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Welcome to the tenth issue of openSUSE Weekly News! For the week starting the 11-02-2008. You can also read this issue in German.

In this week:

  • A look at SUSE Hack Week Innovations
  • FOSDEM 2008 - This Weekend!
  • In Tips and Tricks: How to Enable 3rd-party Upgrades


FOSDEM 2008 - This Weekend!

  • "This weekend (23-24.02) the openSUSE folks will again go to Brussels to one of the most important developer events in Europe: FOSDEM. For all openSUSE users we will again have an openSUSE devroom, which means 2 days full of interesting presentations about the openSUSE universe."

Hack Week II

So Hack Week II took place last week at SUSE: it's a week where all SUSE developers can work on any innovative project they like, for the whole week. There being a couple hundred developers at SUSE means there's an awful lot of exciting new applications and innovations. We're going to take a look at some of them.

openSUSE EeePC

Sonja managed to get openSUSE fully-working on the EeePC after just a few hours!


See the openSUSE on the EeePC wiki page for instructions on how to install.

openSUSE 11.0 Installer Revamp

Jimmac re-adjusted the Qt stylesheets for the openSUSE 11.0 installer to produce an even more beautiful implementation. The ease by which the template can be changed fully demonstrates the flexibility of Qt stylesheets:


Note that the above is not a mockup, but the actual YCP template.

GNOME Client for the openSUSE Build Service

Rodrigo began work on a GNOME client for the Build Service, giving you a graphical way to interact with the build service directly from your desktop!


Sterling: Accounting Program for GNOME

This Hack Week saw the birth of Sterling, an accounting program for GNOME.

YaST Theme Selector

Marco Michna created a new YaST module: a theme selector for YaST. It allows you to quickly and easily change between YaST icon themes:


Command-not-found for openSUSE

Pavol completely implemented Command-not-found for openSUSE, making it very easy for users to install applications that they would like to use. See a demonstration of its use below:


NCurses Package Selector Revamp

Katarina improved the layout of the ncurses package selector in order ot give it a better structure and make it more user friendly:


See more screenshots.

Tasky: Task Management Application for GNOME

Thanks to Boyd and Calvin, another new application was made: Tasky. Tasky is a simple task management application for the Linux Desktop, written in what's becoming my favorite language C#. By default, Tasky hooks up with your Remember the Milk account and allows you to quickly add/edit/complete your tasks right from your desktop in a much more intuitive way than the browser.


A whole lot more!

Countless of other projects have been created, touched up, improved. Here's a list of just a few more:

Huge thanks to all the developers for all the great innovations during last week.

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Michael Meeks

  • "GNOME and full time developer Michael Meeks was invited by ‘People of openSUSE’ to an interview, and here are his answers! Just in case, if you will be in FOSDEM 2008 do not miss the opportunity to meet him there, and attend his talk in the openSUSE DevRoom."

New openSUSE GNOME Developer: Vincent Untz, Welcome!

Well-known GNOME developer Vincent Untz has been hired onto the GNOME Team. Welcome!

Tips and Tricks

How to Enable Third-Party Updates in openSUSE Updater

Benjamin Weber has a great tutorial with an in-depth explanation on 3rd-party upgrades, and how to enable them:


Status Updates

Build Service

  • Work on "add new repository page". It should become way easier to use now. The page shall become an "edit" mode as well.
  • Adding support in api for generating and delete gpg keys per project. Will become active today.
  • No protocol since two weeks due to workshops and hackweek in last two weeks.
  • More

Wiki / Communication / Events


  • Linux conf Tel Aviv (20.02)
  • FOSDEM 2008 this weekend (23-24.02)
  • Chemitzer Linux-Tage (1-2.03). Talk and booth (with beineri/tpatzig)
  • CeBIT (04-09.03)
    • openSUSE counters on the Novell booth in hall 2
    • openSUSE presentations on Saturday & Sunday at the Novell booth presentations at the Linuxpark


  • waiting for the update, everything is until it's done on hold


  • Project meeting Wednesday, 20, 12:00 GMT
  • Gnome meeting Thursday, 21
  • internal meetings with Zonker this week about various topics

Planet SUSE

Covering just a few posts from Planet SUSE, an aggregation of all SUSE contributors' blogs:

Joe Brockmeier: Thank You Hack Week! (openSUSE on Eee PC)

  • "While it’s groovy that the Eee PC runs Linux, I’ve been thinking about how to put openSUSE on the little beast. Lucky for me, Sonja Krause-Harder is already working on it as a Hack Week II project"

Andrew Wafaa: You Looking At Me

  • "This failure has highlighted the fact that getting webcams to work under GNOME can be pretty hit and miss at times. This is especially painful for the likes of Bryen, as being deaf video is an essential means of communication (or soon will be). Together we have now mad a Holy Grail out of webcams, and we will strive to venture forward and make webcams as easy on openSUSE as they are on other OSes."

Martin Schlander: Oxygen for YaST2 II

  • "Two weeks ago I announced that I had selected a bunch of Oxygen icons to replace the Tango icons used in YaST2 by default on openSUSE 10.3, and thus make YaST2 look better and integrate better with KDE4.x. I must have struck a nerve, because a lot of things started happening fast."

Rodrigo Moya: New colleague at work

  • "Yesterday was the first day with Vincent Untz as a member of the openSUSE GNOME team. For those who don’t know him, he’s one of the top-involved persons in upstream GNOME, having been part of the Foundation board, the release team, and maintainer of several modules, etc, etc, so his role on the team will help a lot in making openSUSE and GNOME better."

Past Meetings

GNOME Meeting 2008-02-14

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around GNOME in openSUSE."

KDE Meeting 2008-02-14 (transcript)

Old Action Items:

  • improve kde building guide (bille)
  • announce kde bug day for day after beta 1, suggestion 19-20 April (beineri)
  • script for watching homes for kde apps (dirk)
  • add packaging guideline for kde4 packages
  • discuss with mls what to do with the nsplugins package on x86_64 problem

Action Items:

  • doublecheck and 64bit flash player thing (bille)
  • announce packaging day in time widely (dirk)
  • more blogging (all) :)

Upcoming Events/Meetings


  • "This weekend (23-24.02) the openSUSE folks will again go to Brussels to one of the most important developer events in Europe: FOSDEM. For all openSUSE users we will again have an openSUSE devroom, which means 2 days full of interesting presentations about the openSUSE universe."

Project Meeting 2008-02-20

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around openSUSE."

Security Updates

Mozilla Firefox and Seamonkey (SUSE-SA:2008:008)

  • "The web browser Mozilla Firefox has been brought to security update version"

Acrobat Reader (SUSE-SA:2008:009)

  • "This version update to 8.1.2 fixes numerous bugs, including some security problems. While Adobe did not publish any details about those problems yet, third parties have listed some."

In the Press

Ars Technica: Qt styling adds flair to the OpenSUSE installer

  • "Novell's second Hack Week event is taking place right now and developers are writing blog entries about some of their projects. Artist Jakub Steiner, who is best known for his work on GNOME and icons, has written about the new installer for OpenSUSE 11 which uses the CSS-like styling capabilities of Qt 4 to provide an aesthetically rich interface."

Digg This


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


501 (+21) of 924 (+54) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 42 (+8) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 1945 (+37) projects, 34260 (+462) packages, 4558 (+94) repositories by 4333 (+137) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 3642 (-3)
  • Blocker: 19 (-6)
  • Critical: 160 (-7)
  • Major: 524
  • Normal: 2074 (+5)
  • Minor: 295 (-1)
  • Enhancements: 570 (+6)

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The top 10 translation teams with the most translated strings of trunk:

  • Japanese (ja): 30854 / 100%
  • Hungarian (hu): 30697 / 99% (1 rank up)
  • Portuguese Brazilian (pt_BR): 30615 / 99% (1 rank down)
  • French (fr): 29961 / 97% (1 rank up)
  • German (de): 29894 / 96% (1 rank down)
  • Portuguese (pt): 29865 / 96%
  • Italian (it): 29827 / 96%
  • Finnish (fi): 29812 / 96%
  • Dutch (nl): 29763 / 96%
  • Russian (ru): 29737 / 96%

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