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Welcome to issue #39 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • Board election
  • OpenOffice_org 3.0rc1 available
  • Call for SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE Beta Testers
  • Duncan Mac-Vicar: Extremely easy driver installation
  • Distribution status


Less than 7 days for Nominations and Applications

  • "OK people listen up... please? Thanks! OK, just a reminder that you have less than 160 hours toregister for the openSUSE board election if you haven't done soalready. For the mathematically challenged, 160 hours is just underseven full days! Yes, that is how long you have left to get yourmembership application in to be able to vote on the upcoming boardelection. It is also the amount of time you have left to get your notification of intention to run for the first community elected Board."

OpenOffice_org 3.0rc1 available (call for testing)

  • "We're happy to announce that packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project. They are the first release candidate of the 3.0 version. We kindly ask for testing. Please, try and report bugs.Note: They might still include bugs and are not intended for data-critical usage. A good practice is to archive any important data before an use, ..."

Call for SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE Beta Testers

  • "In the “old days” SuSE had a closed list of beta testers that would help with SuSE Linux testing and try to help SuSE ensure the best possible Linux distribution. Many beta testers expressed an interest in joining the SUSE Linux Enterprise beta program as well. We’re happy to announce that we have found a way to make this possible, and we’d like to expand the beta program to include new testers as well."

In the Community

Board election

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

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

Status Updates


Build Service


Tips and Tricks

At your command ... "apropos"

This little nice helper searches the man-database for a given string and prints all matching commands with a short description. But let's ask himself:

> apropos apropos
apropos (1)          - search the manual page names and descriptions

And another example:

> apropos bash
bash (1)             - GNU Bourne-Again SHell
bashbug (1)          - report a bug in bash
bashbuiltins (1)     - bash built-in commands, see bash(1)
rbash (1)            - restricted bash, see bash(1)

Planet SUSE

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

Stephan Binner: Pointer: KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop for 11.0 users

  • "As there seem to be people who continue, despite being told about dependency errors and packages that cannot be upgraded, to install newer KDE packages (and then wonder about a broken desktop) I want to point out this important service information for users of the KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop repository in the openSUSE Build Service."

Duncan Mac-Vicar: Extremely easy driver installation

  • "We have something really cool in. How it works, usecase and experience. <- Video ! "

Andreas Schneider: csync and pam_csync 0.42.0 beta1

  • "I’ve released a new version of csync and pam_csync. csync is a bidirectional file synchronizer for Linux and allows to keep two copies of files and directories in sync. It uses uses widly adopted protocols like smb or sftp so that there is no need for a server component of csync. It is a user-level program which means there is no need to be a superuser. With pam_csync it is possible to create roaming home directories."

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. But if dialogs become more complex, it can get demanding to make them look good and - equally important - to behave well as the user resizes dialogs. 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" - follow-up

Past Meetings

September 11, 2008: openSUSE GNOME Meeting

September 16, 2008: openSUSE Education Meeting

September 17, 2008: openSUSE KDE Meeting

Upcoming Events/Meetings

September 18, 2008: openSUSE GNOME Meeting

September 20, 2008: Atlanta Linux Fest

September 24, 2008: Board Election - End Of Phase 0

September 25, 2008: Board Election - Start Of Phase 1

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: IBM Java 5 (SUSE-SA:2008:045)

  • Package: java-1_5_0-ibm,IBMJava5
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2008:045
  • Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 11:00:00 +0000
  • Affected Products:
    • SUSE SLES 9
    • Open Enterprise Server
    • Novell Linux POS 9
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP1
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1

SUSE Security Announcement: gnutls (SUSE-SA:2008:046)

  • Package: gnutls
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2008:046
  • Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 14:00:00 +0000
  • Affected Products:
    • openSUSE 10.2
    • openSUSE 10.3
    • SUSE SLES 9
    • Novell Linux Desktop 9
    • Open Enterprise Server

On the Web openSUSE Contributors Encouraged to Get Involved in Board Election

  • "The openSUSE Project reminded members yesterday that the application deadline for a seat on the openSUSE Board is drawing near. Contributors to openSUSE who wish to run for a board seat must first apply for openSUSE membership. openSUSE membership is also required to vote in the election, and contributors who are interested in voting are advised to apply for membership prior to September 24th, to ensure that they will be able to do so." 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. We'll go through some of the more popular server options and hit the highlights of getting each one installed. Deciding on how to parcel out the roles to different machines will depend a lot on your situation and what type of activity you need to support. For discussion purposes we'll assume a typical small-to-medium business scenario as we go through the different options."


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

Communication has 35823 (+31) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 11148 (+624) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1597, 08-Jul-2008 at 08:58 PM.


1427 (+71) of 2584 (+90) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 177 (+24) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 3902 (+84) projects, 49380 (+148) packages, 7597 (+232) repositories by 9023 (+165) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4423 (-59)
  • Blocker: 26 (-1)
  • Critical: 255 (+1)
  • Major: 709 (-37)
  • Normal: 2368 (-12)
  • Minor: 441 (-13)
  • Enhancements: 624 (+3)

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