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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 116 is out!

March 27th, 2010 by

news Issue #116 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

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For a list of available translations see this page:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/116/Translations.

openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 4 Release

March 25th, 2010 by

Geeko at work

The fourth of seven scheduled milestone releases for 11.3 was completed and released on schedule. Milestone 4 focuses on switching to upstart as init daemon.

Here’s what you may find interesting in the new release:

  • OpenOffice.Org has been updated to 3.2.1 Beta1 with new features
  • NetworkManager has been updated to version 0.8 with fixes to better support bluetooth and GSM.
  • cups has been updated to version 1.4.2, it “adds over 67 changes and new features to CUPS 1.3.11, including improved Bonjour/DNS-SD support, supply level and status reporting for network printers via SNMP, an improved web interface, and the CUPS DDK tools.”
  • The conntrack  – network filtering system has been added. These are userspace tools that allow system administrators interact with the Connection Tracking System, which is the module that provides stateful packet inspection for iptables.
  • The Mono stack has been updated to the bug fix release 2.6.3 together with MonoDevelop 2.2.2.
  • Python was updated to the bug fix release 2.6.5 RC 2
  • samba has been updated to version 3.5.1
  • The Moblin team has started with the integration of the Moblin UI into the distribution and plan to have everything ready for the next milestone.
  • The LiveCDs  have virtualbox guest tools.  Now features like  screen resizing, seamless mode, and shared clipboards work fine and automatically after boot-up! Check this (~8,5MB) ogv video to see the guest addition features in action.

Gnome/GTK desktop users:

  • GNOME has been updated to the GNOME 2.30 release candidate (2.29.92)
    • With the next milestone, empathy will be the default IM client for GNOME. Empathy supports now sending files via drag & drop and the IRC module now includes support for common IRC commands such as /join.
    • Tomboy’s startup time has been drastically improved. Syncing is now done automatically.
    • Natilus’ user interface now includes a new split view mode and the default is set to browser mode.

KDE desktop users:

  • KDE has been updated to version 4.4.1 the most important changes:
    • A performance problem in KMail when sending emails has been fixed
    • Various fixes in Plasma widgets and other addons, such as the analog clock and the picture frame
    • A number of fixes in Konsole, KDE’s powerful terminal application
  • Amarok is now at version 2.3, “Areas such as podcast support and saved playlists have seen huge improvements, as has the support for USB mass storage devices (including generic MP3 players)”.
  • k3b is updated to 2.0 RC2

LXDE desktop users:

  • Switch to pcmanfm 0.9.3 and libfm 0.1.9. Now lxde fully supports trash, automount, gvfs, “menu-browsing” and much more.
  • lxsession: upgrade to 0.4.3 with d-bus support

As this is a milestone release, 11.3 milestone 4 does contain bugs that we know about, but should not stand between courageous contributors and release testing.

The known bugs include:

  • gwibber has been updated but depends on desktopcouch and that stack is not yet integrated into openSUSE.

You can track the most annoying bugs on the wiki along with 11.3 development. If you want to make sure 11.3 final is free of annoying bugs, we’ll need your help finding, reporting, and fixing those hidden bugs.

To learn more about testing openSUSE, visit the Testing pages on the openSUSE wiki. To follow the testing and development process, we suggest that you subscribe to the openSUSE-Factory mailing list (Subscribe | Help | Archives) and join the #openSUSE-Factory channel on Freenode to discuss openSUSE development.

The next openSUSE Milestone is scheduled to be released on Friday, April  the 9th, with additional new features and bug fixes.

Get Milestone 4 Today!

What are you waiting for? Grab the milestone release from software.opensuse.org/developer today!

openSUSE Education Li-f-e Update

March 24th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Education team is happy to announce the availability of the updated openSUSE Education Li-f-e DVD iso. The Linux for Education (Li-f-e) contains a wide selection of education, development, office, as well as multimedia packs to meet all possible computing needs of students, teachers and parents.

Some of the highlights of this update:

Desktop Environments:

Additions:

Updates:

  • All official updates to openSUSE 11.2 since its release
  • LTSP 0.5.1.99, includes fat-client support
  • Banshee 1.6 RC1
  • Code::Blocks SVN 6182
  • and of course most of the education packages like gcompris and tux4kids suite got updated.

Download:

Direct Download | metalink | torrent | md5sum

More mirrors on sourceforge

More information here: http://en.opensuse.org/Education/Live

Have a lot of fun

Your openSUSE Education team

Planet SUSE Status

March 23rd, 2010 by

Planet SUSE aggregates blog posts from the SUSE Linux universum, including openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise.  It aggregates not only English blog posts but also as separate feeds German, Spanish, Polish,  and Portuguese posts.

Planet SUSE has been unavailable for the last days due to some problems while renewing the domain. We have therefore setup an alternative DNS entry for the server under the openSUSE domain, you can reach the planet now as planet.openSUSE.org. The alternative name will stay, so feel free to change your bookmarks permantelty to it.

If you’d like to see a blog shown on Planet SUSE, please tell the admins James Ogley and Pascal Bleser.

A special thanks to our Planet heros – James, Pascal, Darix and Justin.

Update 2010-03-24: The original DNS entry www.planetsuse.org is available again.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 115 is out!

March 20th, 2010 by

news Issue #115 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

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For a list of available translations see this page:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/115/Translations.

openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 3 is out!

March 15th, 2010 by

Geeko at work

The third of seven scheduled milestone releases for 11.3 was completed and released on schedule. Milestone 3 focuses on using GCC 4.5 as the default compiler, leaving a great deal of the work in the hands of the openSUSE Build Service after a few issues (such as kernel panics) were resolved.

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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 114 is out!

March 13th, 2010 by

news Issue #114 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

  • Sascha Manns: Geeko wants you: Weekly News Team searches for new Translators
  • Cornelius Schumacher: Are you up for a new challenge in the SUSE Studio team?
  • Richard Bos: Build your own Google Earth rpm
  • TuxRadar: The newbie’s guide to hacking the Linux kernel
  • Andrew Wafaa: Community Discussion – Part1

For a list of available translations see this page:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/114/Translations.

openSUSE Build Service 1.7.2 Released

March 11th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Build Service team is happy to announce the availability of OBS 1.7.2.

This release brings beside bug fixes also some new features back ported from master branch. The new features makes the initial setup easier and offers optionally also authentification against a LDAP server.

Users can download the OBS Appliance as USB or hard disc image, VMware image or Live CD. The new administration interface allows the intial setup via your web browser with this release.

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Reminder: German Wiki Team Meeting

March 9th, 2010 by

The next openSUSE german Wiki Team meeting will take place tomorrow Wednesday March 09 at 18:00 GMT. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-wiki-de channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

http://de.opensuse.org/Wiki-Team/Meetings#Topics

We using for our Meeting the Meetbot. Please check http://wiki.debian.org/MeetBot for the commands.

Please add topics as soon as possible. Also, if you have questions for the meeting, but can’t attend (we know that the meeting times can’t work for everyone) please add them to the agenda as well.

For more on IRC meetings, see: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

As always, we meet in #opensuse-newsletter on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-wiki-de

Not familiar with IRC? A good overview can be found at irchelp.org. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.

Wondering what meeting times are? Check the openSUSE Meetings page. All project meetings and team meetings should be listed there.

openSUSE Weekly News Team Meeting

March 9th, 2010 by

The next openSUSE Weekly News meeting will take place Saturday March 13  at 14:30 UTC. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-newsletter channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/Meetings/Topics_current

We using for our Meeting the Meetbot. Please check http://wiki.debian.org/MeetBot for the commands.

Please add topics as soon as possible. Also, if you have questions for the meeting, but can’t attend (we know that the meeting times can’t work for everyone) please add them to the agenda as well.

For more on IRC meetings, see: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

As always, we meet in #opensuse-newsletter on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-newsletter.

Not familiar with IRC? A good overview can be found at irchelp.org. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.

Wondering what meeting times are? Check the openSUSE Meetings page. All project meetings and team meetings should be listed there.