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Welcome to issue #29 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • openSUSE 11.1 Roadmap
  • Novell Client for Linux Public Beta for openSUSE 10.3
  • People of openSUSE: Jan-Simon Möller
  • John Anderson: Find duplicate files by content not name
  • Lukas Ocilka: Package Search and One Click Install in YaST
  • Miguel de Icaza: Moonlight 0.7 is now Available


openSUSE 11.1 Roadmap

  • "With openSUSE 11.0 out the door, it's time to start thinking about openSUSE 11.1. The public release of openSUSE 11.1 is scheduled for December 18, 2008, six months after the release of openSUSE 11.0. Read on ..."

Novell Client for Linux Public Beta for openSUSE 10.3

  • "We're pleased to announce the public beta of the Novell Client for openSUSE 10.3. Novell released the packages 1 for the Novell Client for Linux 2.0 SP1 public beta today."

Deadline to submit 11.1 GNOME Ideas

  • "The openSUSE-GNOME Team needs your ideas! In preparation for starting work on 11.1, the GNOME Team would like you to submit your ideas for what you would like to see in openSUSE 11.1. We have a deadline to accept ideas and assign them to appropriate team members by July 7th. "

Build Service downtime - back online!

  • After the announced downtime on 2nd July the openSUSE Build Service is up and running again.

In the Community

Pascal Bleser: Dad 2.0

  • Welcome to our youngest community member: Thomas ! ;)

People of openSUSE: Jan-Simon Möller

  • "Weekly News writer and openSUSE member Jan-Simon Möller accepted ‘People of openSUSE’ interview request and shared with us some information about himself. Jan is also the maintainer of the hamradio repository on the Build Service!"

Status Updates


Build Service

Wiki / Marketing / Events

  • New Posters were created - pick your favourite! Big tnx for the work!

Tips and Tricks

John Anderson: Find duplicate files by content not name

  • "Today in IRC suseROCKS needed to find all duplicate files in a directory by their content, not by their file name, so we whipped up this fancy little 1 liner bash script to do the trick ..."

Pascal Bleser: Freetype2 packages with subpixel hinting

Planet SUSE

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

Lukas Ocilka: Package Search and One Click Install in YaST

  • "You probably already know that YaST Team has a Workshop/Hackshop in NĂŒrnberg, Germany this week. We are working on several projects. Here you can see the output of one of them..."

Miguel de Icaza: Moonlight 0.7 is now Available

  • "A new release of Moonlight is now available. The team has been working very hard on improving the performance of Moonlight as well as improving our compatibility with Microsoft's Silverlight."

Jeff Jaffe: Process Excellence

  • "Usually I write about our business and product strategies. Powering our strategies is an execution engine that ensures we build the right products with the right features for our customers - on a timely basis and with high quality. The execution engine is Novell’s people: programmers, engineers, product managers, project managers, marketing specialists, and our sales force and channel partners."

Marko Jung: Firefox 3 and SSL certificates

  • "In Firefox 3, SSL certificate errors are displayed in the browser as error pages. I really like this improved new error page, because the click path you have to follow requires that you read through all information once and hopefully remember the correct click path next time you encounter a SSL certificate with an unknown signature."

Past Meetings

GNOME team meeting

  • "The GNOME team met on Thursday, 26 June 2008. See the meetings page for details."

Project meeting

  • "There was a public Project Meeting on Wednesday, 02 July 2008. See the meeting page for details."

Upcoming Events/Meetings

July 03, 2008: openSUSE GNOME Team Meeting

  • "Don't miss the next GNOME Team Meeting on July 03!"

July 07, 2008 to July 12, 2008: GUADEC

  • "GUADEC (pronounced GWAH-DEC) is an acronym for the GNOME Users’ And Developers’ European Conference. Held annually in cities around Europe, GUADEC is the largest get together of GNOME users, developers, foundation leaders, individuals, governments and businesses in the world."

July 09, 2008: openSUSE KDE Team Meeting

  • "Don't miss the next KDE Team Meeting on July 09!"

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: Linux kernel (SUSE-SA:2008:031)

  • Affected Products:
    • SUSE SLES 9
    • Novell Linux Desktop 9
    • Novell Linux POS 9
  • This kernel update fixes the following security problems:
    • CVE-2007-6282: A remote attacker could crash the IPSec/IPv6 stack by sending a bad ESP packet. This requires the host to be able to receive such packets (default filtered by the firewall).
    • CVE-2008-1615: On x86_64 systems a denial of service attack could be used by local attackers to immediately panic / crash the machine.
    • CVE-2008-1375: Fixed a dnotify race condition, which could be used by local attackers to potentially execute code.
    • CVE-2008-1367: Clear the "direction" flag before calling signal handlers. For specific not yet identified programs under specific timing conditions this could potentially have caused memory corruption or code execution.
    • Other changes and improvements include:
      • OCFS2 updated to 1.2.9
      • Significant bug fixes.

In the Press Feature list & review of OpenSuse 11, Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.04

  • "The key features of fedora 9 and OpenSuse 11 goes hand in hand with each other where as the Ubuntu 8.04 lags behind. The user experience in given by OpenSuse outcasts Fedora and Ubuntu in most of the corners. Nevertheless OpenSuse scores in the compiz upgrade." Fun with openSUSE 11.0

  • "Not a single post I make about Ubuntu goes by without at least one of you making some comment about my distro of choice and suggesting that I try some other distro. Well, never let it be said that I don’t listen to you - so this week I decided to take openSUSE 11.0 for a spin." Reviews on openSUSE 11.0

  • "This is a very strong OpenSUSE release with a lot of compelling improvements. OpenSUSE 11 offers the best KDE 4 experience. OpenSUSE 11 is also an increasingly solid choice for GNOME users 

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