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“Without question, users who frequent the openSUSE forums are very appreciative of all the work being done by ALL the various development teams. The progressive nature of KDE4 continues to spark a great deal of interest generally, though especially do users want options to try the latest and greatest, yet at the same time maintain a level of stability. With KDE development moving so quickly between distribution releases, users don’t want to be stuck with the distro release version of KDE. The much requested 4.5.* stable repo has now been provided for openSUSE 11.3 users. Those currently using the Factory repo will now be able to switch to: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Release:/45/openSUSE_11.3/”
“The openSUSE Conference brings together users, contributors and friends of the openSUSE project from 20th to 23rd October in Nuremberg, Germany. Over four days, more than seventy talks and workshops explore the theme of ‘Collaboration Across Borders‘ in Free and Open Source software communities, administration and development. The conference is the yearly get-together of the openSUSE project to give its people a chance to meet face to face, talk to and inspire each other. It takes place in the Berufsförderungswerk Nuremberg in the beautiful surroundings of the Franconian metropole. Everybody interested is welcome to join and enjoy the program which starts each day at 9am, the admission is free.”
“The openSUSE Conference brings together users, contributors and friends of the openSUSE project from 20th to 23rd October in Nuremberg, Germany. Over four days, more than seventy talks and workshops explore the theme of ‘Collaboration Across Borders‘ in Free and Open Source software communities, administration and development. The conference is the yearly get-together of the openSUSE project to give its people a chance to meet face to face, talk to and inspire each other. It takes place in the Berufsförderungswerk Nuremberg in the beautiful surroundings of the Franconian metropole. Everybody interested is welcome to join and enjoy the program which starts each day at 9am, the admission is free. The openSUSE Conference 2010 Sneak Peaks will introduce some speakers and talks to you.] Today we feature the talk “Explaining GNOME 3″ from Vincent Untz.”
“Hi all, Your strategy team has been working hard, as promised, to incorporate the comments you have all given over the last few months into a new document. That document aims to describe where openSUSE stands right now, what users we target, what we are doing. Who we are has been covered pretty decently in the current community statement and now we would like to present you with what users we target. While you can all give us your input in the usual way (commenting down here, replying on the openSUSE mailinglists, on the forums and in private mail or IM), we have decided to make use of another commenting platform which is much more suited for a discussion like the one we are having. This is called co-ment, a pretty awesome commenting tool under the GNU Affero GPL. We would like to ask you to give your input on the document there instead of in the other channels so the discussion will be more structured and easier for everyone to follow. Select some text you want to comment on (a word, a few words, a sentence) and choose the little yellow + sign on the top-left to add your comment. If you click a colored section of the text, you can see the comments which have been made on it and add your own. Easy peasy! You can find the document here. And for reference here the openSUSE Strategy portal on the wiki. Please have fun!”
Build Service Team
“Last week I had some discussions with colleagues about the build service and Berthold and Darix suggested to create some kind of reference card for the build service. So, I’ve sat down, learned how others do sheat cheets, e.g. via XML or in OpenOffice.org and then decided to go the easy route with columns using an OpenOffice.org text document. The first version is now available for download. It describes building packages for Factory, reviewing of package submissions, maintenance, package editing, miscellaneous commands and osc installation. The file is supposed to be printed on two sides of a paper – and then cut the paper to A5.”
Build Service Statistics
Statistics can be found at http://build.opensuse.org
“The weekend has come and gone and I’ve had a great weekend at the Ohio Linux Fest in Columbus, Ohio. A bit busy and intense at times as I was wearing my two hats… both representing openSUSE and representing GNOME-A11y. So, I got there on Friday morning and checked out the only two sessions I could make time to see for the whole weekend. Unfortunately, ASL interpreters I had arranged for to assist me over the weekend had backed out so I was very lost communication-wise for the most part during the weekend. But I persevered…. I checked out the sessions led by Mel Chua (Red Hat’s Community Education Engineer) and Robyn Bergeron (Fedora Marketing lead). I had befriended both of them just a couple of months earlier at the Community Leadership Summit. Even though I wasn’t going to have an interpreter present, I went to see both sessions because I’m always supportive of those whom I know and go to their sessions as a show of support whenever I can.”
Events & Meetings
openSUSE for your ears
“The first VOLDAY helded in São Paulo is over … But … For sure I can say that was another success for Brazilians Linux communities, sponsors, and everyone involved, had an excellent level of talks and the presence of ambassadors openSUSE was secured by two presentations and distribution of some openSUSE dual-layer DVDs, which surprised everyone because one side has the facility for 32-bit machines and 64-bit in other side. (…)”
openSUSE in $COUNTRY
“This package contains wrappers for accessing the ALSA API from Python. It is currently fairly complete for PCM devices and Mixer access. MIDI sequencer support is low on our priority list, but volunteers are welcome. ”
“Jajuk is a free, cross-platform music player available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, written in Java. I never used Jajuk before, so I tested it for the first time today, an I’m really impressed. Let me explain. Introduction The version I’m going to talk about is 1.9 RC2, which is the version currently included in Ubuntu 10.10 Beta. Jajuk is written in Java and it uses the mplayer engine for playing audio files, and comes with a full set of features, most of them reviewed here.” The Package jajuk is available in the Packman Repository.
“cclive is a command line video extraction utility similar to clive but focuses on low requirements. Its features are few and essential. cclive is intended for users who prefer lightweight and “snappy” programs. It was written in C and depends on libcurl. cclive sports much of the same features but some compromises were made along the way to keep the prerequisites low.”
“EMount is a free system administrator tool for Linux that can mount, encrypt and manage disk image files and physical disk drives. It relies on cryptsetup, which implements the LUKS disk encryption specification.”
“Oh yeah, I bet that headline really grabbed your attention didn’t it! Let’s face it, to the untrained eye F-Spot announcing a new stable release series might not seem exciting but I can assure it kind-of sort-of is. In the three or four months since the last stable version, 0.6.2, was released the F-Spot team has been churning through releases throughout the summer fixing bugs left and right, refactoring code and adding the occasional snazzy feature.” F-Spot is available in the GNOME:Apps Repository.”
“Updated to 188.8.131.52″
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.
“Here is the long awaited review of some of the developments on the launch menu sector. Please take notice that because of the great variety of menus out there, I will make mistakes in their names. They could be called “start menu,” “launcher,” etc. So please, bear with me through this post. Hopefully putting these menus side by side will help us make sense of what we use in order to launch applications on our operating systems. It is important to understand these menus and the changes they have suffered over time. probably you will find valuable information that will aid us in making a better launcher application for openSUSE.”
“At Packman, and with the support of Dinar “k0da” Valeev, who provided us with an additional build host for our Build Service instance, we now provide a selected set of “essential” multimedia/codec packages for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 (SP1).”
“openSUSE Ambassador and all around nice guy, Carlos Ribeiro, translated our “September Geeko Gist” into Brazilian-Portuguese over on softwarelivre.org. While I don’t speak the language, Carlos has done a great job helping out with the openSUSE Marketing team as well as the openSUSE Ambassadors program in Brazil, so I’m sure the translation is nearly perfect. If you’re fluent, you should check out his translation: OMG! SUSE! entrevista Jos Poortvliet!”
“Being a KDE user, I can get annoyed by the fact that a lot of popular apps out there using GTK+ somehow never seem to look right in KDE! Two of the most notable offenders are the popular web browsers (as you all told us last week): Opera and Google Chrome. Let’s make them look nice and polished on our already beautiful KDE desktop:”
“Following the openSUSE strategy discussion I read some reasonable questions and comments like: Why do we invest time into that useless strategy discussion? What is the benefit of a strategy? Strategy is only for companies! This is a follow up to my friend Jos’ post about strategy. I love strategy! (Strategy was one of my major subjects at university and a research focus of the chair I worked and taught over four years.) So I might be biased. Nevertheless I want to convince you share some of my thoughts.”
“The mirror of the openSUSE kernel-source repository has been around for several months already, now there is something new: A repository that is actually usable :-) . The current kernel-source repository is a series of patches managed in git, which has some upsides, like the ability to easily cherry-pick a patch and port it to a different branch or send it upstream. But it is quite painful if you want to work with the code itself and not with patch files. A task as simple as determining if drivers/…/foo.c in openSUSE-11.3 has or does not have a certain change requires checking out the branch and running the sequence-patch script to be able to look at the file. If you need to know when was the file changed, you have to run ‘quilt patches <file>’ to find out what patches touched the file and then ask git about the history of these patches. Neither convenient nor efficient. That’s why we have a second repository, that contains the mainline tree with all the suse patches applied. It’s located at http://gitorious.org/opensuse/kernel, the clone url is git://gitorious.org/opensuse/kernel.git.”
“Almost nine years passed since the first lines of Kopete code started to take form, in a remote country in the south part of the globe. Still today, looking at an old Kopete screenshot has a special meaning for me. I had so much fun. I learned hundred of tricks and certainly it shaped me as a developer. Working with brilliant hackers across the world brought this multicultural curiosity. Both things combined resulted in myself living in a different country, married to a woman from yet another one, and having friend parties where almost everyone was from a different place, and working in a company involved in this great hobby. However the world was different by then. At that point the discussion was whether you ICQed or you sent viruses via MSN. And the most difficult challenge was to get file transfer done right. Nothing of that matters anymore.”
“Or so it will be, soon, if these guys get their way. Apparently, and this has been the hot new idea for the last year or two; for Xserver 1.10 people want to get rid of one of the greatest things that XFree86 brought us, and one of the better changes that happened after the X.org fork: modular graphics drivers. While the current proposal is simply to undo the modularization work of the mid-naughties (thanks jezza!), it immediately sparked the imagination of others to go even further (to which Alanc answered rather strikingly). But merging drivers back is in itself already a very damaging move.”
“User experience differing playback results from different media players. If we can just encourage them to follow the media guide.”
“Adobe® Flash® Player “Square” is a preview release that enables native 64-bit support on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems, as well as enhanced support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta. We have made this preview available so that users can test existing content and new platforms for compatibility and stability. Because this is a preview version of Flash Player, we don’t expect it to be as stable as a final release version of Flash Player. Use caution when installing Flash Player “Square” on production machines. (…)”
Call for participation
“Thanks to everyone that helped us get the Unix StackExchange group up and running. The site went into preview in record time, and then we went into Beta. My call for help: I am currently at 1,211 points, on 6th place answering questions on the site. So what I need you guys is to go and ask some interesting questions about Unix, Linux, Gnome in there, and I get to answer them with some awesome background. If you ever had a pressing Unix question, now is the time to ask it on the site, and help me get those points up.”
“The folks who brought the three-part Penumbra series to the Linux community now bring us another even more terrifying adventure. Amnesia: The Dark Descent follows Daniel as he confronts a sinister dark shadow in his quest to hunt and kill evil Alexander in order to save his own mind and life. Danger hides in every corner. Risk life and limb at every turn, your very sanity in peril with every step into the dark descent.”
“Firefox 4.0 is still a bit away from final release, but the time to think about switching is now. The Mozilla Project is releasing Firefox 4.0 beta 6 this week, and the current builds are really good. Why switch? I’ll give you five excellent reasons to jump on the 4.0 train today. One of the great things about open source development is that you don’t have to wait for the final product to ship to get your hands on it. Case in point, I’ve been running development builds of the Firefox 4.0 series off and on for weeks. You can too, if you don’t mind some rapid changes and possible instability.”
“Earlier this month we started once again our annual Linux Graphics Survey in which we poll our readers about their choices and opinions concerning graphics cards, display drivers, and other graphics / X.Org related features of the Linux desktop. While this survey is still going on through the end of September — so you still have time to participate — here are the results from the first 6,300 people to submit their responses. We are publishing the results so far since there is the X Developers’ Summit this week in Toulouse and some of these findings may prove to be useful during those discussions. (…)”
Reviews and Essays
“Rumor has it that Novell has tentatively reached a sale agreement that would split the business in two, and sell the Linux half to “a strategic buyer.” Assuming the deal goes through, who’s the unnamed suitor, and what does it mean for the SUSE Linux business and the openSUSE Project? (…)”
“I’ve never been much for clubs. When I was young, I made a lousy cub scout. I wasn’t a real “joiner” in high school or college either (just enough to get by) and I still don’t get actively involved in many professional associations today. But I’m a sucker for a noble mission. I find myself getting drawn into all sorts of things these days. Good causes, interesting projects, even big ideas like the reinvention of management all share my extra attention, brainpower, and resources. (…)”
“Most people take the Internet for granted. When it comes to the Internet as we know it – Social Networks, Media Sites, Email, File Repositories, etc. – usability is as far as our concern extends. If it works, that is all we care about. But the truth of the matter is that understanding the complexity of the Internet also helps you to understand why security is so overwhelmingly important, yet often overlooked.”
“OpenSolaris is dead, but OpenIndiana lives on. Just a few weeks after Oracle made it clear that OpenSolaris was dead as a doornail, the Illumos and OpenIndiana folks have a distribution ready for the OpenSolaris community that’s been left in a lurch by Oracle. The code dropped on Tuesday, so I haven’t had a lot of time to muck with OpenIndiana yet. I spent a few hours with the live CD and installed it into VMware.”
“Adobe has released a security advisory to alert users of a vulnerability affecting Adobe Flash Player. This vulnerability affects Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition.”
“When we call beer “free,” we mean that it respects the users’ essential freedoms: the freedom to drink it, to study and change it, and to return empties with or without some changes. This is a matter of freedom, not price, so think of “free speech,” but in this case also “free beer” too. Why man have to choose a free beer? Because it’s open and free to use. Everybody can give some feedback on the freebeer’s twitter page.”
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