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| We are pleased to announce our 132 issue of the openSUSE Weekly News.
This week comes up our new openSUSE 11.3 final. We are very happy about that. if you would like to have a openSUSE Box Version with Handbook, 90-day-Installations Support and the Balsam Extensions (Special Extensions for Notebooks), you can get it here.
We hope that you will enjoy reading.
“The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of the latest incarnation of openSUSE, with support for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. openSUSE 11.3 is packed with new features and updates including SpiderOak to sync your files across the Internet for free, Rosegarden for free editing of your audio files, improved indexing with Tracker, and updates to Mozilla Firefox, and Thunderbird. Among these many new features, openSUSE also provides support for netbooks and the Btrfs file system support. Users can expect to see improved hardware support with the 2.6.34 Linux kernel and updated graphics drivers. And support for the next generation of interactive computing for touchscreens like the HP TouchSmart. (…)”
“We had a successful openSUSE 11.3 launch yesterday. The announcement itself saw many friendly comments. Many people retweeted the announcement from @openSUSE. Besides the announcement on news.opensuse.org, Novell released a press release and distributed it through the press channel. We’re collecting all press mentions of the launch in the openSUSE wiki. A couple of launch parties were held and more parties are upcoming, reports from them will show up on Planet openSUSE soon. So far I’ve seen a report about the launch in Bucharest and in Nürnberg.”
“We just switched to the new wiki. So here it is. And now? Let me explain what you can do to help! Create your user page Every user of the wiki has a personal page and we did not transfer any of them. We wanted to use this opportunity to brush them up and standardize them. Your userpage should be your first task in the new wiki. If your username is Geeko, just go to http://en.opensuse.org/User:Geeko and press “create”. After that load the userpage teamplate by pressing on the “Load” button. Then fill out the form and you will get a nice standardized userpage! (…)”
“Anyone can become openSUSE member after showing continued and substantial contribution to the project of any kind (bugs, support in forums, wiki edits, code contribution etc.). For those who don’t know what openSUSE Membership is or how to become a member I suggest to read this wiki article or older blogpost by Andreas. Some time ago openSUSE Board decided to delegate the membership handling process to so-called Membership officials. They review applications and give -1, 0, +1 points depending on user’s contributions to the project. Once user receives +4 resp. -4 points, the application is accepted resp. rejected. The length of this process depends on how much you write about yourself in the application. If you make your contributions vivid in this description, it’s very easy to verify them and you can become openSUSE member in a few days. In both cases, an email is sent automatically to the user informing about the result. If the membership is approved, additionaly admins are informed, so email/cloak/lizards account can be set up and Weekly News team can present the new members in the separate section in OWN. The officials team currently consists of 16 very active community members, who can be reached on email address firstname.lastname@example.org and their list is in the mentioned wiki page.”
“SUSE GmbH has currently a job position open for an OBS Developer. Find details on the job position page at Novell. OBS is used in the openSUSE project, but also internally at Novell and at plenty other places and companies. The downside will be of course that you will have to work together with people like me ;)”
“openSUSE Education team is very thrilled to announce the availability of openSUSE Edu: Linux for Education(Li-f-e). Li-f-e is built on openSUSE 11.3. The aim of this DVD is to provide complete education and development resources for parents, students, teachers as well as IT admins running labs at educational institutes It comes bundled with a wealth of softwares carefully selected to meet every need. Educational softwares covering wide range of subjects such as IT, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, electronics etc catering to students right from preschool to research.”
Build Service Team
“I Think that openSUSE is suitable for use in a server envoroment, we just have to remove some packages like multimedia, games and so one… Why not implement a small set of packages with one interface like KDE or GNOME named sever GUI?”
“Once a package install/system update has begun in Software Manager it’s not very easy to stop it. The ‘Abort’ button doesn’t really seem to work and if you force kill the process, you likely end up with broken packages. It would be nice if first all the packages were downloaded, and then installed (like it is in Ubuntu), rather than the sequence of: Download Package 1, install package 1, download package 2, install package 2 and so on. That way the installation could be aborted safely during the downloading part with no fear of broken packages.”
“Wireless interfaces currently can not be bridged. In Windows XP it is quite easy to create and operate a bridge, saving one to setup and maintain all sorts of route information. It would make sense to support the bridged configuration in sysconfig when hostap implements 802.11c.”
“Opensuse disk images distributed in countries where disallowed software patents must include a complete set of codecs (including proprietary), profit: codecs is important part of system and most peoples use it anyway, bye or install from packman repo, but why peoples in countries where disallowed software patents should care about it?”
“Often users don’t know how track problems and there’s no simple sollutions for begginiers. I think, that adding additional fields to .desktop files will helps a lot. Thease fileds should been named DEBUG_MODE_ON and DEBUG_MODE_RUNNER. Once DEBUG_MODE_RUNNER is not present, there’s should exist mechanism to debug(ex. running konsole and application on it ; or better redirecting stderr and stdout onto file and asks user to display it/send/etc. after application quits).”
“In the past years, netbooks and other computers without a CD/DVD drive have become more common. While there is http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Live_USB_stick , there has always been some confusion among users on which openSUSE iso images are suitable for USB boot and on how to get them working. People have been finding out the hard way that DVD and NET isos can not be used as easily. …”
“Currently, openSUSE 11.3 does not much to preserve my battery while being unplugged. Intel’s powertop came up with many good suggestions that cut the power consumption on my laptop in half! It would be quite a good idea to make the powersave profile do a little bit more than just dim the screen and throttle the CPU. Other suggestions: (…)”
“As you may know, Windows 7 already implements a 6to4 adapter for tunneling IPv6 traffic seamlessly through IPv4. Thus, Windows 7 users can use IPv6 even while their ISPs or routers only allow IPv4. This makes the transition easier. With IPv6 just around the corner, I feel SuSE should be doing something like that too. (…)”
“It would be really helpful if Software Manager could find packages that aren’t in any repo added. For example: a new user wants to install VLC Media Player. He search for it, but he doesn’t have any repos added. Instead of an empty list Software Manager could search for it in openSUSE Build Service. After selecting an app to install and clicking “Apply” a question could appear with choice to keep or not that repository after install. It would be much easier for new users.”
“I have few questions / problems: 1) Is it possible to translate somewhere content of http://www.opensuse.org/ ? I had translated some parts, but not all… Moreover, at least on Czech version is still article about release of 11.2 (there is only change in headline, but the article is NOT about 11.3) and screenshots from 11.2… WTF? 2) In SVN I translated site software.o.o including Bento navigation line, descriptions of boxes in panels and so on. But when I go for example to build.o.o or planet.o.o (sites also using Bento), the theme is not translated. Is is possible to translate all Bento stuff on one place to have everywhere same and consistent translation of the navigation line and another stuff? 3) How would it be possible to establish Czech version of planet.o.o?”
“At the SUSE/Novell offices in Germany, we had a great launch party. With free beer, BBQ, sunshine, a clown and openSUSE 11.3 released, it was a great atmosphere! More than 100 people showed up: some Novell employees, some former colleagues, and also many folks whose faces I haven’t seen before. We were overwhelmed and excited by this and after an hour Michael Löffler had to buy some more meat for the BBQ. I gave a short demo about some of the highlights of openSUSE 11.3. I demonstrated GNOME 3 preview with GNOME Shell, the new tracker indexer, KDE Plasma Netbook interface, ksuseinstall, the LXDE desktop, SpiderOak and zypper.”
Welcome new Members (Corner for new acknowledged Members)
“We are pleased to announce our two new openSUSE Members Boris Manojlovic (bmanojlovic) and Jim Henderson (hendersj). Boris is already contributing the openSUSE Project with helping in IRC and Packaging in the BuildService. Jim is Administrator and Moderator of forums.opensuse.org. He also wrote on Mailinglists like opensuse-project and opensuse. Thanks to both new Members for contributing us.”
Events & Meetings
openSUSE for your ears
“Last weekend I went to Party Quijote, which is probably the biggest LAN party of Castile (Spain). It was organized by the regional government (Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha), local universities (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares) and other institutions (Centro de excelencia de software libre de Castilla-La Mancha, Fundación Insula Barataria, Ayuntamiento de Azuqueca de Henares). Some of its sponsors were Cisco, Telefónica, Iberdrola and Caja Castilla-La Mancha. This year Party Quijote took place in the city of Azuqueca de Henares, which is very close to Guadalajara and Madrid. For more information, take a look at Party Quijote’s website (…)”
“At the end of last week (assuming it’s okay to say that the end of the week starts on Wednesday ;-)), I went to Bordeaux for the RMLL 2010: this is simply the biggest community-oriented event in France. Since I’ve been traveling often lately and I’m going to leave for GUADEC later this month, I chose to not attend the whole event and to only be there for 3-4 days instead of the full 6 days experience. Booths The Mandriva people had a really great idea this year: they proposed to try to share a booth among distributions, and thanks to them, we were able to have an openSUSE presence on the first few days. So walking down the hall where all the booths were, you could see Debian, Fedora, Mandriva and openSUSE all together. Of course, we shared more than just the booths: we’re all friendly people after all, so we chatted a lot and enjoyed being together. I really want to thank Michael from Mandriva for pushing me to make sure openSUSE would have a place here. (…)”
openSUSE in $COUNTRY
“TntReader is a application for reading zeno-files as used on the german wikipedia-DVD 2007. For more informations take a look at: http://wiki.zeno.org/Zeno:TntReader”
“FreeCAD will be a general purpose 3D CAD modeler. The development will be completely Open Source.As with many modern 3D CAD modelers it will have a 2D component in order to extract design detail from the 3D model to create 2D production drawings, although 2D (e.g. AutoCAD LT) is not the focus, neither are animation and organic shapes (e.g. Maya, 3D StudioMAX and Cinema 4D).”
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For Commandline/Script Newbies
“Hi all, just finished updating a computer with the new 11.3 If everything goes well, there’s no 3D in desktop with the free open source radeon drivers. So we need to load the proprio fglrx one. Here’s a quick how to to have a successful build (…)”
“Following on from our other articles that make various Linux tasks easy, in this article we’ll introduce Zsh (Z shell), a shell that has many of the benefits of Bash and others, plus a lot more on top. After reading this, you’ll have a good idea about the power of Zsh and will be able to make an informed decision whether to switch from your distro’s default shell. We’ll be looking more at the interactive use of Zsh, and less at non‑interactive shell scripts – that is, we’ll focus on daily use, and not on scripting and automating tasks.”
For Developers and Programmers
“Occasionally, when using the version control system Git, you may find yourself committing a file you didn’t intend to. For example, you might want to commit two files separately, with different log messages (making it easier to roll back unconnected changes separately), but accidentally use the usually helpful shortcut git commit -a and commit both at once. Happily, there is a simple solution to this: (…)”
“GUI debuggers are the norm these days, however, I still feel the urge to do a little printf-debugging now and then. It might be wrong, it might be silly but it works. I like to develop the odd graphical application and I like use Qt. For Qt, the nice Norwegian Trolls have provided the qDebug function. You can use it right away just like your old trusted printf: (…)”
For System Administrators
“Learn how to create partitions on a disk drive and how to format them for use on a Linux® system as swap or data space. You can use the material in this article to study for the LPI 101 exam for Linux system administrator certification, or just to learn about partitions and Linux filesystems for your own use.”
“11.3 is due for release and the repositories are in place, which means users can update ‘dup’ from their current state.”
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