We are pleased to announce our openSUSE Weekly News Issue 119.
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|Welcome to issue # 119 of openSUSE Weekly News. Now the fifeteenth Week goes to the End, and we are pleased to announce our new issue. In this issue you can find a new exclusive Kernel Review with openSUSE Flavor, and the new Milestone 5 of openSUSE 11.3 is out. Feel free to test it. Now we wish you many joy by reading the new issue…|
“Milestone 5 (of 7), a snapshot of the Factory â€œwork in progressâ€ build, leading up to openSUSE 11.3 release in July, is now available for download. M5 was marked by significant contributions from both the openSUSE Community, and the larger Linux community. Weâ€™ve added some interesting new packages, made some updates to core processes, and participated in a coordinated multi-distribution upgrade of a major multimedia component. Over 50 bugs were fixed and 8 new features were implemented.”
“Well itâ€™s been almost seven months since our inaugural conference, and there were a load of videos taken. The problem was that our usual VT gurus have been unavailable to do any of the editing etc. So the raw video has languished on the servers waiting for some kind soul to help edit them. After multiple calls for help and nudges from the marketing team, I decided to see if I could slot it in anywhere (yay me, Iâ€™m such a hero :-P ) Thankfully I had some brilliant help from SankarP who refreshed my memory on how to edit video, thanks chief! (…)”
Schedules for the next Week
“22nd April: openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 6 release. Milestone: Patchlevel update of granted packages finished. Leaf packages and packages not on DVD are usually granted without much discussion.”
The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:
Build Service Team
Build Service Statistics
The Build Service now hosts 12194 (+169) projects, 92458 (+475) packages, 21587 (+227) repositories by 22587 (+147) confirmed users.
“the 11th openSUSE Testing Core Team IRC Meeting will be on: Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 17:00:00 UTC”
“with the new openSUSE Wiki at wiki.opensuse.org fast approaching and just around the corner, we’re going to put additional workforce on it to hold the target launch date of June 1st 2010, which is prior to the release of openSUSE 11.3.”
“This time round I’d like us to discuss Collaboration, Learning, Listening and Leading. Let me clarify what I mean by Collaboration; I’m NOT talking about Groupwise/Exchange/Zimbra/Alfresco/SharePoint/Kablink style collabortaion, but I AM talking about working with other parties and teams. Within openSUSE as with other distributions there are multiple teams/projects that in some cases could be classed as competitors – GNOME & KDE are a prime example. Just because they are trying to get you to use them doesn’t mean they can’t have some commonality (other than the underlying OS). I’d love to see more collaboration with other distributions, working with them on the topic of say RPM as an example. Working with upstream DEs and other distros to improve the likes of a11y (that’s accessibility for thos that aren’t aware, you know – audio/visual/etc impaired), education. You get the idea? Quite often we need to just look past our differences and get on with the job, soon we’ll realise (hoipefully) that we are pretty much the same the difference is in the implementation. If we focus locally on how we can collaborate within openSUSE alone then we need to work together with a focused vision and take a demographic, say developers, and get everyone interested to chip in with ways of making it easier and better for developers to use openSUSE. Both KDE and GNOME can easily contribute to this, as can documentation gurus and others. The key here is to have a clearly defined target and work together, effectively combining multiple teams into one.”
openSUSE for your ears
“Here is my report for the Texas Linux Fest. I showed up at 7am, because I was told what when we could set up. Vendor couldn’t set up until 9am. So since I was early didn’t have a lot to do. I helped out set up tables and anything else they asked me to do.”
openSUSE in $COUNTRY
lists.opensuse.org has 37229 (-33) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 44499 (+271) registered users – Most users ever online was 30559, 08-Jan-2010 at 13:06.
4517 (+35) of 11664 (+63) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 395 members.
“Barrage is a rather violent action game with the objective to kill and destroy as many targets as possible within 3 minutes. The player controls a gun that may either fire small or large grenades at soldiers, jeeps and tanks. It is a very simple gameplay though it is not that easy to get high scores.”
“Iâ€™m pleased to announce the Version 3.2.0 of assuma. As known, you can install it through the openSUSE:Factory:Contrib and the KDE:KDE4:Community Repositories. Association Subscribers Manager is a Software for Clubs and Associatons. You can administrate your Members and all you need. The Projectsite is: http://www.associationsubscribersmanager.org/ . The OpenDesktop Site is: http://opendesktop.org/content/show.php?content=109313 Have a lot of fun :-)”
“Kdropbox is a KDE frontend for Dropbox written in QT. Available as openSUSE Package, too.”
|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.
“”It’s been two weeks rather than the usual one, because we’ve been hunting a really annoying VM regression that not a lot of people seem to have seen, but I didn’t want to release an -rc4 with it,” began Linux creator Linus Torvalds, announcing the 2.6.34-rc4 Linux kernel. He explained, “we had the choice of either reverting all the anon-vma scalability improvements, or finding out exactly what caused the regression and fixing it. And we got pretty close to the point where I was going to just revert it all.” Linus continued: (…)”
“Expected for release in May, Linux kernel version 2.6.34 contains several new network drivers and various advancements designed to improve network performance or increase network configuration flexibility, which will particularly impact virtualisation.”
“The 2.6.34-rc4 prepatch is out, about a week later than would have been expected. The delay was the result of a nasty VM regression that we’ll be covering separately. All told, some 500 fixes have been merged since -rc3; see the announcement for the short-form changelog, or see the full changelog for all the details.”
“Guest Blog from: Rares Aioanei <email@example.com>”
For Desktop Users
“I recently added a new account to my Claws-Mail configuration. That account will soon become one of my main accounts, so I was not happy about it being shown on the bottom of the folder list, below all my less important accounts. Using the GUI, I could not find a way to move it around. I already thought about manually changing the configuration, editing all the references for all accounts. Fortunately, when looking around the ~/.claws-mail directory that contains everything, I found folderlist.xml which is an easy to understand (and edit) XML file that describes how the folders are displayed. I did no fancy stuff, just moved the <folder type=â€imapâ€â€¦> â€¦ </folder> block, that corresponds to the new account up to the first place and voilÃ¡ â€” it works. BTW: Claws-Mail is still my favourite email client after using it for over a year – that clearly is a new record ;)”
Free Software Magazine/Daniel Escasa: New-line search & replace in OpenOffice.org Writer — the lazy way
“Iâ€™ve been editing the Philippine Star Trek fansâ€™ section of the New Worlds Alliance site for a few months now, and the contributors have been submitting their articles embedded in the email message. I actually prefer that to an attached file, because I can read the article right away, without having to open another application. When Iâ€™m ready to edit, I ask GMail to create a Google document out of it. Trouble is, the resulting file has hard new-line characters after every line, and a double new-line between paragraphs. I could cursor to the end of each line, delete it, and type in a space, but my inner sloth told me there had to be a better way.”
For Commandline/Script Newbies
“I have a Canon HF200 HD video camera, which records to AVCHD format. AVCHD is H.264 encoded video and AC-3 encoded audio in a MPEG-2 Transport Stream (m2ts, mts) container. This format is not supported by Aperture 3, which I use to store my video. With Blizzardâ€™s help, I figured out an ffmpeg command-line to convert to H.264 encoded video and AAC encoded audio in an MPEG-4 (mp4) container. This is supported by Aperture 3 and other Quicktime apps. (…)”
“While most of us cannot kick someone ass like Jennifer Garner in Alias, we can at least try to use the Linux alias command effectively. An alias command is simple string substitution of one text for another, when it is used as the first word of a simple command. In this article let us review how to set / unset bash aliases permanently and temporarily. Let us also review some useful bash alias examples that you can use in your bash startup files.”
For Developers and Programmers
“To most people, boot loaders aren’t the most exciting aspect of an operating system, but they are extraordinarily important. Without a functioning boot loader, nothing else works. Currently, a transition from the old Grand Unified Bootloader (GRUB) Legacy tool to the new GRUB 2 is underway. GRUB 2 is the default boot loader in Ubuntu 9.10, and it’s an option in most other major Linux distributions. Sooner or later, other distributions will deploy GRUB 2 as the default boot loader.”
For System Administrators
“There are a lot of backup tools out there. From the overly simple to the overly complex. Many of those backup tools go unnoticed and unused. Some of them get recognized as the outstanding projects they are. One of those tools is Luckybackup. This tool was awarded Sourceforgeâ€™s best new project of 2009. There is a reason for that. Luckybackup is a simple to use backup tool that can backup both to a local machine and to a remote machine â€“ with a user-friendly gui and all the features you would expect in a backup tool.” Lackybackup packages for openSUSE are available via 1-Click install.
“If youâ€™re a Linux user, youâ€™ve likely been asked at some point if you want Ext3, Ext4, XFS, ReiserFS, Btrfs, or one of many other filesystem acronyms. This choice confuses new and old users alike, and like all software, the options change as technology improves. Many people probably donâ€™t care what filesystem they use as long as itâ€™s stable and reasonably fast, but how do you know which one that is? This guide will attempt to cover the basic differences between the most common options, and provide the pros and cons of each choice.”
“You may already be familiar with the cat utility, which can send files to standard input and output. Ncat does something similar, except it’s for sending data over the network or accepting data to a local machine. In the right hands, ncat can be an extremely useful tool for system administration and troubleshooting. Setting up Ncat should be pretty easy. It’s packaged for most major Linux distributions, so no compiling should be required. Depending on the distro, it might be packaged separately or as part of the Nmap suite. Ncat is part of the nmap package on Ubuntu 9.10, and is ncat on openSUSE. Note that you may also run into variations of ncat called Netcat and others. It has been implemented in a number of ways, but ncat is probably the most popular version in use today. (…)”
Call for participation
“I was recently asked (Czech link) â€œOn a scale from 0 to 10 for GNOME 3 as planned to be where would the development be now?â€ My answer was â€œFrom my limited point of view currently a 7: Lots of work done, lots of work still to do.â€ And I started wondering: How much work is left in the cleanup area? Now that 2.30 is out module developers must spend some time now to get their module(s) ready for GNOME 3.0.”
“LINUX FILE SYSTEMS are an essential operating system resource. Modern file systems and disk drive technology are robust and reliable â€” so, most administrators put little effort into planning or worrying about them once the operating system is configured. This makes me both smile and cringe. I smile because the advancements in technology facilitate out-of-the-box reliability and performance for common installations regardless of the system administratorâ€™s skills. The implementation allows applications which utilize them to be reliable and require little day-to-day maintenance.”
“At the Linux Foundation’s annual collaboration summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, Executive Director Jim Zemlin kicked off the event with some interesting perspectives on the state of the Linux marketplace today. The short version: Linux is going strong and getting stronger. According to Zemlin, the macro-economic trends have played to the strengths of Linux and open source. Few can dispute that Linux is cheaper to procure and run in comparison to proprietary platforms. This applies not only to end users but also to device manufacturers and development shops building platforms. ”
“Are Linux kernel developers getting too old? That was a question raised during a panel discussion with kernel developers at the Linux Foundation’s Collaboration Summit this week, as some admitted that there are a large number of ‘graybeards’ that make up kernel development. The graying of the kernel could put Linux development at risk unless new blood is brought into the fold, some warned. (…)”
Reviews and Essays
TechRadar/Graham Morrison: How to switch your small or home office to Linux – Save time and money with free, open source software
“With Linux and free software making a name for itself in the world of big business, many people are testing the feasibility of switching small and home office software to their open source equivalents. Regardless of how you feel about the Linux desktop, this is one area in which Linux can have a real impact, both financially and productively, and any small or home office has the potential to be transformed by just switching one application or two to their open source equivalents. (…)”
“Adobe has released updates to address this issue. You are encouraged to read Adobe Security Bulletin APSB10-09 and update vulnerable versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Recent versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat include an automatic update feature.”
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