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Archive:Weekly news 44
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
- OpenOffice.org 3.0 final
- counter.opensuse.org updated
- 1 Announcements
- 2 In the Community
- 3 Status Updates
- 4 Tips and Tricks
- 5 New/updated applications @openSUSE
- 6 Planet SUSE
- 6.1 Masim Sugianto: Making a Local Copy of openSUSE Repository (Mirror Server)
- 6.2 Ben Kevan: Renaming a logical Volume
- 6.3 Josef Reidinger: How survive zypper dup on system with bad internet connection
- 6.4 Masim Sugianto: Qt® Creator AKA Greenhouse Project Technical Preview
- 6.5 Fred Blaise: Netconsole: how to get kernel messages you would not get otherwise
- 7 Past Events/Meetings
- 8 Upcoming Events/Meetings
- 9 Security Updates
- 10 On the Web
- 11 Statistics
- 12 Feedback / Communicate / Get Involved
- 13 Credits
- "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 OpenOffice.org 3.0 and Gimp 2.6). Blog here."
- "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
- "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
- "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."
- 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
- counter.opensuse.org updated - counter.opensuse.org was updated to reflect the 11.1 release schedule
- Unique about openSUSE? - There's a interesting thread on the marketing-list about whats "Unique about openSUSE".
Tips and Tricks
- "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 software.opensuse.org/search.
New/updated applications @openSUSE
- Kid3 1.1: Kid3 easily tags multiple MP3, OGG/Vorbis, FLAC, MPC, MP4/AAC, MP2, Speex, TrueAudio and WAV. It supports ID3v1.1, ID3v2.3, ID3.2.4. This Package is available from the KDE:Community repository in the openSUSE Build Service.
- TorK: A new version of the TorK anonymity manager is available. It supports the Tor Network. Packages are available in the security:privacy repository.
- OpenOffice.org 3.0: Finally OpenOffice.org 3.0 is available for download. Packages are ready in the OpenOffice:org:STABLE repository. Alternate instructions and some pictures are available here.
Covering just a few posts from Planet SUSE, an aggregation of all SUSE contributors' blogs:
- "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 ?"
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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)."
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.
- Announcement ID: SUSE-SR:2008:022
- Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 14:00:00 +0000
- Package: kernel
- Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2008:053
- Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 18:00:00 +0000
On the Web
- "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.
lists.opensuse.org 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.
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)
Daily updated translation statistics are available on the openSUSE Localization Portal.
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