We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 137.
We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 137.
In the issue 137 you can read
- Sirko Kemter: Improve artwork openSUSE 11.4
- Javier Llorente: KDE Release Party in Madrid
- Softpedia/Lucian Constantin: Critical Vulnerability Silently Patched in Linux Kernel
- Tips4Linux.com: Convert eBooks in Linux
- opensource.com/Ruth Suehle: Ready to be an open source contributor but don’t know where to start?
“After long drives from Nuernberg, Prague and Darmstadt hitting every traffic jam on the A3 (the Czechs won the race), the openSUSE Boosters met up in the little rhenish town of Sankt Augustin near Bonn to attend FrOSCon. Last night we reacquainted ourselves with each other and the odd glass of KÃ¶lsch or two over steak and chips. Suitably fortified, we are now occupied our project room upstairs at FrOSCon (room C125) and are now hacking like crazy on our team project, a new site for openSUSE users and contributors. This is based on the Elgg free software social networking platform, so weâ€™re dusting off our PHP and looking at all the integration points with the rest of the openSUSE platform: the Build Service, Bugzilla, the wiki, Lizards, and so on. So if youâ€™re more of a web monkey than a distro gibbon and would like to help, drop by tomorrow or just get in touch with the ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Boosters_team.”
Build Service Team
“Itâ€™s been a while without post, simply because I did not have any issues with my openSUSE or KDE that I could have written about. Meanwhile enough small things have accumulated. The openSUSE and thus KDE update from 11.2 with KDE from the KDE:Factory repo to 11.3 and its stock KDE packages went smoothly via zypper dup. The most annoying issues are that the not threadsafe dbus makes dolphin crash and thus look bad. Akonadi is crashing on logout sometimes, yet I could not get a backtrace yet because drkonqi is shut down while collecting it. And using desktop effects locks-up my Intel driven netbook from time to time because of buggy drivers/Xorg/Kernel (three more bugs: 1 â€“ 2 â€“ 3), i.e. not KDE. I wonder how often KDE gets blamed for bugs that are actually due to e.g. buggy graphics drivers or packages not part of KDE.”
Raymond Wooninck: Still alive and kicking !! New snapshots and reorganization for openSUSEâ€™s KDE4:Unstable repository
“I guess that maybe some people were wondering how come that it was so silence around the Unstable repository for openSUSE. There are two reasons for it. First one is that I have been on holidays and I promised my family that I would stay away from a computer as much as possible. Secondly in August the KDE repositories were changes and optimized. This meant not only a new name and/or location, but also we had a good look at what was provided by each repo. For the KDE4:Unstable repo it was agreed that the new repo name would be KDE:Unstable:SC and that it should only provide the standard KDE:SC packages with the build-required libraries. This means that application like Amarok, choqok, konversation, etc are no longer provided through this KDE:Unstable:SC repository. SVN snapshot versions of these applications can be found in the new playground (KDE:Unstable:Playground) repo or released version can be retrieved directly from either the openSUSE:Factory repository or in case of an older distribution from the KDE:UpdatedApps repository.”
“Distributions such as RHEL (and any of its blood line) always leave a file /root/anaconda-ks.cfg which can be used to repeat the installation via their anaconda/kickstart process. The parallel to this with openSUSE is YaST2 and AutoYaST. The feature request is asking that at the end of every installation in the home directory of the root user the necessary file or files are created to allow the user to repeat the installation with the same options. (…)”
“GIMP and Inkscape need better integration into KDE, namely its “Open file” dialogue is stuck in GNOME look. Firefox and OpenOffice have their own wrappers, which integrate their corresponding action into KDE. GIMP and Inkscape are programs which would benefit greatly from native KDE image thumbnails.”
“Since opensolaris “died” I’m looking for a platform perfectly suitable for java development. I’d need the last versions of netbeans, mysql + workbench, mercurial + android + open jdk + ORACLE JDK. All of these components can be installed separately, but I’d like a distribution “one click developer”. Possibly with self – update of the last issues.”
“on during the installation process on step “create new user” is doing “Automatic Login” per default on. Even its a laptop and the laptop pattern is choosed from yast automaticly. it would be a little bit more secure for new user who not know what that means to make that not as default.”
“In openSUSE 10.3, there were CD’s that you could use to install openSUSE KDE or GNOME alone. I think it would be great to create individual DVDs for each Deskltop Environment, in addition to the current media, so you can install GNOME and loads of software with it. A KDE user could have 4.7 GB of KDE software that they would use, rather than XFCE, GNOME, and LXDE software they wouldn’t use. Same for GNOME users. I would imagine that they had to drop some packes from the distribution to make room for LXDE in 11.3 and KDE 3 in 11.1 and 11.0. This would make installing software convenient for computers without an internet connection.”
“A “Light CD” of openSUSE would be excellent for older computers. It would be a CD with LXDE, OpenOffice, the SUSE Base system, Test-Install YaST, and some basic tools. With this CD, older computers would be able to run openSUSE at a reasonable speed, have YaST and openSUSE community support\updates, legacy drivers, and some basic tools. With this CD edition avalible for download, you could have openSUSE on every old computer.”
“Python 3.0 was released nearly 2 years ago now and has been included in the last two releases of openSUSE. Currently in openSUSE we have a python package which installs Python 2.6 and a python3 package which installs Python 3.1. (…)”
“Ubuntu 9.10 had one great new feature in it: the Ubuntu Software Center. It’s radically dumped down, clean and uncluttered version of Synaptic. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SoftwareCenter for throughout description. It is not intended to replace Synaptic, but to make installing software more accessible. This is definitely something openSUSE needs. YaST is even more powerful than Synaptic, but it’s also more cluttered (at least in KDE). Thus, the demand for clearly presented centralized software installation and removal is also larger. I’m proposing, that we bluntly copy Ubuntu Software Center principles and create a native Qt interface for KDE. (…)”
“With the possibility of Grub2 being implemented soon as a default boot manager, it would be useful to add to the Grub2 packaging a small script that fully emulates the older grubonce that is provided with openSUSE-11.3 and earlier. (…)”
“is necessary that a file system to have a defragmenter, even e4defrag is not finished yet. is a kernel patch which do not affect the users who do not want use it. fedora has it and it is the time to have it opensuse too.”
Events & Meetings
openSUSE for your ears
Marc Christensen: SLLUG meeting: Research, Writing, Typography, and Design using Linux: Wed. Aug 18, 2010
“The August 2010 Salt Lake Linux Users Group meeting will be on Research, Writing, Typography, and Design using Linux and presented by Rob Oaks. Topic: A big picture introduction to research, writing, typography, and design using Linux. Why open source options are the best available and you really should be using them. Technologies Covered: Zotero, BibTeX, LaTeX, LyX, DocBook, Inkscape, Scribus.”
“The other day I met afiestas in the tram. He had a KDE sticker on his laptop and I thought perhaps this guy is interested in the KDE bug squashing party we have organizedâ€¦ I talked to him about it and he told me that he was a KDE developer. Quite a surprise! So weâ€™re going to celebrate the release of KDE SC 4.5.0 at Sigland (San Bernardo 118) next Saturday (21st) at 14:00. :D”
“I hope it’s not late to tell you about it, I’d like to comment you about openSUSE Launch Party we made here in Lima, Peru. As it was announced, it took part on Beeznest Latino offices and we could meet some people interested on the openSUSE Project. We could also spread the word about the openSUSE distribution, as a replacement for closed source OS’s and other known Linux distros. Here in my country, openSUSE isn’t well known yet, so we’re making the necessary to change this.”
openSUSE in $COUNTRY
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openSUSE-SU-2010:0518-1 (moderate): perl: Fixed two Safe.pm security issues and some bugs (openSUSE 11.2)
“A highly dangerous privilege escalation vulnerability, which can allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code as root from any GUI application, has been patched in the Linux kernel. (…)”
For Desktop Users
“Say you just bought an Amazon Kindle or a Barnes and Noble Nook. You want to convert your eBook collection to .EPUB or .MOBI format. For this, install Calibre. The application not only provides you with a graphical way to manage your eBook collection, but also comes with a set of useful command-line tools. One of these is ebook-convert. (…)”
“When you buy an ebook using your Kindle, thereâ€™s a 99% chance itâ€™s a DRM file. That means you wonâ€™t be able to read it anywhere else but on your Kindle. And we wonâ€™t accept that. To be able to convert that file and remove its DRM protection, you need a set of Python scripts called MobiDeDRM. (…)”
For System Administrators
“Question: I would like to add more swap space to my Linux system. Can you explain with clear examples on how to increase the swap space? Answer: You can either use a dedicated hard drive partition to add new swap space, or create a swap file on an existing filesystem and use it as swap space.”
“There is some particularly useful information here, particularly from user @RedDwarf here: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-help-here/applications/444559-repo-priority-level-2.html#post2208391 One for the bookmarks I think.”
Call for participation
“Things are spinning up for Ohio LinuxFest â€” weâ€™re less than a month out, so now is the time for everyone planning on attending the big â€˜fest to sign up and start making your plans to attend. Even if youâ€™re not going to be there (why not?) please help spread the word! Follow @ohiolinux on Twitter for updates. See you in Columbus!”
“My last article I spoke about the new KDE Activities features Search and Launch Containment Activity (see my article â€œUsing the KDE 4.5 Search and Launch Containment Activityâ€œ). This is the first visible sign of KDEâ€™s use of the Nepomuk Semantic Desktop. Nepomuk is a system that uses metadata throughout the desktop to aid in file search and peer to peer collaboration. So far the project has yet to reach its full potential (as it is quite new to the desktop).”
“In the 1990′s Novell’s NetWare dominated the networking industry with over 70% of the global market share. Their technical certifications were the industry’s gold standard and offered titles such as Certified Novell Engineer, Master Certified Novell Engineer, Certified Novell Directory Engineer, and Novell Administrator. Just ten years later, the networking giant of the 20th century would find itself in a struggle to maintain relevance in the new millennium. The solution came as a change in strategy that would shift the company’s focus from networking technologies to low level software and a new venture into an open sourced operating system of their own. (…)”
Reviews and Essays
“In early 2009, as the stories of many websites begin, a few college friends were considering what kind of project they might start together. In this particular case, the result was OpenHatch. (…)”
“According to a report written by Rafal Wojtczuk, a conceptual problem in the memory management area of Linux allows local attackers to execute code at root level. The Linux issue is caused by potential overlaps between the memory areas of the stack and shared memory segments.” Update – As Marcus Meissner from the SUSE security team explained to heise Security, SUSE maintainer Andrea Arcangeli provided for the problem in September 2004, but for unknown reasons this fix was not included in the Linux kernel. SUSE itself  and SUSE Linux Enterprise 9, 10 and 11 as well as openSUSE 11.1 through 11.3 do not exhibit this vulnerability.”
“Adobe has released Security Bulletin APSB10-17, which describes multiple vulnerabilities affecting Adobe Reader and Acrobat.”
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