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Welcome to issue #42 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • Power Outage of most openSUSE servers
  • Retiring from the openSUSE Board
  • Status openSUSE distribution
  • Pascal Bleser: Packman: removing openSUSE 10.0 and 10.1 packages
  • Bernhard Walle: Automatic reboot with kexec


Power Outage of most openSUSE servers

  • "Yesterday morning we had a power outage in the city area where the Nuernberg office and data center are. Power was only restored early in the morning and now our admins take extra hours to get everything running again. We're now assessing whether any damage happened and hope to have soon everything up again, I'll send another email once this is done."

Power Outage of most openSUSE servers - update

  • All the services listed below are up again and should be working:
    • - and therefore all mails
    • - and therefore all repositories
    •, - the build service
    • - especially for voting

OpenSUSE Weekly News in Russian and Japanese

  • The openSUSE Weekly News is not only translated to german, but now also available in russian and japanese language. Big thanks to all translators - let's spread the news around the world !

Intel e1000e Corruption Fixed - Already in openSUSE 11.1 Beta2 (with exception of Debug, Vanilla Kernels)

  • "The patches we did for the Intel e1000e network card for Beta2 protect the chip so that the NVRAM could not get corrupted anymore and we indeed did not receive any new bug reports and could not reproduce the bug anymore on our systems. [...] Beta3 will contain the same fixes - and the kernel of the day has just been updated with dynamic ftrace code disabled also for the debug and vanilla kernels (with the update to So, if you’re running a debug or vanilla kernel, I advice - to be on the safe side - to update to the kernel of the day. For everybody else: The Beta2 and Beta3 kernels should not corrupt your Intel e1000e NVRAM."

openSUSE Board Election Extension

  • "Due to the unforeseen circumstances(power outage) of last week the Board Election Committee have agreed that for fairness and transparency the Election deadline will be extended. The new closing date for polls will now be 1200UTC Saturday 25th October."

In the Community

Retiring from the openSUSE Board

  • Andreas Jaeger is retiring from the openSUSE Board. Big thanks, you did an excellent job! - From his post on "I have served as chairperson of the openSUSE board the last year and would like to announce that I decided to pass the honours on for the next election period. I’ve made this decision out of personal plans for the next year that will not allow me to devote as much time to the board as it deserves since I’ll be some time on paternity leave.".

Marko Jung: More than 50% already cast their vote

  • "After five days (including about one and a half day downtime) more than 50 percent (120/237) of the eligible voters already participated in the openSUSE board election. This is quite good, but as Zonker already stated we hope to get this rate as close as possible to 100%. I hope the remaining openSUSE members or delegates will not miss their chance to take part in the decision who will run our project for at least the next year. If you are not decided yet, you shoud read through the candidates’ platforms in the wiki. In addition to this most of the candidates hang around in the #opensuse-project channel on Freenode or answer your questions by private mail."

Status Updates


Build Service

  • Martin Mohring: openSUSE Buildservice - cross-build
    • Martin Mohring and Marcus Hüwe worked hard and now the download on demand feature is working seamlessly with cross-build!
  • Build Team Meeting Minutes #1
    • Ongoing work on Hermes and kiwi-instsource. Synced first kiwi-mastered tree.
  • Build Team Meeting Minutes #2
    • Work on Hermes, trust system concepts, new webclient for obs, new osc release.
  • New Hardware for the OBS
    • Thanks to AMD who sponsored the hardware, we will have soon a lot more buildpower resulting in less waiting time. We got 8 machines, each a 16 core system with 16GB ram. It will take some time to build all into the rack and have them up and running, so in the meantime we have some pictures for you ...


  • Nürnberg YaST team meeting
    • libzypp was broken the last days due to satsolver change, but all should be fine now again, ongoing work on modules

Tips and Tricks

Bernhard Walle: Automatic reboot with kexec

Bernhard Walle wrote a nice article about kexec on - read on.

Planet SUSE

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

Joe Brockmeier: Open Source Conference Tokyo pics

  • "One of the things I’ve been trying to do this trip is to take plenty of pictures. I’ve been uploading stuff to Flickr like crazy, haven’t had a chance to caption and comment on all the photos yet, but the images are there (from the trip so far)."

Pascal Bleser: Packman: removing openSUSE 10.0 and 10.1 packages

  • "After a discussion on our internal mailing-list, we decided to remove the packages for openSUSE 10.0 and 10.1 from our repository."

Duncan Mac-Vicar: Towards trusted third party repositories

  • "I got pointed to Dan’s Kegel post on Linux Foundation’s packaging mailing list called “Towards trusted third party repositories”. I am not subscribed to the list so I am commenting here."

Masim Sugianto: Remastering openSUSE - How to Build your Own openSUSE Based Distro

  • "I’m writing an article series about “Remastering openSUSE : How to Build your own openSUSE Based Distro” as part of my presentation at Indonesian openSUSE Community monthly meeting last week. The article based on my experience while making openSUSE 11.0 KDE 3.5+Multimedia Support LiveDVD (beware with it’s restricted media if you want to rebuild this. I make it as part of my presentation tutorial)."

Past Events/Meetings

October 07, 2008: Linux-Kongress 2008

October 08, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

October 09, 2008: Board Election - End Of Phase 1 - Start Of Phase 2

October 10, 2008: Ohio LinuxFest 2008

October 15, 2008: openSUSE KDE Meeting

Upcoming Events/Meetings

October 21, 2008: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 3

October 22, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

October 25, 2008: Bord Election - Ballots close

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:2008:020

  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SR:2008:020
  • Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008 07:00:00 +0000

SUSE Security Announcement: Mozilla (SUSE-SA:2008:050)

  • Package:
  • MozillaFirefox,MozillaThunderbird,seamonkey,mozilla
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2008:050
  • Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2008 16:00:00 +0000


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

Communication has 35906 (+2) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 12999 (+576) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1642, 07-Oct-2008 at 21:24.


1618 (+49) of 2861 (+74) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 212 members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 4115 (+73) projects, 50176 (+158) packages, 8019 (+155) repositories by 9549 (+130) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4360 (+70)
  • Blocker: 19 (+2)
  • Critical: 249 (+15)
  • Major: 706 (-13)
  • Normal: 2364 (+71)
  • Minor: 430 (-1)
  • Enhancements: 591 (-4)

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