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Welcome to issue # 75 of openSUSE Weekly News

In this Week:

  • KDE 4.2.4 released
  • OSC 0.118 beta 1 released
  • Dirk Mueller: KDE:KDE4:UNSTABLE:Desktop / KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop: publishing disabled
  • Forums: Why do Newcomers Give Up on Linux?
  • h-online.com: Kernel Log - What's coming in 2.6.30 - Architecture and infrastructure


Announcements

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Ark Linux is becoming the first third-party distro other than openSUSE to adopt ZYpp as its package manager.
"Some pretty good news for the ZYpp team! Ark Linux after some evaluation has choosen to use zypper with their next release."
Ben Kevan: KDE 4.2.4 Released
"KDE Community Ships Fourth Translation and Service Release of the 4.2 Free Desktop, Containing Numerous Bugfixes, Performance Improvements and Translation Updates June 2nd, 2009. Another month has passed, and the KDE Community announces the immediate availability of KDE 4.2.4, another bugfix and maintenance update for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop. This is a monthly update to KDE 4.2. It ships with a desktop workspace and many cross-platform applications such as administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, multimedia software, games, artwork, development t"


Status Updates

Board

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Build Service

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Adrian Schröter: New osc 0.118 beta1
"We had lots of development on osc lately. So we do a beta release this time first. For me it looks that this is more a RC than a beta actually, please install it and report about regressions. This is release is a candidate to be released as official updates for our distributions, so it is important that we create a good release :)"
Dirk Mueller: KDE:KDE4:UNSTABLE:Desktop / KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop: publishing disabled
"Publishing has been disabled in UNSTABLE to prepare the next weekly KDE 4.3 snapshot. Publishing in Factory:Desktop will be disabled for a week until KDE 4.3 Beta2 is released."
Martin Vidner: A Minimal Build Service OSC Plugin
"I am trying to make OBS cooperate with my old release scripts*. So far I have this minimal plugin for osc to share: ..."


Tips and Tricks

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Kohei Yoshida : Multi-range selection copy & paste
"New in Go-OO Calc is the ability to copy and paste multi-range selection, that is, you can select separate cell ranges that are not connected with each other, and copy and paste them in one single action."
Lars Vogdt : Sending Proxy Settings via DHCP
"My DHCP Server at home is configured to use LDAP - and I’ve done the configuration via YaST. Now I read in some M$ pages, that it’s possible to tell the Clients via DHCP (and Apache) to use my Proxy server automatically."
unixmen.com: How to install Lamp in Opensuse 11.x
"LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) is an open source Web development platform that uses Linux as operating system, Apache as the Web server, MySQL as the relational database management system and PHP as the object-oriented scripting language. In this Simple tutorial we will explain you how to install LAMP server on your Install Lamp in opensuse 11.0 and 11.1 Desktop The installation will be done in 3 steps: Apache, PHP and MySQL, after that we will install phpmyadmin the administration software tool for MySql."


New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

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Gabriel Burt: Banshee 1.5.0 released!
"After six months of work by more than 30 contributors, we have released Banshee 1.5.0 (aka 1.6 beta 1)! We have an astounding 95 people listed in our developer credits now!"
Sascha Manns: New/Updated Versions
"The following Packages are updated: kde4-skrooge 0.2.9. Published in KDE:KDE4:Community and OpenSUSE:Factory:Contrib, bleachbit 0.5.0. Published in openSUSE:Fatory:Contrib, boinc-client. Just fixed gcc Errors. Published in openSUSE:Factory"
kaffeine 0.8.8-0.pm.0
Published in Packman Repo.
Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.1 final available
"I’m happy to announce OpenOffice.org 3.1 final packages. They are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:STABLE project and include many upstream and Go-oo fixes. Please, look for more details about the openSUSE OOo build on the wiki page. The openSUSE OOo team hopes that you will be happy with this release. Though, any software contains bugs and we kindly ask you to report them, so that we could fixed them in the future releases."
Ben Kevan: Opera 10 Beta 1 is out and better then ever
"Opera 10 Beta 1 was release yesterday and I decided to give it a whirl on my openSUSE 11.1 workstation, and boy was the performance, appearance and overall experience was phenomenal. I personally use the browser for Mail (IMAP w/ GMAIL), RSS and ATOM feeds, IRC and Web Browsing. Although there are some room for improvement on future releases (a folders for RSS feeds, more distinct icons for contacts vs non contacts and bigger market share) overall it’s an A+ browser and blows the already superior 9.x out of the water."


Planet SUSE


Klaas Freitag: Hermes Hack Session
"Last week Cornelius and me spent two days in the office in Prague to practice two days Ruby on Rails with our czech colleagues. It was not only fun as usual but we had chosen Hermes as a trainings project. Hermes, our openSUSE notification system where the user decides how she wants to be notified definetely can make use of work so it were great to discuss with ten developers about it, hear their opinions and get some patches finished which will improve the system."
Jigish Gohil: Coming soon on the servers near you: Easy-LTSP-NG
"Easy-LTSP, an easy to use GUI to configure LTSP’s lts.conf file was developed as a part of Google Summer of Code ‘08 by Jan Weber. It was written in C#, it was decided to use C# at that time to accomplish a complex task in a very short period of time given for GSOC. Thanks to it setting up LTSP on openSUSE is just a few mouse clicks."
Sascha Manns: Call for Contribution: LinuxTag @ RadioTux
RadioTux calls for Contribution for the OpenSUSE Interviews.
Joe Brockmeier: Podcasts - any interest?
"Been toying with the idea of doing a quick weekly podcast - no frills, just a quick recap of the week, usually with what’s going on in and around openSUSE, as well as other comments on wider Linux community. So, is there any demand for this sort of thing? Also talking about doing some interview ‘casts, [...]"
Greg Kroah-Hartman: Linux Driver Project Status Report as of June 2009
"The Linux Driver Project (LDP) is now over two years old. It sprang up out of the complaints from some users and companies that there was a real "Linux driver problem". The perception was that Linux did not have good driver support, and that closed source drivers were potentially taking over some device types. It turns out, that almost all hardware is currently already supported on Linux, with almost all major vendors shipping Linux drivers."
Miguel de Icaza: Developing Cross Platform application with MonoDevelop
"Yesterday Lluis announced the last missing piece from our strategy to make MonoDevelop a full cross-platform IDE: MonoDevelop now runs on Windows as well:..."
Sebastian Schöbinger: Tips and Tricks for the openSUSE News
" I am writing the section in the openSUSE News and I am searching for some nice articles about a good solution how to configure a tool or some usefull code snippets. So if you have some nice ideas, write a usefull article or talk to me first and then send the article to me and I will try to add it into the News."
Martin Vidner: Cool Features in Automake 1.11
"Automake is not dead, and version 1.11 will soon be in openSUSE Factory (thx puzel!) I see two new features to like: parallel execution and terse compilation. The parallel execution is enabled by the environment variable AUTOMAKE_JOBS=n. It reduced the run time for yast2-core from 18s to 7s for me."


openSUSE Forums

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Why do Newcomers Give Up on Linux?
"This makes for an interesting read. Why do new comers to Linux just give up? Some reasons/ideas are suggested and further comments are made through the thread."
11.2 Milestone 2 + Screens
"Posting links to threads I started myself - how sad. Nevertheless, you will find lots of interesting feedback on the latest development release as users test Milestone 2."
Best CD Ripper for Linux - KDE4?
"Ripping, Burning CD/DVD's seems for some to be problematic and frequent discussions on this subject can be found in the forum. More recent attention has focused on the claim that k3b as supplied in openSUSE is 'Broken'. Though personally k3b has never failed me."
The Forum is Now Nearly a Year Old
"The first anniversary of the establishment of the New Forum is upon us. Yes One year since we went live following the merge of the two old forums. This One forum has proved to be a real source of community support."


On the Web

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h-online.com/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log - What's coming in 2.6.30 - Architecture and infrastructure
"Linus Torvalds recently released the eighth and probably last pre-release version of Linux 2.6.30 – the sage of Linux has announced that Linux 2.6.30 will be released shortly, (probably this weekend). Not that he always sticks religiously to such pronouncements; nonetheless it is unlikely to be more than a few days before kernel version 2.6.30 hits the shelves. Kernel Log thus concludes the "What's coming in 2.6.30" series with this overview of architecture support and infrastructure-related changes."
h-online/Dr. Oliver Diedrich: Novell - On the way to becoming a Linux business?
"Novell's recently released figures for the second quarter of 2009 showed an 8.5 per cent drop in sales compared to the previous year – not a big surprise in light of the much debated economic crisis. Even so, the latest figures are in line with the broad trend at Novell. Sales have been falling for years – from just shy of $300 million per quarter in late 2004 to around $216 million now. ..."
distrowatch/Ladislav Bodnar: Running openSUSE "Factory"
"openSUSE Continuing our series of tips about how to run development branches of major distributions (we have so far covered Mandriva "Cooker" and Slackware "Current"), today we'll take a look at openSUSE and its "Factory" repository. Previously called "Edge", this development repository offers interested beta testers a unique opportunity to try a product as it evolves, including the latest versions of many popular applications, and to help improving the distribution by reporting bugs. It isn't for the faint of heart, however; in fact, the project's Factory page warns that "Factory is not guaranteed to be in a consistent and installable state during the full development cycle." That said, most of the time it runs just fine, but if a disaster strikes, it's always possible to re-install the system from any recent milestone release."


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Statistics

Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to the previous week.

opensuse.org

Communication
lists.opensuse.org has 36957 (+65) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 28975 (+324) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 7771, 02-Dec-2008 at 17:31.

Contributors
2964 (+45) of 7089 (+121) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 293 (+0) members.

Build Service
The Build Service now hosts 6547 (+115) projects, 68543 (+1145) packages, 12801 (+259) repositories by 15207 (+122) confirmed users.


openFATE

Feature statistics for openSUSE 11.2:

  • total: 258 (+7)
  • unconfirmed: 20 (-10)
  • new: 21 (-15)
  • evaluation: 126 (+10)
  • candidate: 13 (+9)
  • done: 12 (+0)
  • rejected: 54 (+12)
  • duplicate: 12 (+0)
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