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Welcome to issue # 68 of openSUSE Weekly News

In this Week:

  • Call for Participations: openSUSE Summit 2009
  • openSUSE at LinuxFest Northwest
  • People of openSUSE: Jean-Daniel Dodin
  • Google Summer of Code Status Update
  • Bryen Yunashko: Accessible Appreciation: The Sequel


Call for Participations: openSUSE Summit 2009
"The openSUSE Project is opening the call for participation in the openSUSE Summit 2009, to be held September 17 through 20 in Nuremberg, Germany. We’re looking for contributors to openSUSE, upstream projects, and members of the openSUSE community to participate." Link to Zonkers Comment here...
openSUSE at LinuxFest Northwest
"Join the openSUSE Project as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of LinuxFest Northwest! The openSUSE Project will be exhibiting at LinuxFest Northwest on April 25th and 26th."

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Jean-Daniel Dodin
"Jean-Daniel Dodin is openSUSE member since the very beginning. He is the first sysop of and in general very active openSUSE and Linux advocate, both on and off line. The most recent of his numerous projects is attempt to revive the Linux Documentation Project which was sinking in a letargy for quite some time before he appeared started reorganization, energizing people."
Pavol Rusnak: LinuxExpo 2009
"On Wednesday I attended the biggest Linux event in the Czech Republic called LinuxExpo. I also took some photos for your viewing pleasure :) Comments for each photo are under the enlarged versions shown after clicking on the thumbnails."

Status Updates


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GNOME: Status Update
openSUSE KDE meeting 20090416
Minutes from the Meeting

Build Service

Build Team Meeting
Minutes from the Meeting
new osc version 0.116
"We are currently pushing out osc version 0.116. Beside some eagerly wanted bugfixes it provides some new commands to handle version source links more easily. ..."
Czech Packagers Meeting minutes 2009-04-07
Minutes from the Meeting

Wiki / Communication / Events

Google Summer of Code Status Update
"Quick status update on the Google Summer of Code program for openSUSE. The deadline for student applications has passed, and yesterday was the “duplicate resolution” meeting for organizations that had a student that had been accepted to multiple organizations."

Tips and Tricks


Sascha Manns: Problem with an selfmade DVD (DVD RECORDER)
Little Howto to integrate K3b to the possible Actions from the device notifier.
Sascha Manns: Combine osc with git
"Yesterday Jan-Simon (dl9pf) tells me about an great Program calls “git”. Git is an Version-Administration Program. Anything knows the Problem. We working on an Project into our osc, and 2 Weeks later, we don’t know, what the last changes was. On this place can git help.Now following a short Introducting: ..."
Michal Vyskocil: Better commit message handling for osc
"If you are familiar with SUSE packages, you probably know about .changes files, which is used for tracking changes. This file has a defined structure and is converted to common %changelog section in spec file during build of package. It worked well with many internal tools and everyone was happy in those old good times ;-). ..."

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

Updated Software: necpp 1.3.0+cvs20090101
necpp 1.3.0+cvs20090101 is available in the hamradio:/ Repo.
OBS openSUSE:Factory/mono-core r32 commited
"Committed Version mono-2.4"
acripper - Automatically Rip Audio CDs to ogg,mp3 in openSUSE
"Automatic Command-line Ripper (acripper) is a free opensource tool for ripping and encoding CD tracks on the fly. It also tries to get the CD information from, a CDDB website and writes it..." Available in Packman.

Planet SUSE

Bryen Yunashko: Accessible Appreciation: The Sequel
"I received some great news recently. Turns out my last article Making Appreciation Accessible was heard loud and clear by Novell. Rather than the usual hemming and hawing that I see in others when it comes to captioning, they stepped up to the plate and did the right thing! For that, Novell, I thank you and I know everyone else in my community thanks you."
Klaus Kämpf: A closer look at REST
"YaST, the openSUSE installation and configuration tool, is about to get a web based user interface. The interesting part of this is the proposed service-oriented architecture. REST, Representational State Transfer, is currently the holy grail for managing resources (objects) using http. REST is not a protocol but an architectural style making best use of the properties of http. And the Internet is the best proof that this style performs and scales well with a distrib" BleachBit to cleanup unwanted files on your openSUSE
"BleachBit is a simple cool utility to delete unnecessary files on the systemt to free disk space. This includes application and browser cache, temporary fiiles and cookies. Among the many supported application files are Bash, Beagle, Epiphany, firefox, Adobe flash, java, KDE, openoffice,Opera, XChat, rpmbuild etc. While, DIsk space may not be an issue these days on most of the systems, it is always cool clear those items not required anymore on the system."
Gabriel Stein: Comics About Python
Nice Comic about Python
Joerg Reuter: About eating your own dog food
"I've successfully updated my machine located at the data centre from openSUSE 11.0 to 11.1 via a remote SSH connection and "zypper dup" yesterday. Contrary to my previous experiences with online upgrades, only minor obstacles were encountered:..."
Katarina Machalkova: I survived LinuxExpo 2009 ...
"LinuxExpo is one of the biggest Czech Linux and open-source software events. It takes place every year in Prague and openSUSE project is for several years already one of the event regulars. In our openSUSE booth visitors can see and try the newest openSUSE release, get openSUSE DVD for free or buy a T-shirt. At the same time, talks and presentations of folks from Prague SUSE office are part of the event program."

openSUSE Forums

KDE4.3-beta Findings
"Users are already having fun with kde4.3 from the Build Service. If you want to see how things are progressing then read here, you might even be tempted to take the plunge yourself."
Archive 60yrs of Data
"@swerdna Asks for ideas on how best to archive some 60yrs of data/patient records. Transferring old paper documentation to some form of digital archive/backup."
Microsoft Netbook FUD
"An age old issue of M$ v Open Source. Some interesting reading here, as users relate their experiences and offer suggestions. Not surprisingly, retailers come in for some flack."
openSUSE to the Rescue!
"Indexed in Chit-Chat, which I guess is correct. Though actually this brief thread offers some valuable advice to our newer users out there. I too have experienced the value of Live CD's."

On the Web

Health Check: openSUSE - Then and now
"openSUSE 11.1, the latest community edition of Novell SUSE Linux, was released just in time for Christmas, to largely favourable reviews. openSUSE remains one of the market leaders, and features the latest and greatest stable releases of most of the important packages that make a classic GNU/Linux distribution, but it has had its troubles during recent years."
Neverslair-Blog: The new OpenSuSE Studio in Action
"A first small look on the new OpenSuSE Studio, its features, handling, and what you may get out of it for your own use."
OpenSUSE Builds Apps For Many Distros -Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
"Novell's openSUSE Build Service which enables developers to build application packages for multiple distros including SUSE, Red Hat and Debian/Ubuntu is set to be part of the Linux Foundation's Linux Developer Network (LDN). "

Past 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 36815 (-21) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 26518 (+395) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 7771, 02-Dec-2008 at 17:31.

2704 (+35) of 6222 (+128) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 264 members.

Build Service
The Build Service now hosts 5943 (+99) projects, 63520 (+513) packages, 11564 (+248) repositories by 14181 (+189) confirmed users.


Feature statistics for openSUSE 11.2:

  • total: 218 (+7)
  • unconfirmed: 13 (+3)
  • new: 35 (+7)
  • evaluation: 125 (+3)
  • candidate: 3 (-1)
  • done: 5 (+1)
  • rejected: 30 (+7)
  • duplicate: 7 (+1)
More information on openFATE


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:


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