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Welcome to issue # 52 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • openSUSE Education available SLE10 and 11.1
  • Zimbra Mail Server Training in Indonesia
  • Q&A with Joe Brockmeier
  • Forums: Getting VMware to run on openSUSE 11.1
  • Best of Newsletter 2008

Editors Note

First of all, we hope you had some nice holidays. Now, as the old year is near its end and the new year 2009 is approaching, we hope the new year will be full of joy, health and luck for all of us. We are pleased to publish this Newsletter - the last issue in this old year. At this point we are proud of our great team! Many people are translating the openSUSE Weekly Newsletter in their free time. Some spend every day a little time to collect posts for the newsletter. We would like to say "Thank you very much!" to all contributors. Without your hard work this Newsletter wouldn't be like it is now.

This time, we are presenting a section called "Best of Newsletter 2008" with a selection of the best articles of last years newsletters. We updated the Section "Feedback/Communicate": you can reach us in an new IRC-Channel #opensuse-newsletter @ . Your comments, ideas and articles are always welcome!

This issue with number 52 is an historical moment as the openSUSE Weekly Newsletter celebrates its 1st birthday - and with your help, we'll celebrate also in the next years. Thank you all and have a lot of fun. --- the openSUSE Weekly Newsletter team


openSUSE News: openSUSE-Education 1.0 for SLE10 and 11.1

  • "The first version of the openSUSE-Education Add-on is drawing to a close. By releasing the final version for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 and the first Release Candidate for 11.1, we hopefully have the first community Add-On media which is available for each (open)SUSE Release, soon!"

Joe Brockmeier: Reminder to Smolt… we want your hardware profiles!

  • "Just a quick reminder - when you install openSUSE 11.1, please be sure to run Smolt to send the hardware profile to the Smolt project. I’m looking over on the Smolt Web site and the participation seems to be a bit less than 30% in terms of people who’ve run Smolt vs. people who seem to have installed openSUSE and run an update. ..."

openSUSE-GNOME Bug Day Proposal

  • "Greetings!I'm a little late getting this message out, so lets hope you all haven't slipped away for holiday festivities yet!In the last GNOME Team meeting, we discussed having a bug triage event on 09 JAN 2009 lasting the majority of the day. We're looking to closeup as many bugs in 11.0 as we can and move those that are tagged 'upstream' on their way."

openSUSE 11.1 Release Parties

  • Jigish Gohil: "We had a launch party yesterday, the house was completely full, with no space for any more people to even stand."
  • Andreas Jaeger: "openSUSE Release Party in Nürnberg"

In the Community

Joe Brockmeier: Care and feeding of the press, community style

  • "With the openSUSE launch last week, I spent quite a bit of time talking to press — either on the phone, via e-mail, and on IM — about openSUSE 11.1. In 2009, I hope that many members of the openSUSE community will have opportunities to speak to press at one point or another, in order to promote and educate about the work that’s being done within openSUSE. I can give high-level overviews of features and trends in the community, but no one is going to explain the importance of work on specific projects as well as the people who actually do the work. So don’t be surprised if you get an email from me or someone in Novell PR saying “hey, can you talk to somebody about your work…?”..."

Indonesian openSUSE Community: Zimbra Mail Server Training

  • "Indonesian openSUSE community organized training event about Zimbra Mail Server on Saturday, December 20, 2008. It was a preliminary event for openSUSE 11.1 release party on Saturday and Sunday, December 20-21 2008. Although there was an issue about ending of Zimbra implementation support for openSUSE on next version (Zimbra 6 Gun and Roses), I decided that it would be important to show the audience, how easy setting up openSUSE for Zimbra Mail Server."

Status Updates


  • Recently two KNotes crasher bugs were fixed and OBS packages are being prepared. See details here.

Build Service

  • Due to a sporadic XEN bug builds may fail in the openSUSE Build Service, see this post.
  • Why is /etc/sysconfig not longer allowed? Read this post.

Wiki / Communication / Events

Tips and Tricks

Masim Sugianto: Solved K3b Problem with normal User on openSUSE 11.1

  • "Well, this is another problem on K3b after the previous one. The previous problem occurred on PC workstation and now I got another problem on my laptop. K3b could not executed properly with normal user, while it was no problem with root permission. It seems not only me got this problem. See the Bugzilla here and there."

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

  • "stad 0.0.3 released! I’ve just released stad 0.0.3. Binaries are available via the openSUSE Buildservice, just search for package “stad” or check out this URL.
  • "Exempi 2.1 released. It fixes several bugs, add a few APIs and resync the internals to Adobe XMP SDK 4.4.1. My openSUSE packages have an additional patch that is not in the release (but in git master)."
  • "Compiz on OpenSUSE 11.1 Although openSUSE 11.1 is almost ready, Compiz that is in it is still not there yet. If you run into some of the remaining annoyances, here is how to get Compiz Fusion bliss on openSUSE 11.1. Add X11:XGL repository that contains Compiz without NOMAD patches. If you like to ride on the bleeding edge head on here"

Planet SUSE

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

Ben Kevan: Dropping KDE 3.5 for openSUSE 11.2 isn’t really a bad thing

  • "In some previous writings of mine, I kept harping on the dismissal of KDE 3.5 in the next release of openSUSE, openSUSE 11.2 (which will probably be due out in Q3 / Q4 of 2009). However, one thing I’ve always neglected to do was look at the bright side of the drop of main stream support for KDE 3.5."

Marek Stopka: Few ideas for build-power saving in OBS…

  • "Hi, as you probably know OBS is again under big overload, waiting queue is pretty long (i586: 2746 waiting, x86_64: 2729 waiting) so I come with a few ideas how to help to figure out this situation and I would like to hear your comments and opinions about these optimizations, so here we go: ..."

Joe Brockmeier: openSUSE 11.1 coverage

  • "No comments on the coverage, just links to the (English language) stories I’m aware of so far. This includes news stories, reviews, and a few tutorials. Feel free to send me links if you see additional coverage that I’ve missed."

Sascha Manns: Interview with Petko Petkov about Netsecurify

  • "Petko D. Petkov is one of the founding-members of the Gnucitizen-hacker-network. They work in between internet, computers and security and always have very interesting projects going on, for example the “House of Hackers” a social-network for hackers and security experts. The Gnucitizen define themselves as “a leading information security think tank, delivering solutions to local, national and international clients“. ..."

neowin: Q&A with Joe Brockmeier

  • "If you read the Linux section of the Neowin forums recently, you will know that 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. I had a few questions of my own, but found the best questions came from our members."

openSUSE Forums

Hot topics and assorted threads from the forums.

zak89: How Will You Install openSUSE 11.1?

  • "Forum member zak89 started a poll about available installation options for openSUSE 11.1. Please participate and see how community members get their copy of openSUSE 11.1 and why."

Lee Matheson: VNC usage

  • "Forum moderator oldcpu explains how to remotely control an openSUSE machine utilizing VNC."

geoffro: Getting VMware to run on openSUSE 11.1

  • "Forum moderator geoffro started a rather long discussion about how to get VMware running on openSUSE 11.1. Forum moderator swerdna presents the solution in a comprehensive tutorial."

matthewcraig: Bluetooth Solution for openSUSE 11.1

  • "Problems with your Bluetooth configuration in openSUSE 11.1? Forum member matthewcraig describes how to utilize the command line to get things working."

Past Events/Meetings

December 18, 2008: openSUSE 11.1 Public Release

December 20, 2008: openSUSE-Education for 11.1 Goldmaster

Upcoming Events/Meetings

January 07, 2009: KDE Team Meeting

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.

SUSE Security Announcement: Mozilla Firefox (SUSE-SA:2008:058)

  • Package: MozillaFirefox,seamonkey
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2008:058
  • Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 12:00:00 +0000

SUSE Security Announcement: flash-player (SUSE-SA:2008:059)

  • Package: flash-player
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2008:059
  • Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2008 10:00:00 +0000

On the Web

HowtoForge: The Perfect Server - OpenSUSE 11.1

  • "This is a detailed description about how to set up an OpenSUSE 11.1 server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc."

blogbeebe: openSUSE 11.1 installed and running

  • "I hadn't received my openSUSE 11.1 boxed set yet, in spite of pre-ordering it December 9th, and it looks like it won't ship until January 5th. No matter. The downloadable ISOs are available and I just grabbed the official release versions and re-installed."

Tux Deluxe: SUSE against the tide

  • "SuSE was founded in Nuremberg, Germany in 1992 when the Linux kernel was still almost new. by Hubert Mantel, Burchard Steinbild, Roland Dyroff and Thomas Fehr, with the objective of distributing Slackware (based on the earlier SLS Linux from Soft Landing Systems), in sets of 40 floppies, translated into German, with the approval of Patrik Volkerding, the guiding light and sole developer of Slackware."

DistroWatch: First look at openSUSE 11.1

  • "This week sees a point release update for openSUSE, pushing the version of the popular Linux distribution to 11.1. What does this new version have to offer? Well, plenty! Naturally, it comes with updates to the main desktop environments, namely GNOME 2.24.1 and KDE 4.1.3, but it also includes the release of the Linux kernel and, very importantly, a free license replaces the old EULA."

HowtoForge: The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 11.1 (GNOME)

  • "This tutorial shows how you can set up an OpenSUSE 11.1 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge."

Best of Newsletter 2008

openSUSE Build Service Expands Support to Red Hat and CentOS (Jan 2008)

  • "The openSUSE Build Service, an innovative framework that provides an infrastructure for software developers to easily create and compile packages for multiple Linux distributions, has extended its support to build packages for CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The openSUSE Build Service already supports several Linux distributions including openSUSE, Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Ubuntu."

openSUSE Welcomes Zonker - The New Community Manager (Feb 2008)

  • "I’d like to give a warm welcome to Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier who joins the openSUSE project as “openSUSE community manager”. You can reach him directly at He has his own openSUSE blog at, I advise to go over and see what he has to say himself!"

Announcing the Official openSUSE Forums (March 2008)

  • "In order to provide a better service to the existing openSUSE Community and to our new users, we’re pleased to announce that, and the openSUSE support forums at (the three largest English speaking dedicated SUSE forums) are joining forces to merge into the new official openSUSE Forums at"

openSUSE: Google Summer of Code projects announced (April 2008)

  • "Google has announced the openSUSE projects and students taking part in this year’s Google Summer of Code. "

Linux Tag Edition (May 2008)

  • Live from Linux Tag !

Announcing the openSUSE Marketing Team (June 2008)

  • "Do you have a passion for Linux and a desire to promote openSUSE? Would you like to paint the world’s desktops openSUSE green? If so, the openSUSE marketing team wants you!" (July 2008)

  • "This is something that sontek (John Anderson) and myself (decriptor/Stephen Shaw) had talked about doing for a long time and bought up the domain back in the beginning of April. This is what happens when you have nothing better to do during physics class :)"

openSUSE Election Committee Founded (August 2008)

  • We now have founded an openSUSE Election Committee consisting of:
    • Claes Backstrom (Community)
    • Andrew Wafaa (Community)
    • Marko Jung (Novell)
    • Vincent Untz (Novell, deputy)

Board election (September 2008)

YaST Mascot Contest (October 2008)

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.

Results of the 1st openSUSE Board Election (November 2008)

  • So the polls are closed now and all votes have been accounted for and confirmed 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:
    • Pascal Bleser (Community)
    • Bryen Yunashko (Community)
    • Henne Vogelsang (Novell)
    • Federico Mena-Quintero (Novell)
  • We are proud to announce that Michael Loeffler has been appointed by Novell as chairman of the new openSUSE Board.

Check your multimedia problem in ten steps (December 2008)

  • "Member RedDwarf describes how to verify your multimedia setup utilizing rpm and zypper"


Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to last week.

Communication has 36423 (+34) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 18042 (+822) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 7771, 02-Dec-2008 at 17:31.


2005 (+54) of 3551 (+121) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 260 (+11) members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 4810 (+71) projects, 57295 (-348) packages, 9207 (+231) repositories by 11122 (+214) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4672 (+266)
  • Blocker: 14 (+1)
  • Critical: 242 (+22)
  • Major: 764 (+55)
  • Normal: 2497 (+141)
  • Minor: 480 (+14)
  • Enhancements: 675 (+33)

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