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Welcome to issue #34 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In the last two weeks:

  • Announcing ENOS 2008
  • Join the openSUSE Proofreading Team
  • Announcing Hack Week III
  • openSUSE TV


Announcing ENOS 2008

  • "The acronym ENOS stands for ‘Encontro Nacional de openSUSE‘, a Portuguese expression which can be translated to ‘National openSUSE Meeting‘, an event meant to unite the Portuguese openSUSE users, as well as provide the participants an inside view into the latest developments in the openSUSE project and stimulate them to take an active part in the community itself."

Join the openSUSE Proofreading Team

  • "We are about to establish a new openSUSE team - the Proofreading Team. This team wants to check new software strings before translator will start theIr work. If you are interested in improving program messages and have a good knowledge in (American) English, feel free to join this team!"

Announcing Hack Week III

  • "Novell is once again sponsoring Hack Week — and we want you to be in on it! Hack Week III (HW3) runs from August 25th through August 29th. What’s Hack Week? Hack Week is a chance for Novell’s developers to work on Innovation Time Off (ITO) projects, uninterrupted by normal hacking duties. "

openSUSE Jobs

  • "We have some open student positions for the next few months to work on various aspects of the openSUSE infrastructure. If you’re interested, please apply at Additionally we have a full-time position open that I’d like to mention as well."

In the Community


  • "I have created an openSUSE channel on - The aim is for videos by the openSUSE Community for the openSUSE Community can get uploaded there and reach a much wider audience. "

LWE 2008 Report

  • "We gave away a lot of openSUSE PromoDVDs, so much that we ran out quite soon. But we ordered new ones, and in total i guess we spread 1800 DVDs. This includes the nice magazines we had, a full openSUSE 11.0 (yes, with 64bit), and GNOME/KDE Live system."

Status Updates


Build Service

Build Service

Czech Packager Team

Czech YaST team

Czech YaST team

Nuernberg YaST team

Tips and Tricks

New audio walk through now available. Install OpenSuSE 11 independently with Accessibility support.

  • "I felt that it was very important to create an audio walk through to guide new and more experienced users of Linux" through the installation of this very powerful and widely used distribution."

Virtual Box - How to Install & Configure in openSUSE

  • "VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). "

Planet SUSE

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

Report from YaST Workshop

  • "The YaST teams met in Nürnberg recently in the SUSE offices to work on several projects. The team had a number of ideas and projects to tackle, but had to prioritize and tackle the most interesting and viable ones first."

Klaas Freitag: Akademy 2008 Report

  • "openSUSE is also very present on Akademy, not only as a sponsor. Coincidentially most of the conference speakers were standing very near to the openSUSE poster and as a result it was very prominent, but more important is that openSUSE is running on many desktops I saw…"

Michal Marek: Accessing the Build Service from Eclipse

  • "One of this year’s Google Summer of Code projects is a an Eclipse plugin to access the Build Service, developed by Long Hong from Beijing. If you are interested, read on."

Carlos Goncalves: openSUSE 11.0 KDE3 Live CDst

  • "for those lazy people who don't want to install openSUSE with KDE4, GNOME, XFCE or any other and then install KDE3 I have a gorgeous news: openSUSE 11.0 KDE3 Live CDs are now available!"

Jordi Massaguer: installing a local build service on openSUSE 11

  • "I recently installed a build service on an openSUSE11 for demonstration purposes and here are my notes."

Jigish Gohil: Announcing KIWI-Icecream 0.0.1

  • "Follow this guide here to get some Icecream on your build machine( Double your build-speed with Icecream on OpenSUSE), should work for any distro you run. Get this Live CD, insert, boot up as many Icecream nodes you need, compile and watch your builds fly."

Past Meetings

KDE Meeting 6th Aug 2008

GNOME Meeting 7th Aug 2008

Education Meeting 12th Aug 2008

Project Meeting 13th Aug 2008

Upcoming Events/Meetings

KDE Meeting, 20th Aug 2008 16:00 UTC

openSUSE 11.1 Alpha 2, 21th Aug 2008

  • Kernel and installer work on a limited range of machines.
  • Bootable ISO with kernel, installer and all tool chain packages updated.
  • Start install and functional tests on those features which are available.

FrOSCon 2008, 23th & 24th Aug 2008

  • "Das openSUSE Projekt wird einen Community Stand auf der FrOSCon 2008 haben."

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:2008:016

SUSE Security Announcement: postfix (SUSE-SA:2008:040)

SUSE Security Announcement: openwsman (SUSE-SA:2008:041)

On the Web

YouTube: Walking the Thin Line: Novell's Joe Brockmeier at OSCON 2008

YouTube: OpenSUSE11 Compiz Fusion :)

Lazy Tech Guy: KDE 4.1 Live CD

  • "I just bought a new laptop and KDE guys decide to pamper me by releasing the greatest desktop manager in form of KDE 4.1. To add cherry to the cake OpenSUSE guys made a Live CD and gave me the opportunity to fiddle with it."

PCLinuxOS to OpenSuse 11.0

  • "OpenSuse 11.0 is definately an 'up-to-date' system. Also, I do prefer the more polished appearance I've found in OpenSuse 11.0. It definately has a sense of high-end professionalism that is needed in a desktop OS."

Linux Review 10- OpenSUSE 11.0

  • "As for a rating, I can't resist giving OpenSUSE a high score, I had a great experience with it this time. It's nice! I have to give it a 5/5, I almost found it perfect for my needs."

Top 4 Alternatives to Ubuntu Linux

  • "One of the nice things about OpenSuSE is the ability to select either GNOME or KDE with the utmost of ease. This provides options with both desktop environments at the user's disPCLOSal, along with some new abilities that come stock with OpenSuSE 11.0. "


Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to last but one week.

Communication has 35613 (+29) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 7617 (+735) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1597, 08-Jul-2008 at 08:58 PM.


1202 (+25) of 2248 (+57) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 126 members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 3505 (+82) projects, 48086 (+326) packages, 6664 (+171) repositories by 8132 (+182) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4310 (-27)
  • Blocker: 19 (+5)
  • Critical: 256 (+14)
  • Major: 703 (+51)
  • Normal: 2265 (-90)
  • Minor: 425 (+6)
  • Enhancements: 642 (-13)

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