We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News.
In the issue 140 you can read
- openSUSE News: SUSE Studio Contest – you have until the end of this month!
- Rares Aioanei: openSUSE kernel news – 11.09.2010
- Sankuru: Using ffmeg to batch convert cd audio files to mp3
- OMG!SUSE! team: Geeko Gist – September
- Network World/Joe Brockmeier: Linux desktop market share: Small no matter how you measure
|We are pleased to announce our 140 issue of the openSUSE Weekly News. We hope that you will enjoy reading.|
Build Service Team
“From a small chit chat on IRC the other day with Bryen and Sirko somehow I ended up with the task to providing an article about openSUSE Build Service. I have to say Sirko is awesome in Guerrilla Marketing, a cool proof could be the way how he got me into this. Anyway… though I’m not a journalist, every article should start with some basic research…”
Build Service Statistics
The Build Service Statistics can found at http://build.opensuse.org.
“Smolt is a project that is picking stats about openSUSE installs. Currently smolt-gui developed upstream is written in Qt and it difficult to add this client to GNOME installation of openSUSE. So it’s required to have a GNOME integration to ship on the default install. It’s important to have a GTK client similar to smolt-gui and ksmolt (which is the notification service launched on KDE).”
“Dracut is suppose to be a replacement for the old initrd tools like mkinitrd. From the project description, dracut is an initramfs infrastructure. Unlike previous initramfs systems, Dracut aims to have as little as possible hard-coded into the initramfs. It contains specific configuration files for init drivers and includes plymouth support. Dracut advantage seems to be a modern replacement to generate initrd and it’s suppose to be easy to use/manage.”
“YaST is able to create a kerberos server (with LDAP backend), and configure a client to use kerberos as an authentication backend. However, there is no obvious way to create principals for users or keytab for services through YaST. (…)”
“Recently, the repository KDE:Community was taken offline and the packages in there were apparently distributed into other repos. As a user of openSUSE, the onyl way I discovered this was via a constant error in my updater applet that told me it was unavailable. Then I went to the forums with the error and was informed why. I was also told that there had been advance notice on some mailing list (a list that people who download and install openSUSE will nto be a member of automatically). This is a very poor way of handling this for users of openSUSE! (…)”
“It’s not usually included in reviews of OS’s but the community behind an OS is actually pretty important. Especially since most people needing help on linux will not be able to just call a “geek squad” to fix things. openSUSE has a strong community but most people might not know to go to the web forums, so I think it would be VERY powerful to build it in to the OS. (…)”
openFATE Statistics can found there: openSUSE 11.4
Events & Meetings
openSUSE for your ears
“There are some pictures for openSUSE 11.3 with Nagios at Taiwan — Taichung http://picasaweb.google.com/maxsakana/20100821NagiosWithOpenSUSE# http://www.flickr.com/photos/studyarea/sets/72157624680922057/ They feel good with one click install and YaST ^__^ We will still go on”
“We had in the town hosting my LUG (Ramonville, Toulouse suburb) a “forum des association”, that is the yearly fair for volunteer activities, and I was glad to present there openSUSE dvd’s, 11.2 (some spare) and the new 11.3 http://dodin.org/piwigo/index.php?/category/1677 and specially that one: http://dodin.org/piwigo/picture.php?/22268/category/1677 I’m not on the images (because I was holding the camera :-). The shot was taken at the very beginning (not yet many attending people), because when the public come I have no more time to shoot :-))”
openSUSE in $COUNTRY
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.
h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: Videos from LinuxCon and end to maintenance of 2.4 and 2.6.27 nears
“Videos and presentations from LinuxCon and the Embedded Linux Conference provide information about the development status of Btrfs and about problems between kernel hackers and the makers of Android. With the latest stable kernels, Linux 2.6.34 has reached the end of its life; furthermore, there are signs that maintenance of 2.4 and 2.6.27 will soon be discontinued or reduced.”
“In this months kernel column John Masters discusses another eventful kernel cycle, not to mention the latest round of Linus Torvald (justified?) rants, the Kernel Summit 2010 and some pretty intense penguin-on-penguin action… ”
“Various changes improve the performance and functionality of drivers for graphics chips in the latest Intel mobile processors. Nouveau now supports the Fermi chips used on recent GeForce graphics cards. The Radeon driver in 2.6.36 adds support for underscan, HyperZ and tiling. Extensions for the KDB debugger and Intel’s KMS driver allow new debugging functionality.”
For Desktop Users
“In this article by Allan Brito, author of Blender 3D 2.9: Architecture, Buildings, and Scenery, we will take the realism of our scenes to a higher level using textures. With textures, the “magic” really happens! There are basically two types of textures, which are procedural and non-procedural textures. For us, the bitmap textures will be used most often, to allow us to create scenes with more realism. (…)”
For Commandline/Script Newbies
“Firefox, Chrome, and other browsers do an acceptable job of downloading a single file of reasonable size. But I don’t like to trust a browser to grab ISO images and other files that are hundreds of megabytes, or larger. For that I prefer to turn to wget. You’ll find that using wget provides some significant advantages over grabbing files with your browser. (…)”
“I guess quite a few joomla administrators regularly run into batch conversion issues. You have an entire folder of files in the one format, and now you need the same files, but in another format. Today I ran into a batch conversion issue in a surprising way. My wife came home with a “Made in China” MD-602 set of speakers that accepts input from a mobile phone, a phone memory, or a USB memory stick. She wanted to play an audio CD on the device, by copying the songs to a USB memory stick. So, I grabbed the audio CD, and I saw that the tracks on an audio CD are supposedly encoded in .wav format. On the device’s packaging, it lists the audio formats that the device accepts as input: .mp3 and .mp4.(…)”
For Developers and Programmers
“Porting legacy Perl to Python can be a daunting task. In this article, learn some of the theory behind dealing with legacy code, including what not to do.”
“OP wants to Upgrade and is offered some advice. Differing views are expressed giving the user some options.”
Call for participation
“The Open Source Awards is an annual online event held by Packt Publishing to distinguish excellence among Open Source projects. Now in its fifth year, the Award, formerly known as the Open Source Content Management System (CMS) Award, is designed to encourage, support, recognize and reward not only CMSes but a wider range of Open Source projects. (…)”
“The GNU Project Debugger release team has published the second point update to version 7.0 of its standard debugger for the GNU software system. The GDB debugger supports a wide variety of programming languages, including Ada, C, C++, Objective-C, FreePascal and Fortran, and, in the new release, adds support for the D programming language. (…)”
“The previous article in this series on Linux security described different userspace protection mechanisms that can be applied to protect binaries on a Linux system. Unsurprisingly, without additional kernel settings and protections most of the previously described mechanisms cannot be utilised to their full extent. This article will therefore focus on kernel features that have a direct impact on security of running binaries. Specific security frameworks such as SELinux, Grsecurity RBAC, AppArmor and others will not be discussed here although they may feature in future articles. (…)”
Reviews and Essays
Free Software Magazine/Terry Hancock: My Quest for Free Licensed Japanese Pop Music with Wacca.Fm’s XMLRPC API and Python’s xmlrpclib
“This is my story about searching for Japanese pop music under a free culture license. It’s a little tricky, because the best sites for this are of course, in Japan, and not well advertised on the English web. I discovered how to use Python’s XMLRPC library to run searches using the web API for a Japanese music sharing site called “Wacca”. The results were very interesting — I found some of what I was looking for, though not all. (…)”
“It doesn’t give me any pleasure in saying this, but the evidence is overwhelming that Linux is not huge on the desktop. Saying it has maybe 1% of the desktop marketshare is probably not realistic, but not as far off the mark as we’d like. Measuring Linux market share is not an easy task, especially not on the desktop. Most Linux users don’t buy Linux pre-loaded, they download Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, openSUSE, or another distro from a series of mirrors, BitTorrents, or share CDs. No matter how you count up, though, the total number is pretty small compared to the number of desktops in use. (…)”
“In the beginning, there were a few different distributions. From a handful came hundreds. We are currently living with several hundreds. Many say that this is a bad thing. Many claim that the myriad offerings confuse people. Many claim that these distributions are often redundant. What’s the deal? I have often talked about the lack of innovation in many distributions. The fact that people respin someone else’s stuff and call it their own is somewhat unavoidable. It’s going to happen. That aside, plurality is good. (…)”
“My name is John Dukovich. I’m with Green Moon Solutions, a small technology company in the Washington, DC, area. I’ve been working with Microsoft Office applications, basically since they came out, and I’m a heavy user of Excel macros and Visual Basic for Applications language. I do quite a few applications for clients and use macros in ways that a lot of people don’t.”
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