Archive:Weekly news 31
Welcome to issue #31 of openSUSE Weekly News!
In this week:
- Next Helping Hands Event
- Hubert Mantel: openSUSE Gets the JeOS
- People of openSUSE: Bryen Yunashko
- Pascal Bleser: Reporting Packman package bugs
- Jigish Gohil: New Compiz plugins
- "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 :)"
- "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."
- "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."
- "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
- "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."
- Jan Weber: Easy-LTSP getting in shape
- Jigish Gohil: Easy-LTSP GSOC project
- Latest eclipse-bs status report
Tips and Tricks
- "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 email@example.com "
- "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?"
Covering just a few posts from Planet SUSE, an aggregation of all SUSE contributors' blogs:
- " Cnetworkmanager is a command-line client for NetworkManager, intended to supplement and replace the GUI applets. So far it is a single python script."
- "openSUSE 11.0 failed detect this hardware and wrong identifying the device as AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter."
- "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."
- "…some useful some not so, these are the new plugins available in compiz-fusion-plugins-git packages from openSUSE Build Service repository."
- "There was a public Project Meeting on Wednesday, 16 July 2008. See the meeting page for details."
- "Don't miss the next GNOME Team Meeting on July 17!"
- "Don't miss the next KDE Team Meeting on July 23!"
- "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."
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.
- "Security Vulnerability Resolved: DNS cache poisoning"
- "Security Vulnerability Resolved: Mozilla Firefox 220.127.116.11 security update"
- "Several news sites recently published articles citing a report about attacks on package managers . 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
- "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."
- "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."
- "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.
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)
Daily updated translation statistics are available on the openSUSE Localization Portal.
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