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Welcome to issue #36 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • Hack Week III
  • openSUSE Election Committee Founded
  • openSUSE at Utah Open Source Conference
  • T&T: Accelerate your build speed with Icecream
  • A video tour of openSUSE 11 (with KDE 4 desktop)


Hack Week III marches on…

  • "Hack Week seems to be going well so far. Skimming Planet SUSE, I see that several people are blogging about their progress…"

openSUSE Election Committee Founded

  • "We now have founded an openSUSE Election Committee consisting of:"
    • Claes Backstrom (Community)
    • Andrew Wafaa (Community)
    • Marko Jung (Novell)
    • Vincent Untz (Novell, deputy)

OpenOffice_org 3.0-beta available (call for testing)

  • "We're happy to announce that the first 3.0 beta packages are available in the Build Service project. The package version is It is based on the upstream ooo300-m3 milestone."

openSUSE at Utah Open Source Conference

  • "See the openSUSE Project at the Utah Open Source Conference this week! The Utah Open Source Conference is going on August 28 through August 30 at the Salt Lake Community College. The openSUSE Project will be hosting a table to show off the latest and greatest in openSUSE, and Novell and openSUSE also will have several speakers/talks on the agenda including:"

In the Community

Hackweek III

Here we cover some posts/articles regarding the Hackweek:

  • Hackweek Day 1 in Nürnberg: Yesterday hackweek in Nürnberg was for me not hacking but managing hackweek. Let’s see whether I find time today to really hack on glibc as planned.
  • Build for Another System: This is about what I did yesterday in the first day of hackweek: hello world ...
  • HackWeek III Day 1 - Diary Of An 'Outsider' ...This was great because we (openSUSE invited about 10 community members to NUE) got to see a load of the great folks that work on the project and see how they do it... <-- nice pictures !
  • Logitech hacking: I planning to rewrite lomoco since a long time now. The problem is that Logitech has introduced a new protocol to talk to the devices. For the main features of these new mice we have already proof of concept code but some features aren’t suppport.
  • Social Desktop: This week is hackweek at SUSE and people are frantically hacking on all kind of stuff. Fun. My project is the Social Desktop, which is the buzzwordy title for an implementation of the Open Collaboration Services API (see specification on
  • Create a Condensed Monospace Font: You see it every day, you normally don’t think about it, but it is nevertheless important: Fonts.
  • libopenraw hacking: For hackweek, I have been working on implementating the "rendering" in libopenraw.
  • Muinshee: I'm enjoying being in Provo, Utah this week at the beautiful Novell campus, with coworkers from all over, hacking away on projects of our choosing
  • Hackweek Visitor: Yesterday afternoon, Hackweek III was running on full throttle, suddenly Jeff Jaffe, the CTO of Novell, stepped into our office. No meeting appointment, no big words, just a “What are you guys working on in Hackweek?”. Well, everybody who ever was working as an employee might understand that having the boss of the boss of the boss stepping into the office spontanously can be a bit exiting, but that is just the first two seconds. I think it is cool if executives do that.
  • Upstream integration: During Hackweek I am working on better upstream integration for BuildService and OSC.
  • Sugar up openSUSE: A hackweek project: OLPC XO’s Sugar interface for openSUSE this hackweek

Status Updates


  • Status openSUSE distribution:
    • Since it's Hackweek this week at Novell, there isn't much news on the openSUSE distribution.
    • However, as we didn't release any openSUSE LiveCDs with Alpha2 last week, I'll try to publish Factory-based LiveCDs (aka. Alpha2plus) later this week.
    • Failing packages count is still quite hight (~139 on both i386 and x86_64).
    • How are people feeling about Alpha2? What are you experiences?

Build Service

  • Yabsc 0.8: After a long period of inactivity, I have just finally made another release of Yabsc.
  • Monitor Status Filter: In the webclient on the Project Monitor Status page it is now possible to filter the results.

Tips and Tricks

Accelerate your build speed with Icecream

  • "Icecream is a sharp tool, it lets other people build software on your machine ... Invest one minute to make your builds fly ... Thanks guys, you made my builds fly."
  • Update: Cyberorg built an icecream slave ISO with Kiwi.

opensuse-packaging: Tips & Tricks: desktop files

  • "An advanced topic is the use/handling on .desktop files. Stephan Kulow wrote some nice insights and tips around it."

Planet SUSE

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

SUSE Geek: Blender - opensource 3D modeling, Animation, rendering in openSUSE

  • "Blender is the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback. Available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License."

Jakub Steiner: Fifth Leg

  • "openSUSE uses a rather spiffy Cholla header font by Sibylle Hagmann. The problem is it isn’t a Free nor free font*, making it hard for the community to produce openSUSE branded material. So you guessed it, I’d like to design an original type to replace it. Apart from Lingdings (bullets font for OpenOffice Impress) I’ve never done this. Partly because the font designer and even type setting community is very pedantic, deeply following a strict set of rules. Good fonts come from a lot of experience. So be warned, this is pure amateurism, a font designed by a non-type-designer."

Wolfgang Rosenauer: Shiretoko for openSUSE

  • "Since a few hours it’s possible to install Shiretoko Alpha 1+ from the openSUSE Buildservice. Warning: These packages are just provided for testing and are nothing for the faint heart!"

Past Meetings

openSUSE GNOME Meeting

  • "The GNOME team met on Thursday, 03 July 2008. See the meetings page for details."

Upcoming Events/Meetings

September 2, 2008: #opensuse-edu Meeting

  • "The next openSUSE-Education meeting will take place at the official #opensuse-edu IRC channel on freenode (irc:// on Tuesday 2008/09/02 17:00 UTC/GMT"

September 4, 2008: openSUSE 11.1 Alpha 3

September 6, 2008: ENOS 2008

September 9, 2008: openSUSE KDE Team Meeting

  • Don't miss the next KDE Team Meeting on September 9th!

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: Sun Java (SUSE-SA:2008:042)

  • "Sun Java was updated to 1.4.2 update level 18, 1.5.0 update level 16 and 1.6.0 update level 7 to fix several security vulnerabilities."

On the Web

Atom-PC mit Suse Linux für 250 Euro (german)

  • The box has our favourite linux distribution preinstalled! A video tour of openSUSE 11 (with KDE 4 desktop)

  • "SUSE has been around almost since the dawn of consumer-level desktop Linux, and openSUSE 11 upholds the SUSE reputation for having not just a wide range of available applications, but also excellent documentation and a fine user-to-user support community. For this video we chose the KDE 4.x desktop option. KDE 3.5x and GNOME are also available as defaults in openSUSE." Flock social networking Web2.0 browser in openSUSE

  • "Flock Web browser is a new kid in the block of browsers built on the codebase of Mozilla Codebase, Needless to say, this project is powered by Mozilla. Flock web browser is built in Web2.0 and social networking as the core theme of the browser supporting,"

Scientechie: openSUSE 11 - Desktop Emphasis

  • "It did not work out of the box for me ... but I soon fell in love with it. Working in openSUSE 11 after the troubles of Vista and the whims of other OSs was a magical experience. Things seemed to get done. Everything was available in a few clicks. The relatively small problems aside, I had a good time."


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

Communication has 35744 (-1) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 9347 (+520) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1597, 08-Jul-2008 at 08:58 PM.


1281 (+25) of 2376 (+32) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 139 (+1) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 3700 (+60) projects, 48722 (+123) packages, 7165 (+150) repositories by 8562 (+130) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4331 (-39)
  • Blocker: 27 (+9)
  • Critical: 247 (-9)
  • Major: 725 (+13)
  • Normal: 2296 (+29)
  • Minor: 430 (+6)
  • Enhancements: 606 (-9)

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