Its features are few and essential.
cclive is intended for users who prefer lightweight and "snappy" programs. It was written in C and depends on libcurl. cclive sports much of the same features but some compromises were made along the way to keep the prerequisites low."

Packman: eMount 0.10.3

"EMount is a free system administrator tool for Linux that can mount, encrypt and manage disk image files and physical disk drives. It relies on cryptsetup, which implements the LUKS disk encryption specification."

OMG!SUSE! team: F-Spot 0.8: Attention grabbing headline!

"Oh yeah, I bet that headline really grabbed your attention didn't it! Let's face it, to the untrained eye F-Spot announcing a new stable release series might not seem exciting but I can assure it kind-of sort-of is.
In the three or four months since the last stable version, 0.6.2, was released the F-Spot team has been churning through releases throughout the summer fixing bugs left and right, refactoring code and adding the occasional snazzy feature." F-Spot is available in the GNOME:Apps Repository."

OBS openSUSE:11.3:Update/seamonkey r2 commited

"Updated to Version 2.0.8"

OBS openSUSE:11.3:Update/MozillaFirefox r2 commited

"Updated to Version 3.6.10"

OBS openSUSE:11.3:Update/mozilla-xulrunner192 r2 commited

"Updated to 1.9.2.10"
  • You can find other interesting Packages at:
  • PackmanOBS


Security Updates

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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.

SUSE Security Announcement: Linux kernel (SUSE-SA:2010:041)

  • Package: kernel
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2010:041
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 14:00:00 +0000
  • Affected Products: openSUSE 11.3
  • Vulnerability Type: local privilege escalation
  • CVSS v2 Base Score: 7.2 (AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
  • SUSE Default Package: yes

SUSE Security Announcement: Linux kernel (SUSE-SA:2010:040)

  • Package: kernel
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2010:040
  • Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:00:00 +0000
  • Affected Products: SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability
  • Extension 11 SP1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1
  • Vulnerability Type: remote denial of service


Tips and Tricks

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For Desktop Users

Scott Photographics: How to make Photographs Vintage in GIMP

"Vintage style is sometimes desired to achieve a certain mood and aesthetic for a photograph. In this Gimp tutorial I’ll show you how to make your photographs Vintage in a few short easy steps. (...)"


For Commandline/Script Newbies

TWUUG: Linux File Structure

"There are many differences between Linux and a MS-Windows system, but the most noticeable and beneficial is the file system. In Linux we do not use drive letters to symbolize different partitions or drives. Under Linux, there is one main directory the / or root directory. You can relate this to the C: drive under MS-Windows. Each directory can be a directory or a mounted partition.
The main directory is called the root directory, and it's denoted with a single slash (/). This concept may seem strange, but it actually makes life easy for you when you want to add more space. As an example, lets say you are running out of space in your home directory, in Linux you can hook a new hard drive up to your computer, copy the files from your home directory to it and mount it as your /home directory. This functionality allows a lot less modification and trouble when expanding your system."


For Developers and Programmers

HowtoForge/Falko Timme: Installing PHP5 Debugger On OpenSUSE 11.3

"This tutorial shows how to install php5 debugger (xdebug) on OpenSUSE 11.3.
I suppose you have installed Apache2 and PHP5 packages through zypper or yast. If not, please run:
zypper install php5 apache2 apache2-mod_php5
The reason I use xdebug is, as far as I know now, xdebug supports php 5.3 or above. (...)"

Benjamin Weber: Java Abuse: Inline instanceof

"One annoyance in Java is having to do instanceof checks on multiple lines. e.g.
if (object instanceof Foo) {
    Foo foo = (Foo)object;
    foo.foo();
}
While this is often a sign of a design failure, there are times when instanceof checks are required often due to framework constraints etc. The above is quite ugly and involves using 3 lines instead of 1 for a single method call. If foo() is a void method we can’t even use the ternary ? : operator to make it more concise."

Ladislav Slezak: Debugging Ruby on Rails Application

"How to debug a Ruby on Rails application?
I needed to debug a Ruby on Rails application which I just have started to develop. I put some logging commands to the code but it's not as good as using a full debugger for inspecting internal data at runtime.
What's needed?
For debugging a Rails application ruby-debug gem is needed. It can be installed by command sudo gem install ruby-debug in Linux or as a package from an installation repository."

Ladislav Slezak: Renaming a Rake task

"Rake has a class for creating packaging task which builds a compressed package from the sources. It's called Rake::PackageTask and it's quite easy to use it, see the documentation.
Unfortunately the name of the created task is package and it's hardcoded so it cannot be changed.
Yast uses make and the standard targets are package and package-local."


For System Administrators

Pascal Bleser: My dot Xdefaults

"~/.Xdefaults is the configuration file for all X applications and while most nowadays provide configuration interfaces, some can only be configured there. rxvt-unicode is one of them, but it's probably the fastest X terminal emulator available today, both in terms of startup and render times. It is also exceptionally good at rendering unicode.
The default colors in terminals are quite.. well, let's say "flashy" and not necessarily sweet on the eye, to say the least. Some months ago, I ran over an Xdefaults configuration for rxvt-unicode that changes those colors to a nice-on-the-eye, consistent set of darker colors, which fit exceptionally well in a terminal with a black background. Unfortunately, I don't have the URL any more, and all credits go to the original author."

Jigish Gohil: On-Access virus scanning on openSUSE 11.3

"One of the most useful deployment scenario for Linux in enterprise or educational environment is a fileserver with on access virus scanning, to serve Windows PCs on the network of course. Long ago there used to be samba-vscan that worked very nicely, it went missing in openSUSE 11.2 so dazuko kernel module worked in its place. On 11.3 dazuko is no longer available, enter dazukofs.
DazukoFS is a stack-able filesystem for virus scanning, here is how it works:
Install clamav, clamav-db and dazukofs, dazukofs-kmp-yourkernelflavor via 1-click."

HowtoForge/Falko Timme: How To Set Up WebDAV With Apache2 On OpenSUSE 11.3

"This guide explains how to set up WebDAV with Apache2 on an OpenSUSE 11.3 server. WebDAV stands for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning and is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that allow users to directly edit files on the Apache server so that they do not need to be downloaded/uploaded via FTP. Of course, WebDAV can also be used to upload and download files. (...)"

Jared Ottley: Alfresco: Default Quota Policy

"For this post I want to share another policy from recent request from a customer. The project was to help them develop a way to have usage quotas set to a default value when a new user/person was added to Alfresco. (There is an important distinction between the two.) A few months ago I had a discussion about possible ways to implement this kind of functionality with a co-worker and had a few ideas brewing as we started the engagement."

Thomas Schmidt: Developing Google Android Apps on openSUSE

"Creating an Android application is quite easy, you basically need 3 things:
* The Google Android SDK Tools (a complete set of development and debugging tools)
* Eclipse with the Android Development Tools (ADT) Plugin
* A good idea for your new app :-)"


Planet SUSE

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Andres Silva: Menu Spectrum: Understanding Start Menus Across Different Platforms

"Here is the long awaited review of some of the developments on the launch menu sector. Please take notice that because of the great variety of menus out there, I will make mistakes in their names. They could be called "start menu," "launcher," etc. So please, bear with me through this post. Hopefully putting these menus side by side will help us make sense of what we use in order to launch applications on our operating systems.
It is important to understand these menus and the changes they have suffered over time. probably you will find valuable information that will aid us in making a better launcher application for openSUSE."

Pascal Bleser: Packman for SLE 11 SP1

"At Packman, and with the support of Dinar "k0da" Valeev, who provided us with an additional build host for our Build Service instance, we now provide a selected set of "essential" multimedia/codec packages for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 (SP1)."

OMG!SUSE! team: OMG! SUSE! entrevista Jos Poortvliet!

"openSUSE Ambassador and all around nice guy, Carlos Ribeiro, translated our "September Geeko Gist" into Brazilian-Portuguese over on softwarelivre.org.
While I don't speak the language, Carlos has done a great job helping out with the openSUSE Marketing team as well as the openSUSE Ambassadors program in Brazil, so I'm sure the translation is nearly perfect.
If you're fluent, you should check out his translation: OMG! SUSE! entrevista Jos Poortvliet!"

OMG!SUSE! team: Browsing Comfortably on KDE

"Being a KDE user, I can get annoyed by the fact that a lot of popular apps out there using GTK+ somehow never seem to look right in KDE! Two of the most notable offenders are the popular web browsers (as you all told us last week): Opera and Google Chrome. Let's make them look nice and polished on our already beautiful KDE desktop:"

Thomas Thym: Strategy is mighty!

"Following the openSUSE strategy discussion I read some reasonable questions and comments like: Why do we invest time into that useless strategy discussion? What is the benefit of a strategy? Strategy is only for companies!
This is a follow up to my friend Jos' post about strategy.
I love strategy! (Strategy was one of my major subjects at university and a research focus of the chair I worked and taught over four years.) So I might be biased. Nevertheless I want to convince you share some of my thoughts."

Michal Marek: Another openSUSE kernel git repo

"The mirror of the openSUSE kernel-source repository has been around for several months already, now there is something new: A repository that is actually usable :-) . The current kernel-source repository is a series of patches managed in git, which has some upsides, like the ability to easily cherry-pick a patch and port it to a different branch or send it upstream. But it is quite painful if you want to work with the code itself and not with patch files. A task as simple as determining if drivers/…/foo.c in openSUSE-11.3 has or does not have a certain change requires checking out the branch and running the sequence-patch script to be able to look at the file. If you need to know when was the file changed, you have to run ‘quilt patches <file>’ to find out what patches touched the file and then ask git about the history of these patches. Neither convenient nor efficient. That’s why we have a second repository, that contains the mainline tree with all the suse patches applied. It’s located at http://gitorious.org/opensuse/kernel, the clone url is git://gitorious.org/opensuse/kernel.git."

Duncan Mac-Vicar: The future of KDE instant messaging is happening now

"Almost nine years passed since the first lines of Kopete code started to take form, in a remote country in the south part of the globe.
Still today, looking at an old Kopete screenshot has a special meaning for me. I had so much fun. I learned hundred of tricks and certainly it shaped me as a developer. Working with brilliant hackers across the world brought this multicultural curiosity. Both things combined resulted in myself living in a different country, married to a woman from yet another one, and having friend parties where almost everyone was from a different place, and working in a company involved in this great hobby.
However the world was different by then. At that point the discussion was whether you ICQed or you sent viruses via MSN. And the most difficult challenge was to get file transfer done right. Nothing of that matters anymore."

Luc Verhaegen: The linux desktop is dead!

"Or so it will be, soon, if these guys get their way.
Apparently, and this has been the hot new idea for the last year or two; for Xserver 1.10 people want to get rid of one of the greatest things that XFree86 brought us, and one of the better changes that happened after the X.org fork: modular graphics drivers.
While the current proposal is simply to undo the modularization work of the mid-naughties (thanks jezza!), it immediately sparked the imagination of others to go even further (to which Alanc answered rather strikingly). But merging drivers back is in itself already a very damaging move."


openSUSE Forums

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KDE4.5.* Repo Becomes available

"This is much awaited and desired by forum users. It's announcement should bring resounding praise and shouting from the rooftops."

Problem Booting after Kernel Update

"Get a fix on some of the problems being experienced after the latest Kernel Update. Not a pretty sight and for some, getting it fixed is no walk in the park."

Mounting Partitions

"I used poetic licence on the title because the OP was somewhat confused. There is some useful info in this thread."

GMplayer not Playing Smoothly

"User experience differing playback results from different media players. If we can just encourage them to follow the media guide."


On the Web

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Announcements

Adobe Flash Player "Square"

"Adobe® Flash® Player "Square" is a preview release that enables native 64-bit support on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems, as well as enhanced support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta.
We have made this preview available so that users can test existing content and new platforms for compatibility and stability. Because this is a preview version of Flash Player, we don’t expect it to be as stable as a final release version of Flash Player. Use caution when installing Flash Player "Square" on production machines. (...)"


Call for participation

Miguel de Icaza: Unix Stack Exchange: Call for Help

"Thanks to everyone that helped us get the Unix StackExchange group up and running.
The site went into preview in record time, and then we went into Beta.
My call for help: I am currently at 1,211 points, on 6th place answering questions on the site.
So what I need you guys is to go and ask some interesting questions about Unix, Linux, Gnome in there, and I get to answer them with some awesome background.
If you ever had a pressing Unix question, now is the time to ask it on the site, and help me get those points up."


Reports

linuxjournal/Susan Linton: Scary New Horror Adventure Available for Linux

"The folks who brought the three-part Penumbra series to the Linux community now bring us another even more terrifying adventure. Amnesia: The Dark Descent follows Daniel as he confronts a sinister dark shadow in his quest to hunt and kill evil Alexander in order to save his own mind and life. Danger hides in every corner. Risk life and limb at every turn, your very sanity in peril with every step into the dark descent."

Linux.com/Joe Brockmeier: Five Features to Look Forward to in Firefox 4.0

"Firefox 4.0 is still a bit away from final release, but the time to think about switching is now. The Mozilla Project is releasing Firefox 4.0 beta 6 this week, and the current builds are really good. Why switch? I’ll give you five excellent reasons to jump on the 4.0 train today.
One of the great things about open source development is that you don’t have to wait for the final product to ship to get your hands on it. Case in point, I’ve been running development builds of the Firefox 4.0 series off and on for weeks. You can too, if you don’t mind some rapid changes and possible instability."

Phoronix/Michael Larabel: A First Look At The 2010 Linux Graphics Survey Results

"Earlier this month we started once again our annual Linux Graphics Survey in which we poll our readers about their choices and opinions concerning graphics cards, display drivers, and other graphics / X.Org related features of the Linux desktop. While this survey is still going on through the end of September -- so you still have time to participate -- here are the results from the first 6,300 people to submit their responses. We are publishing the results so far since there is the X Developers' Summit this week in Toulouse and some of these findings may prove to be useful during those discussions. (...)"


Reviews and Essays

Network World/Joe Brockmeier: Who's buying Novell? Place your bets

"Rumor has it that Novell has tentatively reached a sale agreement that would split the business in two, and sell the Linux half to "a strategic buyer." Assuming the deal goes through, who's the unnamed suitor, and what does it mean for the SUSE Linux business and the openSUSE Project? (...)"

opensource.com/Chris Grams: Are you building a community or a club?

"I've never been much for clubs. When I was young, I made a lousy cub scout. I wasn't a real "joiner" in high school or college either (just enough to get by) and I still don't get actively involved in many professional associations today.
But I'm a sucker for a noble mission. I find myself getting drawn into all sorts of things these days. Good causes, interesting projects, even big ideas like the reinvention of management all share my extra attention, brainpower, and resources. (...)"

hostreview/Josh Evin: Why Security Matters to us All

"Most people take the Internet for granted. When it comes to the Internet as we know it – Social Networks, Media Sites, Email, File Repositories, etc. – usability is as far as our concern extends. If it works, that is all we care about. But the truth of the matter is that understanding the complexity of the Internet also helps you to understand why security is so overwhelmingly important, yet often overlooked."

LinuxMagazine/Joe Brockmeier: A quick look at OpenIndiana

"OpenSolaris is dead, but OpenIndiana lives on. Just a few weeks after Oracle made it clear that OpenSolaris was dead as a doornail, the Illumos and OpenIndiana folks have a distribution ready for the OpenSolaris community that’s been left in a lurch by Oracle.
The code dropped on Tuesday, so I haven’t had a lot of time to muck with OpenIndiana yet. I spent a few hours with the live CD and installed it into VMware."


Warning!

US-CERT Current Activity - Adobe Releases Security Advisory for Flash Player

"Adobe has released a security advisory to alert users of a vulnerability affecting Adobe Flash Player. This vulnerability affects Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android.
Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition."


LOL

Alexander Naumov: Free BEER for free people

"When we call beer “free,” we mean that it respects the users’ essential freedoms: the freedom to drink it, to study and change it, and to return empties with or without some changes. This is a matter of freedom, not price, so think of “free speech,” but in this case also “free beer” too.
Why man have to choose a free beer? Because it’s open and free to use. Everybody can give some feedback on the freebeer’s twitter page."


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