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Welcome to issue 11 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • Factory Live CDs Now Available
  • FOSDEM 2008 is Over
  • Mono Hack Week Summary
  • In Tips and Tricks: How to fix the Amarok Update Problems; How to try out openSUSE releases with VirtualBox
  • In the Press: SUSE Linux on the ThinkPad T61 Review; Compiz wins "Window Manager of the Year" Award


Factory Live CDs

  • "Stephan Kulow is making it dead easy to test the latest and greatest openSUSE with Factory live CDs. So, if you want to hack on Factory, but don’t have a spare system to run it on (and don’t want to be running bleeding edge software on your main desktop) then these CDs are for you. (They come in tasty GNOME and KDE flavors, too!)"

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Rosanna Motta

  • "Continuing the ‘People of openSUSE’ series, this time we have the pleasure to meet openSUSE Member Rossana Motta, well-know among SuSELinuxSupport forum users."

Mono Hack Week Summary

Miguel De Icaza goes over many of the hack week innovations brought by the Mono team, including new applications, re-structured applications, and much more.

FOSDEM 2008, It's Over

  • "We recorded all talks, you will find them with the slides on the openSUSE wiki, keep in mind that Jürgen and Tom need some time for cutting/encoding."
  • "The setup was good, we had 2 demo systems, mainly showing KDE4 and GNOME on the other system. Both with big monitors and decent hardware. We also showed Alpha2 in Virtualbox, since many people wanted to see the new installation workflow. We had power and ethernet directly at the booth this time! (Murphys Law: you only need long cables if you don’t have them with you)"
  • "We spread 1080 PromoDVDs!"
  • Read on for more!

Status Updates

Build Service

  • fine tuning on scheduling algorithm, it shall look a bit more often for Factory related projects now.
  • need second repo for publishing svn trunk packages of OBS AI: adrian create one -> done (openSUSE:Tools:Unstable)
  • worked on improving UI for repo addition page for FOSDEM.
  • Discussed a concept for openSUSE:Factory checkins (esp. discussing review states). Need to write it down and to follow up.
  • Mirror setup discussions and ideas.
  • We want to encourage everybody to work on packages from openSUSE:Factory.

Tips and Tricks

Fixing the Amarok Update Problems

openSUSE member Felix-Nicolai Müller mentions how to fix the current Amarok update problems:

This is documented here.

The workaround is to start a manual update using YaST Online Update (YOU). This goes as follows:

  1. Alt+F2
  2. kdesu /sbin/yast2 online_update
  3. Apply the patches
  4. done

Another way is to start the terminal and do:

  1. sudo zypper up -t patch
  2. done

Testing openSUSE Releases in VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a virtualization product made by innotek for 32-bit guest operating systems. It's a great way to test openSUSE or other distribution's releases without having to directly re-install your own system. Operating systems can be run inside a "virtual machine".

The VirtualBox Installation wiki page has the perfect tutorial to guide you through setting VirtualBox up perfectly in openSUSE. So get going just in time to install openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 3 in a few weeks!


There is also a more complete openSUSE-on-VirtualBox guide, which is part of the Lessons for Lizards openSUSE community documentation project. Either install the lessons4lizards package for offline viewing, or you can view it online.

Planet SUSE

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

Stanislav Visnovsky: YaST User Interface Library is now independent of YaST

  • "Thanks to hard work of the YaST team hackers HuHa, Bubli, Ricardo and others, the YaST user interface library is now fully independent of the YaST infrastructure. What does it mean? In short, there is now a standalone C++ library that provides API independent of particular toolkit. The current backends are Qt, Gtk+ and ncurses, so the same code can have use the interface written in any of those."

Jigish Gohil: And The FOSS India Award Goes To…

  • "I am extremely excited to share with you the news that the project I am working on - KIWI-LTSP , is among the winners of FOSS India Award!!"

Francis Giannaros: FOSDEM 2008

  • "So the greatest FOSS event of the year has come to an end. Thousands of geeks, hundreds of talks, and just a really wonderful atmosphere everywhere (see the pictures flowing in). I caught up with my backlog of emails and feeds from Friday and the weekend in only 15 minutes, which pretty much sums up what was happening in the world of FOSS at the time...."

Past Meetings

Project Meeting 2008/02/20

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

Upcoming Events/Meetings

KDE Meeting - Wednesday 2008/02/27 19:00 GMT (20:00 CET)

  • We should think about our future work (see KDE/Challenges)
  • KDE4 packages and development environment on openSUSE
  • Identifying SUSE specific issues vs upstream issues more closely
  • Bug reports against KDE component

Project Meeting 2008-03-05

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

openSUSE GNOME Team - Thursday 2008/02/28 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET)

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

Chemnitzer Linux-Tage 2008

  • "Another week, another event :-) Because it's in Germany i will switch to german now ... short: very nice event in Chemnitz :-)"

CeBIT 2008

  • "Some of the openSUSE team will be at CeBIT 2008, the world biggest computer exhibition (i hope it's still true). We will be on the Novell booth, this time Hall 2 with 2 Demopoints. This is another chance to meet some openSUSE guys, but also to learn more about what else Novell is doing, there are lot of interesting presentations every day."

Security Updates

SUSE Security Summary Report SUSE-SR:2008:004

Solved Security Vulnerabilities:

  • xdg-utils command injection
  • clamav 0.92.1 security update
  • wireshark 0.99.5 security release
  • pcre utf-8 buffer overflow problem

In the Press Chatting' with OpenSUSE's Zonker

  • "When I was at SCALE the weekend before last I caught up with Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier. It was Zonker's 8th day on the job as the OpenSUSE community manager and we talked about his plans and thoughts regarding the new position." SUSE Linux on the ThinkPad T61

  • "Operating system selection has almost always locked consumers into the Microsoft Windows operating systems, but recently many manufacturers have started to offer Linux alternatives. Lenovo has started to offer SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on some Thinkpad models, in addition to Vista and XP." RadeonHD Update @ FOSDEM 2008

  • "Following John Bridgman's talk at FOSDEM, Egbert Eich, who is one of the Novell developers working on the RadeonHD driver, had talked about the status of the RadeonHD driver. This talk went over a number of topics from the ATI GPU block design to the software abstractions with the AtomBIOS layer." FOSDEM 08: Opensuse vereinfacht Installer (German)

  • The article goes over Stephan Kulow's talk at FOSDEM which mainly went over the new installer that will be featured in openSUSE 11.0. Compiz wins 'Window Manager for the Year' Award

  • Compiz, the window manager created by SUSE just a few years ago, has won the 'Window Manager of the Year' award. openSUSE på Asus EeePC (Danish)

  • A short article saying how openSUSE now supports the Asus EeePC, and briefly describing the concept of Hackweek.


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


521 (+20) of 961 (+37) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 46 (+4) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 1985 (+40) projects, 34396 (+137) packages, 4629 (+71) repositories by 4446 (+113) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 3637 (-5)
  • Blocker: 22 (+3)
  • Critical: 161 (+1)
  • Major: 514 (-10)
  • Normal: 2071 (-3)
  • Minor: 290 (-5)
  • Enhancements: 579 (+9)

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

  • Japanese (ja): 30854 / 100%
  • Hungarian (hu): 30697 / 99%
  • Portuguese Brazilian (pt_BR): 30620 / 99%
  • French (fr): 29961 / 97%
  • Finnish (fi): 29918 / 96% (3 ranks up)
  • German (de): 29894 / 96% (1 rank down)
  • Portuguese (pt): 29865 / 96% (1 rank down)
  • Italian (it): 29827 / 96% (1 rank down)
  • Dutch (nl): 29763 / 96%
  • Russian (ru): 29737 / 96%

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