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Welcome to issue #25 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • People of openSUSE: Matthias Fehring
  • Interview: KDevelop and the openSUSE Build Service
  • Status Updates
  • Gabriel Burt: Banshee 1.0 Release Candidate 1
  • Jigish Gohil: Compiz and Compiz Fusion 0.7.6 out in wild
  • "OpenSUSE 11 RC1: The Mercedes-Benz to Ubuntu’s Volkswagen"


Reminder: openSUSE project meeting - 2008/06/04 - 14:00 CEST (12:00 GMT)

Thesis on openSUSE Published

  • "A year’s research on Novell and the openSUSE project is now published as a master’s thesis at the University of Oslo. “Managing Firm-Sponsored Open Source Communities” details the collaboration between Novell and the openSUSE community. Community members and employees in Novell have participated in the study."

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Matthias Fehring

  • "‘People of openSUSE’ caught up the man behind the great effort done on the German openSUSE wiki - Matthias Fehring. He is one of the system operators of the wiki and long time openSUSE user."

Interview: KDevelop and the openSUSE Build Service

  • "Building packages for multiple distros can be a major pain — which is why we provide the openSUSE Build Service. One of the Build Service’s many features is the ability to create packages for many distros — including openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, and Ubuntu. One of the projects making the most of the Build Service is KDevelop. We talked with KDevelop developer Amilcar do Carmo Lucas about how the KDevelop project is using the build service."

Status Updates


Build Service

Wiki / Communication / Events

Tips and Tricks

Masim Sugianto: Making openSUSE 11.0 LiveUSB : The Easiest (and Fastest) Way

  • "In earlier post, I’m writing “How to build openSUSE LiveUSB with Kiwi” tutorial guide and thinking how to get same results with more easier tips. Another distro came with easy trick to make a bootable LiveUSB and I think openSUSE should be ;-) . "

Planet SUSE

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

Gabriel Burt: Banshee 1.0 Release Candidate 1

  • "We have released Banshee 1.0 Release Candidate 1 just over a week after Beta 2, and with over 24 bugs fixed and a few last minute features."

Jigish Gohil: Compiz and Compiz Fusion 0.7.6 out in wild

  • "Our friends Dennis Kasprzyk and Guillaume Seguin announced the release of Compiz and Compiz Fusion 0.7.6 respectively. As is the tradition we always make a release with a lot of new features and of course eye-candy to go with it."

Joe Brockmeier: The most popular Linux desktop? The numbers might surprise you

  • "What Linux desktop is most popular? Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, Mandriva, Slackware, or another distro?"

Past Meetings

Posts about LinuxTag

Upcoming Events/Meetings

June 4, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

  • "There will be an openSUSE Project Meeting on June 4, 2008 in the #openSUSE-project Freenode IRC channel"

June 5, 2008: openSUSE GNOME Team Meeting

  • "Don't miss the next GNOME Team Meeting on June 5!"

June 11, 2008: openSUSE KDE Team Meeting

  • "Don't miss the next KDE Team Meeting on June 11!"

June 19, 2008: openSUSE 11.0 Public Release

  • "openSUSE 11.0 Public Release. See the roadmap"

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.

No new updates.

In the Press "OpenSUSE 11 RC1: The Mercedes-Benz to Ubuntu’s Volkswagen"

  • "I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of this vast and powerful Linux distribution. Many improvements in usability, performance and stability have been made, enough that OpenSUSE has won me back as an end-user."
  • Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier : openSUSE 11.0RC1 gets high marks on ZDNet

Ben Kevan’s Blog :: openSUSE 11.0 RC First Glance and Initial Review

  • "Today openSUSE 11.0 RC was released, and without a second to spare I downloaded the ISO and started the installation ..." "openSUSE 11: Ubuntu Killer?"

  • "So, what's up with openSUSE 11? Is it good enough to finally beat Ubuntu on the desktop? Read on to find out..." - Feature Story: openSUSE package management with Zypper

  • "During my usage of Zypper over the past couple of weeks, I've learnt to appreciate the convenience it provides to the end user. There is not doubt in my mind that Zypper is the most powerful package management utility available today, with many useful options and arguments that do not exist elsewhere... "


Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to the week before last.


901 (+61) of 1698 (+97) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 121 (+28) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 2768 (+101) projects, 39574 (+329) packages, 6059 (+316) repositories by 6262 (+258) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 3792 (+13)
  • Blocker: 19 (-1)
  • Critical: 121 (-19)
  • Major: 562 (-22)
  • Normal: 2207 (-4)
  • Minor: 330 (+29)
  • Enhancements: 553 (+30)

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

  • Finnish (fi): 33015 / 100%
  • Ukraine (uk): 33015 / 100%
  • Hungarian (hu): 33015 / 100%
  • Portuguese Brazilian (pt_BR): 33015 / 100%
  • Danish (da): 33015 / 100%
  • Japanese (ja): 33015 / 100%
  • Spanish (es): 33015 / 100%
  • Italian (it): 33015 / 100%
  • Cambodian (km): 33011 / 99%
  • German (de): 32996 / 99%

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