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Welcome to issue #38 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • Last Call for openSUSE Board Candidates
  • openSUSE KDE Bug Squashing Days (20-21 September)
  • Board election
  • openSUSE 11.0 survey
  • KDE in openSUSE 11.1 and beyond


Last Call for openSUSE Board Candidates

  • "The openSUSE Project is looking for a few good leaders, and voters! As already announced by AJ [1], the board founded the election committee for the first openSUSE board election. The committee is now seeking candidates and encouraging openSUSE contributors to sign up for membership."

openSUSE KDE Bug Squashing Days (20-21 September)

  • "The openSUSE KDE team wants to dedicate some time on KDE bugs before openSUSE 11.1 gets released, focusing on reported KDE bugs on inviting the community to take part of it."

Announcing RC1 of openSUSE-Education for 11.0

  • "I’m happy to announce the first release candidate for our openSUSE-Education add on for openSUSE 11.0!"

In the Community

Board election

So far we have these candidates (in order of announcement):

Deadline for candidacy is September 24th, 2008. So if you want to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board - now its the time! More informations can be found on the board election page

openSUSE 11.0 survey

  • openSUSE 11.0 Survey Results openSUSE 11.0 Survey Results
    • "The openSUSE survey results are out now. The survey we made in July/August time frame attracted over 12,000 participants. Here is a short summary on changes compared to the last one we did approximately 1 1/2 year ago with the openSUSE 10.2 release. The summary is in the same order as the questions are."
  • Reading the openSUSE survey tea leaves
    • "Michael was kind enough to write about the openSUSE survey results over on openSUSE News. The survey results are fairly interesting, some of the responses are encouraging, some not so much."

Review: ENOS 2008

  • "As announced on openSUSE News, ENOS 2008 took place this Saturday, September 6th at ISEP, Porto, Portugal. The event started at 10:00 am (local time) and during 1h:30m people had the opportunity to meet each other in a non formal environment, and at the same time I gave away openSUSE t-shirts, caps, lots of stickers and PromoDVDs (thanks Novell, specially to Martin Lasarsch!) to them. At 11:30 we started the two scheduled morning presentations ..."

Portuguese Planet SUSE

Status Updates


Build Service

Wiki / Communication / Events


Tips and Tricks Improve laptop battery life in openSUSE

  • "Power management is one of the big things Linux gets criticized for and although we might not be perfect, there are things we can do to improve our battery life. The best thing you need to do to improve the battery life of your laptop is to analyze/profile your power consumption to figure out what applications are draining your battery. To do this you use an application developed by Intel called Powertop."

Planet SUSE

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

Ray Wang: opensuse-tutorials is up online

  • "There are fedora-tutorials, ubuntu-futorials website on the web, for anyone who envies, of course, we have opensuse-tutorials either. This link is for those who doesn’t don’t know it yet. Feel free to register and contribute to it."

Miguel de Icaza: Avoid the Managed Extensibility Framework.

  • "As a .NET developer, you should avoid using the newly released Managed Extensibility Framework as its license prevents its use beyond the Windows platform. This will prevent your .NET software from running on Linux or MacOS in the future."

Joe Brockmeier: LinkedIn openSUSE Group

  • "Just an update — a few months ago I created an openSUSE group on LinkedIn, even though there wasn’t all that much functionality to it at the time. A lot of folks have signed up (thanks!) but so far, it was basically just a placeholder (and it let LinkedIn users display a nifty openSUSE icon on their profiles…)"

Roger Whittaker: "The book"

  • "The "openSUSE 11.0 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Bible" by Roger Whittaker and Justin Davies is now available."

Jakub Steiner: openSUSE Badge

  • "Now from the title you may have expected to see a PDF of a computer case badge you can print out. Actually it gets a lot better. Heathenx has created a lovely screencast that will teach you how to make your own!"

Stefan Hundhammer: YDialogSpy: An Interactive YaST Dialog Debugger

  • "Programming a GUI version of “Hello, World” is easy in the YaST programming environment, no matter if it’s YCP (the YaST-specific scripting language), plain C++, Perl, Python, or Ruby. The YaST UI (user interface) engine now features a new debugging tool to make life easier for developers: YDialogSpy. In the Qt version, hit the magic key combination Ctrl-Shift-Alt-Y and you will get a YDialogSpy window."

Past Meetings

September 6, 2008: ENOS 2008

September 9, 2008: openSUSE Marketing Meeting

September 10, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

September 11, 2008 openSUSE GNOME meeting

Upcoming Events/Meetings

September 16, 2008: openSUSE Education Meeting

September 17, 2008: openSUSE KDE Meeting

September 18, 2008: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1

September 20, 2008: Software Freedom Day

September 20, 2008: Atlanta Linux Fest 2008

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: Kernel (SUSE-SA:2008:044)

  • "The openSUSE 11.0 kernel was updated to It fixes various stability bugs and also security bugs."

On the Web

openSuSe - A Linux Distro worth setting your eye on

  • "This is so far my distribution as of yet. I haven’t found a need to get rid of it. So for awhile I’ll be sticking with openSuSe."

openSUSE Desktop Essentials Online Book Now Available

  • "This purpose of this book is to cover all aspects of the use and configuration of the openSUSE GNOME desktop environment."


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

Communication has 35792 (+26) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 10524 (+511) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1597, 08-Jul-2008 at 08:58 PM.


1356 (+30) of 2494 (+45) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 153 (+11) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 3818 (+51) projects, 49232 (+193) packages, 7365 (+48) repositories by 8858 (+121) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4482 (+27)
  • Blocker: 27 (-2)
  • Critical: 254 (-3)
  • Major: 746 (+16)
  • Normal: 2380 (+16)
  • Minor: 454 (+4)
  • Enhancements: 621 (-4)

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