We are pleased to announce the new openSUSE Weekly News Issue 164.
Archive for February, 2011
With red carpets rolling out in Hollywood, you’d expect some applause for the openSUSE 11.4 RC2 release, which has now gone live ahead of 11.4 proper. But with much of the hard work going in behind the scenes, this superb release candidate isn’t getting the fanfare it deserves. The recent Bug Squashing day saw 132 bugs updated so few serious issues remain. Improvements in the ‘backend’ work includes some tweaks to Wifi supplicant and drivers, and a host of small fixes across the distribution which enhance stability and performance. The addition of MediaCurl backend with zsync support to libzypp iut is already being noticed. openSUSE user and forum member Pier Andreit comments that “YaST install/remove software is a thunderbolt!”
The transition from OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice still has a few minor documentation blips but more importantly, users should be cautious. (Update 2011-03-01 due to bug 664816 marked as fixed:) The raft of new functionality has created a few specific issues, such as loss of data in tables under certain situations (see bug 664816 – which is fixed for RC2 but only noticed later). Though not quite ready for the production environment, user feedback is critical for smoothing performance and reliability.
KDE SC 4.6 is also running beautifully though 32 BIT nVidia users may have a bug.
Bernhard Wiedemann created a nice tool at openbugs.zq1.de to avoid the situation where two people work on the same issue. There were VM’s prepared with VNC access so people could easily test and someone in the team ran his first KVM Virtual Machine at home, thanks to the help of the rest of the team. Another participant filed his first bug on bugzilla (that would be bug number 673629). In the end, the team went through and updated 60% of all old 11.4 bugs (=132 of 219)!
And of course, they had a lot of fun…
Finally, we have some crude statistics about yesterday’s most active participants, who can get the geeko-gear reward (just send your details to Bernhard Wiedermann)!
This list is generated with a perl script | sort | uniq -c | sort -n -r | head -11
49 Rainer Hurtado Navarro
34 Bernhard Wiedemann
24 Pieter De Decker
13 Larry Finger
11 Terje J. Hanssen
10 Malvern Star
10 Karsten König
9 Michal Hucko
8 Refilwe Seete
8 John McInnes
8 Jason Craig
Congrats on the great work!
The team decided it would be nice to have such events on a regular basis, so 2011-04-02 is proposed for the next Open-Bugs-Day.
Article contributed by Bernhard M. Wiedermann
We need a short service outage to move one of the big storages behind the openSUSE Buildservice to a new location. As result, build.opensuse.org and software.opensuse.org/search would not be available for ca. 30min.
In about a week Google will accept applications from Free Software projects to be part of Google’s Summer of Code. This great project enables students who want to spend their summer time working on Free Software instead of a regular summer job the opportunity to do. Commonly called GSOC, the program helps students by paying them cash for their code. A successful project makes the student about USD 5000 which certainly is not bad for a summer job.
One of the easiest things to do to contribute to the free and open source movement and the openSUSE Project is to exercise your second free software freedom: The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
To be able to do this comfortably the openSUSE Project, with the help of its sponsors, produces special promotional DVDs that contain live versions of both the KDE and GNOME desktops to try and which can also be used to install the a complete system. Those DVDs are perfect for introducing people to Linux and openSUSE. The openSUSE version included, 11.3, has all the qualities a newcomer wants. It’s a mature multi-purpose Linux operating system widespread among the free and open source software community for great user to user support. It comes with more with than 1,000 open source desktop applications, a full suite of server software and a rich selection of open source development tools.
So today the openSUSE Project would like to encourage you make use of your second free software freedom and help us to spread promo DVDs! It’s easy, think about where you could have the chance to spread them, then order them from us and do it. How about you putting them out in your local community centre, you give some to the computer science teacher of your daughter’s school or how about the guys that operate your university’s support desk? The clubhouse of your football club? The next concert or other event you attend or maybe on the toilet in your cousin’s bar? The internet café around the corner for sure! The possibilities are endless. If you think you know a place where people pick them up and try them, go for it! Helping us is as simple as ordering DVDs from us and going out to talk to the venues if you can leave a couple of them. You would be surprised how many people find a nice, shiny, green openSUSE DVD interesting enough to finally try this Linux thing they heard about so much on the internet.
So if you can think of anything just contact us about the amount you need (multiplies of 100 please) and where we need to send them. For this just send an email to
Don’t be shy about the amount, we don’t need to scrimp on them! If you think you can get spread 500 we’ll send you 500. Every DVD that is out there, is out there and might result in a new free and open source software and openSUSE user. This is the perfect opportunity to do something good for free and open source software and the openSUSE project, take it!
Update 2010-02-21: We received so many requests that we expect we have more requests than media, therefore please do not send further requests.
As you all know, we’re closing in on the Final Release of openSUSE 11.4…
and so in this last window for bug-fixing we need your help! The testing team is looking for volunteers to help with bugs in bugzilla on the Open-Bugs-Day at Sunday the 20th of February. Participants are going through the bugs that currently exist for 11.4 in bugzilla, close what is fixed and confirm what still needs some work. It’s all part of a final push for a great 11.4 release, with us clearing out what is fixed, the developers can focus their energies on fixing bugs instead of clicking around in bugzilla! We will meet, hang out and coordinate during the Open-Bugs-Day in the IRC channel #opensuse-testing on the Freenode network and anyone using openSUSE is welcome to help. Read on to learn more about how you can make a difference.