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Welcome to issue #48 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 Now Available
  • Joe Brockmeier: YaST Mascot Winner Chosen! Say Hello to Yastie!
  • Ben Martin: Debug your shell scripts with bashdb
  • Lluis Sanchez: MonoDevelop 2.0 alpha 2 is out
  • Linux Kernel Magic SysRq keys in openSUSE for crash recovery

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Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 Now Available

  • "The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 is now available. If all goes well, this will be the last testing release before the final 11.1 public release on December 18th. This release includes a number of bugfixes and changes since 11.1 beta 5, as well as a new license."

In the Community

Joe Brockmeier: YaST Mascot Winner Chosen! Say Hello to Yastie!

  • "The openSUSE Project and YaST team are happy to announce the winner of the YaST Mascot Contest. After extensive deliberation, the judges have chosen the Aardvark concept, submitted by Klára Cihlářová. The judges have also settled on a name for the mascot, which will be called Yastie. ..."

Interview with openSUSE Board member Bryen Yunashko

  • "If you have a few minutes, check out the interview with openSUSE Board member Bryen Yunashko here. Bryen talks about A11y, his work with Linux, and career choices for deaf and hard of hearing students. ..."

Status Updates


  • Minutes from openSUSE Board Meeting 19 November 2008


Build Service

Wiki / Communication / Events

  • Minutes marketing meeting from 25 November 2008
  • Minutes openSUSE KDE Team Meeting from 26 November 2008

Tips and Tricks

Novell Technical Help: Some KDE Shortcuts Linux Kernel Magic SysRq keys in openSUSE for crash recovery

  • "The Linux Kernel offers you something that allows you to recover your system from a crash or at the least lets you to perform a proper shutdown using the Magic SysRq Keys. The magic SysRq key is a select key combination in the Linux kernel which allows the user to perform various low level commands regardless of the system’s state using the SysRq key. It is often used to recover from freezes, or to reboot a computer without corrupting the filesystem. The magic Sysrq key basically has a key combination of <ALT> + <SysRq or Prnt Scrn> + <Command key>. ..."

Ben Martin: Debug your shell scripts with bashdb

  • "The Bash Debugger Project (bashdb) lets you set breakpoints, inspect variables, perform a backtrace, and step through a bash script line by line. In other words, it provides the features you expect in a C/C++ debugger to anyone programming a bash script. To see if your standard bash executable has bashdb support, execute the command shown below; if you are not taken to a bashdb prompt then you'll have to install bashdb yourself."

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

  • "Firewall Builder 3.0.2: Firewall Builder 3.0 introduces support for IPv6 for iptables and PF firewalls and Cisco IOS extended access lists. Now you can generate both IPv4 and IPv6 policies for firewalls and access lists for routers using the same GUI and the same database of objects that represent network addresses and services. In this version, firewall object can have any number of policy and NAT rule sets which can be used for branching rules or to generate user-defined chains (iptables) or anchors (pf) that can be used by external scripts. In addition to that, the GUI has been improved with addition of the ability to group rules in policies, control size of icons and fonts. ... Read the full article"

Planet SUSE

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

Lluis Sanchez: MonoDevelop 2.0 alpha 2 is out

  • "Last Friday we released MonoDevelop 2.0 alpha 2. This is an exciting release because for the first time it includes debugger integration. This integration is not yet perfect, the debugger is not yet 100% stable and not all features are available, but we finally have some debugging support. This has been the #1 feature request for long time. You can take a look at my previous post about the debugger to get an idea of what it looks like. ..."

Hamish Rodda: KDevelop4 - New Class Wizard

  • "I've been pretty inactive in development recently for a few reasons (I got engaged, then I had a nasty fall from my road bike due to a tyre blowout). I was impressed by the great work that David Nolden continues to do for kdevelop, particularly the behind-the-scenes improvements which make using the program bearable. However as we know it's the new features which are the most 'bloggable'..."

Novell Open PR: SCO ruling is more good news

  • "On Thursday November 20th US District Judge Dale Kimball entered a final judgment in our long-running case with SCO Group. The judgment restates earlier orders dismissing copyright infringement, slander and breach-of-contract claims brought by SCO, but in addition provides for the dismissal of certain of SCO’s claims without the opportunity for SCO to revive those claims after any appeal. ..."

Stephan Binner: openSUSE 11.1 - Updates via PackageKit and PolicyKit

  • "For openSUSE 11.1 the KDE Updater Applet will switch from the zypp backend to its PackageKit backend by default. Authorization is done via PolicyKit-kde: Please, give a hint if PackagKit itself is using zypp (if so)..."

GNOME Backports on openSUSE

  • "After several requests to get GNOME 2.24 built and made available the GNOME Team (well Magnus Boman really), took on the challenge of making it so. Unfortunately we were a bit focused on the 11.1 release and didn’t actually think about doing any backports. This has kind of bitten us squarely on the behind, yes we must bow to the KDE Team’s backporting powers - make the most of it chaps :-) ..."

Past Events/Meetings

November 18, 2008: openSUSE-Education Team Meeting

November 19, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

November 26, 2008: KDE Team Meeting

Upcoming Events/Meetings

November 30, 2008: openSUSE-Education for 11.1 Beta2

December 03, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

December 04, 2008: openSUSE 11.1 Goldmaster

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 Announcement: yast2-backup (SUSE-SA:2008:054)

  • Package: yast2-backup
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2008:054
  • Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 11:00:00 +0000
  • Affected Products: openSUSE 10.2
  • openSUSE 10.3
  • openSUSE 11.0
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8

SUSE Security Announcement: Mozilla (SUSE-SA:2008:055)

  • Package: MozillaFirefox,MozillaThunderbird,seamonkey
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2008:055
  • Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:00:00 +0000
  • Affected Products: openSUSE 10.2
  • openSUSE 10.3
  • openSUSE 11.0
  • Novell Linux Desktop 9

SUSE Security Summary Report: SUSE-SR:2008:026

  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SR:2008:026
  • Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 16:00:00 +0000
  • Cross-References: CVE-2008-1149, CVE-2008-1567, CVE-2008-1924
  • CVE-2008-2237, CVE-2008-2238, CVE-2008-2549
  • CVE-2008-2992, CVE-2008-3456, CVE-2008-3457
  • CVE-2008-4182, CVE-2008-4226, CVE-2008-4298
  • CVE-2008-4359, CVE-2008-4360, CVE-2008-4812
  • CVE-2008-4813, CVE-2008-4814, CVE-2008-4815

On the Web

Groklaw: Final Judgment in SCO v. Novell - SCO Loses Again

  • "The final judgment [PDF] from Utah is here at last. It recites what the August 10, 2007 and July 16, 2008 orders said, but it also resolves the recent dispute over SCO's desire to voluntarily waive some claims and then bring them back to the table after an appeal, should it prove successful. Here's SCO's motion to voluntarily dismiss, and Novell's response, so you can verify that this judgment indeed represents another loss for SCO. You'll see that it was Novell that suggested the wording regarding SCO's voluntarily dismissed claims that we see in the judgment, that they be dismissed "without the possibility of renewal following appeal. ...""

Jun Auza: The 7 Deadly Linux Commands

  • "If you are new to Linux, chances are you will meet a stupid person perhaps in a forum or chat room that can trick you into using commands that will harm your files or even your entire operating system. To avoid this dangerous scenario from happening, I have here a list of deadly Linux commands that you should avoid. ..."

Linux Foundation: Linux Foundation Workgroup Tackles Federal Mandate for Next-Generation Internet Protocol

  • "SAN FRANCISCO – November 24, 2008 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that its IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) Workgroup has enabled the major Linux “distros” to meet the U.S. Federal Government’s Department of Defense (DOD) mandate and certification requirements for this next generation Internet protocol. IPv6 is the next-generation Internet protocol designed to replace the current version, IPv4, which has been used for nearly 20 years. Due to the explosive growth of the Internet, it is expected that IPv4 addresses will be exhausted within just a few short years, resulting in an urgency for IPv6 compliance."

Joe Brockmeier: Talking with Likewise on GPLv3 and community management

  • "I’ve been watching Palamida’s tracking of GPLv3 (and LGPLv3) adoption over the last year with interest. It looks like adoption is moving at a reasonable, if not super-speedy, pace. However, not everyone is moving from version 2 to version 3. One company, Likewise, actually decided to move backwards from GPLv3 to GPLv2 and LGPLv2. ..."

Lenovo ideapad Euro Debut

  • "You can spot the Euro-centric versions of the IdeaPad netbooks by looking for the 'e' on the model number. The 10.2in S10e and the 8.9in S9e – announced in the US last month - come with a choice of 160GB hard drive or 4GB SSD. Buyers can also selecte either Windows - XP or, interestingly, Pro - or Novell's SuSE Linux."


Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to last week.

Communication has 36180 (+20) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 16049 (+362) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 1642, 07-Oct-2008 at 21:24.


1838 (+31) of 3206 (+54) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 249 (+37) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 4536 (+53) projects, 56401 (+609) packages, 9083 (+183) repositories by 10485 (+106) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4374 (-13)
  • Blocker: 11 (-2)
  • Critical: 224 (-14)
  • Major: 713 (-2)
  • Normal: 2318 (-19)
  • Minor: 472 (+4)
  • Enhancements: 636 (+20)

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