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Welcome to issue #19 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • OpenOffice_org 2.4 available
  • 11.0 feature by feature: All you ever wanted to know!
  • Tips and Tricks: fdupes & freedup
  • Building KDE on openSUSE was never easier
  • Lukas Ocilka: Image-based Installation


Blast the bugs out of YaST on April 25: Operation YaST Smash

  • "The openSUSE Project is going Bug Smashing on April 25, and we want you to join us! We’re looking for openSUSE users and contributors who have some time to help triage YaST bugs and clean up Bugzilla. Read more..."

Announcing openSUSE 11.0 Beta 1

  • "The openSUSE team is proud to announce the first Beta release of openSUSE 11.0! There are many exciting enhancements and features in the new release. Among these is the incredibly fast package management (libzypp), KDE 3.5.9 and 4.0.3, GNOME 2.22.1, a beautiful new installer, live CDs and much more. Read more... "
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OpenOffice_org 2.4 available

  • "I’m happy to announce that 2.4 is available in the BuildService project."

In the Community

OpenSuse Community Leader Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier Joins the Open Audio Crew

  • "Dave and Erin get a chance to sit down and meet Zonker, Novell’s new openSUSE community leader, during BrainShare 2008."

Full steam ahead to 11.0

  • Several third party packagers start to build for the upcoming openSUSE 11.0 (Packman, VLC, madwifi, ...)

Testing 11.0 feature by feature: All you ever wanted to know!

  • " Now that the first beta is out for openSUSE 11.0, it’s time to dig in and really start banging on the release to catch bugs before the release candidates and final release. If you’re wondering where to start, Holger Sickenberg has put together an excellent resource to help guide testing. Read more..."

Status Updates


Build Service

  • Status Report - Topics:
    • Status Reports
    • Maintainedin definition
    • 0.9.1 release

Wiki / Communication / Events


  • Minutes of the YaST team meeting 2008-04-17 can be viewed here.


Tips and Tricks

Find duplicate files

Have a look at fdupes and other tools like e.g. freedup. These nice little tools are very helpful cleaning up your full harddisk ;) . With these tools you can search for duplicate files and also remove them (but be careful!).


zypper in fdupes


Example for fdupes:

fdupes -r -n ./<directory>/      #<- scans <directory> recursively, omiting empty files
fdupes -S -r -n ./<directory>/   #<- show also size of the files

Planet SUSE

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

Building KDE on openSUSE was never easier

  • "I've just published the Building KDE on openSUSE guide over at the openSUSE wiki. It makes it insanely easy to build latest KDE 4.1 in a minimal number of steps, but the goal is not just to make it easy, but to give people the tools and the skills to go from just building KDE to developing it. Read more..."

Lukas Ocilka: Image-based Installation

  • "As it has been already published by Coolo, we've added a new feature Installation from Images to openSUSE 11.0 Beta1. After today's discussion on openSUSE-FACTORY mailing-list I've decided to write a short blog to make it clear. Read more..."

Joe Brockmeier: Who gets top billing? GNOME or KDE?

  • "If you support multiple desktops, which one gets top billing? Kind of like Lennon and McCartney (please tell me that most of my readers are old enough to get the reference…), it doesn’t really matter very much — there’s so much awesome in each one that it’s just not possible to detract from the choices with an arbitrary decision about which one should go first. Read more..."

Past Meetings

openSUSE Project Meeting

Upcoming Events/Meetings

April 24, 2008 : Gnome Meeting

  • "Greetings GNOME/openSUSE lovers, the GNOME team will be holding its next meeting this Thursday at 6pm CET/noon EDT. This is *different* from last week but there was some confusion around the DST changes."

April 25, 2008 to April 27, 2008 : Guademy 2008

  • "Watch out for the talks and discussions during Guademy! Read more... 1 2"

April 26, 2008 to April 27, 2008 : LinuxFest Northwest

  • "Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier will present KDE4 at LinuxFest Northwest 2008. There will also be an openSUSE birds of a feather, and Novell's Frank Rego will be presenting on The State of the Mono Project."

April 30, 2008 : KDE Team IRC Meeting

  • "The KDE Team has its next meeting on 30/04/2008 at 18:00 UTC"

May 8, 2008 to May 11, 2008 : Libre Graphics Meeting

  • "Interested in Scribus, Krita, Inkscape, Gimp or Blender ?? Then the Libre Graphics Meeting is for you!"

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: OpenOffice_org

  • This update of OpenOffice fixes various critical security vulnerabilities:
    • heap-overflow when parsing PPT files (CVE-2008-0320)
    • various buffer-overflows while parsing QPRO files (CVE-2007-5745, CVE-2007-5747) (NLD9 not affected)
    • integer overflow while parsing EMF files (CVE-2007-5746)
    • out-of-bound memory access and a heap-overflow in the regex engine of libICU (CVE-2007-4770, CVE-2007-4771) (NLD9 not affected)

In the Press

DistroWatch Praises openSUSE

  • "Many people expect the upcoming release of openSUSE, version 11.0, to be possibly the most important breakthrough in terms of desktop Linux usability enhancements and user interface updates. One of the magic tools that helps the developers accomplish their goals is openSUSE Build Service (OBS), an infrastructure for building openSUSE packages. Scroll down to read more..." New Distro Releases on the Horizon

  • "Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing: several popular Linux distributions are getting ready for their next release. Let's take a look at the upcoming versions of Fedora, Ubuntu, and openSUSE to see what's new, what's improved, and what will be worth the wait. Read more..."


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


742 (+18) of 1416 (+55) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 76 (+1) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 2371 (+49) projects, 37667 (+220) packages, 5319 (+67) repositories by 5517 (+164) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 3878 (+105)
  • Blocker: 26 (-4)
  • Critical: 180 (+19)
  • Major: 567 (+3)
  • Normal: 2240 (+72)
  • Minor: 302 (+9)
  • Enhancements: 563 (+6)

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

  • Ukraine (uk): 32375 / 100% (1 rank up)
  • Japanese (ja): 32050 / 98% (1 rank down)
  • Spanish (es): 31351/ 96% (3 ranks up)
  • Danish (da): 31295 / 96% (5 ranks up)
  • Hungarian (hu): 31169 / 96% (2 ranks down)
  • Portuguese Brazilian (pt_BR): 30850 / 95% (2 ranks down)
  • Italian (it): 30728 / 94% (2 ranks down)
  • Finnish (fi): 30371 / 93% (new on top 10)
  • French (fr): 30352 / 93% (1 rank down)
  • German (de): 30267 / 93% (new in top 10)

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