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Welcome to issue # 77 of openSUSE Weekly News

In this Week:

  • openSUSE Factory is now open
  • GSoC Status Reports
  • Lubos Lunak: OpenOffice.Org KDE4 Integration
  • openSUSE 11.2 Launch Planning
  • The Plasma desktop shell of KDE 4


openSUSE Factory is Now Open
"openSUSE development is now even _more_ open than before. Factory development is changing, and we're making it easier for contributors to take responsibility for packages and to contribute directly to openSUSE. This means contributors will be able to be directly responsible for packages, without having to go through a Novell employee to make changes."
Joe Brockmeier: Bring out yer blogs!
"Sascha Manns has put out a call for participation over on Lizards, asking for people to contribute to openSUSE Weekly News by blogging more about openSUSE and the project. If you have an own Blog, we would like to motivate you, to blog. You can write about interesting Features or Tips and Tricks, or new things, [...]"
openSUSE participate at LinuxTag Berlin 24th-27th June
"This year again openSUSE participates in LinuxTag from June 24-27 in Berlin. We do have a booth in hall 7.2b, booth #115. Pass by and experience the latest stuff from openSUSE Build Service, SUSE Studio, openSUSE 11.1 and 11.2, iFolder and others. On Saturday June 27 we have the openSUSE day - a one day conference around several openSUSE topics. For the program please look up Saal 2. For all they cant be there - RadioTux transmitt an interesting program with interviews in german and english e.G. Joe Zonker Brockmeier, SUSE-Studio and iFolder"

In the Community


James Tremblay: South East Linux Fest
"This week I attended SELF (South East Linux Fest) at Clemson University here in South Carolina. It was a great day! I met and worked the openSUSE booth with Joe Brockmeier aka “Zonker”. There were lots of enthusiastic attendees both from the Linux and Education communities. All of the Educators that came to visit the booth where extremely pleased with the work the EDU team has completed and If I had been able to supply them, many would have taken copies of the EDU Li-F-E disk and Sugar disk that I had running on my laptop. Cyberog and the team really have hit a home run! I had with me a thin client setup and did several demonstrations on the ease of installation and setup. ..."
Novell OpenPR Blog: We’re a-Twitter
"We are pleased to announce that Novell is now @novell on Twitter. Follow @novell to get all the updates about the company. There are a number of Novell tweeps already tweeting about our solutions and community projects, below are a few other people and groups that you might also want to follow: ..."
Marcus Hüwe: Summary of this week’s meeting
"The goals for the last week were to implement oauth support into osc and add something like a “ttl” so that an access token expires after some time. In order to implement it into osc I decided to write a simple OAuthHandler class which can be added as an “opener” to urllib2. So it should be possible to add custom “openers” for other protocols (but the interface might change again)."
Jan-Simon Möller: openSUSE@ARM/GSoC: Cross-compilation & speedup
"This weeks topic was the integration of the cross-compilation mode into the build environment. But it’s more than just a cross-toolchain - it’s a speed-boost for our ARM build environment. As of today, the source is deployed in the repository Base:build:arm:cross. It’s not fully bootstrapped because of the current high load and the upcoming downtime - so watch out for changes there and in Base:build:arm."
Jeff Shantz: Summer of Code Update: Weeks 3 and 4
"Well, I officially have a degree. I lost a few days of productivity last week due to graduation and associated celebrations, but things are progressing with the YaST Education module. First, the Access Time Restrictions and Firewall screens are now complete. See the screenshots below: ..."

Status Updates


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Distribution status
"Status update"
Minutes of Prague YaST Team Meeting: 2009-06-18
"Minutes from the Meeting"
Czech Packagers Team meeting minutes 2009-06-09
"Czech Packagers Team Minutes"

Build Service

OBS downtime
"We did upgrade to svn trunk code base at that time, to allow more request types and get a bunch of fixes. The system is under high load atm."
Fedora updates, please test
"The Fedora:11 project exists now and builds okay at least for some packages in openSUSE:Tools."
Factory changes
Due to the big changes in Factory, the Build Service is highly loaded and less responsive. Please be patient for the jobs to get scheduled.

Wiki / Communication / Events

Andreas Jaeger: Quality Checking the openSUSE Wiki
"I talked today with Frank and he mentioned that during openSUSE Community Week some people discussed improving the openSUSE Wiki. He has written a first email on what he wants to do titled ‘RFC: Marking articles that have been “QA”‘ed‘ and now started going through the pages. His progress report is available on the opensuse-wiki mailing list and titled ‘1st report on methodically checking pages on en.o.o.’"

Tips and Tricks

Ján Kupec : DaysToGo - Minimalistic SuperKaramba Theme
"I easily loose track of time when i have a lot of things to do on my list. I needed something to remind me how much time i have left when deciding what do to next or whether to promise to do something more. So i made this simple SuperKaramba theme."
Uwe Gansert: One string to rule them all ...
"On openSUSE 11.2 I did a little change with the handling of how AutoYaST looks for the profile on devices. AutoYaST will look for the profile on every device it can mount and will stop looking when the profile is found."
susegeek: WinFF - GUI for ffmpeg to convert videos in OpenSUSE
"WinFF is a simple GUI for ffmpeg, the command line video converter. WinFF will convert almost any video file that FFmpeg will convert. WinFF converts multiple files in multiple formats at one time. More here ..."
Weekly Code Snippets
"Well this is the first time where the (I hope so) Weekly Code Snippets article arrives. In this article it is going around Java and C#. Benjamin Weber shows us about using the Java Abuse engine. He wrote two articles about Ternary Try/Catch and Currency Pattern. Andreas Marschke tries out the "C# InteractiveBase Shell" and made some basic examples. Please enjoy the first part of a going on article serie."

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

Martin Schlander: Open World Soccer
"I guess most cultured people above the age of 25 or so have played some version of Sensible (World of) Soccer on the Amiga at some point – younger people may have tried the not-so-great retro edition released for the Microsoft Xbox a couple of years ago."
Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.1.1 alpha1 available for openSUSE
"I’m happy to announce 3.1.1 alpha1 packages for openSUSE. They are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project and include many upstream and Go-oo fixes. Please, look for more details about the openSUSE OOo build on the wiki page. The packages are alpha versions and might include even serious bugs. Therefore they are not intended for data-critical usage. A good practice is to archive any important data before an use, …"
Pavol Rusnak: SVG-edit 2.1 released
"Thanks to hard work of Jeff, Narendra, Vidar and me, we managed to create today a 2.1 release of SVG-edit. Interesting changes include:..."
Pavol Rusnak: Opera 10 with Opera Unite in openSUSE Factory
"Opera Software unveiled today the new Opera build with a technology called Opera Unite. I updated the package in openSUSE Factory Non-OSS repository, so you can try it out. Factory package can be installed on older openSUSE releases too, because they are not built against particular libraries."

Planet SUSE

Stephen Shaw: iFolder server on XEN
"ok, since I got the request here is the xen image (32 bit only). I’ll apologize now for the fact that I don’t currently have a way to test this image, so please let me know if it works. It actually has newer packages than the other images. I’ll try to get this all in sync sooner than later."
Lubos Lunak: OpenOffice.Org KDE4 Integration
"Since Kendy's blog has somehow disappeared from Planet KDE, let me copy&paste one entry ( Thanks to the heroic efforts of Éric Bischoff, Bernhard Rosenkränzer, and Roman Shtylman, the KDE Integration has been ported to KDE4. It still has some rough edges (currently the detection does not work out of the box—you have to export OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=kde4 to get it), but it is safe because it co-exists nicely with the existing KDE3 integration; so if you are not satisfied, you are able just swich back to KDE3 (export OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=kde). ..."
Susanne Oberhauser: open source xml editor in sight
"Six years ago I was involved with an early predecessor of the openfate feature tracker. I had extended docbook sgml with a few feature tracking tags and it rendered nicely. We stored it in cvs and jointly hacked on the document. It never really got off the ground though, because there was no open source xml editor for Linux beyond emacs."
Michal Hrušecký: server:database structure changes
"After some discussions which happened on mailing list lately, I decided that server: database repository can use some more adjustments. Some people complained about changes I introduced with MySQL 5.1. One point of view is that using factory version on production server is a bad idea but on the other hand, where would you get something newer for your old openSUSE to let it survive a little bit longer before upgrade to newer version? I'd like to introduce following repository scheme which should solve these problems..."

openSUSE Forums

"We couldn't not include a feature on the latest Kernel Update. It brought a rush of broken sound issues to the forum and consequently a busy time for 'oldcpu' our sound guru."
openSUSE 11.2 Launch Planning
"The openSUSE 11.2 launch is some months away, but it's not too late to start planning now. This thread is for general discussion about the launch, what themes we want to put forward, the target audience(s) we'd like to address, and so forth. Why not add your voice to this thread."
Kernel Update Feedback
"Users leave feedback on the latest kernel update of June 9th 2009. Other threads indicate a number of issues. See how users report here on their experience. Some quite different responses here than in the earlier link above."
5 Years with Linux - A look back and forward.
"How long ago did you start using Linux. Users here describe their first experiences, current feelings and anticipation for the future. Why not add yours here too."

On the Web


Roger Whittaker: Book reviews
"Reviews for UKUUG Newsletter of: ..." The Plasma desktop shell of KDE 4
"KDE, the K Desktop Environment, is a free software project based on a desktop environment for UNIX-like systems. Learn how to build small but extremely useful applets for Plasma -- the new shell for the K Desktop Environment -- starting with a handy memory monitor applet." Essential tips to help you work smarter with Linux
"The way we use computers has changed. This is thanks to the fact that most of us are continually connected to the internet. But the evolution of Linux has also played an important role in this revolution. Thanks to short release cycles and experimental package repositories, we can all install and run the latest software today. And it's these tools that offer the best potential for breaking your old habits, introducing new ways to perform tasks, and improving your productivity." Education Portal
"The education portal started as openSUSE Education community learning portal is now multi distribution collaborative learning/teaching portal. If you would like to join the admin team, head to IRC freenode #opensuse-edu and ping "nubae"."

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 36926 (+10) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 29667 (+360) registered users - most users including guests ever online was 7771, 02-Dec-2008 at 17:31.

3037 (+36) of 7326 (+121) 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 6712 (+60) projects, 71584 (+2087) packages, 13160 (+73) repositories by 15476 (+128) confirmed users.


Feature statistics for openSUSE 11.2:

  • total: 270 (+9)
  • unconfirmed: 26 (+5)
  • new: 7 (+0)
  • evaluation: 131 (+2)
  • candidate: 14 (+0)
  • done: 13 (+0)
  • rejected: 67 (+2)
  • duplicate: 12 (+0)
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