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Welcome to issue # 70 of openSUSE Weekly News

In this Week:

  • KDE4 Reloaded
  • Google Summer of Code Introduction
  • 3.1beta6
  • Lukas Ocilka: YaST Has New Icons / Mascot ... Finally :)
  • ARM support in openSUSE Buildservice - fixed


ARM support for openSUSE Buildservice and openSUSE - Status update
"Its a while since I posted the status about the ongoing work for ARM support in the OBS and for an openSUSE port. It all started with my participation in the OBS development as an external contributor. Then, on Hackweek 2008, we had the idea to enforce a new solution other than the traditional methods of compiling code either natively or via a cross compiler on a host system. The idea was to give build scripts as much of the target enviroment as they need to just work without changes in the packaging definition - in order not to change thousands of package descriptions which define a linux distribution."
openSUSE 11.1 KDE4 Reloaded: Includes KDE 4.2.2 and 11.1 Updates
"While 11.2 is still months away there’s still plenty of activity going on with openSUSE. In addition to last week’s milestone release, you can also get your hands on openSUSE 11.1 Reloaded. This is a respin of openSUSE 11.1, including KDE 4.2.2 packages and updates to 11.1."

In the Community


Jeff Shantz: Summer of Code Introduction
"We’ve been asked to start blogging as participants in the Google Summer of Code 2009, so this marks my first GSoC post. As you may have guessed, my name is Jeff Shantz and I recently finished my Honor’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Not content to leave school just yet, I will be starting my Master’s in Computer Science at Western soon."
Julio Vannini: OpenSUSE Nicaragua @ FLISOL 2009
"On Saturday April 25th, the Nicaraguan OpenSUSE Community joined forces with the Free Software Community (GUL-Nic) to celebrate the Latin American Free Software Installation Festival, (FLISOL in Spanish)."
Jeff Shantz: Initial Impressions of the openSUSE Community
"Yesterday, I emailed two members of the openSUSE community (J. Daniel Schmidt and Jan Weber) who initially started the YaST Education Module that I am implementing/finishing as part of my Summer of Code project. I wanted to ask them about their original vision for the project so that I can take that into account while I am planning my work for the summer."
openSUSE Spotlight: On a Positive Note
"A friend of mine sent me a note about Jeff Shantz’s post on his initial impression of the openSUSE Project thanks to a couple of helpful responses: it certainly struck me that these replies that I received were illustrative of a working, functional open source community — the end goal is to improve the product, and if one person doesn’t have time to continue working on a particular piece, then maybe someone else can. No territorial markings or egotism. Just one common goal to get it done."

Status Updates



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M. Edward (Ed) Borasky: First impressions of 11.2
"I just installed the 11.2 Milestone 1 DVD on my test system, an ancient Compaq Presario 2110US with 512 MB of RAM and a 1.6 GHz Athlon XP. First impressions: ..."
openSUSE KDE Meeting minutes 20090430
"KDE Meeting Minutes"
GNOME status (30/04/2009)
"GNOME Meeting Minutes"

Build Service

Will Stephenson: openSUSE KDE 4.2 respin and important repository changes
Short Description
ARM support in openSUSE Buildservice - fixed
"The issue caused by the OBS worker update on arm builds is fixed by a new qemu. This new qemu version also has fixed the Fedora 10 @ ARM build problem."
Build Team Meeting
Build Team Meeting

Tips and Tricks

Martin Schlander: Important news for openSUSE KDE4 users
"If you use KDE4 with openSUSE Build Service repositories you should read this very carefully, because I will write this only once. A lot of major changes are happening right now. ..."
Katarina Machalkova: How (not) to install openSUSE 11.1 on ThinkPad T-series
Short Experience
Miguel de Icaza: Interactive C# Code Completion
"Last month I introduced code completion in Mono's Interactive C# shell. You can use the TAB key to auto-complete at the current cursor position. Pressing the TAB key twice will list all possible completions. This should make the csharp more pleasurable to use and for bash junkies like me a more natural fit."

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.1 beta6 available
"I’m happy to announce that 3.1 beta6 packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project. They include many upstream and Go-oo fixes. Please, look for more details about the openSUSE OOo build on the wiki page."
Sascha Manns: Now out: kde4-skrooge 0.2.7
"Now out: kde4-skrooge 0.2.7. Published in openSUSE:Factory:Contrib and KDE:KDE4:Community."
OBS openSUSE:Factory/MozillaFirefox r53 commited
"Updated to firefox-3.0.10-source.tar.bz2"
Gnote 0.3.0 is available
"Version 0.3.0 is now available"
Hubert Figuiere: libopenraw 0.0.7
"Just a quick note to mention that I released libopenraw 0.0.7 to fix a nasty memory leak. I recommend the upgrade."

Planet SUSE

Gabriel Stein: The surviving guide to python: More one basic script.
"Time to learn more basic scripts. Do you know how convert temps using python? No? Today you will learn! Let’s start! Please, A LOT OF ATTENTION to identation."
Stefan Seyfried: Cross compilers for openSUSE
"Based on Torsten Duwe’s great work (currently in the Buildservice in home:duwe:crosstools), which is building but not working 100% correctly, I fixed the powerpc version up (I have no other architecture to test on) and put them into the openSUSE Buildservice in home:seife:cross for now."
Lukas Ocilka: YaST Has New Icons / Mascot ... Finally :)
"Finally, we have new YaST icons created by Jimmac based on Klara's idea for the YaST Mascot Contest. Thanks to both :) The abbrev YaST means Yet another Setup Tool, however it is also used to install or upgrade your system. To find out which YaST modules are installed in your system, write /sbin/yast2 as root in terminal and press the [Tab] key three times - YaST already supports command-line completion."
Jordi Massaguer: eyeOS Web Desktop appliance
"What to say about eyeOS? It is a Web desktop, that is, a desktop that can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection and a browser. No VNC or FreeNX trick. It is almost everything javascript (and a few php). With eyeOS you have an online text processing, spreadsheet, presentation, calendar, contactes, pdf reader, mp3 player, video player, ... and more!"

openSUSE Forums

11.2 Milestone 1
"Already some positive feedback with the development of 11.2 as users experiment with it. It's certainly great fun and an opportunity to help with development by filing Bug reports. Every little helps, so get stuck in and enjoy!"
Microsoft Moonlight ?!
"As you would expect from this subject matter, opinions are varied and strong. Makes for some interesting reading though and you might learn a thing or two. One being; There is a great deal of speculation/personal opinion and FUD on the NET."
Updating openSUSE - Is it Easy?
"Actually a Poll on this subject. Expect some difference in opinion and possibly some interesting experiences. Certainly from my point of view OS has to be one of the best out there, especially if you need a UI, then Yast is second to none."
Boy or Girl??
"Are we Boys or Girls? A short poll of users gender. So far the Boys (Guys, Men, Chaps....) have it. Most of the time we don't know members gender and it doesn't really matter."

On the Web


ZDNET: HP debuts ProBook laptops with preinstalled SuSE Linux
"Hewlett-Packard today announced its new ProBook series of 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-in. laptops intended to merge business functionality, stylish design cues and a (hopefully) low price tag. The “s-series,” or standard series, of the new ProBook line incorporates a mercury-free design and a high-definition LED backlit display. The company says the line is inspired by minimalism and comes in “merlot” or glossy “noir” finishes. It also appears to have a raised chiclet-style keyboard, all the rage these days on Apple and Sony machines."
tuxradar: How to choose the best Linux distro for you
"At the time of writing, there are three hundred and twenty three distributions being tracked on There's one called Ehad. And another is called Estrella Roja. Many include the letter 'X' in their name, and many feature hand-drawn mascots and disparate communities. Not all are Linux-based, and not all are actively developed, but the overwhelming majority are. This is the world of choice, and it's a world made possible by free and open source software."
allabouthappylife: 'Howto install SuSE from USB drive
"The need of installing linux distributions from external sources arose after the laptop global market was flooded with netbooks and mini pc-s - devices without optical drives. I also tried to install my favorite Open SuSE but it did not work at the first time After some searching and testing i got it work. Followed instructions from Install SuSE from USB drive until 'Installation' part, with the correction made to mksusebootdisk by Frans Leerink at Talk:SuSE install from USB drive."

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 36796 (+418) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 27261 (+414) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 7771, 02-Dec-2008 at 17:31.

2759 (+31) of 6497 (+148) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 292 (+22) members.

Build Service
The Build Service now hosts 6118 (+108) projects, 65441 (+1512) packages, 11812 (+284) repositories by 14524 (+201) confirmed users.


Feature statistics for openSUSE 11.2:

  • total: 224 (+3)
  • unconfirmed: 18 (+3)
  • new: 34 (-1)
  • evaluation: 117 (+0)
  • candidate: 4 (+0)
  • done: 8 (+1)
  • rejected: 36 (+0)
  • duplicate: 7 (+1)
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The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:


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