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Welcome to issue 14 issue of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • Videos and Slides from FOSDEM 2008
  • openSUSE to Participate in Google Summer of Code 2008
  • Novell Free Hugs at CeBit 2008
  • KIWI-LTSP 0.3.14 Now Out
  • LimeJeOS, the openSUSE-based JeOS is Born
  • Banshee 1.0Alpha1 is Available with 1-Click-Install
  • New KDE Four Live and updated KDE 4.1 Snapshot Packages
  • HP to preload SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on Notebooks, Desktops
  • In Tips and Tricks: Best Practices for Editing Configuration Files
  • Upcoming: openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 3 (later today)


Videos and Slides from FOSDEM 2008

  • "The videos and slides of the openSUSE presentations at FOSDEM are now online, and available at the FOSDEM2008 wiki page. "

openSUSE Participates in Google Summer of Code: Looking for Mentors, Projects, Students

  • "The openSUSE Project has been accepted to Google’s Summer of Code 2008! Now the real fun begins!"

KIWI-LTSP 0.3.14 Now Out


  • "Another milestone of KIWI-LTSP development. KIWI-LTSP is LTSP5 implementation in openSUSE using KIWI imaging technology."

With this release LTSP has finally come onto feature parity with the LTSP implementation in other distributions, so a huge congratulations is in order!

LimeJeOS: The openSUSE based JeOS

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  • "A new project called Lime JeOS (LInux Minimal Edition Just enough Operating System) has been created at the openSUSE community. Lime JeOS is a project meant to be the base for sofware appliances. Similar to Ubuntu JeOS but more powerful as it is built in the Build Service."

openSUSE Packaging Days II - April 4th/5th, 2008

  • "To learn how to leverage the build service, join the openSUSE community on April 4th and 5th on IRC to hone your package building skills. The Packaging Days II event will be held on Freenode at #opensuse-buildservice. Community members will be standing by to provide support and answer questions about using the build service and creating packages."

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Timo Hönig

  • "This week we feature Timo Hönig, openSUSE Mobile Device team member, mainly working on D-Bus, IAL, and KNetworkManager."

Free Hugs from Novell at CeBit 2008

Novell kicked off a huge free hugs event in CeBit, the world's largest Computer Expo. Open source love was spread to hundreds of attendants! See the video now on YouTube.

Status Updates

Build Service

  • Adrian at Brainshare
  • work on openSUSE Forum theme
  • repaired mirror scanner (infinite recursion)
  • working on package resolver test-case for kiwi repository creation


  • Zypper/YaST in Factory now display download-rate
  • Zypper bash completion underway, see Planet SUSE blog below
  • Mvidner is going to promote YaST-team on a BrainShare conference with a shiny exhibition of all our great $Whatever Creators (Add-On/Product/CD/...).

Packaging Team

  • Perl and Python updates
  • saxon (6.5.5) and saxon8 (B.8.8) into Stable (updated, small adjustements)
  • Uncovered Intel graphics problems with wine Bug #369700. Sndirsch applied the upstream patch for Mesa, so DX games should work under wine on Intel 965 graphics card.
  • myspell-dictionaries: updated bg_BG, da_dk, de_AT, de_CH, de_DE, gl_ES, lv_LV, sk_SK, sv_SV
  • several fixes in VirtualBox
  • updated server:database:mysql51 to 5.1.13-rc
  • gtk2: Splitting branding, created gtk2-branding-openSUSE.

New packages in Build Service:

  • xdoclet
  • tomcat5(api packages only)
  • jetty5
  • plexus-jetty-https
  • jakarta-commons-jelly
  • ws-commons-{tcpmon,utils}
  • xmlbeans
  • maven-{doxia,jxr,surefire}
  • aspecwerkz
  • checkstyle

New or updated packages in stable (merged with jpackage project):

  • jakarta-commons-discovery 0.3 0.4
  • jakarta-commons-collections 3.1 3.2
    • new subpackages testframework, testframework-javadoc, tomcat5
  • jakarta-commons-io N/A 1.3.2
  • apache-portlet-1.0-api N/A 1.0
  • jakarta-commons-fileupload 0.9 1.1
  • jakarta-commons-pool 1.2 1.3
  • jdepend 2.6 2.9.1

Tips and Tricks

Best Practices for Editing Configuration Files

Andreas Stieger has just written a guide outlinging many recommended practices when editing configuration files. While openSUSE's configuration tool YaST should be able to configure just about anything you would need, if you are looking to learn more about Linux or are an advanced user you may need to edit configuration files once in a while. This guide provides you with help and advice when doing so.

Planet SUSE

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

Banshee 1.0 Alpha 1

  • "It is my immense pleasure to announce the first preview release of the next generation of Banshee. This Banshee 1.0 Alpha 1 release is a culmination of so much work by so many awesome contributors."

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Digg this!

Dirk Müller: KDE4 port of openSUSE Updater, KDE 4.1 snapshot (4.0.66), FOSDEM talk

  • "Initial KDE4 port of the opensuse-updater started and available for testers in the KDE:KDE4:STABLE:Extra-Apps repository...The new KDE 4.1 weekly snapshot was finally released yesterday... The video recordings and slides from the openSUSE dev room at FOSDEM2008 are finally up"

Stephan Binner: KDE Four Live 1.0.66

  • "It has been over a month since the last version and it's still a month until KDE 4.1 Alpha 1 so it seems a good time to create a new Live CD with the openSUSE KDE 4.0.66 snapshot packages. It contains some Kickoff/Plasma features I have been worked on in the last weeks like the resizable Kickoff or adding/removing panels. Noticeable absent is my patch to move plasmoids on panels which is not in trunk (yet), you can by all means expect it to appear in our packages before openSUSE 11.0 gets released."

Phoronix had An Early Look at KDE 4.1 including many screenshots based on it.

Jan Kupec: Bash Completion for Zypper

  • "Version 0.10.3 of zypper will include a bash completion script written by Marek Stopka during Hack Week 2. The script uses zypper help [command] output to retrieve the list of commands and command options in order to feed it to the command line. Given the growing number of zypper's commands and options i believe this will be a pleasant help for many users."

Martin Schlander: Novell from an openSUSE perspective

  • "The relationship between openSUSE and Novell is pretty difficult to describe. Ideally openSUSE should be viewed 100% as a community project, where the people employed by Novell, who do the lion’s share of the work, are also seen as members of the openSUSE community on the same level as volunteer contributors. This works out pretty well, and keeps improving further. The volunteers and the Novell employees working on openSUSE generally get along great and in a very productive way..."

See also Zonker's blog post in response.

Past Meetings

Board election proposals (transcript)

  • "We had tonight on the opensuse-project IRC channel a lifely discussion about the board election. The central question was who can vote for the openSUSE board. We haven't come to a real conclusion yet, see below for some of the comments that were discussed. We'd like to continue the discussion here on the mailing list and meet again in two weeks on the openSUSE-project IRC channel."

KDE Meeting 2008-03-12

Old Action items:

  • improve kde building guide (bille) - no progress
  • announce kde bug day for day after beta 1, suggestion 19-20 April (beineri) - to be done
  • script for watching homes for kde apps (dirk) - pending next OBS milestone (Daffodil)
  • add packaging guideline for kde4 packages - to be done before next packaging day
  • more blogging (all) :) - ongoing

Action Items:

  • aseigo should blog more about KDE4+openSUSE ;)
  • alpha3 easter egg wallpaper (bille)
  • improve oxygen window deco (seli)
  • start discussion about SoC proposals on mailing list (beineri)
  • topics for akademy talk (all)

Upcoming Events/Meetings


Ongoing keynotes and press releases can be viewed at

Zonker, Martin Lasarsch, John Jolly and Adrian Schroter are representing openSUSE with talks and an openSUSE booth. They have received a lot of positive feedback particularly about the build service. Zonker and Adrian also presented KDE4 today. More news to follow!

Project Meeting 2008-03-26

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

KDE Meeting 2008-03-26 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."
  • talks at LinuxTag and Akademy
  • kdepim testing results
  • KDE 4 blocker list revisited, topics for 11.0
  • potential SoC projects
  • old action items
  • Adding some trunk kdelibs commits to brnach in order to add some small functions needed by kdepim 4.1. tmcguire will try to make it to the next meeting and have a list of the commits needed.

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.

evolution (SUSE-SA:2008:014)

  • "The function emf_multipart_encrypted() that is used to process encrypted messages is vulnerable to format-string bugs. This bug can be abused by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code by sending a crafted encrypted eMail."

SUSE Security Summary Report SUSE-SR:2008:006

Solved Security Vulnerabilities: - sarg buffer overflow - phpMyAdmin multiple XSS problems - xine FLAC security issues - bind 1byte overflow - dbus-1 policy application problem - silc-toolkit buffer overflow - boost regular expression problems

SUSE Security Announcement: cups (SUSE-SA:2008:015)

  • "A heap-overflow in the cgiCompileSearch() function of cups could be exploited by remote attackers to execute arbitrary code."

In the Press

InfoWorld: HP adding Novell's Linux to its desktop lineup

  • "HP will begin loading Suse Linux 10 on its desktops, joining Dell and Lenovo as partners who pre-install the open-source operating system...The news comes just a few weeks after Novell announced server and desktop revenue had grown 65 percent over the past year. The company does not break down the revenue -- which hit $30 million in its fiscal first quarter -- by desktop and server, but CEO Ron Hovsepian says the desktop is "on a good track toward doubling its revenue." Novell starts talking SLES 11

  • "Novell's plans for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, as discussed at the company's BrainShare 2008 conference. "The technical areas of primary focus will be the mission-critical data center, the tools to allow Unix-to-Linux migration, green IT, and continued work on the Linux desktop, [CTO Jeff] Jaffe said. On the mission-critical data center front, SLES 11 will include automated and assisted self-healing capabilities, including single-node clusters and automated hardware failure detection, he said."

RadeonHD Driver Introduces Major Changes, RV620/635 Support

  • "Following a period of relative inactivity in the xf86-video-radeonhd git tree over the past few weeks, this afternoon Novell's Egbert Eich had pushed forward 55 changes to this open-source R500/600 driver. "


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


618 (+27) of 1148 (+56) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 67 (+7) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 2127 (+79) projects, 36554 (+1565) packages, 4948 (+102) repositories by 4794 (+115) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 3697 (+33)
  • Blocker: 27 (-3)
  • Critical: 157 (+4)
  • Major: 505 (-5)
  • Normal: 2131 (+43)
  • Minor: 292 (-9)
  • Enhancements: 585 (+3)

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

  • Japanese (ja): 30830 / 97%
  • Hungarian (hu): 30600 / 96%
  • Portuguese Brazilian (pt_BR): 30594 / 96%
  • Ukraine (uk): 30356 / 96% (new in top 10)
  • French (fr): 29837 / 93% (1 rank down)
  • Italian (it): 29646 / 93% (1 rank down)
  • Finnish (fi): 29924 / 93% (1 rank down)
  • German (de): 29605 / 93% (1 rank down)
  • Portuguese (pt): 2960 / 93% (1 rank down)
  • Spanish (es): 29560 / 93% (1 rank down)

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