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Welcome to issue #40 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1 Now Available
  • Serious e1000e Driver Issue in SLE 11 Beta 1 and openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1
  • openSUSE Build Service Did It!
  • Board Election Phase 1 Started
  • openSUSE Homepage Redesigned


openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1 Now Available

  • "The openSUSE Project is happy to announce the first beta release of openSUSE11.1. openSUSE 11.1 includes quite a few improvements and new features overthe 11.0 release, including new versions of KDE, GNOME, the Linux kernel,improved YaST modules, and much more!The ISOs for this release have been created using KIWI and RPMs created inthe openSUSE Build Service. This caused some delay in the release of beta 1,but is part of the transition to using the openSUSE Build Service for alldevelopment of openSUSE."

Serious e1000e Driver Issue in SLE 11 Beta 1 and openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1

  • "We have an important announcement regarding openSUSE 11.1 beta 1 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 beta 1: The Intel e1000e driver on openSUSE11.1 Beta 1 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Beta 1 might have a serious issue with the potential to damage the network card in a way that it cannot be used any longer.Intel and Novell are currently working to analyze and solve the issue.For the time being:"

openSUSE Build Service Did It!

  • "The openSUSE 11.1 beta 1 release marks a significant change for openSUSE. For the first time in 11 years, a SUSE release was not built in the SUSE internal AutoBuild service ? openSUSE 11.1 beta 1 was built using the openSUSE Build Service! AutoBuild was the first full automated system on this planet which built Linux distributions. It served us well, with reliable building of the SUSE distributions."

In the Community

Board Election

Phase 0 of the openSUSE Board Election has ended. We have a total of ten candidates running for a seat in the next openSUSE board (listed alphabetical/surname):

  • Pascal Bleser
  • Peter Linnell
  • Tuukka Pasanen
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Jakub Rusinek
  • Bryen Yunashko
  • Federico Mena-Quintero
  • Marco Michna
  • Stephen Shaw
  • Henne Vogelsang

Phase 1 has started, where approved openSUSE Members can nominate a second voter. See the Board Election page for details!

openSUSE Membership

Software Freedom Day

Status Updates


Build Service

Wiki / Communication / Events

Tips and Tricks

At your command ... "which"

"which" shows you the full path name of a given command. This can be very helpful in many cases.

> which which

It shows the first occurence of the command. If there are more commands with the same name, try "which -a <name>"

> which -a X

The bash builtin command "type" also provides some similar functionality.

Planet SUSE

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

Jigish Gohil: Compiz and Compiz Fusion 0.7.8 out

  • "Danny Baumann announced the release of Compiz 0.7.8, Compiz Fusion project has followed up with a release of all Fusion components to match Compiz, here is the announcement by Guillaume Seguin."

Vincent Untz: GNOME 2.24.0 is out!

  • "After six months of work from the whole community, we can finally introduce GNOME 2.24.0 to the world! It's a good release, with cool new stuff and big improvements (as usual ;-)). Among other things, I'm happy that empathy got in, and also glad for the ekiga team to see that they managed to get ekiga 3.0 out in time! It's actually a bit unfair to just mention those two events, since many more people rocked; go check the release notes to learn about more changes."

Duncan Mac-Vicar: Introducing enhancerepo 0.3

  • "You may know that we are slowly heading to use the rpmmd format as the default one. We already do for the build service since the beginning, and the only remaining part is the media."

Marek Stopka: Madwifi kernel driver for kernel

  • "Since today, I provide madwifi for current openSUSE 11.0 kernel from openSUSE update repository, there are both of i586 and x86_64 architecture, I hope you will enjoy it."

Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.0rc2 available

  • "I’m happy to announce that rc2 packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project."

Stefan Haas: Software Management as a Service

  • "A couple of days ago I finished my thesis with the topic mentioned above. It describes the currently used package formats and software management systems within the Linux as also the proprietary world of Microsoft respectively Apple plus the possibilities to reduce those systems and tools to a common denominator."

Greg Kroah-Hartman: Linux Plumbers Conference 2008 Keynote

  • "I was honored to give the opening keynote of the first Linux Plumbers Conference this year in Portland, Oregon. Here's the slides and text of my talk"

Past Events/Meetings

September 21/22, 2008: KDE Bug Squashing Days

September 23, 2008: Marketing Team Meeting

September 24, 2008: Project Meeting

September 25, 2008: openSUSE GNOME Meeting

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

Upcoming Events/Meetings

October 01, 2008: KDE Team Meeting

October 02, 2008: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 2

October 10, 2008: Linux-Kongress 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 Summary Report: SUSE-SR:2008:018

  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SR:2008:018
  • Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 16:00:00 +0000

SUSE Security Summary Report: SUSE-SR:2008:019

  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SR:2008:019
  • Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 16:00:00 +0000

On the Web

OStatic: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 1 Available for Testing

  • "It is hard (and perhaps impossible) to discuss openSUSE without acknowledging it is a distribution that evokes an amazing array of strong feelings in the community."

Lilserenity: OpenSUSE 11 - A review of the experience on a ThinkPad T40

  • "Considering the stability, excellent hardware support and out of the box usefulness, I have found OpenSUSE to be an excellent choice. It has been very easy to use and installing software such as LyX/LaTeX and WINE has been excellent." How to install openSUSE 11 in OS X using Parallels - a complete walkthrough

  • "This tutorial will take you every single step of the way through installing openSUSE 11 using Parallels Desktop 3.0 for OS X."

The Science Attic: OpenSUSE 11 First Impressions

  • "So first impressions are - fairly quick and easy install, but also an install that allows for more traditional approach to account logins, as well as some other options."

Quentyx: openSUSE

  • "Everything was perfect and clean-everything you wanted to do could easily be done with only one click of the mouse."

YouTube: SUSE Studio at VMworld

  • "Novell's new SUSE Studio unveiled at VMworld 2008"


New entries in .

OpenSUSE <= 11.1 Alpha 2 don't install on SD card

Connecting an unpartitioned disk should bring up a partitioner


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

Communication has 35875 (+52) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 11686 (+538) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1597, 08-Jul-2008 at 08:58 PM.


1519 (+92) of 2698 (+114) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 212 (+35) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 3955 (+53) projects, 49762 (+382) packages, 7712 (+115) repositories by 9202 (+179) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4378 (-45)
  • Blocker: 27 (+1)
  • Critical: 245 (-10)
  • Major: 723 (+14)
  • Normal: 2347 (-21)
  • Minor: 433 (-8)
  • Enhancements: 603 (-21)

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