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May 29th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News Issue 125. Enjoy it…

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Contents

  • 1 Editors Note
  • 2 Announcements
    • 2.1 openSUSE Build Service 2.0 Beta1 Release Brings New User Interface
    • 2.2 openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 7: Preparing for RC Phase
    • 2.3 openSUSE.org Scheduled Outage
    • 2.4 Klaas Freitag: Novell Hackweek Fife
  • 3 Status Updates
    • 3.1 Distribution
      • 3.1.1 Lubos Lunak: On-demand package installation in openSUSE 11.3
      • 3.1.2 Schedules for the next Week
      • 3.1.3 Bugzilla
  • 4 Team Reports
    • 4.1 Build Service Team
      • 4.1.1 Build Team Meeting
      • 4.1.2 OBS 2.0 Beta 1 released
      • 4.1.3 Build Service Statistics
    • 4.2 GNOME Team
      • 4.2.1 Fridrich Strba: Experimental Evolution installer for Windows
    • 4.3 openFATE Team
      • 4.3.1 #309589: Support for WebM media
      • 4.3.2 #309608: Simulations with Python: SimPy
      • 4.3.3 #309617: customize hostname at install time
      • 4.3.4 #309618: Enable CGROUP feature in kerneledit
      • 4.3.5 #309626: Yast/Zypper should create a List with last installed Packages
      • 4.3.6 Statistics
    • 4.4 Testing Team
      • 4.4.1 Larry Finger: Weekly Review
    • 4.5 Translation Team
      • 4.5.1 Localization
  • 5 In the Community
    • 5.1 openSUSE TV: Architecture of Collaboration
    • 5.2 Sirko Kemter: RadioTux@LinuxTag
    • 5.3 Bryen Yunashko: From Chicago to Paris to Nuremberg!
    • 5.4 Welcome new Members
    • 5.5 Events & Meetings
    • 5.6 openSUSE for your ears
    • 5.7 From Ambassadors
      • 5.7.1 Agustin Chavarria: openSUSE Schools! in Nicaragua!
      • 5.7.2 Ricardo Varas Santana: openSUSE at FLISoL Chile]
    • 5.8 openSUSE in $COUNTRY
    • 5.9 Communication
    • 5.10 Contributors
  • 6 New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE
    • 6.1 Packman: veejay 1.5.3-0.pm.1.4 (openSUSE 11.2/i586)
    • 6.2 Packman: xmms2 0.7-999.pm.68.2 (openSUSE 11.2/x86_64)
    • 6.3 Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.2.1 rc2 available for openSUSE
  • 7 Security Updates
    • 7.1 SUSE Security Summary Report: SUSE-SR:2010:012
  • 8 Kernel Review
    • 8.1 Rares Aioanei: Kernel Review with openSUSE Flavor
  • 9 Tips and Tricks
    • 9.1 For Desktop Users
      • 9.1.1 IBM developerWorks/Martin Streicher: Speaking UNIX: The best-kept secrets of UNIX power users
      • 9.1.2 linuxplanet.com/Akkana Peck: Making Movies in Linux with Kdenlive, part 2
    • 9.2 For System Administrators
      • 9.2.1 GeekRide/Napster: Tech Tip: Sending Email from Command line
      • 9.2.2 Novell Cool Solutions/tpetersonalpine: Teaming Cluster on a Laptop using XEN, OCFS2 and Linux Virtual Services
  • 10 Planet SUSE
    • 10.1 Han Wen Kam: KVM in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP 1
    • 10.2 Joe Brockmeier: AbiWord: The Underappreciated Word Processor
    • 10.3 Joe Brockmeier: Good docs, bad docs, missing docs?
    • 10.4 Dominique Leuenberger: Dominique Leuenberger: VLC / openSUSE 10.3 repository
    • 10.5 Joe Brockmeier: The Spring 2010 Linux Distro Scorecard (Part 2)
    • 10.6 Rares Aioanei: Weekly Review of the PostgreSQL
  • 11 openSUSE Forums
    • 11.1 Prevent update being installed/Package Lock?
    • 11.2 11.2 Users Please Check your Firewall
    • 11.3 zypper dup gave me Milestone 7
    • 11.4 Possible cd/dvd hardware failure.
  • 12 On the Web
    • 12.1 Announcements
      • 12.1.1 LinuxCon North America 2010
      • 12.1.2 MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform & Netbook User Experience project release
      • 12.1.3 dot.kde.org/KDE SC 4.5 Beta1 Available
      • 12.1.4 KOffice 2.2 Released
    • 12.2 Reports
      • 12.2.1 Richard A. Johnson: Impressions of the latest MeeGo release
      • 12.2.2 Datamation/Sean Michael Kerner: Novell Revenues, Linux Business Slide
      • 12.2.3 Miguel de Icaza: Linux for Consumers: MeeGo Updates=
      • 12.2.4 Michael Meeks: Evolution Express (for MeeGo)
      • 12.2.5 Aaron Bockover: Banshee for MeeGo
    • 12.3 Reviews and Essays
      • 12.3.1 Ghacks/Jack Wallen: Why not try OpenSuSE 11.2
      • 12.3.2 Tuxradar: How Linux works: the ultimate guide
      • 12.3.3 LinuxMagazine/Joe Brockmeier: WebM Poised to Bring Open Video to the Masses
  • 13 Feedback / Communicate / Get Involved
  • 14 Credits
  • 15 Translations

Editors Note

Welcome to issue # 125 of openSUSE Weekly News. Now the twentyfirtst week goes to the end, and we are pleased to announce our new issue. This week was very busy. I’ve made my first step with Milestone 7, and I like it. So I propose that you try it out too. And please not forget to file founded bugs in our bugzilla.Through helping with testing, we all can make our distribution better and more stable. The other thing where I was busy was the move from our Weekly News pages to a new Place. From now on, you can find actual Weekly News under: http://wiki.opensuse.org/Weekly_news. So wish you many joy by reading this Issue :-)

Announcements

openSUSE Build Service 2.0 Beta1 Release Brings New User Interface

“The openSUSE Build Service (obs) is an open package and distribution development platform that provides a transparent infrastructure that allows developers to build for various major Linux distributions and architectures. The public server build.opensuse.org is available for all open source developers to build packages for the most popular distributions incl. Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE, Red Hat, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Ubuntu. It is also used to build the openSUSE distribution. This is the first beta release of version 2.0. Version 2.0 is planned to be released on June 10th. We have updated the public server http://build.opensuse.org with the current code stream as part of our testing. We invite others running a build service to test the code and give feedback via the opensuse-buildservice mailing list and report bugs in bugzilla.”

openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 7: Preparing for RC Phase

“Milestone 7, a snapshot of the openSUSE Factory “work in progress” build, leading up to openSUSE 11.3 release in July, is now available for download. M7 is the last milestone release, the next release will be RC1 on June 17th. Now it’s time for testing and bugfixing! openSUSE 11.3 Progress Compared to M6, this milestone brings many bug fixes, an update to Linux kernel 2.6.34 and the integration of software translations and new artwork.”

openSUSE.org Scheduled Outage

“On Saturday, June 5th, most of openSUSE.org will be down due to a network upgrade in the data center. The outage is scheduled to take place between 13:00 and 17:00 GMT (9:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT). During that time, users can expect the following: Full outage * openSUSE wiki farm * openSUSE blogs Intermittent outages * www.opensuse.org * files.opensuse.org The staging version of these sites will be similarly affected. In addition, most novell.com site will either be unavailable or have reduced functionality. This outage should not have any affect on the software or forum sites.”

Klaas Freitag: Novell Hackweek Fife

“I am really looking forward to the next Hackweek that we have in Novell – it will be in the week from 7-11 of June 2010. In that week, Novell allows a whole lot of people to spend the full work time (and more ;-) to work on whatever free software they want. That is really a huge thing, because we’re talking about hundrets of engineers. What everybody is working on is as said not at all prescribed, except that it should benefit the idea of free software. There is a list maintained of ideas which people have for Hackweek Fife in order to find somebody joining the team or to pick the idea up at all. The good thing now is that of course openFATE is used to maintain this list and thus it is open for the openSUSE Community to also add ideas, comment or vote on whats already there. This is of course no guarantee that the idea is going to be picked up but still. So everybody who thinks she has an idea that will inspire someone on Hackweek Fife, feel free to add it to openFATE and talk about. (…)”

Status Updates

Distribution

Lubos Lunak: On-demand package installation in openSUSE 11.3

“You most probably have already run into this at least once. You use the computer, try to do something and you get an error message saying “sorry, application foo is not installed”, “the required plugin bar is not installed” or similar. And that’s it, there it stops. You have to find out what package the required functionality is in, install it manually and try again. Like if the computer couldn’t ask “but maybe I can install that, do you want me to try?” and handle it itself. And that’s what my goodie for this openSUSE release is about. I’ve been examining a bit about what various parts of the desktop could do this and there indeed are some cases. For example, clicking in Dolphin on a file that has no associated application installed usually results in the “Open with?” dialog. And that dialog has nowhere in it the option “the application that can open it, silly”. Especially given that if the installation medium is accessible (i.e. usually if the network connection is up), it’s rather easy to find out the right application for the file and install it:”

Schedules for the next Week

9th June: openSUSE 11.3 translation finish * Milestone: Last fixes for localization found during testing incorporated. * Milestone: Drop of Release Notes to Localization

Bugzilla

The numbers for all openSUSE project products are this week:

  • All Open Reports: 4882 (+51)
  • Blocker: 3 (+0)
  • Critical: 276 (+6)
  • Major: 906 (+14)
  • Normal: 2750 (+29)
  • Minor: 393 (+4)
  • Enhancements: 554 (-2)

Team Reports

Build Service Team

Build Team Meeting

Build Team Meeting

OBS 2.0 Beta 1 released

“We, the openSUSE Build Service development team are happy to declare OBS 2.0 feature complete. OBS 2.0 Beta 1 can be downloaded as usual from openSUSE:Tools:Unstable project: https://build.opensuse.org/project/show?project=openSUSE:Tools:Unstable 2.0 Beta 1 packages are marked as version 1.9.90. The same is true for the OBS Appliance, which can be used to evaluate OBS or to run it in a productive enviroment. Please find the OBS appliance here as usual: (…)”

Build Service Statistics

The Build Service now hosts 12937 (+117) projects, 94153 (+396) packages, 22721 (+311) repositories by 23278 (+82) confirmed users.

GNOME Team

Fridrich Strba: Experimental Evolution installer for Windows

“It is a pleasure, fun and honour to introduce to the distinguished audience our newest Evolution installer for Windows. You can find it for instance in this repository of our wonderful openSUSE Build Service. The installer is hiding in /usr/i686-pc-mingw32/sys-root/mingw directory of the mingw32-evolution-installer RPM. For people that don’t know what to do with RPM packages on windows, 7-zip does just a wonderful job at unpacking RPMs even if they use LZMA payload.”

openFATE Team

#309589: Support for WebM media

“Google open-sourced the high-performance VP8 video engine and announced a new open media format based on VP8 video and Vorbis audio in a Matroska container.”

#309608: Simulations with Python: SimPy

“SimPy is a package for easy programming of simulations in python.”

#309617: customize hostname at install time

“IN the automatic configuration mode at install time you cannot specify the hostname… — which by the way is displayed in your kde menu and of course in the konsole… I find this despicable on aesthetic grounds…”

#309618: Enable CGROUP feature in kerneledit

“Please enable CONFIG_CGROUP in the 11.3 kernels to make it significantly easier for interested parties to play with systemd (Link to systemd description not pasted as copy/paste doesn’t seem to work with current konqueror from kde-repo).”

#309626: Yast/Zypper should create a List with last installed Packages

“I’m propose that YaST and Zypper creates after installing Packages a list (just textfile), where i can see after trouble, which Package are new installed.”

Statistics

Feature statistics for openSUSE 11.3:

  • total: 654 (+7)
  • unconfirmed: 413 (+6)
  • new: 14 (+0)
  • evaluation: 97 (-1)
  • candidate: 5 (+0)
  • done: 40 (+2)
  • rejected: 66 (+0)
  • duplicate: 19 (+0)

More information on openFATE

Testing Team

Larry Finger: Weekly Review

“The Testing Core Team will have an IRC meeting on May 31 at 17:00 UTC. See http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Testing_Core_Team/Meetings for details. Anyone that wishes may join us. Personally, I installed M7 on my main machine using the x86_64 NET install CD and I am using it for routine work. That installation was affected by several bugs including the faulty gtk library (https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=608087) that caused Firefox and Thunderbird to crash on starting. Fortunately, the “Most Annoying Bugs” page has a simple fix. My machine has an nVidia graphics adapter that got a garbled screen when using nouveau, but that was avoided with the workaround on the annoying bugs page. One other bug concerned setting up NFS clients. Within a day of creating the Bugzilla entry, a fix was ready and RC1 will be OK. The workaround was to do it manually, rather than with the GUI. I used the i586 NET install CD to upgrade an M6 system running in a VirtualBox virtual machine. The upgrade was accomplished without difficulty and has been quite useful as I have been debugging the vendor driver for a D-Link DWA-130. The 32-bit version runs correctly, but the 64-bit one does not. The ability to try both architectures has been useful.”

Translation Team

Localization

In the Community

openSUSE TV: Architecture of Collaboration

“This session will focus on the “Architecture of Collaboration” implemented in the Kablink Open Collaboration project. See how the Kablink platform allows you to build applications that solve problems while encouraging collaboration among your team members. During this session an application will be developed that takes advantage of the social networking features of Kablink while solving a common teamworking problem.”

Sirko Kemter: RadioTux@LinuxTag

“Only a few days and then LinuxTag in Berlin starts. The openSUSE project will be there and presenting. The Boosters prepared a program with little Hacksessions. Actually I like this idea doing more as an static presentation. The Hacksessions and all talks they openSUSE people have can be found on this wikipage. I am going with RadioTux, like all years. For me LinuxTag begun before months with preparing the interviews we do in our broadcasts on LinuxTag. So for all folks they are interested and cant go to LinuxTag in Berlin its possible to be there, just listen our streams from the fairground. So if you are interested there are some interviews with openSUSE folks and some other interviews in english too. (…)”

Bryen Yunashko: From Chicago to Paris to Nuremberg!

“’m just wrapping up my mini-vacation in Paris. And getting ready for the main event… Nuremberg! I’ll be taking an overnight train from Paris to Nuremberg and hit the ground running as soon as I get there in the morning with the first ever openSUSE Board Retreat meeting. I’m looking forward to this meeting. While we, the Board, have met previously just before the first openSUSE Conference in September, 2009, we only met to go over our slide presentation for the Conference. This time we’re going to actually sit down face to face and talk BUSINESS! This will be followed by the Strategy Team meeting which will run throughout the weekend, and is arguably one of the most important community moments in our openSUSE history. It is from this discussion, which takes place face to face after many months of discussion online, that we hope to set openSUSE in a new direction that gives all of us in the community clarity and focus as we continue to move forward as a distribution and project.”

Welcome new Members

“We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Members: etamPL,”

Events & Meetings

Past:

Upcoming:

openSUSE for your ears

  • The openSUSE Weekly News are available as Livestream or Podcast in the German Language. You can hear it or download it on http://blog.radiotux.de/podcast.

From Ambassadors

Agustin Chavarria: openSUSE Schools! in Nicaragua!

“A few years ago the LUG opensuse-nicaragua has the project named “Escuelita opeSUSE” this project was to provide basic courses for the people opensuse. And the last week, we finally made it!!! The course was in UNICIT(Iberoamerican University of Technologies and Cience), were 2 intensive days of linux linux and linux jejeje, the pensum of course was: (…)”

Ricardo Varas Santana: openSUSE at FLISoL Chile]

“As you already know, the Festival Latinoamericano de Instalacion de Software Libre event will be held this Saturday here in Chile. In La Serena we are starting around 9 am at Universidad de La Serena campus Isabel Bongard, with plenty of fun talks and room for installations, I am more than ready to install our awesome green! =). By the way, I will be creating an ISO with SUSE Studio so everyone can grab it on USB devices. Some talk topics we are presenting: KVM, Free Knowledge, Linux beyond the Desktop, and Contributing to openSUSE without having to be a developer.”

openSUSE in $COUNTRY

“Details”

Communication

lists.opensuse.org has 37268 (+28) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.

The openSUSE Forums have 46105 (+210) registered users – Most users ever online was 30559, 08-Jan-2010 at 13:06.

Contributors

4671 (+20) of 12026 (+40) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 424 (+22) members.

New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

Packman: veejay 1.5.3-0.pm.1.4 (openSUSE 11.2/i586)

“Veejay is a visual instrument and real-time video sampler. It allows you to play the video like you would play a piano. While playing, you can record the resulting video directly to disk (video sampling).”

Packman: xmms2 0.7-999.pm.68.2 (openSUSE 11.2/x86_64)

“XMMS2 is an audio framework, but it is not a general multimedia player – it will not play videos. It has a modular framework and plugin architecture for audio processing, visualisation and output, but this framework has not been designed to support video. Also the client-server design of XMMS2 (and the daemon being independent of any graphics output) practically prevents direct video output being implemented. It has support for a wide range of audio formats, which is expandable via plugins. It includes a basic CLI interface to the XMMS2 framework, but most users will want to install a graphical XMMS2 client (such as gxmms2 or esperanza).”

Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.2.1 rc2 available for openSUSE

“I’m happy to announce OpenOffice.org 3.2.1 rc2 packages for openSUSE. They are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project, are based on the upstream 3.2.1-rc2 sources and include many Go-oo fixes and improvements. Please, look for more details about the openSUSE OOo build on the wiki page. The packages are release candidates and have not passed full QA cycle yet. They 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, … As usual, we kindly ask any interested beta testers to try the package and report bugs. See also the list of known bugs. (…)”

  • You can find other interesting Packages at:
  • PackmanOBS

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 Summary Report: SUSE-SR:2010:012

  • Announcement ID: SUSE-SR:2010:012
  • Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 12:00:00 +0000
  • Cross-References: CVE-2009-0547, CVE-2009-0587, CVE-2009-2625
  • CVE-2009-3525, CVE-2009-3555, CVE-2009-3560
  • CVE-2009-3720, CVE-2010-0205, CVE-2010-0397
  • CVE-2010-0421, CVE-2010-0739, CVE-2010-0788
  • CVE-2010-0790, CVE-2010-0791, CVE-2010-0827
  • CVE-2010-0829, CVE-2010-1152, CVE-2010-1440

Kernel Review

Rares Aioanei: Kernel Review with openSUSE Flavor

Rares Aioanei presents the last week with openSUSE Flavor.

Tips and Tricks

For Desktop Users

IBM developerWorks/Martin Streicher: Speaking UNIX: The best-kept secrets of UNIX power users

“(…) Most UNIX users amass settings in shell startup files, such as .bashrc (for the Bash shell) and .zshrc (for the Z shell), to recreate a preferred shell environment time and again. Startup files can create aliases, set shell options, create functions, and set environment variables. Essential environment variables include HOME (which points to your home directory), PATH (which enumerates directories in which to search for applications), and MANPATH (which lists directories in which to search for man pages). To see which environment variables are set in your shell, type printenv. Consult your shell’s man page for a complete list of available environment variables.”

linuxplanet.com/Akkana Peck: Making Movies in Linux with Kdenlive, part 2

“You’ve read the last article, chosen some video clips and made a basic movie with kdenlive. Pretty easy! But you can make a better movie by adding some effects — like transitions between scenes, music and titles. When you cut from one clip to the next, sometimes it’s jarring for the viewer — it’s hard to tell whether you’ve changed to a new scene. It can help to have some kind of transition effect in between. The most common transitions are fades to or from black; and a common variant of a fade is a dissolve, where the first clip fades out at the same time the next one fades in on top of it. To create a dissolve, start by overlapping the two clips. Do that by moving one of your two clips down to the next timeline (Figure 1).”

For System Administrators

GeekRide/Napster: Tech Tip: Sending Email from Command line

“Everyone is not as lucky as having a full fletched email client like thunderbird or kmail to send mails. There is one unlucky group known as system administrators who have to send the mails either through the command line or a script running on the remote server. Also, apart from sending the emails, sometimes one needs to test or debug the email server which can’t be done by traditional email clients. If you are one of those system administrators and are scared, then you shouldn’t be, because this is where netcat comes to rescue.”

Novell Cool Solutions/tpetersonalpine: Teaming Cluster on a Laptop using XEN, OCFS2 and Linux Virtual Services

“The purpose of this lab guide is to show, on a small scale, how a Teaming Clustered system is put together. The Lab will use a XEN Host, 2 Teaming (Tomcat) Servers, 2 Index Servers (Lucene), 1 MySQL Server. This lab assumes you know your way around SLES and XEN but provides significant guidance with OCFS2 and Linux Virtual Services.”

Planet SUSE

Han Wen Kam: KVM in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP 1

“At Novell BrainShare Amsterdam last week, the Geekos were handing out SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 (RC4) at IT Central. So off came my DVD drive and I installed it on a separate partition on my Thinkpad. Since its a Release Candidate (RC4) and not the final GA version due on 2nd June, I wanted to have a quick look at how KVM works since its an officially supported hypervisor in SP1 (other than the very established Xen shipped and supported since SLES 10 back in 2006).”

Joe Brockmeier: AbiWord: The Underappreciated Word Processor

“Network effects being what they are, OpenOffice.org tends to suck all the oxygen out of the room when talking about open source productivity applications. But OpenOffice.org isn’t the only game in town for open source word processing. One of the best, if underexposed, open word processors is AbiWord. AbiWord has been around for ages, but without the weight of a company like Sun behind it, the little word processor has gotten less attention than it deserves. Let’s try to remedy that a bit. (…)”

Joe Brockmeier: Good docs, bad docs, missing docs?

“Looking for opinions, which shouldn’t be too hard to find on the Web… Which FLOSS project have the best, and worst (or absent) documentation? What projects would you love to see better documented? Following that: What do you think makes good documentation? Plenty of project have a wiki full of stuff that resembles documentation, but doesn’t seem to help very much. Would be curious to know what people think the hallmarks of good documentation are. (…)”

Dominique Leuenberger: Dominique Leuenberger: VLC / openSUSE 10.3 repository

“openSUSE 10.3 has been out of support for a while, yet the VideoLAN project continued to offer VLC packages up to the current latest version 1.0.6. with 1.1.0 ready to hit Release Candidate status, and VLC 1.1 not being compatible with the ‘old’ version of Qt being shipped with openSUSE 10.3, I have decided to disable the repository for openSUSE 10.3. The VideoLAN project stays commited to the repositories for all openSUSE Versions available, this currently being 11.0 up to 11.2 plus openSUSE Factory (11.3 to be). (…)”

Joe Brockmeier: The Spring 2010 Linux Distro Scorecard (Part 2)

“”Zonker” picks up right where he left off yesterday. In this Spring’s Linux Distro Scorecard, he provides brief reviews of Debian, Fedora, Linux Mint, Mandriva, openSUSE, Slackware and Ubuntu. Today, we get his take on the final three, and he delivers the payoff – the Linux Distro Scorecard – which can be a handy reference during the months ahead. (…)”

Rares Aioanei: Weekly Review of the PostgreSQL

“Weekly Review of PostgreSQL

openSUSE Forums

Prevent update being installed/Package Lock?

“A problem is addressed where a user is experiencing a problem keeping a package lock in place in zypper, but it works fine in Yast > software management.”

11.2 Users Please Check your Firewall

“Several incidents of users finding their Firewall OFF gave cause for concern – hence this call for users to check and report.”

zypper dup gave me Milestone 7

“Users who had previously installed Milestone 6 have run ‘zypper dup’to move on to the next level ‘Milestone 7′. Interestingly, it seems to have been a smooth process.”

Possible cd/dvd hardware failure.

“The cd/dvd drive in your machine does not have a long life expectancy – In this case at least @oldcpu does seem to have had value for money from it. At least they are an inexpensive item these days.”

On the Web

Announcements

LinuxCon North America 2010

“August 10 – 12, 2010 · Renaissance Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA This event is co-located with a number of Mini-Summits taking place on August 9th. LinuxCon is the industry’s premiere Linux conference. It’s North America’s annual technical conference that provides an unmatched collaboration and education space for all matters Linux. LinuxCon brings together the best and brightest that the Linux community has to offer, including core developers, administrators, end users, business executives and operations experts – the best technical talent and the decision makers and industry experts who are involved in the Linux community.”

MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform & Netbook User Experience project release

“Today we are announcing the project release of MeeGo v1.0. This release provides developers with a stable core foundation for application development and a rich user experience for Netbooks. The MeeGo Netbook user experience is the first to appear, with the development of the MeeGo Handset user experience moving to the open in June.”

dot.kde.org/KDE SC 4.5 Beta1 Available

“KDE has released a first test version of the released that will be out this summer, in August. KDE SC 4.5.0 is targeted at testers and those that would like to have an early look at what’s coming to their desktops and netbooks this summer. KDE is now firmly in beta mode, meaning that the primary focus is on fixing bugs and preparing the stable release of the software compilation this summer.”

KOffice 2.2 Released

“The KOffice team is very happy to announce version 2.2.0, half a year after the release of KOffice 2.1. This release brings an unprecedented number of new features and bugfixes as can be seen in the full list of changes. There are two reasons for this very high development rate: People has started to notice KOffice again and the developer community is growing and the fact that Nokia is sponsoring development of KOffice for their office viewer. Here follows a list of the most important changes in this release.”

Reports

Richard A. Johnson: Impressions of the latest MeeGo release

“So, I have been spending some time playing around with various netbook operating systems lately, trying to find that perfect one. A little bit of a background first. Last month I finally switched from a Blackberry phone to an Android phone, so for the past month I have spent quite a bit of time playing with the Android SDK, writing applications, checking out all of the available applications, in other words playing with my phone. After having done this now for the past month, one thing was clear, my phone integrates with my life damn near perfectly, whereas my netbook isn’t even close. So with that, I set out to play with every distribution or operating system out there. The following have been the releases I have tried out: (…)”

Datamation/Sean Michael Kerner: Novell Revenues, Linux Business Slide

“It’s been a tough quarter quarter for Novell (NASDAQ: NOVL) as questions about its future ownership remain on the table. Novell is also facing pricing pressure on its Linux business as renewals come up on Microsoft’s SUSE Linux Enterprise subscriptions. Novell this week reported its second-quarter fiscal 2010 earnings, showing a decline in revenue, whihc came in at $204 million for the quarter, a drop from the $216 million it brought in a year earlier. On the positive side, net income hit $20 million or $0.06 per share, which is an improvement over the $16 million or $0.05 per share Novell reported for the second quarter of 2009. But the slide in revenue continues for Novell, which provided third-quarter revenue guidance for revenues between $205 million and $210 million.”

Miguel de Icaza: Linux for Consumers: MeeGo Updates=

“Excited to see the work happening on the Linux consumer space in the MeeGo Universe. There is now a MeeGo 1.0 download available for everyone to try out. At Novell we have been contributing code, design and artwork for this new consumer-focused Linux system and today both Michael Meeks and Aaron Bockover blog about the work that they have been doing on MeeGo. These screenshots are taken directly from Aaron’s and Michael’s blog posts. Aaron discusses the new UI for the music player Banshee and Michael discusses the new UI for the Email/Calendar program.”

Michael Meeks: Evolution Express (for MeeGo)

“Some ramblings about the creation of a new user interface for mail, calendaring etc. specifically for MeeGo; something I’ve been working on, amongst other things, for the last three months. Why Express Mode ? Initially for Moblin 2.1 we tried a more invasive re-working of the user-experience: called Anjal. That was not uniformly positive, missing many features (by design), and didn’t have enough time to mature. As such, it was decided by the MeeGo team that we should try a new approach. This would take Evolution, and adapt its UI for the netbook screen-size, tweaking all the relevant defaults. We would merge the best features from Anjal, and then build from there. The result is some great MeeGo, netbook goodness, despite being done at high speed over three months. It is important to realise that ~all netbooks have a 1024×600 screen – giving very, very few pixels – particularly vertically (most apps are tuned for at a minimum 1024×768) and as such lots of tweakage was needed to save vertical space. As Linus’ Coding Style document suggests – vertical space is a non-renewable resource, and we need to conserve it: just adding scroll-bars is an ugly cheat. This quest for vspace is nastily exacerbated by the terrible touch-pads that so many net-books have, meaning we need lots of extra padding around widgets to avoid them being clicked by accident.”

Aaron Bockover: Banshee for MeeGo

“After lots of intense work and collaboration, the Netbook profile for MeeGo 1.0 has been released today. As such, I am particularly pleased to announce in conjunction that Banshee is the default and integrated media player for MeeGo. Currently, MeeGo 1.0 features the latest stable Banshee release: 1.6.1. As new Banshee versions are released, we’ll be providing updated packages for MeeGo. The Media Panel In MeeGo, most tasks are performed through panels that slide out from the top toolbar. This is how you can chat with friends, get lost in Twitter and other social network feeds, quickly browse and play your media, access the web, and launch and switch between applications and zones.”

Reviews and Essays

Ghacks/Jack Wallen: Why not try OpenSuSE 11.2

“I spend much of my time here on Ghacks using and talking about Ubuntu. So much so one would think it’s the only game in town. Well, it’s not and I am going to spend a bit of time focusing on different distributions. The first distribution I am going to focus on is OpenSuSE. OpenSuSE is similar to what Fedora is to Red Hat Linux. In other words it’s a sort of sand box for developers and users to make sure the enterprise level product (SuSE Linux) is right. And, like Fedora, OpenSuSE is a free edition. It costs nothing to download and use this distribution.”

Tuxradar: How Linux works: the ultimate guide

“Ever wanted to learn how the internals of your Linux desktop work? Yes, we’ve already published detailed “how it works” articles about things like sound, the kernel, LVM, PAM and filesystems, but in this article we’re going to take a wider view and explain how everything in a modern Linux distro works, start to finish. We’ve opted for a top-down view, tackling each stratum of Linux technology from the desktop to the kernel as it appears to the average user. This way, you can descend from your desktop comfort zone into the underworld of Linux archaeology, where we’ll find plenty of relics from the bygone era of multi-user systems, dumb terminals, remote connections and geeks gone by. We’re also going to be showing you some commands you can use to poke around on your own system, because where’s the point of learning stuff you can’t use?”

LinuxMagazine/Joe Brockmeier: WebM Poised to Bring Open Video to the Masses

“Google I/O brought a lot of interesting developments, but one of the most interesting for Linux users might be the announcement of WebM. Finally, Linux will be a first-class platform for media. WebM isn’t the first effort to bring open video to the Web, but it has a number of things going for it that other solutions do not. Namely, it has the weight and backing of one of the largest companies on the Web (that’d be Google), and buy-in from most of the major browser projects and vendors.”

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  1. TheBlackCat

    I mentioned this last week: would it be possible to not display the entire article on planetsuse? Right now it is taking up about a third of the entire page, and thanks to the formatting you cannot quickly find the end of it. I think just posting the table of contents like you used to would be much better.