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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


Hack Week III Judging

  • "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 (or updated if you registered it, but would like to update the info since you registered.)"

OpenOffice_org available

  • " beta packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project."

openSUSE’s MirrorBrain and a New Lizard in China

  • "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:"

Novell OpenPR Blog: Zonker Blogs

  • "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

Board election

Hackweek review


Status Updates


Build Service

Wiki / Communication / Events

Tips and Tricks

Marcus Meissner: Google Chrome on openSUSE]

  • "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…"

Jigish Gohil: Spin openSUSE Live CD or USB stick image “easily”

  • "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. "

Planet SUSE

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

Danny Kukawka: TabletPCs: more machines in SaX2

  • "Today I added again some more TabletPCs to SaX2. With my patches SaX2 and openSUSE now supports also these machines ..."

Lukas Ocilka: YaST Can List Not-Yet Installed Modules

  • "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."

Joe Brockmeier: Day one at UTOSC

  • "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."

Dmitry Serpokryl: Englightenment

  • "Glad to announce the release of Enlightenment LiveCD based on OpenSUSE-11.0."

Jigish Gohil: Sugar openSUSE live

  • "As a follow up of last week’s project, here is the live CD iso of Sugared openSUSE 11.0"

Stephan Binner: New KDE Four Live-CDs

  • "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."

Andrew Wafaa: Smolt your Hardware

  • "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 :-)"

Past Meetings

August 26, 2008: Marketing Team Meeting

September 2, 2008: openSUSE Education Meeting

September 3, 2008: openSUSE KDE Meeting

Upcoming Events/Meetings

September 6, 2008: ENOS 2008

September 9, 2008: openSUSE Marketing Meeting

September 10, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

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: IBMJava 5 (SUSE-SA:2008:043)

  • "IBM Java 5 was updated to SR 8 to fix various security issues."

SUSE Security Summary Report SUSE-SR:2008:017

  • 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

How Software is Built: Interview with Joe Brockmeier - openSUSE Community Manager at Novell

  • 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

LinuxPlanet: openSUSE 11.0: A Versatile Linux Server

  • "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. "

10 Minute Tech: Windows Guy Tries Open Suse 11

  • "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." Selling GNU/Linux in a box

  • "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." A new "contrib" repository for openSUSE

  • "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."

Practical Technology: Novell’s Linux Business is Booming

  • "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.

Communication 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.


1326 (+45) of 2449 (+73) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 142 (+3) members.

Build Service

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)

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