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Welcome to issue # 71 of openSUSE Weekly News

In this Week:

  • Get Ready for the openSUSE Community Week
  • Jan-Simon Möller: GSoC Introduction openSUSE @ ARM
  • Katarina Machalkova: Secret AutoYaST feature :)
  • Jigish Gohil: openSUSE in Education
  • Linux Magazine: KDE 4.3: First Widget for Social Desktop


Bryen Yunashko: Community Week…Your Week
"What started as a “Wouldn’t it be nice if we…” idea in a small team meeting months ago turned into weeks of discussion, planning, scheduling, excitement, anticipation and finally the moment of truth. openSUSE Community Week is almost upon us. Beginning on Monday, 11 May and running through Sunday, 17 May, we’ll be having sessions, presentations, meet ‘n greets galore. All from the comfort of your home (or office) via our openSUSE IRC channels on the Freenode network."
Get Ready for openSUSE Community Week!
"The first openSUSE Community Week is just around the corner. May 11 through May 17 we’ll be hosting live sessions in IRC to help grow the openSUSE Community. Community week is all about helping new contributors get started with openSUSE and getting existing contributors together to mentor new contributors, and working together on major projects. Schedule"
iFolder Project Meeting Tuesday, May 12
"On the iFolder mailing list, Brent McConnell has announced the first iFolder Project meeting on May 12 at 14:00 GMT."

In the Community

Bryen Yunashko: openSUSE-GNOME and Community Week
"As you all know, next week is Community Week for openSUSE! Vuntz and I are finalizing the plans for the GNOME part of CW today and early tomorrow there will be a full-on announcement of CW and its events."
Will Stephenson: openSUSE Community Week Next Week
"As you know, next week (11-17 May) is openSUSE Community Week. I've tossed together a salad of interesting topics."
Jan-Simon Möller: GSoC introduction - openSUSE@ARM
"My Project in short: openSUSE@ARM My aim during GSoC 2009 is to port first the base to the ARM platform. Then KIWI needs also some attention when it comes to imaging and after that the tools, Kernel and X11."
Christopher Hobbs: openSUSE-GNOME BugDay!
"Roll up those sleeves and mark your calendars, because here comes another BugDay! During Community Week (, I’ll be hosting another openSUSE-GNOME BugDay on Fri, 15 MAY 2009. We’ll start promptly at 1000 CDT and will continue until 1600 CDT. I will be around very early in the day to start prep for the meeting should you have any questions."
People of OpenSUSE: Jim Henderson
"I noticed Jim by his thoughtful replies on openSUSE mail lists and forums. He has ability to listen, understand and answer in the way that correspondent can not only find correct, but also understand, which is seldom found talent."

Status Updates


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Czech Packagers Team Meeting minutes 2009-04-28
"Minutes from the meeting"
Profiled Live CDs
"As said earlier, the Factory Live CDs are using clicfs for compression and write access. This has one performance problem: booting on ext3 accesses many different blocks (4096 bytes each) that are on many different places in the file system."
Magnus Boman: Cleaning up our projects
"We've looked at what maintainers we have for our various GNOME: projects and decided to clean them up a bit. People who have not contributed for a while, will be removed. If you are listed as a maintainer and got removed, and in your opinion, by mistake, please contact myself or Vincent and we'll rectify it."

Build Service

Build Team Meeting
"Minutes from the meeting"
MonoOSC IRC Channel
"Hi, people who use MonoOSC should be happy to joint the MonoOSC IRC Channel, i also use it for my SVN commit."

Wiki / Communication / Events

Community Week Page
"Community Week overview."

Tips and Tricks

Pascal Bleser: tircd: Twitter from IRC
"Twitter, yet another social network and instant messaging tool, yet another IM client with notifications. Annoying. Well there's an interesting alternative if you're already using an IRC client all the time, as I do. tircd is a Twitter to IRC gateway, implemented as an IRC server. It runs on your workstation (or a server in your network), you connect to it from your favourite IRC client (e.g. irssi, xchat, konversation, weechat, ...) and can post your tweets as well as receive tweets from the persons you subscribed to."
Katarina Machalkova: Secret AutoYaST feature :)
"Recently I've discovered a secret feature in AutoYaST. Well, probably not so secret, because a SLES11 user (from our Two-Letter Customer) discovered it as well and reported a bug about it :) But all in all, if you googled for the keyword (keep_install_network) a week ago, the only hits were an AutoYaST changelog with short notice "I've added this feature" and few questions about it on opensuse-autoinstall mailing list. The documentation did not reveal any more details."
Han Wen Kam: Remote Desktop in Linux - Part 1
"Instead of running around working on a few machines, wouldn't it be nice to be able to remote-control all of them? Remote administration of Linux systems is not a new subject, there are many options but most of them involves the terminal (ie command prompt in Windows speak). As an aside, the terminal in Linux is NOT an inferior mechanism for administrating systems. We need to remember that..."
Part 2
locutus: Watching your hard disks is a S.M.A.R.T. thing to do
"The most important asset of any business is information. In the days of old when knights were bold that information was stored on thinly pressed dead trees. So far this century over ninety percent of our information is stored and served to us on a platter. Several in fact. Possibly hundreds. They may not be silver platters but the information stored on them is worth more than platinum."
Stephan Kulow: Qemu network speed
"I’m working on a solution to automatically test drive factory installations every day and one thing that bothered me majorly was the download speed I had with kvm. I couldn’t get faster than around 300K/s, which makes a factory installation take around 5 hours. Not really practical for my purpose, and it was quite frustrating taking that the host gets almost 3MB/s out of (I get various german mirrors). So I asked around ..."

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

Sascha Manns: Modified Versions out
"The following Packages are modified and released in hamradio Repository: libatlas3, necpp, qantenna."
Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.1 beta7 available
"I’m happy to announce that 3.1 beta7 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."
OBS openSUSE:Factory/boinc-client r5 commited
"updated to version boinc_core_release_6_4_5.tar.bz2"
OBS openSUSE:Factory/MozillaFirefox r54 commited
"updated to version firefox-3.5b4-source.tar.bz2"

Planet SUSE

Gabriel Stein: Using shelve and python
"Hey! Did you missed pythin series? Lets continue! Today we will learn how to use shelve which is a object persistence. We use shelve to open persistent dictonaries, or files. Lets look at oficial python documentation… where key is a string and data is a arbitrary object."
Miguel de Icaza: First Moonlight 2.0 Preview is Out
"After a loving incubation period, the Moonlight 2.0 preview, an open source implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight for Linux has been released: ..."
Jigish Gohil: openSUSE in Education
"The first batch of school teachers from the Baroda High School completed a two day “Introduction to Linux and OpenOffice” training. The teachers were from all 4 schools of the group with about 10000 students(almost the size of a small university). openSUSE-Education will be reaching that many new users from this year onwards."
Richard Bos: Kolab on its way back
"After a long time, with lots of not visible activity Kolab, the groupware server build with many known open source components, is slowly getting back into openSUSE. For a year or so it was not possible to use Kolab on openSUSE versions newer than 10.3. That was due to the move from openldap 2.3 to 2.4.

openSUSE Forums

openSUSE Configuration Guide
"Strictly speaking HowTo's don't get posted here. But this is an exception as you have to visit an external site to read it. It's worthy of attention and has certainly sparked some interest in the forum. Certainly news worthy."
Why so Many Problems Burning CD/DVD's?
"Issues in this area are not uncommon it seems. Users discuss a shift in policy with the 11.1 release and it's resultant implications toward everyday tasks such as burning DVD's. Interestingly, from personal experience, I have no issues here. Makes an interesting read, but you might think it's all FUD."
Asus P6T Experiences
"@oldcpu the Lucky Devil has been splashing out! This promises to be a very informative thread and though it may lead to a more comprehensive entry elsewhere in the forum or Wiki, for now it's entertaining and interesting."

On the Web

Linux Magazine: KDE 4.3: First Widget for Social Desktop
"A widget has been included in KDE 4.3 as the first implementation of the „Social Desktop“ which allows the user to view other KDE users in his or her city or region."
Miguel de Icaza: Innovation
"Dana Blankenhorn comments on the the Moonlight 2.0 release and says: It's the kind of open source success story Microsoft wants publicized. Microsoft innovates, open source copies. It's not the kind of open source story open source needs, however. What open source needs is real innovation, created by teams who may or may not represent Microsoft's fierce competitors. This can be hard to deliver, and Microsoft would like us all to know resistance in this case is futile."
ars technica: Novell to offer own Moblin-based distro for hardware makers
"Novell has announced plans to strengthen its partnership with Intel on mobile development. Novell intends to ship a distro based on Intel's Moblin Linux platform and will also establish a lab in Taiwan to participate in Intel's efforts to build a strong Linux presence in the country in collaboration with Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Afffairs."

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 36851 (+55) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 27617 (+356) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 7771, 02-Dec-2008 at 17:31.

2791 (+32) of 6632 (+135) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 293 (+1) members.

Build Service
The Build Service now hosts 6207 (+89) projects, 65904 (+463) packages, 12027 (+215) repositories by 14683 (+159) confirmed users.


Feature statistics for openSUSE 11.2:

  • total: 231 (+7)
  • unconfirmed: 22 (+4)
  • new: 35 (+1)
  • evaluation: 116 (-1)
  • candidate: 5 (+1)
  • done: 9 (+1)
  • rejected: 36 (+0)
  • duplicate: 8 (+1)
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