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Welcome to issue # 54 of openSUSE Weekly News!

In this week:

  • Bugzilla Update to 3.2
  • Contributor Gifts
  • Miguel de Icaza: Mono goes Accessible!
  • lowobu: Since when do you use (open)SuSE?
  • Nikesh Jauhari: Read-Write Support for NTFS partition on OpenSUSE 11.x


openSUSE Project Announces csync

  • "Andreas Schneider has unleashed the first public release candidate ofcsync 0.42, which is now available as source from the csync Website, or via one-click for openSUSE 11.0 and 11.1.As mobile computing becomes more and more important, filesynchronization is more important than ever. Our jobs often requireworking not only on multiple computers, but in multiple locations, anddisconnected from our networks. To help solve this problem, we needeffective strategies for replication of user data and files."

Novell Bugzilla Update to 3.2 and a Guided Report Mode

  • "To make bug reporting easier, we will be updating Novellâs Bugzilla to the latest stable release (Bugzilla 3.2) with some additional features added by Novell. This update will take place on Saturday, January 10th,and Bugzilla will be unavailable from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. MST (that's 13:00 UTC to 17:00 UTC).One significant change is that we will have a new guided mode for reporting of bugs that is default for non-Novell accounts.The guided report mode is a feature of bugzilla itself that we just enable. "

In the Community

Contributor Gifts

  • "Today we had two posts that contributors received the Box and a very special gift. Again Salid was one of the first who got it. If you are not from Germany, you have to wait a little bit longer, but the packages should arrive soon. Thanks again to all contributors!"

Status Updates


  • Minutesfrom Board meeting on Dec 10


Build Service

Wiki / Communication / Events

Tips and Tricks

Masim Sugianto: openSUSE Network Installation/Upgrade Without CD/DVD

  • "Installing or upgrading openSUSE is fairly easy. We could used any choice : DVD installation, LiveCD, LiveUSB or by using net install CD for network installation. But, How if we do not have any of CD, DVD, or USB The only one we have is existing openSUSE with attached network. Well, It was not the end of choice, because we could use a small script with long name :-) , SetupGRUBforNFSinstall."

Christian Boltz: 11.1 - KDE3 screensaver can't be configured if Gnome is installed. (Workaround)

  • "Christian informed us about a workaround to a Bug in KDE3/screensaver found by Michael Buchau. Bugzilla entry."

Italia Freeware: Another way to install openSUSE 11.1 from a USB pen without change the initrd file

  • "In the previous weekly news Masim Sugianto proposed a trick for install openSUSE 11.1 from a USB stick using a modified initrd file. In this one is showed a most general procedure that doesn't need it."

Nikesh Jauhari: Read-Write Support for NTFS partition on OpenSUSE 11.x

  • "The ntfs-3g driver is an open source, GPL licensed, third generation Linux NTFS driver which was implemented by the Linux-NTFS project. It provides full read-write access to NTFS, excluding access to encrypted files, writing compressed files, changing file ownership, access right."

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

  • "Brasero 0.9.0...I'm proud to announce the Brasero 0.9.0 release, i've build openSUSE 11.1 packages on my build service home, Mandriva also updated on cooker and i'm sure the other distros will follow as well. Download here"
  • "qwit - Qt4 Twitter client. It could be useful, for example, for KDE users, who need a natively looking client for their systems."

Planet SUSE

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

Stanislav Visnovsky: Webpin search in YaST for openSUSE 11.1

  • "This is just a short reminder that in openSUSE 11.1, it is possible to search online for packages in YaST as described in this blog (thanks to Lukas and Bubli for making this reality!). In short, just type on command line: ..."

Miguel de Icaza: Mono goes Accessible!

  • "Brad Taylor has announced the first release of the Mono Accessibility stack: UI Automation provides programmatic access to most user interface (UI) elements on the desktop, enabling assistive technology products such as screen readers to provide information about the UI to end users and to manipulate the UI by means other than standard input. UI Automation also allows automated test scripts to interact with the UI."

Masim Sugianto: Tutorial-VirtualBox on openSUSE 11.1 Part 1

  • "VirtualBox is free open source virtualization utility to run another (or similar) operating system on top our current operating system. In this case, I may run another copies of openSUSE, Windows or another Linux distro on my openSUSE box. Part 2 here."

Novell OpenPR: From Linux Magazine – watch Novell in 2009

  • "Linux Magazine has peered into its crystal ball and picked Novell as one of its “Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2009”. The companies on the list were described as vendors who will be compelling in the year to come and have a high probability of helping their customers save some funds in 2009."

Andrew Wafaa: Packaging Quality

  • "One of the first things that I got involved in with regards to openSUSE was packaging, and using the openSUSE Build Service. Actually this was one of my first means of contribution to an Open Source project - packaging Hula on SUSE 9.2. Back then I used my old laptop (which I still have) - PIII 650MHz with 512MB RAM - and was limited to packaging only for the release that I had installed; which was fine as I was scratching my own itch, I wanted to use Hula and thought "heck if I'm using it maybe someone else will too"."

openSUSE Forums

Hot topics and assorted threads from the forums.

Weevil: The Kdenlive 0.7.1-SVN installation HOWTO for OpenSUSE 11.1

  • "Excited about video-editing with Kdenlive? Forum member Weevil explains how to get the current development version running in openSUSE 11.1 utilizing the Kdenlive Builder Wizard."

LuisC-SM: Mini HOWTO for WEBCAMS (gspcav driver)

  • "Do you encounter problems with your webcam in openSUSE 11.1 that formerly used to work with the gspcav driver? Forum member LuisC-SM suggests to use the libv4l library instead and explains how to install and actually use it."

lowobu: Since when do you use (open)SuSE?

  • "Have a look at this frequented survey started by forums member lowobo, participate and tell the community when and why you found your way to (open)SUSE."

Past Events/Meetings

January 07, 2009: KDE Team Meeting

January 10, 2009 OpenSUSE Weekly News Team Meeting

Upcoming Events/Meetings

January 13, 2009: openSUSE-Education Team Meeting

January 14, 2009: openSUSE Project Meeting

January 17, 2009 OpenSUSE Weekly News Team Meeting

January 21, 2009: KDE 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: Sun Java (SUSE-SA:2009:001)

  • Package: Sun Java
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2009:001
  • Date: Fri, 09 Jan 2009 15:00:00 +0000

On the Web

Linux 2.6.28's five best features

  • "While you were likely to be opening up Christmas presents, Linus Torvalds was giving Linux users around the world a special present: the release of the next major Linux kernel: Linux 2.6.28."


Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to last but one week.

Communication has 36503 (+80) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists. The openSUSE Forums have 19601 (+1559) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 7771, 02-Dec-2008 at 17:31.


2128 (+123) of 3820 (+269) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 260 members.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 4951 (+141) projects, 57723 (+428) packages, 9573 (+366) repositories by 11495 (+373) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4837 (+165)
  • Blocker: 4 (-10)
  • Critical: 264 (+22)
  • Major: 807 (+43)
  • Normal: 2565 (+68)
  • Minor: 491 (+11)
  • Enhancements: 706 (+31)

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