Archive:Weekly news 37
Welcome to issue #37 of openSUSE Weekly News!
In this week:
- Hack Week III Judging
- Novell OpenPR Blog: Zonker Blogs
- Board election
- Hackweek review
- Jigish Gohil: Spin openSUSE Live CD or USB stick image “easily”
- Stephan Binner: New KDE Four Live-CDs
- 1 Announcements
- 2 In the Community
- 3 Status Updates
- 4 Tips and Tricks
- 5 Planet SUSE
- 5.1 Danny Kukawka: TabletPCs: more machines in SaX2
- 5.2 Lukas Ocilka: YaST Can List Not-Yet Installed Modules
- 5.3 Joe Brockmeier: Day one at UTOSC
- 5.4 Dmitry Serpokryl: Englightenment
- 5.5 Jigish Gohil: Sugar openSUSE live
- 5.6 Stephan Binner: New KDE Four Live-CDs
- 5.7 Andrew Wafaa: Smolt your Hardware
- 6 Past Meetings
- 7 Upcoming Events/Meetings
- 8 Security Updates
- 9 On the Web
- 9.1 How Software is Built: Interview with Joe Brockmeier - openSUSE Community Manager at Novell
- 9.2 LinuxPlanet: openSUSE 11.0: A Versatile Linux Server
- 9.3 10 Minute Tech: Windows Guy Tries Open Suse 11
- 9.4 Linux.com: Selling GNU/Linux in a box
- 9.5 LWN.net: A new "contrib" repository for openSUSE
- 9.6 Practical Technology: Novell’s Linux Business is Booming
- 10 Statistics
- 11 Feedback / Communicate / Get Involved
- 12 Credits
- "Now that Hack Week III is over with, we're ready to judge the entries. If you'd like to be considered for the judging, make sure your idea has been registered on ideas.opensuse.org (or updated if you registered it, but would like to update the info since you registered.)"
- "OpenOffice.org 188.8.131.52 beta packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project."
- "Do you know openSUSE’s MirrorBrain? I have been working on it for over a year now. It is a mirror framework which is open source and can be used by anyone. [...] For instance, I am always searching new mirrors. One of the biggest recent achievements was that Coly Li, our Chinese friend, installed the first “real openSUSE” mirror in China: http://www.lizardsource.cn/."
- "Our resident community manager Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier has started his new blog at ZDNet, Community, Incorporated. His stated goal: bridging the gap between external communities and the corporate parent, especially (but not limited to) companies working with or sponsoring (or both) open source projects."
In the Community
- Pascal Bleser: About the openSUSE Board and the Elections: Part1, Part2
- Joe Brockmeier: openSUSE Board Elections
- Bryen Yunashko: Announcing openSUSE Board Candidacy
- Andreas Jaeger: openSUSE Board Election Comments
- Sandy Armstrong: Hack Week III: Tomboy Joins The Dark Side
- Jigish Gohil: Sugared openSUSE - tour
- Andrew Wafaa: HackWeek III Day 3 - Diary Of An Outsider
- Andrew Wafaa: HackWeek III Day 4 - Diary Of An Outsider
- Andrew Wafaa: HackWeek III Day 5 - Diary of an Outsider
- Jan Weber: Hackweek III: openSUSE-Education YaST Module
- Jakub Steiner: Hackweek Over
- Andreas Jaeger: Hackweek Group Photo and Summary
- Jan-Simon Möller: Hackweek Review
- Hackweek - Software Portal
- Robert Lihm: New opensuse.org-frontpage
- HackWeek III Episode 1 with Cornelius Schumacher
- HackWeek III Episode 2 with Will Stephenson
- Hackweek III Episode 3 with misc people
- Joe Brockmeier: openSUSE Forums hit 10K members
- Joe Brockmeier: Utah Open Source Conference wrap-up
- Bryen Yunashko: Helping Hands Could use a hand from you…
- Cross-Build with OBS - I wrote down about the work during the last weeks I did for openSUSE Buildservice in the blogging space, especially what Marcus Hüwe and myself had done at Hackweek. I decided to put this into a article series type of documentation.
- Build Service Team Meeting
- New build checks in openSUSE:Factory - We have now open sourced another chunk of build checks which were used internally in SUSE/Novell so far.
Wiki / Communication / Events
Tips and Tricks
- "As I guess everyone notice, Google has released their own Browser called Chrome. Based on Webkit (based on KHTML of KDE fame) it is a small, fast and foremost secure webbrowser. And if you are reading this, you likely know that it does not work on Linux, but only on Windows. But wait … we have the Windows Emulator Wine and I am one of its developers…"
- "Introducing easy-kiwi-build, a tool to create openSUSE Live CD or deploy it on USB stick easily. Jan Weber would be doing a GUI to complement this utility soon. "
Covering just a few posts from Planet SUSE, an aggregation of all SUSE contributors' blogs:
- "Today I added again some more TabletPCs to SaX2. With my patches SaX2 and openSUSE now supports also these machines ..."
- "I've seen some requests on openSUSE FACTORY mailing-list recently to show also YaST modules that are not yet installed on the system but available for installation. People sometimes don't know that not all YaST modules are installed by default and thus some of them are not visible in YaST Control Center."
- "Getting set for Friday at the Utah Open Source Conference — they’ve hit their target (and then some) of registered attendees, and the buzz here has been pretty good. Lots of great sessions, though I haven’t had a chance to attend any excepting the keynotes last night. The booth has been seen steady traffic, but the location for the exhibitors here isn’t all that great — something the organizers really didn’t have a lot of control over, since they’re being given the facilities by SLCC. However, they’ve been tireless in helping people (speakers, exhibitors, and attendees) and giving the proverbial 110% and really going all out."
- "Glad to announce the release of Enlightenment LiveCD based on OpenSUSE-11.0."
- "As a follow up of last week’s project, here is the live CD iso of Sugared openSUSE 11.0"
- "New versions of KDE Four Live are up to accompany the KDE 4.1.1 release and give an impression of the development in trunk half-way to the first KDE 4.2 Alpha release."
- "There is something out there that has been growing slowly to try and help get better native support for hardware, and that something is Smolt. It was initially put into practice by the Fedora Project and I'm very glad to say that openSUSE is joining in the action :-)"
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.
- "IBM Java 5 was updated to SR 8 to fix various security issues."
- Solved Security Vulnerabilities:
- powerdns spoofing problems
- dnsmasq spoofing problems
- python multiple problems
- mailman cross site scripting
- ruby multiple problems
- Opera 9.52
- neon NULL pointer problem
- rxvt-unicode session hijacking
- perl multiple problems
- wireshark / ethereal multiple security problems
- namazu cross site scripting
- gnome-screensaver clipboard disclosure
- mysql security problems
On the Web
- In this interview we talk with Joe. In specific, we talk about:
- Where openSUSE fits into the desktop Linux landscape
- Relationships between openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and upstream projects
- The effect of commercial agreements on open source projects
- The future roadmap for openSUSE
- Bringing together technical and non-technical users in open source projects
- Coordinating testing and bug fixes among distros and upstream projects
- Design coherence among distributed developers
- "OpenSUSE 11.0 does a great job on the desktop, but it shines equally as bright in the server role. Everything you need to set up most any type of server comes on the OpenSUSE 11.0 installation DVD. The trick is narrowing down the options to the ones you'll really need. While you could have a single 'do everything' box, you might want to consider separating out some of the functionality for security and reliability reasons. "
- "I’m a Windows Guy. I work on a Windows network for a living. I’ve been a network engineer for over a decade. It’s not that I’m opposed to Linux or OSX, I’m just more familiar with XP and Vista so I tend to use it for everything. Some of you might be laughing already, but I like Windows. It gets the job done for me and for millions of other people. It’s fairly easy to use, fairly easy to upgrade with new hard ware, there is a plethora of software and I can do all the things I want to do on it."
- "Eight years ago, computer stores stocked a choice of GNU/Linux distributions -- established ones like Caldera, Red Hat, and SUSE, and newcomers like Corel, Progeny, and Stormix. Now, only Ubuntu and openSUSE offer box sets, and both face challenges that other distributions found unsolvable, ranging from reasonable prices and features sets through to getting into distribution channels and finding the right marketing approach -- all for an effort that may be only moderately profitable at best, and perhaps best undertaken for non-financial reasons."
- "There has been a recent discussion on the opensuse-factory mailing list about the creation of a repository for non-core packages. The concern expressed at the beginning of the discussion is that openSUSE has too many repositories of unknown quality. Right now many openSUSE community members have home repositories with software packages not found in the main openSUSE repository. Some have software that other openSUSE users would like, some have highly experimental packages that most users would rather avoid. It is difficult for the user to find the packages they want, or know which ones they might find suitable."
- "On a superficial level, Novell’s third quarter, which ended July 31, 2008, didn’t look that good. A closer look reveals though that Novell did quite well in general and extremely well with its Linux business."
Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to the previous week.
lists.opensuse.org has 35766 (+22) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 10013 (+666) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1597, 08-Jul-2008 at 08:58 PM.
The Build Service now hosts 3767 (+67) projects, 49039 (+317) packages, 7317 (+152) repositories by 8737 (+175) confirmed users.
The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:
- All Open Reports: 4455 (+124)
- Blocker: 29 (+2)
- Critical: 257 (+10)
- Major: 730 (+5)
- Normal: 2364 (+68)
- Minor: 450 (+20)
- Enhancements: 625 (+19)
Daily updated translation statistics are available on the openSUSE Localization Portal.
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