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Editors Note

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Welcome to issue # 126 of the openSUSE Weekly News. Now the 22nd week goes to the end, and we are pleased to announce our new issue.
This week was very interesting. The Mozilla Project announced the 64bit Firefox, but sadly just for Windows at the moment. I think that the project will announce the Linux version soon.
Then our calendar gives us the Information, that we have the 11.3 RC1 checkin in the next week. Soon we enjoy the new Version 11.3. But as written in the last weeks, we need testers. If you like, you can help us with that.
From the wiki side, we need more volunteers, who are willing to help in the review process from the wiki sides. So if you can speak, write and understand English, please help us in the wiki.
So we're hoping, that you like the new Weekly News. We wish you many joy by reading it...



openSUSE Forums Poised to Support the next Release, 11.3.

"With a good selection of Forum users already working with openSUSE’s development version of the next openSUSE release 11.3 – The forums will be a great place to stop for support post install of the official release.
Members are currently working hard testing and bug reporting on 11.3 Milestone 7 – This can only make for a better final release. Going by the performance of 11.3 so far, it’s going to be a super release. Most of the Forum Team are already well involved with testing and helping members troubleshoot issues. This will make for a well prepared body of helpers for when the release is final. (...)"

openSUSE Strategy Meeting – wrap up

"As in michl’s post announced a the openSUSE Board and some other community members met the past weekend in Nürnberg to have a comprehensive 2.5 days face to face meeting . The meeting was attended by Bryen Yunashko, Andreas Jaeger, Jan Weber, Pascal Bleser, Michael Loeffler and Pavol Rusnak (Hendrik Vogelsang and Rupert Horsttkötter were unfortunately unable to join) and lead and facilitated by Kurt Garloff.We’d like to tell you what we’ve done, what the outcome is and what the next steps should look alike. We had tons of very fruitful discussions and are much clearer about the strengths of openSUSE and how to create a strategy around those. (...)"

openSUSE Conference 2010 Call for Papers

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"The openSUSE Project Team is happy to announce that the 2nd international openSUSE Conference will take place in Nuremberg, Germany between 20-23 October 2010.
After the great success of the first conference last year we will again meet in Nuremberg to discuss, learn, plan and work on the openSUSE project with all its sub-projects as well as on general free software topics.
Specifically this year we’re explicitly inviting members of upstream projects and other community distributions to discuss comprehensive topics of free software and projects to move forward with free technology across borders, which is also the motto of the openSUSE Conference 2010: (...)"

openSUSE @ LinuxTag 2010 – We want to meet you!

"openSUSE - as usual – will be at LinuxTag. We have booth #203 in hall 7.2a and will show there the openSUSE Build Service 2.0 release which is scheduled for June 11 and how you can benefit from it and of course the last milestone of openSUSE 11.3. We’d like to see you there and have a chat. If you want to help us at the booth please add your name and the date you want to be there at the bottom of our LinuxTag page. (...)"

SUSE Studio: SUSE Linux Enterpise 11 SP1

"SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 (SLE11) Service Pack 1 (SP1) was recently released and we are happy to announce that it is now also available on SUSE Studio. Existing SLE11 appliances can be easily upgraded to SP1 with just one click. Check out the release notes to see what's new in Service Pack 1. (...)"

Status Updates


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Michal Hrušecký: MySQL in openSUSE 11.3

"What really happened is that I renamed original MySQL package. Now it is called mysql-community-server. If you take a look at SUN/Oracle web, they call it like this for a long time, so it makes a little sense... As a result, there is no real package called mysql in openSUSE anymore. But mysql-community-server provides mysql so even if you try to install mysql, it will work. This change also have one funny consequence. Do you remember package mysql-client? Now it's called mysql-community-server-client face-smile-big.png (...)"

Schedules for the next Week

9th June:
* Milestone: Last fixes for localization found during testing incorporated.
* Milestone: Drop of Release Notes to Localization
11th June:
* openSUSE 11.3 checkin"


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

Team Reports

Boosters Team

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Boosters: Umbrella Sprint Summary

"For the last few months some of the Boosters were working on “Umbrella” infrastructure concept for openSUSE. Various web tools grew over time and unfortunately they became almost independant and disconnected from each other. We decided to improve the situation by making openSUSE websites more integrated and easier accesible in order to help people to find the stuff they are looking for.
During the openSUSE Conference 2009 Klaas gave a talk about the current state of tools and our improvement plans. Robert created a brand new Bento theme which allowed Pavol to create a simple global menu to put on top of each website. These menus group all links to other websites into four categories: Downloads, Support, Community and Development. These more-or-less correspond to groups of users openSUSE has, which makes navigation easy and fun! (...)"

Build Service Team


Build Team Meeting

Minutes from the Meeting

Raymond Wooninck: New snapshot available in KDE4:Unstable repository

"It is only a couple of days after the release of KDE SC 4.5 Beta 1 and openSUSE brings you an update with a newer snapshot. This snapshot resolves the issues reported with the systray, as that it contains the latest version of libdbusmenu-qt. So if you are facing issues with right clicking on the icons in the systray or some other erreoneuous behavior, then this update might solve those issues for you.
Also with this new version a new KDE bindings is released, namely perl-kde4. Unfortunately due to the required perl version, this package is only build for openSUSE Factory repository. This to prevent that 11.1 and 11.2 users have to upgrade their perl5 version which might cause incompatibility issues with other applications.(...)"

Build Service Statistics

The Build Service now hosts 13005 (+68) projects, 94238 (+85) packages, 22803 (+82) repositories by 23340 (+62) confirmed users.



Vincent Untz: Hiring a sysadmin for the GNOME infrastructure

"Two months ago, the GNOME Foundation started a fundraising campaign to get money to hire a part-time system administrator. Actually, we started this effort much earlier, but we made it much more visible with this campaign. Thanks to all the donors and to Canonical, Collabora, Google and Nokia, we were able to reach our objective. It was actually too fast for me and I wasn't even able to blog about the campaign in time! Once we realized the money was there, we moved on to the next steps — actually, we had those steps ready in the past, so it was mainly a matter of making sure everything was still okay.
We asked around and confirmed three names to form a hiring committee: Bradley Kuhn, Jonathan Blandford and Brad Taylor. With their help, Paul updated the job description that Owen had written some time ago. And after some discussion to define the whole hiring process, Stormy announced the job today. I really love that there have been so many people involved in this, with everyone targetting the same goal. (...)"

KDE Team


openSUSE KDE meeting 20100527

"Here are the minutes for the KDE Team meeting on 2010/05/27"

KDE repository structure status

"For those who missed it in last meeting's minutes, there is now , which lists the current status with repository reoganization. (...)"

Raymond Wooninck (tittiatcoke): Phonon-backend-vlc available for openSUSE

"As of this evening the latest phonon-backend, which is based on the VLC Multimedia libraries, is available in the openSUSE KDE Playground repository. This repository also contains a stripped down version of the VLC 1.1.0 Release Candidate which is required to use the phonon-backend-vlc. The phonon-backend-vlc is the rising star among the phonon-backends and has already a lot of supporters and the multimedia application Amarok is working fine with it.
However keep in mind that there is no official release yet of this vlc phonon backend and it is currently based on the latest available svn version."

Mono Team

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Miguel de Icaza: First Beta of MonoTools 2 for VisualStudio

"Last week we released our first beta for the upcoming MonoTools2. There are four main features in MonoTools 2:
+ Soft debugger support.
+ Faster transfer of your program to the deployment system.
+ Support for Visual Studio 2010 in addition to 2008.
+ Polish, polish and more polish."

openFATE Team


#309627: Enhance 'Safely Remove' to spin-down and power-off usb HDDs

"'Safely remove' should (as far as possible) allow for genuine safe removal of all media. Under certain other OSs, the 'safely remove' option on usb devices will... 1/ On usb pen drive with a power/activity led, switch it off (trivial nicety, but reassuring). 2/ On usb HDDs, spin down the disk and power off. This seems more important. (...)"

#309644: Novell Client for Linux (for openSUSE)

"It would be great if a Novell sponsored distribution would be the easiest one out there to talk to a Novell Server platform."


Feature statistics for openSUSE 11.3:

  • total: 657 (+3)
  • unconfirmed: 415 (+2)
  • new: 14 (+0)
  • evaluation: 97 (+0)
  • candidate: 5 (+0)
  • done: 44 (+4)
  • rejected: 67 (+1)
  • duplicate: 19 (+0)
More information on openFATE

Testing Team

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Larry Finger: Weekly Review

"The TCT held an IRC meeting on May 31.
The first topic concerned the Team's experiences with Milestone 7. Response time to bug reports seems to be better than earlier. Bernhard M. Wiedemann described his methodology for automated testing of installation, and future plans to improve the tests. The Team also asked me questions regarding the testing of wireless. Unfortunately, this does not fit into an automated framework; however, I have been able to test all encryption modes with NetworkManager and the KDE desktop. Testing of Gnome will come later.
Next the Team was polled to see who among us would be at at Linuxtag in Berlin, and when they could meet to discuss testing of openSUSE 11.3.
We also discussed the openSUSE Conference in Nuremburg in October, and how best for the team to participate. We recommended that Bernhard submit a paper on his testing methodology. In addition, a "birds-of-a-feather" session for the Testing Team will likely be proposed."

Translation Team





Sascha Manns: openSUSE Wiki Transition: Weekly News moved

"Some time ago the Wiki transition starts. The content was reviewed and moved to the new Wiki Instance under: The Weekly News was now reviewed and moved too. Now we have different places whith our Content. (...)"

Sascha Manns: openSUSE Wiki Transition (little Report)

"Since a few month we are working inside the wiki. As you are maybe know, the sites under should moved to So it isn’t so that it sounds like many work, it IS many work. I think, we have thought that it is lesser work, but now we are in the middle of that, and we must show forward to the End of it.
In the Past many little gnomes was very active in that work like: henne, rupert, rajko, jon, christian, thomas, michl, frank and from our german wiki team: uwe, marcel and open_assistant has done a great work. So i would like to thank all of our Contributors. If i have forgotten anyone in the List, thats my error. (...)"

In the Community


Mike McCallister: Six Days Till WriteCamp2 in Milwaukee!

"Hey folks, there’s still time to make plans to attend WriteCamp2 in Milwaukee next weekend! This camp is for you if your interests lie toward the written (or typed) word. Bloggers, poets, journalists, business and technical writers, fiction and nonfiction writers – we want to see you! Any other writers, and would-be writers I left out – yes, you too!
You can read about what I’m doing at WriteCamp at my other site. In brief, I’ll be leading a discussion about the future of American journalism, and doing something related to WordPress. I’ll have copies of WordPress in Depth on hand, and a pen to sign them with. I’ll also be at the pre-party Friday night, having some fun."

Pavol Rusnak: openSUSE Counter for Facebook

"Gnokii pointed me to Ubuntu countdown banner for Facebook and asked me if I could rework it to show openSUSE Counter instead. Unfortunately I was not able to reuse the code because it was written in Python as a plugin for Google AppEngine and I wanted something lightier. After some time I was able to come up with my own simple solution in PHP. :-) (...)"

Events & Meetings



openSUSE for your ears

From Ambassadors

José Oramas M.: FLISOL 2010 GYE – Some Late Numbers and Experiences

"I know, I know… it is a bit late ( more than a month ) since FLISOL took place in Guayaquil-Ecuador this year… but a lot a time consuming activities have stopped me from reporting some results. Even though more than a month have passed, I think I should let you know what happened.
Compared to previous years, the event of this year was relatively smaller. An approximate of 200 people assisted, from which for the ~80% it was their first time that assisted to FLISOL, 50% of visitors had not used or heard about FLOSS before, ~13% were below 18 years old and ~75% were between 18-35 years old."



Communication has 37251 (-17) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 46319 (+214) registered users - Most users ever online was 30559, 08-Jan-2010 at 13:06.


4679 (+8) of 12056 (+30) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 424 members.

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE


Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.2.1 final available for openSUSE

"I’m happy to announce 3.2.1 final packages for openSUSE. They are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:STABLE project and include many upstream and Go-oo improvements and fixes. Please, check the wiki page for more details about the openSUSE OOo build.
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. (...)"

  • You can find other interesting Packages at:
  • PackmanOBS

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.

Kernel Review


h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: Linux 2.6.35 taking shape

"Linux 2.6.35 will deliver better network throughput, support the Turbo Core functionality offered by the latest AMD processors and de-fragment memory as required. On LKML, a discussion on merging several patches developed by Google for Android is generating large volumes of email. (...)"

Guest Blog: Rares Aioanei – Weekly Kernel review with openSUSE Flavor

"Hello, everyone, and welcome! This week sees the release of 2.6.35-rc1, plus other kernel-related news, so let’s start. (...)"

Tips and Tricks


For Commandline/Script Newbies

The Geek Stuff/Sasikala: The Ultimate Bash Array Tutorial with 15 Examples

"An array is a variable containing multiple values may be of same type or of different type. There is no maximum limit to the size of an array, nor any requirement that member variables be indexed or assigned contiguously. Array index starts with zero.
In this article, let us review 15 various array operations in bash."

IBM developerWorks/Ian Shields: Learn Linux, 101: Create and change hard and symbolic links

"Learn how to create and manage hard and symbolic links to files on your Linux® system. You can use the material in this article to study for the LPI 101 exam for Linux system administrator certification, or just to explore the differences between hard and soft, or symbolic, links and the best ways to link to files, as opposed to copying files."

Peteris Krumin: Yet Another Ten One-Liners from CommandLineFu Explained

"Hey everyone, this is the fourth article in the series on the most popular commandlinefu one-liners explained."

Planet SUSE


Jared Ottley: Alfresco: SimpleGIS

"When I worked Pre-Sales here at Alfresco I had, on occasion, the chance to talk about integrating Alfresco with a GIS (Geographic Information System). I don’t have a lot of experience with these types of systems (actually none) but I always believed that integration was possible. (It falls into one of those categories where we believe that it is possible, but we have never actually seen it done.) Or even that a simple type of integration could be done with Google Maps to provide basic information.
I started playing with the Google Maps APIs almost 6 months ago and was able to throw together a rough POC, but felt that there was still more that I could do. I’ve gotten closer to what I envisioned and a have put together a starting example, but there is still a lot of work to do, including working around issues from the underlying APIs. (ie one of my examples will not work in some versions of Firefox or IE…I’m working on these, but believe that the answer may actually be in the code of either the browser or the Maps API.) (...)"

Dominique Leuenberger: Dominique Leuenberger: NetworkManager 0.8.1 How-To

"Recently, I prepared NetworkManager 0.8.1 packages (many of you seemed to like them, so I updated the available ones also to 0.8.1beta2).
Nevertheless, it seems to be un-intuitive on how to initiate a connection using this new feature, so I’ll try to provide a short step-by-step here on how I did get it to work using my very old Nokia 6300 (yes, that’s actually a pure telephone). (...)"

Cristian Rodríguez: Need entropy ? Simtec Entropy Key + openSUSE to the rescue

"A while ago, I saw the Simtec Entropy Key website, a small, relative unexpensive USB device that produces random numbers and then fills the kernel entropy pool.
It sparked my geeky curiosity so I bought one, it arrived today, but it didn't had "out of the box" support in openSUSE, so I worked integrating its software to make it rock and roll :) (...)"

Michal Hrušecký: openSUSE Paste

"Do you also feel that Hackweek is nearby? So many people will be working together on so many interesting stuff. And when you are working in large groups around the world, sometimes you need to talk about code snippets. And then you use something like But there are many similar services on the web. And I already encounter on openSUSE IRC people using for example So why don't we have some paste thing to show that we are the openSUSE guys and girls? My guess is that nobody cared enough to create other one then But I was part of the Umbrella team, so I want to have everything nicely integrated... So here I come with openSUSE Paste."

Guest Blog: Rares Aioanei – Weekly Review of the PostgreSQL Project with openSUSE flavor

"Hello all, and welcome to this week’s edition of the PostgreSQL Weekly News, openSUSE-style!
As accustomed, we’ll start with news picked from the mailing lists, then we’ll move on with news from the PostgreSQL Planet. Here we go… (...)"

Jakub Steiner: Leaving Novell

"Today is my last day working for Novell. They say we shouldn’t focus on the past, but I do have to look back a little.
Novell has allowed me to take part in some really awesome projects. Going back to Ximian, I was lucky to be part of the Linux desktop revolution (this year will totally be the year!). I helped to shape the aesthetics of Novell Linux Desktop, SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE and most importantly SUSE Studio." Addition from the Editors: Thanks a lot for your hard work, and your enthusiasm for the Projects. We never forget you...

Agustin Chavarria: openGarrobito 0.4.5

"This time I come to announce the departure of openGarrobito FULL 0.4.5 and openGarobito LITE edition 04.3 That brings improvements: (...)"

Miguel de Icaza: My first iPhone app

"I am proud to introduce my first iPhone App built entirely using standard HTML5 technologies.
I felt that I had to go with HTML 5 as I did not want to write the app once for the iPhone and once for the Android. I am also open sourcing this application in its entirety, to help future generation of mobile HTML 5 developers learn from my experiences and hopefully help them write solid, cross platform mobile applications using HTML 5."

openSUSE Forums


Install openSUSE without CD/DVD?

"With the prevalence of 'Netbooks' which mostly lack optical drives, this is a common question which still seems to cause difficulty for many. Here is a quickly solved example in our Forum."

Testing KDE4.5 beta 1

"The recent release of kde4.5 beta 1 has seen testing taken up by some of our users, including myself. The result for me has been very pleasing in 11.3 M7, but it hasn't been plain sailing for everyone."

nVidia Drivers not support correct Resolution

"nVidia (and ATI) drivers make up the base of all the forum questions. See some effective help in place and the results. It can take some users a number of attempts to get this right."

Write Data to a Partition With no File System?

"This has to be the strangest question so far this year. I was intrigued, perhaps you are. Have a read and satisfy your curious nature."

On the Web



Amarok 2.3.1 "The Bell" released

"This release brings with it some exciting new features like the Automated Playlist Generator which helps you create playlists based on criteria like song length or file size. This is the start of bringing back the smart playlist feature of Amarok 1 and more.
We have also added two new applets for the Context View. The Upcoming Events applet shows concerts and events that the currently playing artist is participating in and the Similar Artists applet uses the database to show similar artist and makes the ones in your collection directly playable. (...)"

KDE Software Compilation 4.4.4 Out

"KDE has issued another update to the 4.4 desktop, applications and development libraries. KDE SC 4.4.4 brings, in addition to its funny version number, mainly small bugfixes that further polish the user experience. Most notable are probably sorting fixes for natural sorting in Dolphin, our nice file manager.
The KDE release team also decided to do another release in the 4.4 series, 4.4.5, to come out next month, before fully concentrating on the 4.5 tree. SC 4.4.4 though is a stable update that is recommended to everyone running 4.4.3 or earlier. Packages from your favorite OS vendor will become available soon."

GCC begins move to C++

"I am pleased to report that the GCC Steering Committee and the FSF have approved the use of C++ in GCC itself. Of course, there's no reason for us to use C++ features just because we can. The goal is a better compiler for users, not a C++ code base for its own sake.
Before we start to actually use C++, we need to determine a set of coding standards that will apply to use of C++ within GCC. At first, I believe that we should keep the set of C++ features permitted small, in part so that GCC developers not familiar with C++ are not rapidly overwhelmed by a major change in the implementation language for the compiler itself. We can always use more of C++ later if it seems appropriate to do so, then."


Volker Lanz (Torch): New In KDE Partition Manager 1.1 (II): SMART Status Reports

"KDE Partition Manager 1.1 gains support for reading, analyzing and reporting the SMART status of disks. SMART (sometimes also written as S.M.A.R.T.) is an acronym for “Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology”. In plain English it is a monitoring system for hard drives and its intention is to give the computer user a chance to take action before an impending hard drive failure — the action being to copy his data to another disk, of course.
Virtually all disks sold today support SMART, though implementations differ a little from manufacturer to manufacturer. Also, SMART information cannot be accessed via USB or FireWire, so this does not work for external disks."

LinuxUser & Developer/Russell Barnes: Novell promise SUSE MeeGo in the next 12 months

"Novell have today announced their intention to release SUSE MeeGo as a fully supported netbook operating system. Novell expects their new OS, which is built on the codestream from the MeeGO Project established by a collaboration between Intel and Nokia, to be pre-installed on a wide variety of devices from OEMS in the next twelve months."

KDE News/Giovanni Venturi: Interview with Stephen Kelly

"Yesterday, Stephen Kelly wrote on the dot about the successful KDE PIM sprint. Today, you can read more about him and his role as KJots maintainer in this interview by Giovanni from our Italian KDE community. This continues a trend of recent interviews talking to members of the KDE PIM team - last time we heard from Thomas McGuire of KMail. For our Italian readers, there is also the original interview. (...)"

OStatic/Joe Brockmeier: When Will Intel Fix the Poulsbo Mess?

"Once upon a time, you could buy a laptop or netbook with an Intel chipset and be confident that it would work well with Linux. That changed drastically with the release of the GMA500 video chipset, named "Poulsbo." Intel let its users down by rebranding a chip made by PowerVR, which is not supported with the mainline Linux kernel and The company made it worse by passing the buck, and failing to give a clear roadmap for fixing the problem. That was in the fall of last year, but some users had hope that Intel would get it right with the release of MeeGo 1.0. Not so much. (...)"

Reviews and Essays

techradar/Nick Veitch: 8 of the best photo managers for Linux

"Since the arrival of consumer digital cameras, hard drives have been filling up with images of every social occasion, no matter how boring.
It soon became apparent to happy snappers that where you once merely had to look in a drawer or a photo album to find a particular snap, there may now be thousands of them on your hard drive. And so the need for photo management software was born.
Read more:"

Danielle Madeley: The Meego 1.0 People Panel

"So Meego 1.0 for Netbooks shipped last week. Although I miss that tubby cat, Meego 1.0 is very visually attractive and quite nifty.
One of the really neat things about Meego is how it integrates messaging right into the interface. Unsurprisingly, this messaging is powered by Telepathy, the framework that makes communications into a service that you can use throughout your product. Collabora, with its team of Telepathic Ninjas, helped Intel with some of the Telepathy integration for this release. (...)"

DevX/Robin 'Roblimo' Miller: Frank Zappa's Influence on Linux

""Bitchen" sounds totally Valley Girl right? The sort of speech pattern that, like, gags you with a spoon, right? The link two sentences back is to a YouTube (sound-only) version of the original Frank Zappa song that started the whole Valley Girl thing, with the Valley Girl talk in the song supplied by his daughter Moon Unit Zappa.
Grody to the max, right? Whatever.
And all this Zappa stuff has what, exactly, to do with Linux? Zappa may have been as much of an influence on Linux and FOSS development as LSD was on Apple, although the Zappa influence on Linux isn't thought about as much as the Apple-counterculture connection."

ExtremeTech/Matthew Murray MeeGo v1.0 for Netbooks Review

"The tiny notebooks are usually best for those who just want to do the most basic of basics—Web browsing, e-mail, maybe IM—and not much else. In fact, were it not for the fact that Linux is a popular operating system of choice for them due to its nonexistent cost, they'd have almost no appeal to the DIYer whatsoever. (...)"

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