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Welcome to issue #30 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • openSUSE Build Service 1.0 Released
  • Announcing openSUSE Day at LinuxWorld Expo
  • People of openSUSE: Joe Brockmeier
  • openSUSE Build Service Trust concept
  • John Anderson: Get build dependencies with zypper
  • Michal Zugec: Network Documentation


Announcing openSUSE Day at LinuxWorld Expo

  • "Join the openSUSE Project for a day of fun and FOSS at the LinuxWorld Expo! On Wednesday, August 6th, the openSUSE Project will be holding its first "openSUSE Day" in North America, in conjuction with the LinuxWorld Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco."

openSUSE Build Service 1.0 Released

  • "The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the 1.0 release of the openSUSE Build Service. The 1.0 release provides all the features necessary to support building openSUSE in the public build systems and allowing direct contributions to openSUSE from all contributors. Developers can now submit contributions to openSUSE directly at"

OpenOffice_org 3.0-alpha available

  • "I’m happy to announce that the first 3.0 alpha packages are available in the Build Service project."

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Joe Brockmeier

  • "For those who have been waiting for a ‘People of openSUSE’ interview with our openSUSE Community Manager and long time Linux and open source journalist Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier since February, here you have it! Don’t stop, keep reading ;-)"

Nordic irc-channel

  • " I'm just writing to inform that a common nordic irc-channel has been created. #opensuse-nordic on the freenode irc-network."

Status Updates


Build Service

Tips and Tricks

John Anderson: Get build dependencies with zypper

  • "When you are working with the source of a new package and aren’t familiar with all of its dependencies, it gets quite annoying running ./, install missing dependency, rinse, wash, and repeat until you finally have everything you need installed."

Planet SUSE

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

Francis Giannaros: openSUSE 11.0; KDE 4.1 Improvements

  • "So the free (to all testers) openSUSE 11.0 box came today, and it’s looking pretty stylish and even comes with a couple of stickers..."

Michal Zugec: Network Documentation

  • "I started to document some exceptions or special cases of network during installation. But this is I already know (I don't know what users don't know or wants to know ;-)) so if anybody wants to some parts be more detailed or something is missing there, your feedback is welcome."

John Anderson: Advanced file permissions in Linux

  • "A lot of Linux/openSUSE users aren’t aware that there are more to file system permissions than the obvious Owner, Group, Other / Read, Write, Execute setup."

Past Meetings

GNOME team meeting

  • "The GNOME team met on Thursday, 03 July 2008. See the meetings page for details."

KDE team meeting

  • "The KDE team met on Wednesday, 09 July 2008. See the meeting page for details."

Upcoming Events/Meetings

July 16, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

  • "Don't miss the next Project Meeting on July 16!"

July 17, 2008: openSUSE GNOME Team Meeting

  • "Don't miss the next GNOME Team Meeting on July 17!"

July 23, 2008: openSUSE KDE Team Meeting

  • "Don't miss the next KDE Team Meeting on July 23!"

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 Summary Report SUSE-SR:2008:014

  • Solved Security Vulnerabilities:
    • sudo not flushing stdin
    • courier-authlib SQL injection possibility
    • gnome-screensaver
    • clamav 0.93.1
    • php5 security update
    • ImageMagick, GraphicsMagick security problems
    • mtr potential remote overflow
    • bind root zone update
    • pcre buffer overflow
    • tomcat55 and tomcat6 cross site scripting problem
    • squid denial of service problem in ASN.1 parsing
    • freetype2 various integer overflows

SUSE Security Announcement: Linux kernel (SUSE-SA:2008:032)

  • Security Vulnerability Resolved:
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 kernel update

In the Press openSUSE Build Service Hits 1.0

  • "The openSUSE team announced today the release of openSUSE Build Service 1.0. If you haven't been deeply involved in the production side of an open source project, the significance of this announcement may escape you. But in the long run, many everyday Linux users stand to benefit from this tool - if it catches on with developers." Linux Examined: OpenSUSE 11.0

  • "ImageA few weeks ago, the OpenSUSE Project announced the release of OpenSUSE 11.0, the "community" edition of SUSE Linux, Novell's commercial Linux distribution. Like most recent distributions, OpenSUSE is made up of the usual suspects, including GNOME and KDE-based desktops, Live CD and full DVD installation options, and an online repository of software that can be installed using a GUI tool." Hjemmelavet it-system holder styr på 100.000 gæster (danish)

  • "Baseret på Linux - Udviklingen af Roskilde Festivals it-system foregår på Linux-distributionen OpenSUSE og indeholder ind til videre godt 10 forskellige databaser."
  • Translation


Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to two weeks ago.


The openSUSE Forums have 4687 (+1745) registered users. Most users ever online including guests was 1597, 08-Jul-2008 at 08:58 PM.


1092 (+69) of 2022 (+122) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 112 members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 3182 (+148) projects, 46981 (+468) packages, 5971 (+333) repositories by 7307 (+421) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4488 (+146)
  • Blocker: 18 (-2)
  • Critical: 188 (+3)
  • Major: 666 (+2)
  • Normal: 2550 (+120)
  • Minor: 382 (+10)
  • Enhancements: 683 (+13)

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