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Welcome to issue 13 issue of openSUSE Weekly News! You can also read this issue in German.

In this week:

  • Announcing the Official openSUSE Forums
  • Preparing for Board elections
  • openSUSE User-base growing nicely
  • Firefox 3.0 Beta 4 Packages
  • New YaST/ZYpp repository layout
  • In Tips and Tricks: Creating a DVD from YouTube videos


Announcing the Official openSUSE Forums

  • "In order to provide a better service to the existing openSUSE Community and to our new users, we’re pleased to announce that, and the openSUSE support forums at (the three largest English speaking dedicated SUSE forums) are joining forces to merge into the new official openSUSE Forums at"

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Detlef Reichelt

  • "Do you know who is behind the PackMan project? Then it’s time to we present you Detlef Reichelt - PackMan project maintainer and openSUSE Member!"

KDE 4.0.2 is out, Get it now for openSUSE 10.3

  • "In case you missed the news, a new minor release of KDE is out — KDE 4.0.2 was released on Wednesday. This release includes improvements for Plasma — the panel can be resized and options have been streamlined a bit to make it easier to use, and there have been some improvements to KHTML. A full list of the changes is available on the KDE Web site."

Preparing for Board elections

  • "We (the board) would like to start working on a proposal for organising the elections of the next board. As a first step, and also because we want it to be an open and transparent process, we'd like to hear about ideas and recommendations about how we should do that...We shall collect that information and map/reduce it into something practicable as well as add our own ideas. The result of that process will be published and discussed here, as well as on IRC meetings. "

A draft page has also been created on the Wiki.

Status Updates


  • We're busy preparing Alpha3, there were several updates after Alpha2+:
    • kernel 2.6.25-rc5
    • kde 4.0.2
    • gimp 2.4.5
  • Right now we have ~60 build failures as a gcc patch created some regressions and the new kernel needs some adoptions in the kernel modules.
  • This will be the first time in a long, long time that we'll do the alpha deadline on a friday and not after the weekend. I'm not yet sure if this is good or bad - we see next week.

Build Service

  • small progress on image creation
  • merged back package-tracking branch into trunk
  • broke redirector scanner and fixed it again, caused downtimes of
  • should be used more often.

Possible upcoming tasks:

  • user interface for Hermes.
  • generic build.o.o client improvements.
  • implement filter for "osc prjresults" command
  • More


  • minutes will be public
  • Duncan is maintaining the following repos:
    • zypp:svn YaST::SVN zypp:Backport YaST:Backport. At least for Backport repos the whole factory stack compiles on 10.3 (95%)
    • need help from the community here, making sure YaST builds everywhere
  • zypp update stack
    • situation with pattern and patches very unclear, libzypp team concentrating on independent problems waiting for more conclusions.
  • New trainee Maximilian Maher (mmaher) is now in our team.
  • our UI team in Nuernberg takes over the user interface part of ncurses from kmachalkova, who keeps the package selector.
  • storage stack is now maintained by aschnell


  • We decided to do weekly reports about version updates of packages and other interesting news. We'll start this week.

During the week we've submitted these updated packages into Factory (alphabetical order):

Package Name Version
flex 2.5.35
gimp 2.4.5
libetpan 0.54
mediawiki 1.11.2
mgp 1.13a
pidgin 2.4.0
rocksndiamonds 3.2.4
sblim-cim-client 1.3.5
whois 4.7.24

  • anicka
    • updated perl modules and fixed the build of perl-PDL in Factory
  • mmarek
    • reported another sysp segfault, breaks inst-sys on his testing machine (Bug #367457) built libcurl with gssapi support
    • installation icewm: fixed icewm look under SaX2, hide window menu fixed a bug in osc new package / project template
  • lmichnovic
    • investigated wrong permissions after extracting issue in latest cpio was fixing Mandriva builds in Build Service
    • tested 11.0 Alpha2+, reported bugs
  • pcerny
  • sbrabec
    • worked on packages branding: Finished proposal, recommendation for packages with themes support, creating packages.
    • avahi: Created new spec file to avoid dependency of avahi core on Qt.

Tips and Tricks

Creating a DVD from youtube videos

Thomas Schmidt has a nice-and-easy guide on creating DVDs, using youtube-dl from YouTube videos in an easy way, so that you are able to watch them on any DVD player.

Planet SUSE

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

Duncan Mac-Vicar: Edge YaST

  • "In the last week we have been playing with the YaST and build systems in order to organize some YaST and zypp repositories abandoned in the openSUSE build service. I introduce to you the new layout..."

Joe Brockmeier: More than 750,000 served: openSUSE is growing nicely

  • "I’ve had a look at our statistics for February, and they look pretty good. More than 120,000 users installed openSUSE 10.3 in February. 124,780 to be exact. That’s a pretty good clip for a release that’s been out since October. Our total install base for 10.3 is at 765,722."

Read on for more statistics.

Stephan Binner: CeBIT 2008 Impressions

  • "Yesterday I made an excursion to CeBIT. Despite some major names missing and three halls staying closed it's the world's largest IT fair - and my legs remind me today of my marathon...openSUSE and KDE were present at the Novell booth and in the rather disappointing sized Linux Park"

Wolfgang Rosenauer: Firefox 3.0b4

  • " just released Firefox 3.0b4 developer preview and so you obviously can find the latest packages in mozilla:beta as well... If you don’t bother the risk running a beta version, please give them a try. We will also hopefully land the set of packages in Factory this week so that they should appear in openSUSE 11.0alpha3 for broader testing. As always feel free to report issues you find either in Novell’s bugzilla or Mozilla’s if you know it’s a generic issue (like rendering issues for example)."

Jordi Massaguer: no more comkat but openSUSE edu. Long life to openSUSE edu

  • "The project comkat (COMmunity repository for linKAT) has been moved to openSUSE educational project. Anyone can get an open build service account, and right now there is a project, the openSUSE education project, that did not exist before. These two points make the comkat project director (me) decided to move to the openSUSE education project (I am already a mantainer of the Education:Desktop and Education:Server subprojects at the BuildService), so we could join efforts and contribute to the openSUSE community. So, long life to the openSUSE education project!"

Lukas Ocilka: Getting Rid of 2nd Stage of Installation

  • "Last week I created a simple script partly similar to AutoYaST architecture. It uses the current functionality and configuration scripts by calling them first with "MakeProposal" and then "Write" commands. This keeps everything backward compatible and we could use these configuration scripts in re-enabled second stage (on user's request)...This test was really worth trying because it reveled some YaST pros and cons that we can use later. After a successful installation without second stage I'm not afraid to say that we can really get rid of the second stage very soon. "

Past Meetings

Project Meeting 2008-03-05

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

GNOME Meeting 2008-03-06

Upcoming Events/Meetings

KDE Meeting - Wednesday 2008/03/12 19:00 GMT (20:00 CET)

  • openSUSE-KDE Easter egg painting
  • talks at LinuxTag and Akademy
  • kdepim testing results
  • KDE 4 blocker list revisited, topics for 11.0
  • potential SoC projects
  • old action items

BrainShare 2008

Brainshare -- Novell's in-house exhibition fair -- will be taking place again next week in Salt Lake City. Here is a preview of just some of the sessions you might be interested in signing up for:

Open Platform Solutions

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Roadmaps
  • Choosing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for System z as an Enterprise Virtualization Platform
  • Linux-Windows Interoperability
  • A winning combination – SAP and SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise and the Novell Partner Ecosystem
  • Migrating from Windows to the Linux Desktop

OPS Virtualization

  • Data Center Optimization
  • Windows Server Consolidation
  • Open Source Virtualization
  • UNIX to Linux Migrations – Make the Move Now
  • The Zero Latency Data Center - Myth or Reality?

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.

cups (SUSE-SA:2008:012)

The current security update of cups fixes a double-free bug in the function process_browse_data() that can lead to a remote denial-of-service by crashing cupsd or possibly to a remote code execution (CVE-2008-0882). The bug can only be exploited if cupsd listens to 631/udp by crafted UDP Browse packets.

Additionally two remote denial-of-service bugs were fixed. The first one can be triggered via crafted IPP packets to use a pointer after it was freed (CVE-2008-0597) and the second issue is a memory-leak caused by a large number of requests to add and remove shared printers (CVE-2008-0596

SUSE Security Summary Report SUSE-SR:2008:005

Solved Security Vulnerabilities: - acroread wrapper script /tmp race - asterisk security issues - cacti various vulnerabilities - compat-openssl097g security fixes - icu regular expression problems - libcdio buffer overflow - wireshark/ethereal security problems - Jakarta tomcat security problems - perl-Tk GIF security problem


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


591 (+34) of 1092 (+65) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 60 (+13) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 2048 (+13) projects, 34989 (+485) packages, 4846 (+95) repositories by 4679 (+104) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 3664 (+1)
  • Blocker: 30 (+8)
  • Critical: 153 (-5)
  • Major: 510 (-1)
  • Normal: 2088 (+8)
  • Minor: 301 (-5)
  • Enhancements: 582 (-4)

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

  • Japanese (ja): 30872 / 100%
  • Hungarian (hu): 30627 / 99%
  • Portuguese Brazilian (pt_BR): 30584 / 99%
  • French (fr): 30089 / 97%
  • Italian (it): 29917 / 96%
  • Finnish (fi): 29915 / 96%
  • German (de): 29875 / 96%
  • Portuguese (pt): 29855 / 96%
  • Spanish (es): 29841 / 96%
  • Dutch (nl): 29757 / 96%

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