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Welcome to issue #35 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • openSUSE 11.1 Alpha2 is available
  • Hack Week III is almost here!
  • openSUSE to add SELinux Basic Enablement in 11.1
  • Masim Sugianto: Linux Distribution Popularity Across the Globe


Reminder: openSUSE at FrOSCon!

  • "Join the openSUSE Project this weekend, Saturday August 23, and Sunday August 24, at third annual FrOSCon [1]. FrOSCon is a two day conference on Free Software and Open Source, taking place at the Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin near the cities of Bonn and Cologne."

openSUSE 11.1 Alpha2 is available

  • "openSUSE 11.1 Alpha2 is available and ready for testing. This time it is actually installable and bootable ;) But you'll need to be quick and select the right boot option from the bootmenu. Due to bug #418619, "Failsafe" is the default boot option. Please make sure to always select real "openSUSE 10.0.42 - 2.6.26-14" option!"

Hack Week III is almost here!

  • "Hack Week III is almost upon us! Novell is once again sponsoring Hack Week, from August 25th through August 29th, and we want the openSUSE community to be in on it! 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. This helps provide an opportunity for Novell's developers to work on innovative new projects they might not normally be able to work on. Since most of the projects developed during Hack Week are open source, this also benefits the community by providing new code. During Hack Week, developers can work on any project of interest. So far Hack Week has spawned a number of impressive projects and improvements, such as Debian package support in the openSUSE Build Service, Tasque, Giver, and many others. As part of the effort to expand Hack Week outside of Novell, we're bringing several community members to Novell offices to work with Novell developers on HW3 projects, and we'll be hosting a Hack Week room at the Utah Open Source Conference next week, August 28 through August 30."

SUSE Linux 10.1 has reached End of Life

  • "With the release of an mysql security fix on August 13 we have released the last update for SUSE Linux 10.1. (Actually 10.1 was discontinued on May 31st, but the queue took a bit longer to flush from all updates.) It is now officially discontinued and out of support."

In the Community

FrOSCon 2008

  • "We'll be present at FrOSCon 2008 with an own booth. See you there !"

Status Updates


Build Service

Wiki / Communication / Events

Tips and Tricks

SUSE Geek: Acetoneiso2 - A full feature rich Image/ISO tool for openSUSE

  • "AcetoneISO2, is a feature-rich and complete software application to manage CD/DVD images. Thanks to powerful open source tools such as fuseiso, AcetoneISO2 will let You mount typical proprietary images formats of the Windows world such as ISO BIN NRG MDF IMG and is more than a simple ISO mount software."

Ruurd Pels: oneliner

  • "Bash oneliner to convert all those pesky MP3's in a directory to a proper open format..."
   for f in *.mp3; do mpg321 "$f" -w - | oggenc -o "${f%.*}.ogg" - ; done

Planet SUSE

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

Danny Kukawka: How to activate your HP UMTS card

  • "After starting last week (only) one time Windows on my HP Compaq 2710p the internal UMTS card (HP HS2300 HSDPA Broadband Wireless module) stopped working under Linux again. And as Seife already pointed out: there is no way to activate the card from Linux (at least with kernel version 2.6.26) or the bios. I found today some time to search for a solution since several people asked me how to reactivate the card and since there are also bugreports with this problem."

Masim Sugianto: Linux Distribution Popularity Across the Globe

  • "Royal Pingdom has issued an article about “Linux Distribution Popularity Across the Globe”. They have included eight common Linux distributions in their survey: Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Debian, Red Hat, Mandriva, Slackware and Gentoo and used Google Insights for Search, for determining the results."

Miguel de Icaza: SecondLife rolls out Mono-powered servers

  • "Big news for the Mono team today. Linden has started the roll out of their Mono-powered simulation servers."

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: openwsman (SUSE-SA:2008:041)

  • The openwsman project provides an implementation of the Web Service Management specification. The SuSE Security-Team has found two critical issues in the code: (Both issues were fixed.)
    • two remote buffer overflows while decoding the HTTP basic authentication header (CVE-2008-2234)
    • a possible SSL session replay attack affecting the client (depending on the configuration) (CVE-2008-2233)

SUSE Linux 10.1 has reached End of Life

  • "With the release of an mysql security fix on August 13 we have released the last update for SUSE Linux 10.1. (Actually 10.1 was discontinued on May 31st, but the queue took a bit longer to flush from all updates.)"

On the Web OpenSUSE 11.0: A Solid, Up-to-Date Linux Desktop

  • "openSUSE 11.0 is based on the Linux kernel version 2.6.25 and provides a cornucopia of features. If you choose to download the full DVD, you can expect a whopping 4.5 GBs for the iso-format file. Other options include a Live CD and over the network. The good news is that you can use a BitTorrent client to get the iso file."


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

Communication has 35745 (+132) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 8827 (+1210) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1597, 08-Jul-2008 at 08:58 PM.


1256 (+54) of 2344 (+96) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 138 (+12) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 3640 (+135) projects, 48599 (+513) packages, 7015 (+351) repositories by 8432 (+300) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4292 (-18)
  • Blocker: 18 (-1)
  • Critical: 256
  • Major: 712 (+9)
  • Normal: 2267 (+2)
  • Minor: 424 (+1)
  • Enhancements: 615 (-28)

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