We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News Issue 126.
“With a good selection of Forum users already working with openSUSE’s development version of the next openSUSE release 11.3 – The forums will be a great place to stop for support post install of the official release. Members are currently working hard testing and bug reporting on 11.3 Milestone 7 – This can only make for a better final release. Going by the performance of 11.3 so far, it’s going to be a super release. Most of the Forum Team are already well involved with testing and helping members troubleshoot issues. This will make for a well prepared body of helpers for when the release is final. (…)”
“As in michl’s post announced a the openSUSE Board and some other community members met the past weekend in Nürnberg to have a comprehensive 2.5 days face to face meeting . The meeting was attended by Bryen Yunashko, Andreas Jaeger, Jan Weber, Pascal Bleser, Michael Loeffler and Pavol Rusnak (Hendrik Vogelsang and Rupert Horsttkötter were unfortunately unable to join) and lead and facilitated by Kurt Garloff.We’d like to tell you what we’ve done, what the outcome is and what the next steps should look alike. We had tons of very fruitful discussions and are much clearer about the strengths of openSUSE and how to create a strategy around those. (…)”
“The openSUSE Project Team is happy to announce that the 2nd international openSUSE Conference will take place in Nuremberg, Germany between 20-23 October 2010. After the great success of the first conference last year we will again meet in Nuremberg to discuss, learn, plan and work on the openSUSE project with all its sub-projects as well as on general free software topics. Specifically this year we’re explicitly inviting members of upstream projects and other community distributions to discuss comprehensive topics of free software and projects to move forward with free technology across borders, which is also the motto of the openSUSE Conference 2010: (…)”
“openSUSE – as usual – will be at LinuxTag. We have booth #203 in hall 7.2a and will show there the openSUSE Build Service 2.0 release which is scheduled for June 11 and how you can benefit from it and of course the last milestone of openSUSE 11.3. We’d like to see you there and have a chat. If you want to help us at the booth please add your name and the date you want to be there at the bottom of our LinuxTag page. (…)”
“SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 (SLE11) Service Pack 1 (SP1) was recently released and we are happy to announce that it is now also available on SUSE Studio. Existing SLE11 appliances can be easily upgraded to SP1 with just one click. Check out the release notes to see what’s new in Service Pack 1. (…)”
Build Service Team
“For those who missed it in last meeting’s minutes, there is now http://en.opensuse.org/KDE/RepositoryRenaming , which lists the current status with repository reoganization. (…)”
“As of this evening the latest phonon-backend, which is based on the VLC Multimedia libraries, is available in the openSUSE KDE Playground repository. This repository also contains a stripped down version of the VLC 1.1.0 Release Candidate which is required to use the phonon-backend-vlc. The phonon-backend-vlc is the rising star among the phonon-backends and has already a lot of supporters and the multimedia application Amarok is working fine with it. However keep in mind that there is no official release yet of this vlc phonon backend and it is currently based on the latest available svn version.”
“Hey folks, there’s still time to make plans to attend WriteCamp2 in Milwaukee next weekend! This camp is for you if your interests lie toward the written (or typed) word. Bloggers, poets, journalists, business and technical writers, fiction and nonfiction writers – we want to see you! Any other writers, and would-be writers I left out – yes, you too! You can read about what I’m doing at WriteCamp at my other site. In brief, I’ll be leading a discussion about the future of American journalism, and doing something related to WordPress. I’ll have copies of WordPress in Depth on hand, and a pen to sign them with. I’ll also be at the pre-party Friday night, having some fun.”
“Gnokii pointed me to Ubuntu countdown banner for Facebook and asked me if I could rework it to show openSUSE Counter instead. Unfortunately I was not able to reuse the code because it was written in Python as a plugin for Google AppEngine and I wanted something lightier. After some time I was able to come up with my own simple solution in PHP. :-) (…)”
Events & Meetings
openSUSE for your ears
“I know, I know… it is a bit late ( more than a month ) since FLISOL took place in Guayaquil-Ecuador this year… but a lot a time consuming activities have stopped me from reporting some results. Even though more than a month have passed, I think I should let you know what happened. Compared to previous years, the event of this year was relatively smaller. An approximate of 200 people assisted, from which for the ~80% it was their first time that assisted to FLISOL, 50% of visitors had not used or heard about FLOSS before, ~13% were below 18 years old and ~75% were between 18-35 years old.”
openSUSE in $COUNTRY
lists.opensuse.org has 37251 (-17) non-unique subscribers to all mailing lists.
The openSUSE Forums have 46319 (+214) registered users – Most users ever online was 30559, 08-Jan-2010 at 13:06.
4679 (+8) of 12056 (+30) registered contributors in the User Directory have signed the Guiding Principles. The board has acknowledged 424 members.
“I’m happy to announce OpenOffice.org 3.2.1 final packages for openSUSE. They are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:STABLE project and include many upstream and Go-oo improvements and fixes. Please, check the wiki page for more details about the openSUSE OOo build. The openSUSE OOo team hopes that you will be happy with this release. Though, any software contains bugs and we kindly ask you to report them, so that we could fixed them in the future releases. (…)”
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For Commandline/Script Newbies
“An array is a variable containing multiple values may be of same type or of different type. There is no maximum limit to the size of an array, nor any requirement that member variables be indexed or assigned contiguously. Array index starts with zero. In this article, let us review 15 various array operations in bash.”
“Learn how to create and manage hard and symbolic links to files on your Linux® system. You can use the material in this article to study for the LPI 101 exam for Linux system administrator certification, or just to explore the differences between hard and soft, or symbolic, links and the best ways to link to files, as opposed to copying files.”
“Hey everyone, this is the fourth article in the series on the most popular commandlinefu one-liners explained.”
“This release brings with it some exciting new features like the Automated Playlist Generator which helps you create playlists based on criteria like song length or file size. This is the start of bringing back the smart playlist feature of Amarok 1 and more. We have also added two new applets for the Context View. The Upcoming Events applet shows concerts and events that the currently playing artist is participating in and the Similar Artists applet uses the Last.fm database to show similar artist and makes the ones in your collection directly playable. (…)”
“KDE has issued another update to the 4.4 desktop, applications and development libraries. KDE SC 4.4.4 brings, in addition to its funny version number, mainly small bugfixes that further polish the user experience. Most notable are probably sorting fixes for natural sorting in Dolphin, our nice file manager. The KDE release team also decided to do another release in the 4.4 series, 4.4.5, to come out next month, before fully concentrating on the 4.5 tree. SC 4.4.4 though is a stable update that is recommended to everyone running 4.4.3 or earlier. Packages from your favorite OS vendor will become available soon.”
“I am pleased to report that the GCC Steering Committee and the FSF have approved the use of C++ in GCC itself. Of course, there’s no reason for us to use C++ features just because we can. The goal is a better compiler for users, not a C++ code base for its own sake. Before we start to actually use C++, we need to determine a set of coding standards that will apply to use of C++ within GCC. At first, I believe that we should keep the set of C++ features permitted small, in part so that GCC developers not familiar with C++ are not rapidly overwhelmed by a major change in the implementation language for the compiler itself. We can always use more of C++ later if it seems appropriate to do so, then.”
“KDE Partition Manager 1.1 gains support for reading, analyzing and reporting the SMART status of disks. SMART (sometimes also written as S.M.A.R.T.) is an acronym for “Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology”. In plain English it is a monitoring system for hard drives and its intention is to give the computer user a chance to take action before an impending hard drive failure — the action being to copy his data to another disk, of course. Virtually all disks sold today support SMART, though implementations differ a little from manufacturer to manufacturer. Also, SMART information cannot be accessed via USB or FireWire, so this does not work for external disks.”
“Novell have today announced their intention to release SUSE MeeGo as a fully supported netbook operating system. Novell expects their new OS, which is built on the codestream from the MeeGO Project established by a collaboration between Intel and Nokia, to be pre-installed on a wide variety of devices from OEMS in the next twelve months.”
“Yesterday, Stephen Kelly wrote on the dot about the successful KDE PIM sprint. Today, you can read more about him and his role as KJots maintainer in this interview by Giovanni from our Italian KDE community. This continues a trend of recent interviews talking to members of the KDE PIM team – last time we heard from Thomas McGuire of KMail. For our Italian readers, there is also the original interview. (…)”
“Once upon a time, you could buy a laptop or netbook with an Intel chipset and be confident that it would work well with Linux. That changed drastically with the release of the GMA500 video chipset, named “Poulsbo.” Intel let its users down by rebranding a chip made by PowerVR, which is not supported with the mainline Linux kernel and X.org. The company made it worse by passing the buck, and failing to give a clear roadmap for fixing the problem. That was in the fall of last year, but some users had hope that Intel would get it right with the release of MeeGo 1.0. Not so much. (…)”
Reviews and Essays
“Since the arrival of consumer digital cameras, hard drives have been filling up with images of every social occasion, no matter how boring. It soon became apparent to happy snappers that where you once merely had to look in a drawer or a photo album to find a particular snap, there may now be thousands of them on your hard drive. And so the need for photo management software was born. Read more: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/8-of-the-best-photo-managers-for-linux-692441#ixzz0pRn205rM”
“So Meego 1.0 for Netbooks shipped last week. Although I miss that tubby cat, Meego 1.0 is very visually attractive and quite nifty. One of the really neat things about Meego is how it integrates messaging right into the interface. Unsurprisingly, this messaging is powered by Telepathy, the framework that makes communications into a service that you can use throughout your product. Collabora, with its team of Telepathic Ninjas, helped Intel with some of the Telepathy integration for this release. (…)”
“”Bitchen” sounds totally Valley Girl right? The sort of speech pattern that, like, gags you with a spoon, right? The link two sentences back is to a YouTube (sound-only) version of the original Frank Zappa song that started the whole Valley Girl thing, with the Valley Girl talk in the song supplied by his daughter Moon Unit Zappa. Grody to the max, right? Whatever. And all this Zappa stuff has what, exactly, to do with Linux? Zappa may have been as much of an influence on Linux and FOSS development as LSD was on Apple, although the Zappa influence on Linux isn’t thought about as much as the Apple-counterculture connection.”
“The tiny notebooks are usually best for those who just want to do the most basic of basics—Web browsing, e-mail, maybe IM—and not much else. In fact, were it not for the fact that Linux is a popular operating system of choice for them due to its nonexistent cost, they’d have almost no appeal to the DIYer whatsoever. (…)”
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