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Welcome to issue #16 issue of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • SoC application deadline extended
  • People of openSUSE: Marco Michna
  • openSUSE Board election proposal
  • openSUSE IRC - call for participation
  • Calling booth volunteers! LugRadio Live, LinuxFest Northwest
  • Packaging Day II - this Friday !


Summer of Code student application deadline extended

  • "The kind folks at Google have decided to extend the Student Application Deadline for the Summer of Code."

Packaging Day II

  • "Friday, April 4th, 2008 through Saturday, April 5th, 2008 in any timezone that you can imagine. That means from the morning in Europe on Friday, through the late afternoon on Saturday in the Americas."

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Marco Michna

  • "This week we meet #openSUSE IRC supporter, and openSUSE Quality Assurance team member Marco ‘daemon’ Michna in one more ‘People of openSUSE’ interview!"

Status Updates



Build Service

  • RedHat RHEL 4 supported in buildservice
  • "Due to changes in the scheduler, all packages are currently recompiled. Factory has now the new lzma based rpm package compression." Read on here!
  • Latest status report:
    • Some work on usb-image creation in KIWI,
    • also in preparation is a feature to let own/local build service instances reuse base projects of
    • new osc release
    • complete message

Tips and Tricks

Pascal Bleser: FTP server on openSUSE

"Nice article on how to install a passive FTP server on openSUSE"

Planet SUSE

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

Benjamin Weber: openSUSE IRC - call for participation

  • "The #suse channel on the freenode IRC (Internet Relay Chat) network is one of the places users can go to get support with openSUSE. The channel has suffered a little over recent months from the loss of some regular participants. Since the opening of the openSUSE project many of the channel regulars have become involved in other areas of the openSUSE project, leaving less time for user support on IRC."

Pascal Bleser: osc plugin for coloured build results

  • "Hacked a little osc (the CLI client for the openSUSE Build Service) plugin that produces a nice, ANSI-coloured, unicode-drawing-char-enabled output of a package's build results."

Joe Brockmeier: Calling booth volunteers! LugRadio Live, LinuxFest Northwest

  • "Planning to attend LugRadio Live and/or LinuxFest Northwest? openSUSE will have a booth at both of these shows, and we’re looking for a few volunteers to help answer questions and talk to other community members at the openSUSE booth."

Duncan Mac-Vicar: Package management reloaded II

  • "Package management is the most used task by our users according to the YaST survey. Not happy with the super speed and making other similar tools eat dust, our hackers continue to check in cool stuff..."

Greg Kroah-Hartman: Who wrote Linux - reloaded

  • "Back in July last year, I wrote a paper for the Linux Symposium about who was doing the actual work in the Linux kernel. Today the Linux Foundation has released a new version of it that contains new data, as well as a lot better writing thanks to Jon Corbet of and Amanda McPherson of the Linux Foundation."

Past Meetings

Gnome Meeting

  • Here are the minutes from the gnome meeting...

Public Board Meeting

Upcoming Events/Meetings

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

  • "The openSUSE project is hosting "packaging days" on April 4 and April 5. 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. Find out more about the Packaging Days II event at:"

LugRadio Live USA 2008

  • "The openSUSE project will have a booth and speakers at LugRadio Live USA 2008 on April 12 and April 13 at the Metreon in San Francisco, California. Aaron Bockover, Miguel de Icaza, and Joe Brockmeier will be speaking at the event."

Project Meeting 2008-04-09

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around openSUSE. The meeting will be held in the #openSUSE-project channel on Freenode on Wednesday, April 9 at 12:00 GMT/14:00 CEST"

KDE Team IRC Meeting

  • "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. The meeting will be held in #openSUSE-KDE on Freenode at 18:00 GMT/20:00 CEST"

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.

SUSE Security Announcement: kernel

  • "The Linux kernel was updated for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP4, Novell Linux Desktop 9, and Open Enterprise Server."

SUSE Security Summary Report

  • Solved Security Vulnerabilities:
    • unzip
    • tomcat
    • moodle
    • xine

In the Press openSUSE on a USB-pendrive

  • "The following tutorial covers the process of installing SUSE Linux to an external USB Hard Drive using the OpenSUSE Live CD." OpenSUSE -- thy name is stability

  • "... OpenSUSE devs contribute a lot to KDE 4 development and are the first one to release a live CD based on latest stable KDE 4. Currently KDE offers two live CD's and they are both OpenSUSE based ... " Review

  • "... However, like many IT pro’s, I like to investigate alternatives and try new things. This curiosity led me to download OpenSUSE recently and I was pleasantly surprised by what I swiftly had installed ..." The Open Road

  • "Novell's Linux contributions up 250 percent, sales 200 percent in 2007"


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


679 (+30) of 1264 (+68) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 70 members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 2220 (+48) projects, 36870 (+207) packages, 5125 (+113) repositories by 5094 (+163) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 3794 (-30)
  • Blocker: 30 (+1)
  • Critical: 147 (-20)
  • Major: 535 (+2)
  • Normal: 2208 (-6)
  • Minor: 290 (-1)
  • Enhancements: 584 (-6)

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

  • Japanese (ja): 31520 / 100%
  • Ukraine (uk): 31520 / 100%
  • Hungarian (hu): 31139 / 98%
  • Portuguese Brazilian (pt_BR): 30332 / 96%
  • French (fr): 30202 / 95%
  • Italian (it): 29989 / 95% (2 ranks up)
  • Dutch (nl): 29836 / 94% (1 rank down)
  • Spanish (es): 29448 / 93 (new in top 10)
  • Portuguese (pt): 29390 / 93% (2 ranks down)
  • Finnish (fi): 29352 / 93% (1 rank down)

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