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Welcome to issue # 76 of openSUSE Weekly News

In this Week:

  • OpenSUSE at the Southeast Linuxfest
  • Status Reports from Google Summer of Code
  • susegeek : openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 2 step by step install procedure
  • OpenSUSE-EDU
  • Chris von Eitzen/ Linux Kernel 2.6.30 released


openSUSE at the SouthEast LinuxFest
"If you’re in, around, or near Clemson, South Carolina this weekend don’t miss the SouthEast LinuxFest at Clemson University! The openSUSE Project will be exhibiting at the ‘fest and giving away plenty of openSUSE DVDs, stickers, and a few other assorted goodies for openSUSE enthusiasts and contributors."

In the Community


Jan-Simon Möller: openSUSE@ARM/GSoC: weekly status
"The topic of this week was to speed up the build. As I mentioned last week, the prototype in Base:build:arm is compiling in an emulated environment and thus is quite slow. I prepared a cross-toolchain from the sources of binutils, gcc44 and glibc from openSUSE:Factory. Now its time to integrate this into the build process. This will improve the performace of the compilation itself. But other areas in the build process can also be improved, just think of the bash. Some patches for the Build Service were also commited to svn."
Jeff Shantz: Summer of Code Update: Weeks 1 and 2
"The YaST Education module is coming along nicely. I had to fight the YaST Python bindings a bit at first (thus the reason for no update in week 1), but now that I have things figured out, everything seems to be going relatively smoothly. On a side note, based on my experiences from the past two weeks of development, I plan to vastly improve the documentation on the Python bindings once this project is over. Somebody hold me to that."
Sebastian Schöbinger: A new translator and writer for the openSUSE News - Sebastian Schöbinger aka STS301
"I am 16 years old and I am in the openSUSE Newsletter team. Now I am translating the news into German and I am writing the section “Tips and Tricks”. I am also an openSUSE Ambassador in Austria. ..."
People of openSUSE: Lars Müller
Enjoy this People of openSUSE interview with Lars Müller.

Status Updates


Stephen Shaw has been appointed as openSUSE Board Member
"As you know, Federico Mena-Quintero has ceded his seat on the openSUSE Board. We are all sad to see him go, but know we are grateful for his continued and ongoing contributions to the openSUSE Project. The openSUSE Board is happy to announce Stephen Shawn (decriptor) to be a new openSUSE Board Member filling up the vacant seat after Federico’s resignation. We thank Stephen that he took up the position in such a quick and decent manner. We know Stephen for a long time and think he is a perfect fit due to his long term contribution and activities around the openSUSE community."


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James Tremblay: openSUSE-EDU
"Almost three years ago now I was given the privilege of creating a sub project of the openSUSE linux project. That project is known as “openSUSE-EDU” aka opensuse-education. The idea I had was to gather open source software that was specific to education environments and use the many talents of the openSUSE community and it’s full time staff to optimize the software for openSUSE. My first Teammate and mentor into the world of Linux Projects was, Lars Vodgt. Lars is one of the original SuSE linux team and a co-founder of the “openshoolserver” a project that spun off from SuSE just before the Novell buy out , and is today a very useful and powerful tool for educators in Europe. He is wonderful leader, teacher and guide. He seems to handle almost every detail of the project like it is just a minor addition to his daily work, although we all know that the list of software titles and daily updates are far from trivial."
openSUSE KDE meeting 20090611
"Minutes from the Meeting"

Build Service

Build Team Meeting
"Minutes from the Meeting"

Tips and Tricks

Ján Kupec : Zypper tutorials
What is zypper, why should we use zypper, if we have a GUI like YAST? Jan knows it! He wrote here some very nice articles about handling zypper. He wrote about configuring, handling the colors, the dialogs and an improved installation summary. Interested? So let's go and try out his tutorials.
Sebastian Schöbinger : Qt for beginners
Many people want to start with Qt, but how? Qt is a modern and nice framework and it suits with KDE too. Sebastian introduces you a bit into the world of Qt, how to get the needed files and how to work with the Qt Creator. More here ...
Scott Morris : Reset MySQL root Password in Linux
"Have you ever forgotten the root password on one of your MySQL servers? No? Well maybe I’m not as perfect as you. This is a quick how to reset your MySQL root password. It does require root access on your server. If you have forgotten that password wait for another article."
susegeek : openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 2 step by step install procedure
Are you new to openSUSE and you want to see how the newest milestone works or are you a guy who left openSUSE and you want to come back, but don't know how? Here is a step by step tutorial for installing the milestone where the ingrained Windows user knows how find his way.!

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

Ben Kevan: Released - Wine Development 1.1.23
"The Wine development release 1.1.23 is now available."
Sascha Manns: New/updated application
"Updated Application: bleachbit 0.5.1 Published in: home:saigkill and openSUSE:Factory:Contrib"

Planet SUSE

Jigish Gohil: Transcoding/Ripping Cluster using KIWI-LTSP
"We had a bit of High Performance Cluster (HPC) setup already to do distributed build using Icecream on KIWI-LTSP, now Mathis has written a “howto” use KIWI-LTSP for clustered ripping and transcoding, another kind of HPC use of LTSP network. Ready to run LTSP server is integrated in openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e DVD."
Michal Hrušecký: Geeko Builder
"Do you know what Geeko Builder is? No? So let's talk about it a little bit. Everybody probably knows who Geeko is. Geeko is that chameleon in SUSE logo. And what is Geeko Builder? It is a web application where you can dress up your Geeko. You can choose where to put him, what he should wear and few similar things. One disadvantage I found is that you have to choose from limited number of items and backgrounds available already in builder and you can't upload your own background or item. After creating your Geeko, you can download your picture in big resolution and use it as a background or as an avatar. Other interesting thing is that after saving your Geeko, your image will appear in gallery where people can vote for it. And the best pictures will win some price in the end according to the site."
Stephen Shaw: iFolder appliance 0.0.8
"Well, the packages finally built and I was finally able to build a new appliance. So, the changes: I’ve added the iscsi packages to the images. This includes the yast packages making it really easy to add external storage through iscsi."
Andrew Wafaa: openSUSE on Symbian
"Yes people you can now get a good dose of the Geeko on the most prevalent Operating System on phones, well sort of :-D . I present to you the WRT widget application. Firstly I have to give credit to the guys and gals over at the Symbian Foundation,after all I did borrow (or should that be fork?) their idea. I based my app on their "Symbian on Symbian" widget, modified it slightly and hey presto!"

openSUSE Forums

KDE4.3 beta users!
"Comments on the use of KDE4.3 beta from Factory. More users are venturing there now, me included and it's looking great and more importantly, working well too. Check this out."
How to Run FSCK Manually
"This could prove a handy thread to bookmark. We probably never think too much about terrible things happening to our HD's, but it can. Checking the integrity of your drives can be useful."
Asus Netbooks Apparently Dropping Linux
"There has been a number of these compact laptop manufacturers supplying Linux as standard. Asus is discussed here. M$ comes in for a mention of course, as it seems to have wormed it's way in on the scene."
New Kernel Release Discussion
"There was a update to the kernel for openSUSE, always newsworthy. You can read our members experiences with the update by reading here. If you haven't already updated consider doing so. But a quick read here may prepare you for any necessary precautions."

On the Web


Chris von Eitzen/ Linux Kernel 2.6.30 released
"After eight release candidates and a rather short development cycle, Linus Torvalds has released Linux version 2.6.30, dubbed "Man-Eating Seals of Antiquity". As with its predecessors on the main development line of Linux, it introduces a host of innovations."
Stuart Turton/pcpro: Novell ponders "open-source apps store"
"Novell plans to bring the wealth of open-source software to everyday users through an "open-source apps store". The vast amount of free software available to open-source users has long been one of the major benefits of switching to a Linux distro such as Ubuntu, or openSUSE. The problem has always been in explaining this to customers reared on a Windows diet."
Novell OpenPR Blog: openSUSE sets the record straight
"Reports this week about a Novell-developed “app store” have raised a lot of interest, and a bit of confusion. Let me clarify."
Justin Ryan/ board@opensuse:~$ zypper install new-member
"Last fall, the openSUSE Project achieved an important milestone: the first-ever openSUSE Board election. Two new members joined the two victorious incumbents and the Novell-appointed chairman to form the project's first elected board. Now the composition is changing once again, as one of the board's original members takes a step back."

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 Announcement: Linux kernel
  • Package: kernel
  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SA:2009:030
  • Date: Mon, 08 Jun 2009 17:54:43 +0200

  • SUSE Security Summary Report
  • Package: IBMJava5-JRE/java-1_5_0-ibm, RealPlayer, acroread/acroread_ja, apache2-mod_security2, cyrus-sasl, ethereal/wireshark, ganglia-monitor-core, ghostscript-devel, libwmf, libxine1/xine-devel, net-snmp, ntp/xntp, openssl
  • Announcement ID: SR:2009:011
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 15:36:28 +0200


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

Communication has 36916 (-41) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 29307 (+332) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 7771, 02-Dec-2008 at 17:31.

3001 (+37) of 7205 (+116) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 293 (+0) members.

Build Service
The Build Service now hosts 6652 (+105) projects, 69497 (+954) packages, 13087 (+286) repositories by 15348 (+141) confirmed users.


Feature statistics for openSUSE 11.2:

  • total: 261 (+3)
  • unconfirmed: 21 (+1)
  • new: 7 (-14)
  • evaluation: 129 (+3)
  • candidate: 14 (+1)
  • done: 13 (+1)
  • rejected: 65 (+11)
  • duplicate: 12 (+0)
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The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:


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