We are pleased to announce our openSUSE Weekly News Issue 120!
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|Welcome to issue # 120 of openSUSE Weekly News. Now the sixteenth Week goes to the End, and we are pleased to announce our new issue. Last Week started the openSUSE Kernel Review, and we’re pleased to announce our new report from the testing Team. We wish you many joy by reading it…|
Build Service Team
“OBS Developers from MeeGo project visited the SUSE OBS Developers in Nürnberg on friday and saturday. Not everybody managed to come due to the ash over europe, but at least -Anas Nashif from Intel
-Alexander(Sasha) Kanevskiy from Nokia
-Martin Mohring from Linux Foundation
-Jan-Simon Möller from Linux Foundation
-Andreas Jaeger from Novell/SUSE
-Michael Schröder from Novell/SUSE
-Adrian Schröter from Novell/SUSE
spoke about a lot of features and wanted design changes in OBS. The MeeGo project uses OBS to create their packages and products in similar setup and with needs as openSUSE. In short this is having multiple code streams, which are used to create multiple products, which require maintenance updates and QA validations. This give us plenty areas of collaboration and makes us hoping to drive OBS in a good direction for all of us.”
“Zypper has undergone a major refactoring of its package selection code recently. This was mainly to enable automatic testing and to make it easier and safer to add new features. I’ll submit zypper 1.4.2 including this change to Factory soon. It seems to work fine for the most part, but if you spot something that used to work for you in 1.4.1, please let us know via bugzilla. Don’t forget to attach both zypper.log and solver test case.”
“The Build Service Team is proud to release the version 1.7.3 of OBS. It is recommended to update to this version for everybody who is running an own OBS instance. Instances which re-use resources from build.opensuse.org instance are required to update to support the new required “rpm-md-legacy” repository mode. Publishing repositories for older distributions will fail otherwise.”
“I just submitted the new osc 0.126 release to the openSUSE:Tools project. The new packages should be available soon at http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Tools”
Build Service Statistics
The Build Service now hosts 12334 (+140) projects, 92653 (+195) packages, 21766 (+179) repositories by 22741 (+154) confirmed users.
“The openSUSE Testing Core Team (TCT) has been asked to contribute to the Weekly News on a regular basis. We are grateful for the opportunity. The TCT is a group of 25 volunteers that are charged with helping the openSUSE developers test each new release. Our objectives and membership are given on our wiki site: http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Testing_Core_Team”
“Venezuelan Linux community is finishing all the preparations for the April 24, the day that all Latin America celebrate the FLISOL, Latin American Festival of Free Software Installation. Through the sponsorship of Novell, the collaboration of ambassadors from other distributions, and GoSVe, the user group from Venezuela openSUSE, our distro will be present in all the sites of the great event of free software in the region, giving away DVD’s, LiveCD’s, stickers, t-shirts, and more.”
“If you’ve followed my dents on identi.ca, you may have noticed that I asked people for their recommendations for a good KDE4 Linux distribution. Well after a bit of thought I decided that I would move away from Kubuntu to openSUSE. Why the change?”
“The openSUSE Board host an open discussion about the Board. In attendance were Michael Loeffler, Henne Vogelsgang, Pascal Bleser, Stephen Shaw and Bryen Yunashko – Pavol Rusnak was unable to make the discussion due to him dealing with the mini RPM Summit”
openSUSE TV: openSUSE Conference 2009 – Open Source Contribution: How Chinese Students Enjoy Open Source
“Today it was five months ago that I announced the availability of opensuse-guide.org, and soon I’ll begin updating it for openSUSE 11.3, so it’s a good time for a quick status report. Since the initial announcement the guide has had a few improvements including short, embedded screencasts using html5+Ogg Theora, demonstrating how to install packages, adding repositories and basic terminal usage. The guide has been averaging steadily at about 230 unique visitors per day in the entire 5 month period. By far the most of the visitors are American, Germans are second, while the Danes, the British and the Russians are nearly tied for third place. Around 70% of the visitors are using a GNU/Linux operating system.”
People of openSUSE
“Aloha, I’m Andrew Wafaa. Most people call me Andy or Wafaa. I’m a married, father of three living in the UK. I’m a Scotsman born and bred in Aberdeen (The Granite City), but have some Egyptian blood in me, this led to my old General Manager calling me a “Camel Herder With A Skirt”, which stuck with me ever since. Professionally I’m a Solutions Architect mainly dealing with SLES for one of the big service providers. The title is all grand but I basically pen push now and do a load of documentation which is really boring. Thankfully openSUSE is there to keep me alive and interested in life ;-) ”
You can find more informations on other events at:
openSUSE for your ears
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.
4571 (+54) of 11796 (+132) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 395 (+0) members.
“This program is an audio-player, written with help of Qt library. The user interface is similar to winamp or xmms.”
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Dear opensuse-security-announce subscribers and openSUSE users, SUSE Security announces that openSUSE 11.0 will be discontinued soon. Having provided security-relevant fixes for two years, we will stop releasing updates after June 30th 2010 (in 2 months). As a consequence, the openSUSE 11.0 distribution directory on our server download.opensuse.org will be removed from /distribution/11.0/ to free space on our mirror sites. The 11.0 directory in the update tree /update/11.0 will follow, as soon as all updates have been published. Also the openSUSE buildservice repositories building openSUSE 11.0 will be removed.
For Commandline/Script Newbies
“There are some misconceptions that shell scripts are only for a CLI environment. You can easily use various tools to write GUI and/or network (socket) scripts under KDE or Gnome desktops. Shell scripts can make use of some of the GUI widget (menus, warning boxs, progress bars etc). You can always control the final output, cursor position on screen, various output effects, and so on. With the following tools you can build powerful, interactive, user friendly UNIX / Linux bash shell scripts.” If you want to try notify-send command on openSUSE, install libnotify package instead of libnotify.bin. ;-)
“Another week and another top ten one-liners from commandlinefu explained. This is the third post in the series already, covering one-liners 21-30. See the previous two posts for the introduction of the series and one-liners 1-20: * Part I: Top Ten One-Liners from CommandLineFu Explained * Part II: The Next Ten One-Liners from CommandLineFu Explained”
“Encrypt a file can be useful when we want to keep sensitive information but do not trust the site is being stored. GnuPG allows to quickly and easily create encrypted files without the use of public keys or complicated procedures, just run the following at a Linux terminal:
$ gpg -c test.txt _
For Developers and Programmers
“Twitter is preparing to launch several impressive new features, including a new streaming API that will give desktop client applications real-time access to the user’s message timeline. The new streaming API was announced last week at Twitter’s Chirp conference, where it was made available to conference attendees on-site for some preliminary experimentation. Twitter opened it up to the broader third-party developer community on Monday so that programmers can begin testing it to offer informed feedback.”
For System Administrators
“”Al: Didn’t you study the manual at all? Tim: A real man doesn’t need a manual. ” Because my last article was for the experts, this is more for the AutoYaST-newbies again. It’s not about AutoYaST itself but about the tools that orbit around it.”
“This has been covered on a couple of forums out there, but I’ve yet to find a decent comprehensive post. This is for 32bit systems, it’s easily modified for 64bit setups. First off, search your favorite RPM repo for binutils-2.19-9.3. I like to use http://rpm.pbone.net, but at the time of writing, they happen to be down. Get a copy of the Novell Client ISO from http://download.novell.com and mount it:”
“What’s new in this release (see below for details): – A number of new icons.
- Improved support for alpha channel in bitmaps.
- Many Direct3D fixes and optimizations.
- More complete msvcr80/90 implementations.
- A wide range of 64-bit fixes.
- Various bug fixes.”
Call for participation
“After posting the 15 Cool and Unique Linux Desktop Workspaces, I decided to officially launch today “The $100.00 (USD) Coolest Linux Workspace Contest”. This contest is open to everyone who can show and tell us something about his/her cool and unique Linux workstation setup.”
“IBM is turning to technology from Novell to build Linux OS powered software appliances — a move that aims to deliver easy-to-deploy software for physical, virtual and cloud-based environments in use at small to midsized businesses. The new software appliances deliver solutions for IBM Lotus, Websphere and Cognos software applications. Specifically, IBM will be offering software appliances for the IBM Lotus Foundations collaboration suite as well as the Lotus Protector for Mail Security. IBM’s WebSphere Application Server is also benefiting with a software appliance aimed at virtualized environments, while Big Blue is ramping up its analytics offerings with appliances for its Cognos Now! and IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer packages.”
Reviews and Essays
“Hello again for another interview with KDE people. Last time we had Aleix Pol with us. Now it is time for Thiago Macieira. One of the first KDE developers, he is still working towards world domination at Qt Software as he will explain to us in the interview. For the Italian readers here is the original interview.”
“When news of Oracle’s intended acquisition of Sun Microsystems broke long ago, many people wondered what that would mean for OpenOffice, the most widely adopted full desktop implementation of ODF. But Oracle immediately imposed a company-wide “no comment” policy on that topic, so everyone has been wondering what the answer might be ever since. So like many others, I expect, I’m trying to get my brain around Oracle’s reasoning in deciding to charge $90 for a formerly free ODF conversion plug-in developed by Sun Microsystems. That downloadable plug-in was intended for Microsoft Office users who wanted to import ODF-compliant documents created, most obviously, by users of the free, open source OpenOffice.org (OOo) version, or of Sun’s StarOffice, the for-sale, supported productivity suite based on the free OOo code. Moreover, it’s not just $90 you’ll need to fork over – the plug-in is only available in packages of 100.”
“VideoLAN has released a security advisory to address multiple vulnerabilities in VLC Media Player. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review VideoLAN security advisory VideoLAN-SA-1003 and apply any necessary updates or workarounds to help mitigate the risks.”
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