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|We are pleased to announce our 144 issue of the openSUSE Weekly News. Our “openSUSE Conference 2010″ with the Topic “Collaboration across Borders” is just around the corner. Don’t miss it, and register yourself on http://conference.opensuse.org. In addition, we got a good news from forums.opensuse.org. Last week, the Dutch language subforum has been launched. So our Dutchmen can exchange their Knowledge in their native Language. We’re wishing our dutch Friends many joy. So it was all from Editors Side. We hope that you will enjoy reading.|
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“I would be very userfriendly if the “Vodafone Mobile Connect” software was just one of packages the we could select from YaST.
“openSUSE is a great open source community linux distribution.
One thing I miss which other distros have, is that the shorewall firewall packages are not available in any repositories. (…)”
“See this discussion on the forum:
“Let’s face it: the default soundscape provided by upstream KDE4 release is far from ideal. Majority of sounds in it are too long (default login/logout sounds, anyone?) and they do sound very old-fashioned (plain piano) while desktop itself is the most advanced available. (…)”
“I listen to music while writing… and every single time I change songs a
hilariously loud POP is almost killing my ears. This is annoying and painful. What’s also annoying is that with ‘flat-volumes = yes’ the master volume is changed to the loudest individual stream. If a rogue application should choose to up the volume, my ears get fried (headphones !) (…)”
In Factory, sometimes root= doesn’t work and some experimenting is necessary to get a boot and find out why. e.g. for a long while, root=LABEL= syntax was not working, and still might not be in certain cases. Also, modern root=/dev/disk* syntax makes most kernel lines are longer than the text editor screen is wide (wrapping makes more confusion), which means also /dev/disk entries are too long for human brains to remember for manual typing. And, sometimes troubleshooting requires /dev/sdX# syntax. When dropping back to text mode to edit cmdline and mistake is made, grub doesn’t recover nicely, and reboot to restart Grub is often required to retry. So, showopts before root= in gfxmenu would be a nice facility provided via /etc/sysconfig/bootloader and perl-bootloader instead of having to manually change it after each kernel update.”
“I recently tried installing new icon themes into openSUSE 11.3 via the Configure Desktop app. It showed a lot of themes with an “install” button, but when I pressed it, nothing happened. It turns out, that’s because it only installs .tar.gz files and a number of the themes listed are in other formats. So the “Get New Themes…” popup should only show files it can actually install.”
“As in title: add “susestudio” category to openFATE.”
“Easy Scan – Is a very pretty straight away tool for scanning stuff. I understand we ship xsane by default, though offering both would be probably a good choice. For me and my hardware, (I need to scan a couple of documents once in a while) it does do the trick with a few simple clicks. This is very helpful if you are in a rush (usually if I scan something is because I am in a rush). It just works. (…)”
“LibreOffice Productivity Suite
From website http://www.documentfoundation.org/
“I installed openSUSE 11.3 via netinstall. Because I’m on a Netbook I used my wireless lan connection. And because I also didn’t want switching between my netbook and my desktop system I activated VNC for the installation procedure. That just ran all fine but after the restart during the installation (when booting into the installed system) the configuration settings for my network connection are gone and therefore I had to configure it manually in a terminal. It would be nice if we could extend the installer so it does remember these settings.”
In the Community
“It is Monday morning and almost time to get ready for work at the GNOME-A11y hackfest in Sevilla, Spain. As much as I’m looking forward to the week, I’m still very depressed about what happened this weekend.
On Saturday morning, just as I was leaving Barcelona to head down to Sevilla, I got robbed. I was at the bus depot waiting for the airport shuttle bus to take me to BCN when I put down my laptop bag and camera bag so I could pull out my white cane. Barely a moment passed by when all of a sudden I got jostled and in that split second… whoever it was was gone and so were my two shoulder bags. Why couldn’t they have stolen my suitcases instead of this???”
“Many of you that follow my blog probably know Bryen, also known by suseROCKS. He is someone that has dedicated a significant amount of his time and effort throughout his life to spread awareness about accessibility. This month he is traveling in Europe to help further this effort. Unfortunately, while he was in Spain he was robbed. There are several of us that have thought about trying to raise some money to replace these items.”
“As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on what happened to me over the weekend, I want to give thanks for the tremendous amount of support everyone has given to me from across the world. There’s very little I can say to truly express the awe I feel about the support you all have given. (…)”
“Ladies and gentlemen, Recently Amaru Zelaya Orellana and myself cooperated on an article about the great work our ambassadors are doing around the world. They deserve great respect for what they do. A great marketing effort.
Meanwhile, the openSUSE marketing team is doing more work – getting articles out on the technologies we have, developing materials for our ambassadors and of course promoting the conference. However, no matter how much they do – they need help.”
“I just published/send/submitted the last part of the openSUSE strategy stuff. Coming from KDE, this was a very interesting endeavor. It’s not done yet, of course – I expect a huge amount of comments on this one (find it here) as it includes some notes on our ‘competition’ (coopetition?), what the results will be and how we’d like to be in a few years.
I know the KDE community is also looking at future directions – KDE 4 series is stabilizing, so where to go next? GNOME meanwhile is getting GNOME 3 out – but at the same time also had strategical discussions at the last GUADEMY. And of course Fedora has followed openSUSE in discussing directions. Guess it’s contagious…”
“This post is about why one should visit a conference at all and hopefully is a good read for people who haven’t been on a FOSS conference yet. For oldtimers this might be unbelieveable, but I remember perfectly how I thought “This conference sounds interesting, but its probably only for checkers, long term contributors, not for me”. Thanks god I had somebody convincing me that that’s wrong and pulled me to my first Akademy which was a great experience as well as all the other conferences I have been later.
The main thing that happens on conferences is learning. While sitting in workshops and presentations you can learn so much about technologies, and since you take the time to really listen to it, it sticks very good in your mind. If questions remain open, you can be sure to immediately find people who can help to clearify.”
Events & Meetings
openSUSE for your ears
“First of all a big thanks to Andreas, I received the promo DVDs on time. We had our openSUSE Linux event on UoM’s campus yesterday, 30 September 2010. It was rocking and we received plenty feedback. Got students interested from faculties of management, humanities, agriculture etc…contrary to our belief that this event will attract computer science & engineering students only.
“Hi everyone, here is my report:
Event: Software Freedom Day – Chile.
“Next month on 13th and 14th November is in Oberhausen an Linux event called OpenRheinRuhr.
Its the second edition of this event, last year it was in Bottrop and this year it will be in Oberhausen at Rheinisches Industriemuseum. Marcel Richter, Thomas Groß and me go there but Thomas have a talk and me have an workshop and a talk there so help is always welcome.
When u have time and fun to help at the openSUSE booth, send me an message.”
“At October the 3rd we participated at the xariseto Free Festival.We were placed between Greeklug and the Fedora community Project.
A few words about the event:
The event had everything an Free open fest could have,music,theatrical teams ,places for kids to learn through games, free coffee, free clothes,free games and any other kind of items people stopped use and wanted to give away to others instead of throwing them away as garbage,also after the event what people didn’t take the xarise to team gathered it and gave it to institutions. (…)”
“Please find my report here.
Event: Software Freedom Day – Szeged, Hungary.
openSUSE in $COUNTRY
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Tips and Tricks
For Desktop Users
“The GIMP has a ton of tools for the user to take advantage of. From editing tools to drawing tools to filters to script fu to a whole host of other possibilities. One tool that many don’t take advantage of is bushes.
Brushes in The GIMP allow the user to extend The GIMP’s flexibility by creating different ways to draw with effect or style. Brushes can be any number of styles from either standard drawing tool brushes to more artistic brushes. Regardless of the type of brush you want to add (you can even create your own), you have to know how to add them, before you can use them. In this Ghacks article I will show you how to add new brushes to The GIMP in Linux.”
“Dropbox is a nifty little application that lets you sync and share files on the Internet and between several computers. Want to send a movie to a friend? Use Dropbox. Want to have a common folder for pictures that you and your girlfriend can update on different computers? Use Dropbox.
The problem with Dropbox is that you can’t share entire folders. Only individual links. That’s where dropbox-index comes in. Download the Python script and use it like this to share an entire folder of files: (…)”
For Commandline/Script Newbies
“This is the first in a series about using the “command line” in Linux. It is also about knowing when to use a gui instead. But before going into any of that we need to understand what is meant by a “command line” application. You’ll find that as we explore that idea, a lot of things that are not really true ‘cli’ (command line interface) apps arguably count as cli, including menu driven console based apps and even gui apps. This will be controversial. (…)”
“Today’s collection of one-liners are sure to win some converts. There’s nothing like a quick command that saves you a lot of trouble and just might impress your boss and coworkers that you’re the cleverest person around.
The first is the cd -” command that takes you to back to whatever directory you were previously located in. Need to bounce between two directories as you make some mighty edits to some configuration files? No problem. With the “cd -” command, you can do just that. (…)”
“Computer-based calendars are very useful, and the Google Calendar is probably one of the more widely used personal calendars other than scheduling programs such as MS Outlook and Groupwise (both of which are broken). But, webby gooey applications can be rather bothersome because they tend to take up a lot of screen real estate and other resources, and on smaller screens such as a laptop can be rendered virtually useless by all that added functionality built into the web browser itself as well as the calendar page. It is quite possible that on your laptop, your Google Calendar may look something like this: (…)”
For Developers and Programmers
On the Web
“The Desktop Summit is a co-located event which features the yearly contributor conferences of the GNOME and KDE communities, GUADEC and Akademy. Next year the conference will take place from 6 to 12 August, 2011 in Berlin at the Humboldt University, Unter den Linden 6. The event will feature keynotes, talks, workshops and team building events. The Desktop Summit website is now online. (…)”
“Watch Sintel in a cinema, for free in Nuremberg, Germany.
Gottfried Hofmann writes:
“Google has open sourced a new “lossy” image format known as WebP — pronounced “weppy” — claiming it can cut the size of current web images by almost 40 per cent.
CNet revealed the format with a story late this morning, and Google soon followed with a blog post describing the technology, which has been released as a developer preview. WebP is derived from VP8, the video codec Google acquired with its purchase of On2 Technologies earlier this year and promptly open sourced as part of the new WebM format.”
“For the third time in a row, Worldforge participated in Google Summer of Code, with three students completing the program this year. Worldforge is the original open-source Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) project, so it’s great at getting students who are interested in games into open source.
This post showcases some of the work done by one of our students, Tiberiu Paunescu, to implement a series of improvements to the Ember UI. These improvements were all end-user focused and meant to provide a better and more streamlined user experience.
The first feature implemented was an improvement to the inventory which makes it possible to drag items from the inventory widget into the world, and place them there. When an item is dragged off the inventory and into the world a preview model is created, showing where the item will end up.”
“The world is awash in data. This fact is putting more and more pressure on file systems to efficiently scale to handle increasingly large amounts of data. Recently, Ric Wheeler from Redhat experimented with putting 1 Billion files in a single file system to understand what problems/issues the Linux community might face in the future. Let’s see what happened…”
Reviews and Essays
“There are many articles that explain the different characteristics of the distributions of Linux, today I also want to try it my way.
If every Linux distribution was a food, which would you choose to eat? I’ll try to resume for every distro the keywords that come to my mind thinking at it and see what’s the first Food result that google image give with these words and the word food.”
“It was recently announced that Internet Explorer has slipped to less than 50% of the market, at least according to StatCounter. Firefox claims nearly 40% of the market, but Google Chrome has already entered double digits in just two years.
For features and speed, Chrome is rapidly becoming ‘the browser to beat’, and the Mozilla Project seems to know it. The Firefox 4 feature list and development cycle have been fairly aggressive in terms of trying to catch up to – or surpass – Chrome.
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