We are pleased to announce the Issue 150 of openSUSE Weekly News.
We are pleased to announce our 150 issue of the openSUSE Weekly News.
We hope that you will enjoy reading.
Build Service Team
Build Service Statistics
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“Zypper should implement an additional option “Keep last package Version” and a function “restore previous version”
“The mono-based graphics editor ought to be integrated with next OpenSUSE release:
“The usual qwerty keyboard layout (and similar layouts like qwertz, azerty…) are known for being suboptimal. Better layouts are available, like dvorak. These layouts are often tied to a language : dvorak is better for english, while french users will prefer bépo. (…)”
“It’s more and more frequent to have a big partition shared by users for large data (video…).
“openSUSE 11.3 includes Vim 7.2 that is 2 years old.
On August 2010, Vim 7.3 has been released and includes a few new features (Lua support, Python 3 support, Blowfish encryption, persistent undo/redo). But first and foremost, Vim 7.3 includes all patches that were released since the last 7.2 release two years ago.”
“I just notice that some Windows 7 entries in GRUB menu.lst as written by the openSUSE installer are very dangerous. On my HPE-311 desktop, I had 3 entries, for 3 windows partitions. The latter being the recovery partition, labelled “windows 3″. (…)”
“When installing Windows (version 7 with me), then openSUSE 11.3, and no partition is marked “active”, then hibernating (suspend to disk) in Windows 7 does not work anymore after installing linux.
“The board meeting has a topic about where we do need to improve. This recieves too little attention from a too small group. We need to fix this.”
“can a script be developed to install the cacti package using default values .
“A Testing Core Team IRC meeting to discuss 11.4 Milestone 3 was held November 15.
We first discussed the latest developments in automated testing of installation. If those system builds that will not install are detected early, then users will be spared the effort wasted in downloading a product that will not run. The goal is to minimize user frustration, and maximize user time spent in tests that cannot be done automatically. For example, the virtual machines used in the automatic testing have very limited hardware, thus a lot of drivers are not tested.
Team member Bernhard Wiedemann, who developed these testing procedures, has been granted access to a server at openSUSE for this purpose. For anyone interested in the details of how the tests function, please see https://lwn.net/Articles/414413/. To see the squashing of bugs over time, see http://openqa.opensuse.org/cgi-bin/currentresults. The links in the left-hand columns show details of the testing. To see visually what Bernhard is testing, look at the movie.
The meeting also discussed the handling of Bugzilla reports. The plan is to automate the scanning of the list to find those bugs that affect the pending release so that none of bugs found in testing are allowed to persist in the released version. Further discussion of bug handling will be reported here.”
“As I wrote last time, I’ve migrated our documentation to a public SVN server on BerliOS. There you can get the English sources of the official openSUSE documentation and some business products too.
Apart from Russian, I’m very happy that the Hungarian translation of the openSUSE documentation is underway! Thanks to Kálmán Kéménczy, he will publish the Hungarian documentation soon. Currently, some translatation, proofreading, and polishing have to be done, so stay tuned (see https://svn.berlios.de/svnroot/repos/opensuse-doc/trunk/documents/distribution/hu.)
In the Community
Nelson Marques are working on an interesting project. In the first Part of the Project, he wants to define what the openSUSE Project is, and what the Community is. The second part is a study. Enjoy reading.
“Time to write a small report about the last weekend, another event happend there. I was at OpenRheinRuhr in Oberhausen. It was the second edition of this event. Last year it was in Bottrop, some maybe remember the sexy openSUSE booth girls ;) So this year the organizers changed the location and it was deifinitly a good decision, there was definitly more visitors because of that. The location was a museum for the industry there once was, so the social event had a really geeky style between really big gearwheels and such stuff. The hall was this year really big and a lot of place for the projects.
For the booth I had one of the big HP touchscreens, they are always good for events. People like to play “Numpty Physics” and when there stay some people others become curious and stop at the booth. But we played not only on the booth, thanks Jan we showed WebYasT on his machine at home, of course we had some conversations about and showings of SUSE Studio. Not many people asked for the openSUSE Buildservice, but thats ok there, it was an more user oriented event. For me I made an test there, we had some days ago a little discussion on the marketing mailinglist to market more such things like OBS and I began to make a new poster serie for that, so I tested with an beamer some of the new posters on a side wall. I think I prepare an slideshow with the motifes, when I have all posters have done, so that all ambassadors can do the same. Its an action thing and that does always make people curious. (…)”
“As you probably all know, few weeks ago was openSUSE Conference 2010. And it was great event and I’m glad I was able to attend it. Unfortunatelly I had some troubles with my blog, so I’m writing about it now. I had there a small “workshop” about KVM & libvirtd and about why you shouldn’t be affraid of using them. Few slides that I came up with can be obtained here, but most of the time, it consisted from the discussion with people that attended it. But I want to write mainly about interesting things that I learned on conference. (…)”
Welcome new Members (Corner for new acknowledged Members)
Events & Meetings
openSUSE for your ears
“Yesterday the Greek openSUSE community had it’s first meeting. The purpose of this meeting was all of those who are interesting on participate to decide the next steps of our community together.
openSUSE in $COUNTRY
New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE
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Tips and Tricks
On the Web
“Novell today announced the release of and support for the Baracus project, an open source platform focused on delivering a feature rich, easy to use, highly customizable boot and build management solution. (…)”
“We are pleased to announce a new tracing tool called ‘trace’.
This tool follows up on Linus’s (not so) recent observations that Linux tracing is still not really offering good tracing tools to ordinary users. There’s no easy to use workflow and the tools that exist are not expressive enough to solve everyday problem. (…)”
“Those who follow Linux have certainly heard of Btrfs, a relatively new high performance file system that has a lot of people excited about its potential. Two months ago during LinuxCon Japan, we were pleased to sit down with lead developer Chris Mason from Oracle to record a short webinar that focuses on demonstrating RAID5 and RAID6 as well as recently completed features in Btrfs. This tutorial would be valuable to anyone interested in the technical details of the filesystem. Please enjoy this free Btrfs Linux tutorial and let us know your feedback. Also, please enjoy the other free Linux training tutorials available as part of our Linux training program. (…)”
Call for participation
“And we’re back again for our annual tribute to the members of the Geek Tribe. Retape your glasses, take a big suck on that bucket of Red Bull next to your desk, and dig into the 20 questions below. Answer enough correctly, and we’ll agree you’ve got your geek on. Answer too many wrong, and we may have to buy you some pom-poms. (…)”
“”One important thing about community is to have shared ideas. Communities aren’t glued together by boundaries,” explains Thomas Thym, an academic and KDE developer. “They are open. They are glued together by ideas, by visions, by values they have in common.”
So in between the technical sessions, the sharing of code hacks and the general hubbub at the recent openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, the talk was of strategy and a common vision, which is important, Thym says, “because it gives the community one direction it can orient around, and this was missing in the past.” (…)”
“As usual after the KDE feature freeze, I’d like to give an overview which improvements have been done in Dolphin for the next KDE SC. (…)”
“I’m now back home after a very successful MeeGo Conference 2010. Thankfully for me, the flight was short and it arrived ahead of time, even with a 10-minute delay on departure. The winds have been favourable to us (though the Harmattan wind doesn’t help airplanes — not yet anyway).
Upon arriving, I was reminded immediately why the conference shouldn’t be in Oslo in November, like someone suggested some time ago in the MeeGo Wiki: it’s cold here and snowing. Compared to Oslo, Dublin’s weather was comforting and warm. Add to that the welcoming social events that were organised for us and you see why it was a good reason to go — visiting the Guiness Storehouse and watching live Norway 2 x 1 Ireland was a nice touch! I even made a cameo appearence in Norway’s largest newspaper, in a weird fish-eye lens photo. (…)”
Reviews and Essays
“Want to run Linux on a laptop, but not sure which hardware is best? This guide will help you zero in on the machine that’s right for you and the distribution you select. (…)”
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