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Welcome to issue #31 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • Next Helping Hands Event
  • www.opensuse-tutorials.com
  • Hubert Mantel: openSUSE Gets the JeOS
  • People of openSUSE: Bryen Yunashko
  • Pascal Bleser: Reporting Packman package bugs
  • Jigish Gohil: New Compiz plugins


Next Helping Hands Event

  • "This Friday, July 18th, Helping Hands will host yet another exciting presentation. Things You Didn't Know about Evolution, presented to you by the Go-Evo Developer Team. This will be your chance to learn some cool stuff about Evolution and ask those nagging questions you've always wanted to ask."


  • "This is something that sontek (John Anderson) and myself (decriptor/Stephen Shaw) had talked about doing for a long time and bought up the domain back in the beginning of April. This is what happens when you have nothing better to do during physics class :)"

openSUSE at LugRadio Live UK

  • "LugRadio Live UK is coming up next weekend, and the openSUSE project will be in attendance. Roger Whittaker and Andrew Wafaa are going to be representing the green at LRL, and (assuming the shipping gods are kind to us) handing out openSUSE 11.0 DVDs to all and sundry."

Stephan Binner: KDE 4.1 RC 1 Escort

  • "KDE 4.1 RC1 has been released yesterday - without big announcement as this is still a development release. The release of KDE 4.1 is planned for July 29th. As usual there are packages for openSUSE 11.0, 10.3 and Factory as well as a Live-CD available."

Hubert Mantel: openSUSE Gets the JeOS

  • "openSUSE is great for the desktop, great for the server, and now it’s ready to take on appliances — and we don’t mean toasters and blenders. No, we’re talking about software appliances — virtual machine images that come pre-configured with the application you want to use, without any of the hassle normally associated with installing an application."

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Bryen Yunashko

  • "Bryen Yunashko, a openSUSE member, is a recent acquisition to the openSUSE project who is involved in the openSUSE-GNOME and Marketing teams, coordinating the Helping Hands Project as also giving a hand at the accessibility of openSUSE."


Status Updates

Build Service

Tips and Tricks

Pascal Bleser: Reporting Packman package bugs

  • "Coincidence or not, recently I ran into several people (on IRC or on openSUSE mailing-lists) who did not know how to report bugs for packages from the Packman repository. So, once and for all, here is how to do it: just send an email to packman@links2linux.de "

John Anderson: Get the changelog of a package with rpm

  • "Ever run system updates and get a package that doesn’t seem to be changed and wonder why the update was pushed? Or just interested in following the latest changes to some of your favorite packages?"

Planet SUSE

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

Martin Vidner: cnetworkmanager 0.7.1

  • " Cnetworkmanager is a command-line client for NetworkManager, intended to supplement and replace the GUI applets. So far it is a single python script."

Masim Sugianto: Atheros AR 5007 EG on openSUSE 11.0

  • "openSUSE 11.0 failed detect this hardware and wrong identifying the device as AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter."

Sankar P: 2 Happy News

  • "Today I received two happy news. 1) Evolution re-licensed as LGPL. 2) I am announced the acting manager for Evolution for the next week, to fill in the temporary void."

Jigish Gohil: New Compiz plugins

  • "…some useful some not so, these are the new plugins available in compiz-fusion-plugins-git packages from openSUSE Build Service repository."

Past Meetings

Project meeting

  • "There was a public Project Meeting on Wednesday, 16 July 2008. See the meeting page for details."

Upcoming Events/Meetings

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!"

July 21, 2008 to July 25 2008: OSCON 2008

  • "OSCON is the crossroads of all things open source, bringing together the best, brightest, and most interesting people to explore what's new, and to champion the cause of open principles and open source adoption across the computing industry."

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: bind (SUSE-SA:2008:033)

  • "Security Vulnerability Resolved: DNS cache poisoning"

SUSE Security Announcement: Mozilla Firefox (SUSE-SA:2008:034)

  • "Security Vulnerability Resolved: Mozilla Firefox security update"

Package management security on SUSE Linux

  • "Several news sites recently published articles citing a report about attacks on package managers [1]. Some unfortunately chose a wording that could be misunderstood as if a rogue mirror server could trick YaST into installing malicious software when applying regular (security-)updates. This is not the case. All official update repositories for SUSE Linux based products use cryptographically signed packages and meta data. YaST verifies the cryptographic signatures and rejects any file whose signature doesn't match. Therefore it's not possible for a rogue mirror to introduce malicious software."
  • References: 1, 2
  • Detailed article by Andreas Jaeger: Package Management Security on openSUSE

In the Press

blogs.computerworld.com: Why openSUSE 11 is the Linux for me

  • "I, on the other hand, love openSUSE 11 and since Warren Woodford, the developer behind MEPIS, has had to put his great Debian-based Linux distribution on the back-burner for now, openSUSE 11 has become The Linux distribution as far as I'm concerned."

ostatic.com: 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."

newxwin.net: Linux Examined: OpenSUSE 11.0

  • "A 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."


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


lists.opensuse.org has 35605 non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 5557 (+870) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1597, 08-Jul-2008 at 08:58 PM.


1123 (+31) of 2092 (+70) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 116 (+4) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 3285 (+103) projects, 47214 (+233) packages, 6187 (+216) repositories by 7606 (+299) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4462 (-26)
  • Blocker: 16 (-2)
  • Critical: 187 (-1)
  • Major: 641 (-25)
  • Normal: 2539 (-11)
  • Minor: 399 (+17)
  • Enhancements: 680 (+3)

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