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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


openSUSE 11.0 Survey

  • "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 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."

openSUSE 11.0 PromoDVD

  • "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

  • "openSUSE 11.1 Alpha1 is available -- but beware, this is an Alpha with very rough edges!"

Bugzilla: Changed Definitions

  • "We are standardizing now on the definitions given at The severity definitions are now the same as in most other open source projects, so that we speak the same language and reduce confusion."

Kernel Bug Squashing Day on Wednesday, July 30

  • "The kernel team is going to be hosting a kernel bug squashing day on Wednesday, July 30th."

In the Community

One Year of openSUSE News

  • "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."

People of openSUSE: Frank Sundermeyer

  • "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!"

Status Updates


  • "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."

Build Service

Tips and Tricks

openSUSE Tutorials: Zypper 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" Creating an installation server for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

  • "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)."

Planet SUSE

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

Andrew Wafaa: LRL UK 08 - Not The Last

  • "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."

Felix-Nicolai Müller: Eyetracking the openSUSE 11.0 installer

  • "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."

Rodrigo Moya: openSUSE build service collaboration

  • "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."

Bryen Yunashko: Helping Hands and openSUSE-Tutorials off to a great start

  • "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."

Past Meetings

July 17, 2008: GNOME Meeting

July 23, 2008: KDE Meeting

July 24, 2008: GNOME Meeting

Upcoming Events/Meetings

July 30, 2008: Project Meeting

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around openSUSE."

July 31, 2008: GNOME Meeting

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around GNOME in openSUSE."

Aug 4, 2008: LinuxWorld Expo with openSUSE Day

  • "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."

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:2008:015

  • "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"

SUSE Security Announcement: Linux kernel (SUSE-SA:2008:035)

  • "The Linux kernel on SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Service Pack 2 updates fixes the following security problems"

SUSE Security Announcement: libxcrypt (SUSE-SA:2008:036)

  • "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."

SUSE Security Announcement: Linux kernel (SUSE-SA:2008:037)

  • "The openSUSE 11.0 kernel was updated to"

On the Web SuSE 11.0: Winning me over quickly

  • "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" Open Source OS's Part 3: OpenSuse

  • "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."

informationweek: openSUSE's Eleventh Hour (And Twelfth, And Thirteenth...)

  • "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" OpenSUSE 11.0 review

  • "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." A day with openSUSE 11.0

  • "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.

Communication 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.


1150 (+27) of 2144 (+52) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 116 members.

Build Service

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)

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