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Welcome to the seventh issue of openSUSE Weekly News! For the week starting the 21-01-2008.

In this week:

  • openSUSE Build Service Expands Support to Red Hat and CentOS
  • Sax2 ported to Qt4
  • Open Source Meets Business, with openSUSE attendees, kicks off
  • openSUSE 10.3 PromoDVDs Now Available for Order


openSUSE Build Service Expands Support to Red Hat and CentOS

  • "The openSUSE Build Service, an innovative framework that provides an infrastructure for software developers to easily create and compile packages for multiple Linux distributions, has extended its support to build packages for CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The openSUSE Build Service already supports several Linux distributions including openSUSE, Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Ubuntu."

openSUSE 10.3 PromoDVDs Now Available for Order

  • "Again we offer to send free openSUSE Promo DVDs, for those running events, LUGs, etc."

In the Community

People of openSUSE: Wolfgang Rosenauer

  • "Mostly known for his work on openSUSE for packaging Mozilla applications and for testing the distribution, we present you the community contributor Wolfgang Rosenauer."

Greg Kroah-Hartman Appointed Novell Fellow

  • "In late 2007, we introduced the Novell Fellow designation. Herein I explain the motivation and introduce the first two Novell Fellows. Greg Kroah-Hartman is an industry luminary based on his influence in the Open Source community, specifically the Linux kernel."

Status Updates


  • Mainly working on getting most packages to build
  • beagle 0.3.2
  • sax2 ported to Qt4 to fix crash in installation
  • kernel 2.6.24 final
  • work is heading towards alpha2 next week

Build Service

  • new osc release with some new features, including --no-verify to workaround problems with signing.
  • planned work on scheduler to prefer projects with events to report status faster.
  • preparing on fair talks about KIWI imaging
  • started discussion about building also Factory:NonFree
  • more

Planet SUSE

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

Klaus Kaempf: Open Source Meets Business - Day 1

  • "The conference was quite well attended, reportedly over 700 participants with approximately 699 from Germany, all in business suites ..."

Miguel De Icaza: Second Life Opens Public Beta for Mono Scripting

  • "Currently the focus of this beta is to focus on identifying any problems with the Mono integration, so the language use is currently still limited to LSL. Linden has plans to allow any .NET language that will run on Mono to be used to write scripts for SecondLife."

Scott Morris: Education in the Philippines : Spreading the Freedom of Linux

  • "Linux is beginning to thrive pretty nicely in Philippines schools. You know, that’s where it should start. I wrote about the need to introduce Linux into the educational system almost two years ago.

Stephen Shaw: Fixing my Macbook pro’s Sound

  • "I’m running OpenSUSE 10.3 on my macbook pro that I picked up last semester. I had some problems getting my audio working for one reason or another, but finally got it. The easiest way I found was to grab the next release of alsa. By default opensuse 10.3 ships with version 1.0.14. Updating it to alsa 1.0.15 did the trick."

Past Meetings

GNOME Meeting 2008-01-24

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

Project Meeting 2008-01-23

  • "This meeting was meant to discuss the latest developments in openSUSE."

Security Updates

SUSE Security Summary Report SUSE-SR:2008:002

1) Solved Security Vulnerabilities: - tog-pegasus buffer overflow in authentication - xine rtsp buffer overflows - libxml2 denial of service in UTF8 handling - libqt4 incorrect SSL certificate handling - XFree86/X.Org updates reissued - krb5 various small issues - libexif overflows and denial of service - openafs server denial of service - Apache derby post-authentication denial of service - MozillaThunderbird release - Xen denial of service problems 2) Pending Vulnerabilities, Solutions, and Work-Arounds: - kernel updates in preparation - wireshark 0.99.7 security release - various MySQL security issues - various Apache security problems 3) Authenticity Verification and Additional Information

php4, php5 (SUSE-SA:2008:004)

  • "php5 was updated to version 5.2.5 to fix several security vulnerabilities. For php4 on SLES9 the patches were backported."

In the Press

Linux-Watch: openSUSE Build Service now supports Red Hat and CentOS

  • " Say, you're a software developer. Say, you want to write an easy-to-install program for any Linux distribution. I'd say, "You have a problem." OpenSUSE, however, has improved upon its solution for this problem: the openSUSE Build Service, which now supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS."


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


401 (+35) of 743 (+82) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles.

Build Service

The Build Service now hosts 1817 (+74) projects, 33477 (+267) packages, 4312 (+150) repositories by 3926 (+165) confirmed users.


The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 3474 (-25)
  • Blocker: 22 (-5)
  • Critical: 164 (+1)
  • Major: 503 (-4)
  • Normal: 1972 (-7)
  • Minor: 269 (-3)
  • Enhancements: 544 (-7)

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

  • Japanese (ja): 30770 / 100%
  • Portuguese Brazilian (pt_BR): 30547 / 99%
  • Hungarian (hu): 30171 / 98%
  • German (de): 29926 / 97%
  • Portuguese (pt): 29898 / 97%
  • Italian (it): 29860 / 97%
  • French (fr): 29842 / 96%
  • Finnish (fi): 29827 / 96%
  • Dutch (nl): 29796 / 96%
  • Russian (ru): 29770 / 96%

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