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Welcome to issue #44 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • Less then 50 days to openSUSE 11.1
  • Results of the 1st openSUSE Board Election
  • Ben Kevan: fslint - Take control about your Filesystem
  • 3.0 final
  • updated


Less than 50 days to openSUSE 11.1

  • "No blog for over a month as everyone is busy with openSUSE 11.1. The release countdown counter got kicked off too again. What will openSUSE 11.1 bring? In short the best shipped KDE desktop yet (KDE 4.1.3 with many backports and patches, no KDE3 or even Gtk+ apps running by default, Will is heavily busy with NetworkManager-kde4 plasmoid) as well all other latest and greatest versions (like 3.0 and Gimp 2.6). Blog here."

openSUSE 11.1 Beta 4 slip

  • "Just a quick note. The 11.1 release is slipping by at least one day due to a few major problems with the DVDs found during testing. Specifically:"
    • The network is broken during second-stage installation
    • No update repos are registered

Advance discontinuation notice of Service Pack 1 of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10

  • "Dear opensuse-security-announce subscribers and SUSE Linux Enterprise customers, SUSE Security announces that the maintenance, security and L3 support for Service Pack 1 of the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 line of products will end November 30th 2008 after the 6 month overlapping support period to help migration to Service Pack 2."

In the Community

Results of the 1st openSUSE Board Election

  • "So the polls are closed now and all votes have been accounted for andconfirmed valid, and we are now proud to announce the election results! The openSUSE project would like to welcome the first community elected board, and would like to thank all voters for taking the time to use their vote. The new board members are, from the Non-Novell side of the community Pascal Bleser and Bryen Yunashko and from the Novell side we have Henne Vogelsang and Federico Mena-Quintero. We are proud to announce that Michael Loeffler has been appointed by Novell as chairman of the new openSUSE Board."

Status Updates


Build Service

  • Cross-build and Download on Demand - Major Milestone reached - Cross-build and Download on Demand, now integrated in one single patch, have reached a major milestone of "testing and usability". [...] We have successfully tested it for the following processor targets:
    • openSUSE:10.3 @ i586,ppc,x86_64
    • Fedora:9 @ i586,ppc,x86_64
    • Fedora:8 @ arm,i586,ppc,x86_64
    • Debian:Etch @ arm,i586,ppc,x86_64
    • Debian:Lenny @ arm,i586,ppc,x86_64
    • Debian:Sid @ arm,i586,ppc,x86_64

Wiki / Communication / Events

Tips and Tricks

Ben Kevan: fslint - Take control about your Filesystem

  • "Fslint is a great tool to help you maintain a clean filesystem by finding empty directory, duplicate files, temporary files, and broken sym links (among other things). One of the great features of fslint is it comes with a gui version called fslint-gui (imagine that)."
  • Packages are available in the openSUSE Build Service. Here's as link to

New/updated applications @openSUSE

Planet SUSE

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

Masim Sugianto: Making a Local Copy of openSUSE Repository (Mirror Server)

  • "If you have a stable internet access, unlimited bandwidth and want to share the repository around the network, why don’t you building a local copy of openSUSE repository ?"

Ben Kevan: Renaming a logical Volume

  • "Today i was asked to rename a logical volume (something i hadn't done before, but figured it was quiet easy). Here's what i ran."

Josef Reidinger: How survive zypper dup on system with bad internet connection

  • "Maybe someday you try zypper dup to actualize your distribution and in middle of process it fail, because you are disconnected or some packages is actualized before you download it (especially on factory this can happen). It is more safety download packages at first and then install from this local files."

Masim Sugianto: Qt® Creator AKA Greenhouse Project Technical Preview

  • "Eike Ziller of Trolltech has officially announced an update of QtCreator, formerly known as Project “Greenhouse” on Qt-interest mailing list. What is Qt® Creator? The application described as a new, lightweight, cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE) designed to make development with the Qt application framework even faster and easier."

Fred Blaise: Netconsole: how to get kernel messages you would not get otherwise

  • "Because my desktop’s kernel was hard hanging at random whenever I was enabling the dual cores of my AMD 6000+, and running on one leg was just becoming really boring, it was becoming a necessity to know what was going on. I could not get kernel messages on the console, nor send sysrq requests. NMI outputs didn’t have time to show on the console either. Then I tried netconsole. Netconsole enables you to send your kernel messages via UDP (not only boot messages, like the below article title suggests)."

Past Events/Meetings

October 22, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

October 25, 2008: Board Election - Ballots close

October 29, 2008: KDE Team Meeting

Upcoming Events/Meetings

November 05, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

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:2008:022

  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SR:2008:022
  • Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 14:00:00 +0000

SUSE Security Announcement: Linux kernel (SUSE-SA:2008:053)

  • Package: kernel
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2008:053
  • Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 18:00:00 +0000

On the Web

Peter Penz: Overview: Dolphin KDE 4.2

  • "The feature freeze for KDE 4.2 starts on the November the 17th. Time again for a summary of the features that made it into Dolphin since KDE 4.1..."


Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to last week.

Communication has 35980 (+13) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 14345 (+420) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1642, 07-Oct-2008 at 21:24.


1723 (+40) of 3018 (+61) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 212 members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 4290 (+61) projects, 51873 (+1094) packages, 8443 (+142) repositories by 9957 (+119) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4328 (+48)
  • Blocker: 14 (-1)
  • Critical: 238 (-2)
  • Major: 703 (-1)
  • Normal: 2349 (+36)
  • Minor: 430 (+8)
  • Enhancements: 594 (+8)

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