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Welcome to issue # 51 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • openSUSE 11.1 out
  • Lee Matheson: NEWBIES - Suse-11.1 Pre-installation
  • Joe Brockmeier: Leaping lizards! Lots going on in the openSUSE community
  • Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.0 beta1 available
  • Comments on Phoronix Benchmarking openSUSE 11.1

Editors Note

This is a call for volunteers. Thanks to your awesome help, the openSUSE Weekly Newsletter Team currently provides the Weekly News in 9 languages (including English) to the openSUSE community. To be able to further enhance the quality of our current offering, the openSUSE Weekly Newsletter Team always welcomes contributors. What we especially need:

  • We did an investigation last week and we are looking for Italian, French and Chinese translators. These three languages with a significant user percentage of openSUSE installations are not supported by the Weekly Newsletter yet.
  • To strengthen our current translation teams we are always looking for translators for currently supported languages, namely German, Indonesian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
  • As you hopefully already noticed we provide a dedicated openSUSE Forums section with hot topics and asserted threads as of the Weekly News issue #49 to the openSUSE community. This is an area, where we are also in desperate need of contributors - this is especially interesting for community members highly involved in the forums already.

If you are interested to participate in one of these areas, you are very welcome to join the team. Please contact either Jan-Simon Möller - jansimon.moeller/at/ or Rupert Horstkötter - rhorstkoetter/at/ for further information.

Any help is much appreciated and we are looking forward to your responses.


openSUSE 11.1 released

  • "The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the release of openSUSE 11.1. The openSUSE 11.1 release includes more than 230 new features, improvements to YaST, major updates to GNOME, KDE,, and more freedom with a brand new license, Liberation fonts, and openJDK. This is also the first release built entirely in the openSUSE Build Service."
    • openSUSE is now available for immediate download. openSUSE 11.1 comes with many choices of installation media.

openSUSE Mirrorlist Improved

  • "Peter Pöml has created a dynamic list of our mirrors with accurate information about which repositories they mirror. You can reach the link via the openSUSE wiki. The data in the mirror list is used by our download redirector to point users automatically to mirrors close to them. ..."

Comments on Phoronix Benchmarking openSUSE 11.1

  • "Phoronix has run some tests comparing the openSUSE 11.1 release candidate (RC1), Ubuntu 8.10, Fedora 10 and Mandriva 2009.0 on Intel Atom. We have looked at the results and they are not good for openSUSE 11.1. I’ve talked with a few engineers and want to present below our first analysis. While the benchmarks were done on a specific hardware, they might be relevant for other hardware as well. Note that the numbers I cite below are not benchmark numbers comparable to the one Phoronix measured, they are measured on totally different machines by different engineers and not all are done as real benchmarks. But they show some of the problems. Read more."

openSUSE 11.1

Best Way to Download openSUSE

  • "All you need is a Metalink client. This is a wonderful technology that fixes all the above issues, and makes downloading “just work”. A Wikipedia article explains how that is achieved. The openSUSE download server fully supports this technology, by using MirrorBrain. Read more."

Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.1: Improved Installation, Easier Administration

  • "Welcome to the first in a series of Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.1! With less than a week to go until the release of openSUSE 11.1,we’ll be talking about the great new innovations included with openSUSE 11.1. To kick things off, we’ll be discussing how most people will be kicking off their openSUSE 11.1 experience: the installer. ..."

openSUSE 11.1 on the web

  • We collect reviews, articles, videos and other links on this page.

In the Community

Joe Brockmeier: Leaping lizards! Lots going on in the openSUSE community

  • "Looking around, I’m seeing a lot of great stuff going on in the openSUSE community — watching the openSUSE-marketing list, I’m seeing a lot of work being done on Sneak Peeks and publishing and translating openSUSE Weekly News. ..."

Status Updates


Build Service

Wiki / Communication / Events

  • Notes: Longstanding wiki problem fixed.

Tips and Tricks

Andreas Pakulat: Howto create, build and run a simple KDevelop4 Project

  • "As recently the number of users of KDevelop4 has grown and apparently there are quite some “newbies” among them (which is good, new users always mean we easily see flaws in our GUI) I’ve decided to do a small howto on creating, building and running a simple CMake based KDevelop4 project. ..."

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

  • "kcheckgmail KCheckGMail is a simple KDE systray application that notifies when new email is received in a Gmail/Google Mail account. Read more"
  • "OpenOffice_org 3.0 beta1 available: - I’m happy to announce that 3.0.1 beta1 packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project. The packages are still beta versions and might include even serious bugs. Therefore they are not intended for data-critical usage. A good practice is to archive any important data before an use, …"

Planet SUSE

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

Joe Brockmeier: How to recognize outstanding contributors?

  • "A question has come up a few times recently that I’d like to throw out for discussion: How can we show some of our outstanding contributors that we recognize and appreciate their efforts, without offending other contributors who are also doing outstanding work? ..."

Novell Open Audio: Linux Drivers

  • "Does Linux have more drivers than any other platform? Dave, Randy and Erin chat with Greg Kroah-Hartman about what he does for Novell and for the Linux Driver Project, including what types of drivers are available for Linux."

Duncan Mac Vicar: A refactoring journey: the control center

  • "It is almost Christmas and things are getting more quiet and there is now some time to look at pending TODOs. I mean all those things that did not make into 11.1 because priorities. The problem: The Qt control center is an ancient piece of code, and it still is a Qt 3.x application. ..."

Josef Reidinger: What changed in perl-Bootloader between 11.0 and 11.1

  • "I start with history. After 11.0 I became maintainer of perl-Bootloader (I never before write anything in perl, but know some other scripting language, so it is not so hard learn another one) after Alexander. Problem is that alexander doesn’t have enough time for maintainer it (he is also leader of arch team). This mean I get many unresolved bugs (around 150), because lack of resource prevents fixing it. Also I get some features to implement and some enhancement I found enough useful (some idea start in bug reports or on factory mailing list, so thanks community) to implement it. I describe what succeed and what not in rest of this blog entry."

openSUSE Forums

Hot topics and assorted threads from the forums.

Lee Matheson: NEWBIES - Suse-11.1 Pre-installation

  • "Just in time with the release of openSUSE 11.1, our forums moderator oldcpu came up with a great resource of information, especially for new users of the openSUSE distribution. If you are going to use openSUSE for the first time, be sure to read it."

Jim Creech: 11.1 and Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Howto

  • "If you encounter a low transmission rate using the ath5k driver for Atheros chipsets in openSUSE 11.1, have a look at a possible solution presented by our forums moderator snakedriver."

Past Events/Meetings

December 17, 2008: openSUSE Project Meeting

December 18, 2008: openSUSE 11.1 Public Release

December 20, 2008: openSUSE-Education for 11.1 Goldmaster

Upcoming Events/Meetings

January 13, 2009: openSUSE-Education Team 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.

openSUSE 10.2 has reached End of Life

  • "With the release of an squirrelmail security/regression fix on December 16 we have released the last update for openSUSE 10.2. It is now officially discontinued and out of support."

SUSE Security Summary Report: SUSE-SR:2008:027

  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SR:2008:027
  • Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2008 15:00:00 +0000

SUSE Security Summary Report: SUSE-SR:2008:028

  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SR:2008:028
  • Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 10:00:00 +0000

On the Web

Neowin: Q&A with Joe Brockmeier at Novell

  • "Neowin was recently given the opportunity for a Q&A session with Joe Brockmeier. Also known as Zonker, Joe has been using Linux since 1996 and currently works as the openSUSE Community Manager at Novell."

eWeeK: Open Source Matures

  • "In this IT Link podcast hosted by Mike Vizard, the community leader for Novell's Open SUSE operating system, Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier, explains the crucial role that vendors are now playing in helping the open-source software development model mature."

cnet: Novell's new Linux chief has Suse history

  • "Markus Rex, formerly the chief technology officer of Suse and currently on leave from Novell, is back in the saddle as acting general manager and senior vice president of Novell's Open Platform Solutions business unit"

OpenSuse 11.1 aims at user-friendly desktop

  • "The update, to be made officially available on Thursday, comes with a modified version of the KDE desktop, a new framework for synchronising media with portable devices, new internet and productivity software and other updates."


Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to last week.

Communication has 36389 (+98) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 17220 (+375) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 7771, 02-Dec-2008 at 17:31.


1951 (+42) of 3430 (+97) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 249 members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 4739 (+61) projects, 57643 (+153) packages, 8976 (+221) repositories by 10908 (+153) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4406 (-40)
  • Blocker: 13
  • Critical: 220 (-5)
  • Major: 709 (+2)
  • Normal: 2356 (-26)
  • Minor: 466 (+2)
  • Enhancements: 642 (-13)

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