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Welcome to issue # 62 of openSUSE Weekly News

In this Week:

  • openSUSE Project Meeting next Wednesday
  • openSUSE Trademark Guidelines Released
  • Ken Yap: How to clone a VirtualBox Linux VM to a real machine (v0.9)
  • 11.2 Roadmap and Fixed Release Cycle for openSUSE
  • Rupert Horstkötter: OSF Status Report #3


  • openSUSE Trademark Guidelines Released
    "The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of the openSUSE Trademark Guidelines (PDF). With the guidelines, the openSUSE Project is looking to clarify the use of the openSUSE marks and make it easier to redistribute openSUSE-based projects."
  • More on openSUSE Trademarks
    "A lot of good feedback so far on the newly minted trademark policy. Thanks to all the community folks who’ve responded so far and made comments. As we mentioned when the guidelines were announced, we expect to revise the guidelines after seeing what sorts of uses people want to make of the marks and find out what needs to change."
  • openSUSE Project Meeting next Wednesday
    "Next week’s openSUSE Project meeting should be fairly substantial. If you can make it, please do! The meeting will be at 17:00 UTC on #opensuse-project on Freenode. The agenda is here, feel free to add to it if there’s something we should discuss. (As if the topics on the agenda already weren’t enough!) ..."
  • Gearing Up for Google Summer of Code
    "The openSUSE Project is looking for a few good mentors for the Google Summer of Code 2009! The openSUSE Project was a mentoring organization last year, and we’re hoping to participate again in 2009. Organization signup starts next week, and prospective mentors can sign up next week as well. ..."

In the Community

  • Linux Foundation: Linux Foundation to Build New Community
    "SAN FRANCISCO and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 3, 2009 – The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, and SourceForge, a leader in community-driven media and e-commerce, (NASDAQ: LNUX) today announced that the Linux Foundation will be the new host for, taking over the editorial and community stewardship for the site. The two companies will collaborate to create a vibrant and long-lasting community destination for Linux users and developers."
  • Fights FOSS License FUD - Interview with Zonker
    "Seems every time I write a piece suggesting open source as an option, I get a couple of comments warning readers about the scary complexities of open source licenses. So I decided to ask a guy who knows free and open source (FOSS) exactly what the deal was regarding FOSS licensing and whether they were really any more or less complex than their commercial counterparts."

Status Updates


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  • 11.2 Roadmap and Fixed Release Cycle for openSUSE
    "The roadmap for 11.2 is now set, and openSUSE is getting a fixed release cycle! Codenamed “Fichte,” openSUSE 11.2 is planned for release in November, and releases thereafter will happen every eight months. While all features for 11.2 are not yet settled, the release should include KDE 4.3, GNOME 2.28, Linux kernel 2.6.30 (or higher), a Web-based YaST interface, netbook support (with free drivers), Ext4, and more. ..."

Build Service

  • Build Team Meeting
    "Minutes from the Meeting"
  • osc 0.114
    "I have updated the osc package; it's now at version 0.114. Get it from openSUSE:Tools, as usual."

Wiki / Communication / Events

  • Rupert Horstkötter: OSF Status Report #3
    "Let me present you the openSUSE forums statistics for February 2009. ..."
  • Adriaan de Groot (adridg): Nigerian Free Software Conference
    "As the Free and Open Source Software Nigeria conference is set to start on the sixth of March -- Friday, that is -- I'm in the last stages of packing. Travel advisories say lots of anti mosquito gear, if only because visiting near areas with malaria, dengue and yellow fever makes me think "I want to return home healthy." I'm also packing the last box of KDE booklets that the KDE-India team produced; this means that Pradeepto, Piyush, Sharan, Shashank, Ramki (and whomever I have forgotten) will have reached four continents with their work."

Tips and Tricks

  • Masim Sugianto: Apache Web Server & Virtual Host on openSUSE : Part 2
    "This is the second part for Apache VirtualHost on openSUSE tutorial. Please refer to part 1 for further information regarding Apache installation on openSUSE. I prepared the tutorial for presentation on Indonesian openSUSE Community monthly meeting #14 Indonesian openSUSE Community last Saturday."
  • Sankar P: Book on openSUSE 11.1 - LinuxIdentity
    "This is the kind of book which can help even your grandma to use openSUSE as her primary desktop, with the same effortless expertise, with which she would use a bread toaster. Go ahead and buy it :-) "
  • Ben Kevan: Running / Using ext4 on openSUSE 11.1
    "So with the 2.6.28 kernel branch was mainstream experimental support for ext4. So how can you get this on your openSUSE 11.1 installation? First download the newest version of the 2.6.28 kernel from which at the time of my writing was"

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

  • Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.1 alpha1 available
    "I’m happy to announce that 3.1 alpha1 packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project. The packages are alpha 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, …"
  • Sascha Manns: New/Updated Applications @ home:saigkill
    "Hello Folks, now following an List from my last updated/worked Packages: ..."
  • Thomas Schraitle: Reading EBooks With Calibre
    "Back in the (should I say: old?) days books were created from dead trees. Now, with the raise of different reading devices, we can read them digitally. Thanks to Kovid Goyal we can enjoy ebooks with the Calibre reader also on your ordinary PC or laptop."

Planet SUSE

  • Lukas Ocilka: Google Summer of Code 2009 - openSUSE is Looking for Mentors and Students
    "Last year, openSUSE participated in Google Summer of Code 2008 and we'd like to participate this year as well. We (Stanislav Visnovsky, Jiri Srain and I) have already proposed some GSoC Ideas (partly based on the BrainStorming Prague feedback) and now we are looking for projects mentors and students. Of course, the list of ideas is not fixed and it is still in progress..."
  • Federico Mena-Quintero: Fixing RANDR - Introduction
    "RANDR is the X extension that lets applications see that they are running on a machine with more than one monitor: a laptop and a projector, a desktop machine with three monitors, a docking station, etc. Over the past few months many people have done a lot of work to make all of this Just Work(tm), but unfortunately there is still a lot of work to do."
  • Thomas Göttlicher: YaST Qt UI with Context Menus
    "Context menus are supported by almost all UI frameworks and most people got used to them. Therefore it’s high time to provide context menus in the YaST Qt UI as well. yast2-qt-2.18.6 offers this feature, packages are available in my build service repository."
  • Danny Kukawka: HAL: new keys to match kernel version
    "Since a while there is the problem that e.g. suspend quirks or key mappings differ between kernel versions. While machines with newer kernel versions may need no longer to map scancodes (as in case of ThinkPads) or need no special suspend handling anymore, systems with older kernels may need other handling."
  • Ben Kevan: Finding information on your hardware openSUSE
    "Have you ever wanted to know more information about your hardware, or had someone ask you about your hardware but didn’t know how to answer them? I bring you dmidecode, which a great tool that will allow you to learn more of what’s “under the covers”."

openSUSE Forums

  • Ken Yap: How to clone a VirtualBox Linux VM to a real machine (v0.9)
    "I'm proud to present you the next issue of the recently announced "experts approach" collaboration between the openSUSE forums and the OWN. Team member ken_yap contributed a comprehensive tutorial about cloning a VirtualBox Linux VM to real hardware. This howto is very well researched and definitely worth a read. Author Ken Yap would be glad of any feedback from OWN readers."
  • Geoff Roberts: Wine - windows apps in Linux
    "You're in favor of running your preferred Windows applications under your Linux environment? Forums moderator geoffro provides a tutorial about setting up and using Wine in openSUSE."
  • NexuJin: Skype with video on openSUSE 11.1 x86_64
    "Forums member NexuJin provides a straightforward tutorial on how to install Skype with video functionality on openSUSE 11.1 64-bit installations. He shows how to convert the amd64 deb package for Ubuntu to a rpm package with alien."
  • openSUSE on Playstation 3?
    "Is the Playstation 3 capable of running a full fledged operating system? Obviously there are serious limitations with the available 256 MB RAM. Do you have any recommendations on how to boost the performance of openSUSE on the PS3? If so, please consider sharing them with the community. The PS3 is at least an interesting target. Isn't it?"
  • March 2009 Screenshot Thread
    "Have a look at our monthly screenshot thread and share your own screenshot of openSUSE with the community."

On the Web


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.

  • SUSE Security Summary Report: SUSE-SR:2009:005
  • Package: dhcp, ntp/xntp, squid, wireshark, libpng, pam_mount, enscript, eID-belgium, gstreamer-0_10-plugins-good
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SR:2009:005
  • Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2009 13:00:00 +0000


Siffror inom parentes visar ändringar i jämförelse med förre veckan.

Communication has 36622 (+22) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 23935 (+496) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 7771, 02-Dec-2008 at 17:31.

2475 (+36) of 5338 (+175) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 263 members.

Build Service
The Build Service now hosts 5456 (+52) projects, 60759 (+425) packages, 10442 (+102) repositories by 12900 (+171) confirmed users.


Feature statistics for openSUSE 11.2:

  • total: 168 (+5)
  • unconfirmed: 10 (+2)
  • new: 38 (+1)
  • evaluation: 103 (+2)
  • candidate: 3 (+0)
  • done: 3 (+1)
  • rejected: 11 (+3)
  • duplicate: 4 (+0)
More information on openFATE


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:


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