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Welcome to issue # 58 of openSUSE Weekly News

In this Week:

  • Adrian Schröter: More efficient Factory Development
  • Larry Finger: Getting Your Wireless to Work
  • Martin Schlander: Use Oxygen Icons In App Menu
  • Joe Brockmeier: More FOSS security scare-mongering

Editors Note

As of the issue #49 of the openSUSE Weekly Newsletter, we're providing hot topics and asserted threads from the forums to our readership. To push this section forward, the openSUSE forums team has selected experts of the various forums categories to write articles exclusively for the openSUSE Weekly Newsletter - this is referred to as the “experts approach”. We'd like to take the opportunity to thank our currently committed team members Larry Finger and Ken Yap for their efforts. In this week's issue, we'd like to present you the first result of this approach with the article “Getting Your Wireless to Work” submitted by Larry Finger. We feel this as a gain for both our readership and the forums itself and we're looking forward to further contributions. Stay tuned!

If you'd like to contribute to the openSUSE forums section and/or have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Rupert Horstkötter - rhorstkoetter/at/ - for further information.


  • Adrian Schröter: More Efficient Factory Development
    "The openSUSE Factory distribution is our permanent development distribution. Currently used to develop openSUSE 11.2. We want to make the factory distribution better usable for everybody to get a better testing for next release. ..."

In the Community


  • We are collecting Articles from FOSDEM2009 to create an Special Edition Newsletter. The Collection can be visited under OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/FOSDEM2009 All who find an good Article, can post this under the Collection Site.

Status Updates


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  • Luis Medinas: openSUSE Packaging Day *running*
    "Yeah the GNOME Team is already working hard on the 2.25.90 release. It will be a long day and we expect to end it with all the release done. Vincent mentioned us (me, Magnus and Suman) but he is also doing an excelent working reviewing packages and upstreaming lot's of old patches. ..."
  • Marcus Meissner: status update and FOSDEM
    "Spent the last days fixing Wine issues after a new Coverity run. Submitted ca 35 patches in a hack frenzy, but only 14 got in for now. But Wine is at 0 UNINSPECTED issues now! ..."
  • "Vincent Untz: Pushing a completely updated GNOME stack to Factory"
    "Back in December, a small team of volunteers wanted to work on updating GNOME in openSUSE to 2.25. But openSUSE was still frozen, so this was not possible to do. Or at least not possible the usual way. Let me explain why: ..."

Build Service

  • Sascha Manns: Call for Contribution - RPMLint Site
    "Hi Folks,I am an new Packager in OpenSUSE BuildService, and i like this work. But if i would like to package for Factory, RPMLINT gives me any Errors or warnings. But these things to fix, are very difficult. Our Wiki Side for RPMLINT doesnât contain many Error or Warningcodes. From my side, i can say, that it's not good to make rpmlint as standard in OBS, and we have not enough dokumentation :-(But yesterday iâvefound an Side, with other Errorcodes from RPMLINT."

Wiki / Communication / Events

  • Rupert Horstkötter: OSF Status Report #2
    "In January 2009, the openSUSE forums achieved the highest user activity ever since the launch in June 2008. The user activity measures the number of individual visits and is therefore an indicator for the vitality of the openSUSE forums."

Tips and Tricks

  • Ben Kevan: KDE 4.2 Day 1.5
    "So today was my first day starting off with KDE 4.2, but it came to a screeching halt this morning when I saw that my integration with GTK was horrible. (I had training today on some BMC software, and didn’t have the time to play with it until we got to break later in the day). I first just looked for something with gtk and kde in the name, and it netted me nothing from zypper, so I looked at the openSUSE repository and found that something in the Community repo, there was something named kde4-gtk_kcm so I added the repository with: ..."
  • Martin Schlander: Use Oxygen Icons In App Menu In Kickoff
    "You may or may not have noticed bug 439015. Which is hicolor icons being used in the Kickoff application menu, and not Oxygen icons as you’d of course expect and prefer. ..."
  • Susegeek: rpmorphan - Find & delete orphaned packages in openSUSE
    "rpmorphan is a free opensource utility to find orphaned packages on your openSUSE installation. rpmorphan determines which packages on the system has no other package(s) depending on their installation, and lists these packages. rpmorphan intends to be a clon to the deborphan utility for Debian Linux. rpmorphan has a simple GUI interface to list the orphaned packages and to show the details of the packages and to delete them if you choose to. rpmorphan can also run from commandline as a normal user."

New/Updated Applications @ OpenSUSE


  • Skrooge 0.2.1 is out
    "Skrooge 0.2.1 is out. Available in BuildService."
  • Ben Kevan: 3.0.1 on openSUSE 11.1
    "OpenOffice 3.0.1 has been released recently and with the 3.0.1 release we got an important feature. That feature is grammar checking. In the enterprise space, this is very important to have another real time method of spell / grammar checking. ... Available in OBS"

Planet SUSE

  • Jeff Jaffe: Data Center Management
    "My last two postings comprised my annual review of Novell’s strategy (part 1 and part 2). I am now behind my usual cadence of comment on Novell’s progress. We made progress in data center management late last year which I wanted to review. ..."
  • Joe Brockmeier: More FOSS security scare-mongering
    "With all the talk of open source and the Obama administration, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the scare-mongering around FOSS security is going to be close behind — and here’s part of the first wave, fresh from Ernest M. Park. ..."
  • Lars Vogdt: Linking Buildservice packages with exact revisions
    "During the “cleanup” of the HP-Education repository, I used a very interesting feature of the openSUSE Build Service: linking against revisions. Sometimes, you want to patch a package from another repository to build with special features enabled or disabled. The Build Service allows you to link the package from this other repository (and avoid wasting space by duplicating the sources) and add your patches."
  • Novell OpenPR: Third party opinions
    "Following GWAVACon last week, Michael Osterman, a leading messaging and collaboration industry analyst, published a blog titled “The demise of GroupWise … will have to be put on hold,” which discusses Novell’s long-standing messaging and collaboration solution and its continued position and growth in the collaboration marketplace."

openSUSE Forums

  • Larry Finger: Getting Your Wireless to Work
    "Forums member lwfinger explains in a comprehensive tutorial how to trouble shoot a wireless connection. He starts with finding the hardware ID's of the device, shows how to tell if you need external firmware, and how to determine where the connection process is failing."
  • Lee Matheson: Cloning an old drive to a new drive
    "Forums moderator oldcpu provides a basic guide/example for cloning an old multi-partitioned small hard EIDE (PATA) internal drive to a new larger EIDE (PATA) internal hard drive, using the linux "dd" command"
  • caf4926: February Screenshot Thread
    "Have a look at our monthly screenshot thread and share your own screenshot of openSUSE with the community. This time we should see lots of KDE 4.2 screenshots, shouldn't we?"

On the Web

  • RPM 4.6.0 released
    "Nine months after the last release, the developers have announced RPM 4.6.0, a new version of the RPM Package Manager, one of the main packaging formats for many Linux distributions and part of the Linux Standard Base (LSB)."
  • KDE4 matures
    "Review from the German Magazin "Freies Magazin""

Past Events & Meetings

Upcoming Events & Meetings

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.


Numbers in brackets show the changes compared to the previous week.

Communication has 36490 (+8) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 21814 (+45) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 7771, 02-Dec-2008 at 17:31.

2311 (+32) of 4725 (+134) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 261 members.

Build Service
The Build Service now hosts 5176 (+49) projects, 61343 (+431) packages, 10171 (+108) repositories by 12179 (+159) confirmed users.

Feature statistics for 11.2: 148 (+7) features - unconfirmed: 0 (-16) new: 35 (+9) evaluation: 103 (+9) candidate: 1 (+1) done: 1 rejected: 6 (+3) duplicate: 2 (+1)


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:


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