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Welcome to the sixth episode of openSUSE Weekly News! For the week beginning 14/01/08.

In this week's issue:

  • openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 1 Released
  • Federico unveils the latest community member
  • In Status Updates: Qt 4.4 in Factory; FOSDEM draft online; more work on imaging support for the OBS
  • In Tips and Tricks: Kepas - Easy File Sharing Tools
  • In the Press: Federal Employment Office switches 13,000 workstations to openSUSE


Announcing openSUSE 11.0 Alpha1

  • "With the new year beginning we kick start major development into the next version of openSUSE: openSUSE 11.0 (roadmap). A very early alpha version, Alpha 1, is now available for download and testing. "

More screenshots are available at The Coding Studio

Build Service Repositories Get New GPG Keys

  • "The repositories on below the directory get currently new GPG keys which are used to sign the repository meta data and the packages. The reason behind this is to increase the security for you and your system."

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Katarina Machalkova

  • "Today’s People of openSUSE features a female YaST developer and the maintainer of ncurses user interface library - Katarina Machalkova!"

The Latest Community Member

Federico Mena-Quintero, openSUSE board member and GNOME hacker, has just announced the latest addition to the openSUSE community. Congratulations!

Status Updates


  • Alpha1 was released on friday and looks like most people consider green installers more user friendly :)
  • we're down to under 100 failing packages, steadily declining
  • PPC factory has finally a starting yast again, unfortunately it still has many problems the other archs do not see
  • daily factory kiwi live CD currently failing
  • Qt 4.4 snapshot went into factory which should make YaST much faster



  • FOSDEM 2008 planing (draft is online, everything should be settled this week)
  • Today: openSUSE talk at "Open Source Meets Business" in Nuremberg
  • Chemitzer Linux-Tage (submitted openSUSE talk and request for a booth)
  • we have submitted talks for Linuxtag (before the deadline :-))
  • we have 10.3 PromoDVDs, wait for the announcement for information on how to get them


  • we will update the wiki in the staging area, hopefully this will solve some problems. If it's stable and configuration is done we will push it to external servers. No ETA right now.
  • problems with zh search


  • Project meeting Wednesday, 23, 12:00 GMT

Build Service

  • Got Drag and Drop feature working for all browsers except IE.
  • fixed scheduler bugs, to make blocking working
  • Activated new key creation for project repositories.
  • osc plugins from ximian team to be merged into osc svn.
  • fixing some broken base distributions (Fedora, Debian for x86_64).
  • continue to work on imaging support (deps get calculated based on kiwi files now)
  • Working on new ruby on rails packages to allow easier installation of obs-server packages.
  • more

Tips and Tricks

Kepas - KDE Easy Publish and Share

Stephan Binner notes a great new tip involving a recently created KDE application:

  • "Congratulations to Tom Patzig, currently serving in the openSUSE KDE Team, for the first release of Kepas: "Kepas is a KDE4 file transfer tool. It discovers your local LAN for buddies (KDNSSD) and lets you transfer files or Klipper entries from a tray icon or via drag'n'drop with the Kepas plasmoid." Please give him much feedback what to improve until 1.0! Smiling"


Planet SUSE

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

Greg K-H: The poster travels on...

  • "I've been carting the "big wall of kernel developers" poster around the world with me for the past 6 months, getting it signed by as many kernel developers as I could find."


Pascal Bleser: FOSDEM 2008: first batch of speaker interviews

A first batch of FOSDEM 2008 main track speakers has been published:

  • Bill Hoffman (CMake)
  • Robin Rowe (Linux in Hollywood)
  • Kohsuke Kawaguchi (Hudson)
  • Stéphane Magnenat (Globulation2)
  • Patrick Michaud (Perl 6)

Past Meetings

GNOME Meeting 2008-01-17

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around GNOME in openSUSE."

Upcoming Events/Meetings

openSUSE project meeting - 2008/01/23 - 13:00 CET (12:00 GMT)

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around openSUSE. Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page!"

GNOME Meeting 2008-01-24

  • "This meeting is meant to discuss the latest developments in and around GNOME in openSUSE."

Security Updates

Xorg and XFree (SUSE-SA:2008:003)

The X windows system is vulnerable to several kind of vulner-abilities that are caused due to insufficient input validation.

The bugs range from crashing the X server to executing arbitrary code with the privilges of the X server process.

For a successful attack the opponent needs shell access to the vulnerable system (local) or an already established connection to the X server.

In the Press / Blogosphere Federal Employment Office switches to Linux

  • "...switching all of its 13,000 public internet information workstations from Windows NT to Linux...The BA is using the OpenSuse 10.1 Remastered distribution and the latest version of the Firefox web browser..."The previous combination of Windows NT and Internet Explorer could no longer keep pace with technological developments in how current media content is displayed and was not up to the demands of modern hardware."" openSUSE unveils new installer

  • "The most interesting part of the release is the new-look installer, now ported to Qt 4, the same toolkit used by the new KDE 4.0.0. As a result, the installer looks radically different. Modern and stylish, it certainly has the potential to become the best-looking installation program on the market, giving the user that all-important good first impression. If you haven't tried it yet, do yourself a favour and download one of the installation CDs from the project's download page. Happy testing!"



366 of 661 registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 1743 projects, 33210 packages, 4162 repositories by 3761 confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week (compared to last week):

  • All Open Reports: 3499 (+101)
  • Blocker: 27 (+7)
  • Critical: 163 (+9)
  • Major: 507 (+23)
  • Normal: 1979 (+51)
  • Minor: 272 (+6)
  • Enhancements: 551 (+5)

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The top 10 translation teams with the most translated strings of trunk:

  • Japanese (ja): 37047 / 99%
  • Portuguese Brazilian (pt_BR): 30508 / 99%
  • Hungarian (hu): 30164 / 98%
  • German (de): 29922 / 97%
  • Portuguese (pt): 29898 / 97%
  • Italian (it): 29860 / 97%
  • French (fr): 29842 / 96%
  • Finnish (fi): 29827 / 96%
  • Dutch (nl): 29796 / 96%
  • Russian (ru): 29660 / 96%

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