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Archive:Weekly news 32
Welcome to issue #32 of openSUSE Weekly News!
In this week:
- openSUSE 11.0 Survey
- openSUSE 11.0 PromoDVD
- openSUSE 11.1 Alpha1 is Available
- Bugzilla: Changed Definitions
- One Year of openSUSE News
- Andrew Wafaa: Lug Radio Live 2008 Report
- 1 Announcements
- 2 In the Community
- 3 Status Updates
- 4 Tips and Tricks
- 5 Planet SUSE
- 6 Past Meetings
- 7 Upcoming Events/Meetings
- 8 Security Updates
- 9 On the Web
- 10 Statistics
- 11 Feedback / Communicate / Get Involved
- 12 Credits
- "After nearly a month of the openSUSE 11.0 release we want to know what you think about it, how you use it and about openSUSE.org in general. As usual we will post the results shortly after the survey is closed end of August. We’ll raffle some openSUSE t-shirts and caps under all participants."
- "Again we have some nice, new and shiny PromoDVDs, now with openSUSE 11.0. The main goal is to spread them. Some examples: - you organize or take part of an event - you want good software in your school/university - you have a local LUG meeting"
- "openSUSE 11.1 Alpha1 is available -- but beware, this is an Alpha with very rough edges!"
- "We are standardizing now on the definitions given at http://en.opensuse.org/Bugs/Definitions. The severity definitions are now the same as in most other open source projects, so that we speak the same language and reduce confusion."
- "The kernel team is going to be hosting a kernel bug squashing day on Wednesday, July 30th."
In the Community
- "Exactly one year ago the openSUSE News site went live to provide users with the latest news and an event calendar. 19 authors posting under their own names and some one-time contributors wrote 246 stories (of which 122 were submitted to Digg) and filled the calendar with 170 entries."
- "Former webservers administrator and presales consultant at S.u.S.E. he is currently working as a technical writer contributing to the openSUSE documentation and openSUSE web skin an wiki. Today you have the opportunity to meet Frank Sundermeyer!"
- "Alpha1 is in the making, we're not yet ready what status we have as we had quite some build issues and so we lack any testable medium."
Tips and Tricks
- "Zypper is a very easy to use and powerful package manager that is very underrated. With the latest rewrites in openSUSE 11.0 of libzypp it is blazingly fast and has a few new features that many people are not aware of. Here is a quick overview of a few of the features zypper supports"
- "If you just have one server to install, you install it from the installation disk. But if there are several servers to install, or if your server doesn't install easily from an optical drive, an installation server is useful. In this article, you'll learn how to set up an installation server for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 Service Pack 2 (SP2)."
Covering just a few posts from Planet SUSE, an aggregation of all SUSE contributors' blogs:
- "openSUSE were represented by yours truly and Roger Whittaker (also representing the Big N) [..] I spoke to quite a lot of people about Linux in general and openSUSE and the feedback from people was tremendous. Those that have actually tried 11.0 really really like it, and those that haven’t were adamant that they would."
- "These pictures are from a 25 year old subject who uses openSUSE daily but never did a single install himself. I think it points out there (might be) are some very specific problems to the installer which can be tackled. However, this has to be done in a scientific way, meaning, using clear measures like eyetracker and EEG and with enough subjects."
- "One of the shortcomings of the openSUSE build service was, until recently, that it didn’t help outsiders (non-Novell employees) in contributing to the distribution’s packages. The build service team worked hard in the last few months, and now it is very easy for external people to send patches directly to be included in the main distribution."
- "The nice thing about openSUSE-Tutorials is that anyone can submit an article. Since it is in blog format, it should be much easier to write than on a wiki, plus, easier for readers to find specific topics of interest. We’ll simply review it for accuracy and formatting before publishing it for you."
- "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around openSUSE."
- "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around GNOME in openSUSE."
- "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."
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.
- "Solved Security Vulnerabilities: - moodle cross site scripting problem - clamav 0.93.3 release - zypper repository signature checking and addition - mercurial input validation - poppler code execution problem"
- "The Linux kernel on SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Service Pack 2 updates fixes the following security problems"
- "libxcrypt is used on openSUSE to calculate the hash value of passwords. It can be configured to use DES, MD5 or blowfish. Due to a bug in libxcrypt the DES algorithm was used if MD5 was configured in /etc/default/passwd. The default algorithm used on openSUSE is blowfish which worked as expected though."
- "The openSUSE 11.0 kernel was updated to 18.104.22.168-0.1."
On the Web
- "I have to say I am completely impressed. Any distribution that can make KDE 4 run smoothly is doing something right. I have yet to come across a problem with 11.0. This is a large leap ahead for SuSE"
- "OpenSuse is probably the best Open Source OS out there with a large corporate sponsor. I think it is the most intuitive, the most in line with what consumers want, has the best features, is the sleekest, easiest to customize desktop OS that is free."
- "Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier has a pretty nifty job, too: He's the openSUSE Community Manager at Novell, where he oversees the folks that help make what will ultimately turn into the next version of SUSE Linux Enterprise. I grabbed a few minutes of his time"
- "Overall I would say that except all the great looks and softwares nothing much has changed and it happens to be quiet unstable(more KDE crashes than 10.3)making it merely a hype.A lot of work needs to be done for the next version 11.1 due later this year."
- "Yesterday I installed openSUSE 11.0 on my PC. I've been using openSUSE as my primary OS since SUSE linux 9.0 and I must admit this one is a really impressive improvement over the 10.x and previous versions."
Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to the previous week.
lists.opensuse.org has 35582 (-23) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 6134 (+577) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1597, 08-Jul-2008 at 08:58 PM.
The Build Service now hosts 3360 (+75) projects, 47475 (+261) packages, 6339 (+152) repositories by 7784 (+178) confirmed users.
The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:
- All Open Reports: 4384 (-78)
- Blocker: 18 (+2)
- Critical: 242 (+55) [all crashes are considered Critical from now on]
- Major: 641
- Normal: 2409 (-130)
- Minor: 411 (+12)
- Enhancements: 663 (-17)
Daily updated translation statistics are available on the openSUSE Localization Portal.
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