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Welcome to issue #43 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • openSUSE Build Service Webclient Survey Started
  • Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 3 Now Available
  • We want YOU - for openSUSE Weekly Newsletter
  • People of openSUSE: Henne Vogelsang


Hack Week III winners

  • "After very careful deliberation, we've chosen the winners from HackWeek III. The categories were: Best Cross-Pollination Team, First Penguin Awards, and the Best Overall Projects. The Best Cross-Pollination Team: Awards the project that connects different teams, and raises awareness of each other's work. First Penguin Award: Awards the project that goes out on a limb to try something difficult and risky and probably fails. Named in honor of the first penguin to jump into the water when there may be predators swimming below. Best Overall Projects: Goes to the projects that the panelists thought were “best” for one reason or other. Surprisingly enough, we had a tie for first place on this one! And the winners are ..."

openSUSE Build Service Webclient Survey Started

  • "Today we started an openSUSE Build Service Webclient online survey. We want to get more informations about the openSUSE Build Service Webclient users, the used hard and software and (potential) use cases. If you use, used or want to use the OBS, please participate on the survey and help us to make a solid Webclient 2. The survey is available via this link. Thanks for your participation!"

Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 3 Now Available

  • "The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the availability of beta 3 of the 11.1 release. It’s a few days late, but much better for the delay. Beta 3 is now available for immediate download and testing. As mentioned on, this release was delayed significantly by the power outage in Nuremberg over the weekend of October 11th."
  • What’s changed since beta 1? Major changes in this release include:
    • Live CDs for x86 and GNOME and KDE
    • 3.0
    • Mono 2.0 Final
    • Linux (fixes e1000e issue)
    • CUPS 1.3.9
    • Parts of 11.1 branding are now in place
    • Amarok 2.0 beta 2
    • Banshee 1.3.2
    • GNOME 2.24


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In the Community

People of openSUSE: Henne Vogelsang

After a long summer holiday season ‘People of openSUSE’ is back!

  • "This week we caught up one of the many people responsible for the success of the openSUSE project maintaining mailing lists, IRC channels, and openSUSE project meetings, as also doing some packaging in the well-known Packman repository. Today you have the opportunity to meet the current openSUSE Board Candidate Henne Vogelsang!"

Status Updates


  • openSUSE 11.1 Beta 3 was released with some days delay
  • The ftp-tree and the installation media are now created by the openSUSE Build Service

Build Service

  • Build Team Meeting
    • Status: Image building automatization works, web interface survey started, release of 1.0 update package with branch fixes planned
    • Roadmap: discussion about future development, to be published in the wiki

Wiki / Communication / Events

  • On the -marketing mailinglist, there's a discussion about "Attracting Windows Users". Comments welcome.
  • YaST Mascot Contest - Because not everybody was aware of the contest and wondered a little bit about the reminder mail, we extended the deadline for the YaST mascot contest. The new deadline for the submissions is November 09, 12:00 UTC. Participate, show us your vision of the mascot! We are not only searching for a sketch/picture of the mascot, also for a name. The winners will get all the fame and a stuffed Geeko! So get your pencils/mice/brains ready

Tips and Tricks

10 Things …

  • "Some people asked me to compile a 10 bullet list what every user should know if new to openSUSE. It’s not intended to be useful for the hardcore user, it’s for beginners. It’s not only openSUSE 11.0 focused, most of the stuff can be also used with older versions. This is my list, totally biased and based of what i found are the most asked questions on events."
  • Send us your list! - Just post a comment on this story !

Planet SUSE

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

Joe Brockmeier: Right call on KDE 3.x for openSUSE 11.1

  • "Reading this post by Max Spevack, I’m more convinced than ever that the openSUSE Project made the right call on KDE 3.5 inclusion in openSUSE 11.1"
  • "A reminder, KDE 3.5x and KDE 4.1x will both be available on openSUSE media for openSUSE 11.1 — meaning the DVD images and DVDs produced for shows and so forth — but KDE 3.5 will be listed as one of the “extra” desktop environments, rather than as a primary DE in the installer."

Andreas Jaeger: Why do we Release openSUSE on Thursdays - or why do we Slip?

  • "openSUSE 11.1 Beta3 is a bit later than expected (it should go out later today). Of course, this raised couple of questions why. So let me explain how a build of a Beta release works in general from release manager perspective and what are the reasons for the slip. The usual process we use can be summarized as follows ..."

Lukas Ocilka: YaST Mascot Contest

  • "The YaST Mascot Contest is still running..."

Past Meetings

October 15, 2008: openSUSE KDE Meeting

October 22, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

Upcoming Events/Meetings

October 29, 2008: KDE Team Meeting

October 30, 2008: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4

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:2008:021

  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SR:2008:021
  • Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 14:00:00 +0000

SUSE Security Announcement: Linux kernel (SUSE-SA:2008:051)

  • Package: kernel
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2008:051
  • Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 10:00:00 +0000

SUSE Security Announcement: Linux kernel (SUSE-SA:2008:052)

  • Package: kernel
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2008:052
  • Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 11:00:00 +0000

On the Web First look: OpenSUSE 11.1 beta 3 very promising

  • "Novell has announced the availability of OpenSUSE 11.1 beta 3, the latest prerelease of the company's community-driven desktop Linux distribution. It offers some nice improvements and comes with the latest versions of popular open source software programs. This beta release ships with version 2.6.27 of the Linux kernel, which was released earlier this month and includes improved support for webcam devices and the new ath9k wireless driver. Another exciting recent release comes bundled with beta 3: Mono 2.0, the new version of Novell's open source .NET implementation, which is compatible with C# 3.0 and has improved support for Windows.Forms."


Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to two weeks ago.

Communication has 35967 (+61) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 13925 (+926) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1642, 07-Oct-2008 at 21:24.


1683 (+65) of 2957 (+95) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 212 members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 4229 (+114) projects, 50779 (+603) packages, 8301 (+282) repositories by 9838 (+289) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4280 (-80)
  • Blocker: 15 (-4)
  • Critical: 240 (-9)
  • Major: 704 (-2)
  • Normal: 2313 (-51)
  • Minor: 422 (-8)
  • Enhancements: 586 (-5)

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