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Welcome to issue 12 issue of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • Quiet Week, Small Changes
  • Continued Work on Slimming down the Installation
  • Firefox 3.0 Beta 3 Packages
  • In Tips and Tricks: One Command System Update (Without Password)
  • Expanded Lenovo SUSE Linux Offerings

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Marcus Rueckert

  • "This week we travel back to the main center of the openSUSE development, Nürnberg, to meet Marcus ‘darix’ Rueckert - openSUSE packager, and openSUSE Build Service content administrator among other stuff."

Status Updates


  • Right now factory will start YaST in gdb for some weird "bash reason" and will crash while creating users. Both issues were FIXED today, so there will possibly be something out tomorrow.
  • The overall status of Factory is pretty good these days, the "new zypp" project went pretty smoothly, even though there were some glitches - that we expected, we just didn't know what they would be exactly.
  • We have 22 build failures at the moment for i386 (44 for ppc, there seems to be a generic problem on that arch). This is excellent progress from the ~70 we saw ever since we started with releasing alphas. So hopefully beta1 will see a 0.
  • in case you wonder why there hasn't been an update to the Factory live CDs after my initial announcement: there was always another problem with them. Right now KIWI seems to create a broken initrd, so you can't boot them ;(

Build Service

  • jcborn: worked on redirector scanner checks now if mirror servers can handle files > 2GB to avoid redirection to mirrors which can not handle DVD iso files.
  • mls improved speed of scheduler esp. working on Factory. Not active yet.
  • tpatzig is new trainee in build service team, worked before IM mobile devices and KDE team. Start looking into Ruby on Rails.
  • poeml requested security audith for download redirector helped OpenOffice team to install own redirector for them.
  • Upstream Project. We discussed a proposal to define a project for a package where the next version gets developed. This would be especially useful for openSUSE:Factory, where everybody (and also our tools) gets a hint who does maintain it usually. This would also obsoleted a seperated review step on merge.
  • More

Tips and Tricks

One Command System Update (Without Password)

  • "I have been asked quite often how I update my system and how I can do it so easily."

F-N Mueller provides a quick guide for updating your system with just one command.

Planet SUSE

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

Stanislav Visnovsky: Getting Rid of 2nd Stage of Installation

  • "As you are already aware, we are re-designing the installation workflow for openSUSE 11.0. One of the goals is to simplify the installation, for example by reducing the number of steps needed to finish the installation. The area of most of the steps is the 2nd stage of installation (after reboot)...So, one of the goals is to reduce the 2nd stage of installation to only the minimal set of steps."

Wolfgang Rosenauer: XULRunner 1.9 / Firefox 3.0b3

  • "Over the last days I was working on preparing and polishing a XULRunner 1.9 [and Firefox 3 Beta 3] package for openSUSE. It’s now available in the mozilla:beta buildservice repository. "

Christopher Hobbs: openSUSE User Groups

  • "Browsing my feeds today, I noticed that there are a few openSUSE LUGs starting up. I’m really happy to see the community start to organize even more. LUGs are an excellent way to raise awareness and share ideas. If anyone is starting one near NW Arkansas, please let me know!"

James Ogley: Announce: Block feeds in Planet SUSE

  • "As of the 12:00GMT update on Planet SUSE today, readers of the web-browser editions (i.e. those who access it directly, not via RSS feeds) will be able to block feeds which do not interest them. The blocked feeds will still be visible in both the blog list and the main body but their content will not be visible - allowing the reading of individual entries that look interesting."

Miguel de Icaza: Pre-Mix 08: Moonlight Updates

  • "We have been hard at work in Moonlight and I keep postponing when to blog some updates about our work every few days hoping to cram some new feature in the blog post. "

Past Meetings

KDE Meeting 2008-02-27 (transcript)

Actions items:

  • FOSDEM report
    • Dirk and Will reported on their time at FOSDEM. The openSUSE-KDE talk went well and generated some interest in the Python KDE4 tool that we coded and demonstrated for monitoring the build service.
    • Yaloki (Pascal Bleser) pointed out that Novell developers need to do much more pre-event publicity to ensure a good turnout.
  • KDEPIM 4.1 testing request
    • The team issued a call for testing KDEPIM 4.1 as is planned to be used in 11.0 and pointed out how to install it
  • Q&A session
    • Question on 4.0.2 availability - already in the OBS for testing, will be published on release day
    • Question about printing - Qt 4.4 should reverse some of the regressions introduced by the delay of kdeprint
    • Question about us using Bespin widget style for 11.0. It is in a very early stage of development but we will monitor it for later releases. This launched a discussion about theming.

GNOME Meeting 2008-02-28 (transcript)

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

Upcoming Events/Meetings

Project Meeting Wednesday 2008/03/05 1800 GMT

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

GNOME Meeting 2008-03-06

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

KDE Meeting 2008-03-12 19:00 GMT/UTC

  • "The Novell/openSUSE KDE Desktop Team invites everyone interested to join the #opensuse-kde channel for KDE related matters and to chat with the hackers that are there to support the KDE community on openSUSE."

Security Updates

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.

ghostscript (SUSE-SA:2008:010)

  • "A stack based buffer overflow was fixed in the ghostscript interpreter, which can be used to execute code or at least crash ghostscript. (CVE-2008-0411)"

Opera 9.26 (SUSE-SA:2008:011)

This is a version update for Opera to version 9.26 to fix:

  • CVE-2008-1080: Fixed an issue where simulated text inputs could trick users into uploading arbitrary files, as reported by Mozilla.
  • CVE-2008-1081: Image properties can no longer be used to execute scripts, as reported by Max Leonov.
  • CVE-2008-1082: Fixed an issue where the representation of DOM attribute values could allow cross site scripting, as reported by

In the Press

Linux Blog: Fun with openSUSE 10.2!

  • "openSUSE 10.2 is THE best GNU/Linux distro i have ever used. Till now, GNU/Linux was considered to be strong at the server front and somewhat lacking at the desktop front. With OpenSuse 10.2, GNU/Linux seems to have finally arrived at the desktop. It has all the essential features a normal as well as a geek user would require from an Operating System."

Read on for many impressive screenshots of Compiz in openSUSE.

Novell Sponsors GNOME Accessibility Project

  • "The GNOME Foundation is running an accessibility outreach program, offering US$50,000 to be split among individuals. This program will promote software accessibility awareness among the GNOME and broader Free Software communities, as well as harden and improve the overall quality of the GNOME accessibility offering."

Lenovo Blogs: Expanded Lenovo SUSE Linux Offerings

  • "We just expanded our Linux offerings. Several weeks ago we announced systems with preloaded SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED). Lenovo has added a few new options with this announcement. The systems are now available with Intel’s Penryn processors which are built using smaller 45nm technology. In other words, you get cooler operation and better power efficiency by using one of these processors. In addition you will be able to configure to order a 14″ or 15.4″ widescreen T series and very soon a 14″ R Series as well, so the total number of machines with Linux preloads has expanded."


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


557 (+36) of 1027 (+66) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 47 (+1) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 2035 (+50) projects, 34531 (+145) packages, 4751 (+122) repositories by 4575 (+129) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 3663 (+26)
  • Blocker: 22
  • Critical: 158 (-3)
  • Major: 511 (-3)
  • Normal: 2080 (+9)
  • Minor: 306 (+16)
  • Enhancements: 586 (+7)

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

  • Japanese (ja): 30759 / 100%
  • Hungarian (hu): 30627 / 99%
  • Portuguese Brazilian (pt_BR): 30565 / 99%
  • French (fr): 30066 / 97%
  • Italian (it): 29917 / 96% (3 ranks up)
  • Finnish (fi): 29907 / 96% (1 rank down)
  • German (de): 29875 / 96% (1 rank down)
  • Portuguese (pt): 29855 / 96% (1 rank down)
  • Spanish (es): 29841 / 96% (new in top 10)
  • Dutch (nl): 29750 / 96% (1 rank down)

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