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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 195 is out with: Get your package in 12.1, Hackweek and Getting your Article in news.o.o

October 1st, 2011 by

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Header PictureAnnouncements

The upcoming openSUSE 12.1 release
is being developed in Factory.
According to the release
the Toolchain and several other critical components are frozen, but there
is still time to get most package updates in! It’s not hard to do that, especially if you
build packages on the Open Build Service
anyway and you get your software to be part of openSUSE! Read on to learn more. (…)

Header PictureHackweek VII

Hack week. One week of ferocious
hacking on new ideas without interruptions. SUSE
does this twice a year to trigger those innovations, you can’t realize when you are swamped by
day-to-day work. Of course it’s not the only way or opportunity to do new things, but it gives
the freedom to actually get something done on a topic, which is not covered by conventional
product planning. It’s productive, it’s fun, it creates great results.ýNext week it’s the
seventh edition
of hack week
. We are collecting ideas and activities in openFATE.

With no clear plans for Hackweek this year, I decided to play even more with N950. As I quite lack some GPS
application I decided to write it :-). The feature set will be based on things I would use,
though I still think it will be useful for others:

  • Display basic GPS info (coordinates, speed, etc.)
  • Compass
  • Moon and sun rise and set calculations for current location

I’ve named the application as GePeS and you can find sources on Gitorious: https://gitorious.org/gepes

During first day I’ve managed to implement basic things, check screenshots:

This week is special… and not for SUSE’s employees only, but also for the openSUSE
community. A lot of ideas from the openFATE will be implemented on this week. What’s about myself? Well… as you know I
don’t work for SUSE anymore. Now I work for company in Göttingen, which use GNU/Linux and Free
Software in industry sector. Xplace provide open
solutions, for example, at POS terminals in almost all European countries. (…)

Header PictureStatus Updates

Team Reports

Header PictureBuild Service Team

Build Service Statistics. Statistics can found at Buildservice

Header PictureopenFATE Team

Top voted Features

Network installation could be improved by running package download and package
installation in parallel.

I wanted to open a fate feature about this when I first heard of plymouth, but


really makes me think we should go this way.

Ray’s comment starting with “Every flicker and mode change in the boot
process takes away from the whole experience.” is especially interesting. Is it
okay to track the “don’t show grub by default” here?

An easy way to remove Software! For example: you installed an application with “1-click install” (which will install all the packages that you need), there should be an easy way (also with 1 click) to remove what you have installed with that 1-click operation… in another words: an “1-click Uninstall” to remove installed software (dependencies and packages included).

Every single bug or feature that anyone has developed for GRUB 0.97 has been
rejected by the upstream project in favor of using GRUB 2. There has been resisitence in
the distribution community to switching boot loaders, but this stalemate isn’t
going to go away. The code itself isn’t well written or well maintained. Adding a
new feature involves jumping through a lot of hoops that may or may not work even if you
manage to work around all the runtime limitations. For example, a fs implementation has
a static buffer it can use for memory management. It’s only 32k. For complex file
systems, or even a simple journaled file system, we run into problems (like the reiserfs
taking forever to load bug) because we don’t have enough memory to do block mapping
for the journal so it needs to scan it for every metadata read. (Yeah, really.)

We need a feedback about packages that are preferred by users and actively used. Debian already has a tool named Popularity contest (popcon)

* reusing popcon will give us results that are directly comparable with Debian and Ubuntu

* packagers team can take care of the package

* we need a configuration dialog in YaST that is visible enough

* we need a server infrastructure on opensuse.org. (There are certain privacy issues, see Debian FAQ for details)

Recently requested features

Features newly requested last week. Please vote and/or comment if you get interested.

Among the features of PulseAudio 1.0 is a D-Bus based control protocol, source output volumes, passthrough audio support, echo cancellation support, restored Windows support, and improved sample rate adaptation in the module-rtp-receive module.

when setting up a NFS-Client in YaST, it does not modify the /etc/fstab. So it always throws an error message “shares cannot be mounted from /etc/fstab” after one has finished the setup of the shared folders.

So in the current state, the user has to modify the /etc/fstab manually. But when you set up the nfs client in YaST, you already have provided all information to the system and it could easily put all this into the /etc/fstab file.

So if we had such a function, even if it just was a checkbox “write to /etc/fstab” so that experienced users or the ones who want to do something advanced, have the choice not to modify /etc/fstab, this would be great.

when setting up a NFS Server or a NFS client, you can tick “open firewall port” That is really convinient. But there are also other services involved with NFS, which also require some modifications to the firewall.

As far as I understood (I do not have that much clue about all this), it is rpc.mountd and rpc.statd, which need to go through the firewall as well. So the normal user (like me) is not able to setup NFS at home, without switching off the firewall completely as it seems like that you can not force these two services to use ports, which you specify as open.
Switching off the firewall completely is a workaround but it leaves a bitter taste, as it lowers the security.

So it would be cool, if YaST could take care of all services related to NFS in terms of firewall settings and also the settings coming from the NFS setup.

Building on this feature from 11.3: Include MariaDB


Given the Oracle ownership of MySQL and their move to an OpenCore development model it is time OpenSUSE transitions away from MySQL as the default database to the MariaDB.

Feature Statistics

Statistics for openSUSE distribution in openFATE

Header PictureTranslation Team

Header PictureIn the Community

Postings from the Community

The new openSUSE 12.1 Release is approaching very soon and all you Geekos should not miss
the opportunity of becoming a double GPM!

Party time starts this weekend and lasts until November 2011 in all Geeko-towns and
Geeko-homes. Gather all your fellow Geekos to the best local pizzeria and let the party


So, the first GPM: Geeko Party Maker. As you might have seen, you’ve all been invited to
organize a pizzabeta party. The beta has been delayed a
but party can still be had – the release will be this weekend. Of course,
instead, you can organize a launch party for 12.1 once it is out – which is currently planned
the third week of November. (…)

Events & Meetings

  • No News!

You can find more information on other events at: openSUSE News/Events. – Local Events

openSUSE for your Ears

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Header PictureSecurity Updates

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.

Table 1. SUSE Security Announcement
Package: mozilla-xulrunner192
Announcement ID: openSUSE-SU-2011:1076-1
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:08:20 +0200 (CEST)
Affected Products: openSUSE 11.4
Description: fixing various bugs and security issues.

Table 2. SUSE Security Announcement
Package: seamonkey
Announcement ID: openSUSE-SU-2011:1077-1
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:08:19 +0200 (CEST)
Affected Products: openSUSE 11.4 openSUSE 11.3
Description: Mozilla Seamonkey was updated to version 2.4, fixing various bugs and security

Table 3. SUSE Security Announcement
Package: MozillaFirefox
Announcement ID: openSUSE-SU-2011:1079-1
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:08:17 +0200 (CEST)
Affected Products: openSUSE 11.3
Description: Mozilla Firefox was updated to version 3.6.23, fixing various bugs and security

Header PictureKernel Review

Rares gives his weekly Kernel Review with openSUSE Flavor.

Header PictureTips and Tricks

For Desktop Users

Last month we introduced ImageMagick, a software suite that lets you manipulate images in several interesting ways. In that article we learned a lot of ways to resize images, make thumbnails, and convert image file formats. Today we’re going to unleash more of the mighty ImageMagick power and learn to make drop shadows, raised buttons, and proof sheets, and generate different sizes of the same image.

As always, before you manipulate irreplaceable photos, back up your originals first! (…)

Tip #1

To quickly adjust thumbnail size in the Album view, press and hold the Ctrl key, then use the mouse scroll wheel to make the thumbnails larger or smaller.

Tip #2

With the Non-Destructive editing and Versioning feature enabled, digiKam automatically hides originals and displays the latest modified versions of the photos. For example, if you process a NEF file and save it in the JPEG format, digiKam hides the original RAW file and shows only the JPEG photo. To disable this feature, choose SettingsConfigure digiKamEditing Images and make sure that the Always show original images option in the In main view section is enabled. To keep things tidy, you can then group the original and all its versions. To do this, select the photos you want to group, right-click on the selection, and choose GroupGroup Selected Here. (…)

For Commandline/Script Newbies

Unix based operating systems like Linux offer a unique approach to join two commands on the terminal, with it you can take the output of the first command and use it as input of the second command, this is the concept of pipe or | . Pipes allow two separate process to communicate with each other also if they were not created to do it, so this open an infinite series of opportunity. (…)

This page describes one method of backing up data from one’s Linux or Unix based system to an external medium using a bash script and tar. Here is the script for the impatient ones who “Just want some code!”: (…)

For Developers and Programmers

Choosing an editor or IDE for development is a personal thing, like choosing a car. What is a perfect ride for one person offers no interest at all to another. Personally, I was never happy with only one car and usually want different ones in the garage so that I can choose the one that most closely matches my mood or the kind of driving that I need to do.

Some folks like the help and tooling of a fully integrated environment like Visual Studio. Others like the hardcore elitism of EMACS or Vi. I’m a pragmatist, I like tools that just help me get the job done. (…)

For System Administrators

There are hundreds of command line tools in Linux. For a person who has just started
using Linux, learning the various commands could at times, be a chore. But not any more, if
you see what this website has achieved.

Playterm is a site which hosts videos of commands / tasks executed in the Linux
terminal. (…)

The Samba Web Administration Tool (SWAT) is a web-based administration tool for Samba,
enabling GUI configuration from any computer with a web browser. SWAT is a server in its own
right, and like all servers, it requires at least minimal configuration. In this article,
learn how to install and configure SWAT itself and how to use SWAT to manage Samba.

What we will look at

  1. What is PXELinux
  2. DHCP Configuration
  3. Confirm the Installation Server Source
  4. Installing PXE and TFTP
  5. Populate the TFTP Directory
  6. Configure and Test PXE

Header PicturePlanet SUSE

At the recent 12.1 Marketing hackfest, we devised an editorial schedule and folks have
begun writing articles for promoting 12.1. However, some of these articles haven’t been
submitted yet. We suggest that in order to minimize confusion and reduce excessive pinging,
you create an ietherpad with your article and link
to it in the editorial schedule at http://ietherpad.com/sked or send your article directly to news@opensuse.org.

After maintaining the Chromium browser in the openSUSE Contrib repositories, the last few
weeks things got accelerated and as of this moment the Chromium browser has become officially
part of openSUSE:Factory (the future 12.1).

The first step wa taken about 3 – 4 weeks ago when a separate development project was
created (network:chromium). From there onwards it was just a matter of getting the package in
the right shape for Factory and making sure that all legal and security conditions were met.
Those who are tracking the updates of Chromium in this devel repo, might have noticed that a
number of rebuilds were triggered for the 16.0.880 version of Chromium. This all had to do to
get a single spec-file that would satisfy both Factory requirements but also would be able to
build for the older distributions. At this moment this special repository offers builds for
11.3, 11.4, Factory and also for Tumbleweed.

I am quite proud on this fact and I hope that the openSUSE Chromium users will be happy
with this fact. At the moment I am preparing an update to the 16.0.891 version and hopefully
sometime beginning of next week the new snapshot will become available.

Anyone who is part of the openSUSE Project knows that wherever you go, Geeko is with you.
Geeko is that awesome mascot that brings the spirit of the openSUSE Community alive.
Actually, Geeko isn’t just a mascot. Geeko lives within us all. Are you a Geeko?

Now you can take Geeko to the races. SuperTuxKart has a new addon, that includes Geeko,
thanks to Luke R. It’s pretty simple to install and then let your work pile up while you
tryto win the races with Geeko at the wheel.

If you missed my talk at the openSUSE conference or want to see the slides (including
notes) again – here we are:

bugs – or: the golden rules of bad programming as PDF
(If you need an editable
LibreOffice file, just drop me a note.)

Colour management for the desktop is a long standing issue not only for Linux. The
following text will concentrate on colour correction of monitors. This means the experience,
when you switch your computer or handheld on and look on the screen.

Why colour correct the desktop?

People tend to compensate for quite a lot of different types of monitors. They are most
often able to adapt to one full screen and see colours as they are intended to look like.
Thats fine as long as they are concentrated on the visual event on that one display. But in
this article we want to discuss how to compensate the monitor colours to our human visual
needs in environments with various displays side by side, as is the typical situation for more
and more people today. They take pictures with mobile phones or other digital cameras and look
at them on laptops, tablets, picture frames, TV sets and printouts often side by side. Or we
look at them over the internet and want to share the same visual impression with other people.
Many people with uncorrected systems see quite a difference between various colour devices and
try to figure out how to conveniently synchronise them. Colour management should help
accomplish that task. (…)

At the (pretty cool) openMind conference in Tampere,
, it came up that a big advantage of Tumbleweed is that it always has the latest
hardware support. Thanks to the rolling release, Tumbleweed comes with the latest Linux kernel
which plays a big part of the hardware support of a Linux distro.

If your hardware does not work properly with the ‘stable’ release of openSUSE (or other
distro’s) trying the latest kernel can solve that. But that’s hard to get on your system, even
with stuff like the openSUSE Kernel
because it usually requires you to first install something. (…)

So, one of the Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions at the Conference that I organized was a
Video BoF. Specifically, the BoF was meant to start coming up with storyboarding to create
some cool openSUSE promotional videos (ala commercials.) There’s a number of us with some
great creative ideas and varying levels of exertise in this area and we just haven’t gotten
off the ground yet on how to approach some of these ideas. For me, (relying on “old school”
classes I took from when I was a film major) storyboarding would have helped to define exactly
the steps we needed in order to complete and execute the ideas many of us have.

However, the general discussion quickly went in another direction, and one that I think is
equally as important and I’m glad that conversation took place as well… (…)

Yesterday a big announcement was made by Intel and Samsung. It entails another big change of
directions for Moblin/Maemo/MeeGo.

Where to go Next

Many people in your community wonder where to go
. Yesterday, at a MeeGo meet in Tampere, many wondered if Intel will let the
community contribute to Tizen. Will Samsung work in the open? Intel and Linux Foundation
didn’t build a great track record with MeeGo and some said they simply didn’t believe in it
anymore. Many clearly care about the great community which was build over the last years and
are afraid it will break up.

Aaron Seigo spoke some wise words. He said: “don’t rely on what big companies might or
might not do. Find out what YOU want and how to get there!” And indeed, community is about
making your choices together. Not depending on corporate players acting as ADHD kids in a
candy store, tasting every candy then dropping it. (…)

I just sent this into the -arm mailing

This is a hot topic, and one that seems to generate the most noise.

I’ve had a discussion with several people about target hardware, and I’ve also looked at
what our peers are doing and saying. At the same time I’ve been trying to see what options we
have for getting some sponsorship for hardware. (…)

This week is openSUSE hackweek, as you might know, and we do fun stuff. A couple of people, I
was one of them, were investigating in the very promising project called ownCloud. We were working on a better integration in the
openSUSE desktop in upcoming releases.

Why do we like ownCloud so much?

Well, thats easy: ownCloud is a solution that is under the full control of the user and as
a result very transparent. The server, were you push your data to is owned by you. You start,
stop, erase or open it how ever you want. (…)

Header PictureOn the Web

Call for participation

So here we go again, FOSDEM, the largest and
coolest open source contributor event in Europe is prepping up for its 2012 edition.

I’ve just opened the Call for Developer Rooms, the deadline for submissions is 2011-10-27.

Other call-for-stuffs will open very soon (lightning talks, stands, main tracks).


The Eclipse Foundation has issued the
first service
to version 3.7 of its development environment. The most noticeable change
in Eclipse
is the addition of support for Java
. When the developers released version 3.7 of Eclipse at
the end of June
as part of the official Indigo release train, the final version of
Java 7 wasn’t available. Shortly after Oracle released the new version of Java – long
awaited by the Java community – on 28 July, the Eclipse developers announced their support
of the new version. To implement this support, the organisation released a “Feature
Pack”. (…)

Intel and Samsung are now confirmed to be working under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation, and with the
cooperation of the Limo Foundation, on “Tizen”, a new mobile operating system based on
Linux. Various rumours about the parties’ future plans for MeeGo and merging of plans have
been in circulation, but the announcement of a new operating system was unexpected. The
Tizen operating system will combine components
of MeeGo and Limo with an emphasis on supporting HTML5-based applications and WAC (Wholesale Applications Community) distribution and
APIs. WAC is the product of a number of mobile companies who have developed a uniform platform for mobile widgets and
applications based on W3C standards. (…)

As most PC users know by now, Microsoft has given us a glimpse into what will one day be
the Windows 8 operating system. Leaving aside the many changes in the new OS – it’s a major
shift from what we’ve previously seen from Microsoft – there’s an extra feature included
with Windows 8 that has some of us concerned.

The new feature in question is called Secure Boot. It’s designed to act as a security
tool for PC users. However, there’s some concern as to whether this function will be enabled
without a clear way of disabling it should someone wish to do so.

In other words, with Secure Boot enabled, you wouldn’t be able to install your favorite
Linux distro on that machine.

As expected following the arrival of the stable version of Firefox 7, Mozilla has announced the release of version 8.0 of Firefox into the web browser’s Beta
Channel. Available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, Firefox 8 Beta is based on the Gecko 8
engine. According to the Releases
, it is scheduled to arrive in a stable production-ready form on 8

Control of add-ons has been improved – when Firefox launches and detects that a
new third-party add-on has been installed, the add-on will be disabled until approved by the
user. Additionally, when users upgrade to Firefox 8 they will be presented with a one-time
dialog for approving previously installed add-ons. (…)

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced the relaunch of its
Free Software Directory. Available at directory.fsf.org, the Directory was first launched almost ten years ago and has
been one of the FSF’s “most popular and important resources”. (…)

Reviews and Essays

LBG (Linux-BG): 20 ago when you started creating the Linux kernel was there another
project of yours that could jeopardize the Linux kernel success and make it obsolete? Like
for example trying to win the Pes pallo championship, trying to be the best sled dog racer
or … create a clone of Mine Sweeper. (…)

If anyone knows the joys and sorrows of managing software development projects, it would be Linus Torvalds, creator of the world’s most popular open-source software program: the Linux operating system. For more than 20 years, Torvalds has been directing thousands of developers to improve the open source OS. He and I sat down to talk about effective techniques in running large-scale distributed programming teams – and the things that don’t work, too. (…)

It has always amazed me quite how many incredible, varied and
useful applications are available for free on the Internet. Be it free, open source,
web-based or merely passive trials – the number of top quality items on offer is

The purpose of this list is to help people realise that the free and open source
software communities are expansive and generous. In these tense economic times, raising
awareness of such projects is something I’m more than happy to do. If you feel that I’ve
missed something good off the list, please leave a comment at the bottom – I read absolutely
every one.(…)

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7 Responses to “openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 195 is out with: Get your package in 12.1, Hackweek and Getting your Article in news.o.o”

  1. scott

    please fix up the page cut off’s, restricted page size, basically all formatting – It does not look pretty and cuts of lines and text – TA

  2. scott

    With respect to

    >>IBM Developer Works/Roderick W. Smith: Learn Linux, 302 (Mixed environments): SWAT configuration…The Samba >>Web Administration Tool (SWAT)<<<

    Thank God! – I just hope it translates to YAST! I challenge ANYONE to configure a SAMBA Server, using only YAST to share files and to print with an MS Windows 'workgroup' PC – AND get to it work!
    Why haven’t I bug reported it – Because there are so many things wrong with the YAST SAMBA Server Interface its just all far too hard.

    Don't bag me until you try to create a working samba server by only using YAST to any MS Windows PC's that is only grouped by a 'workgroups' ID and not a Domain!!…Im not sure if it works with a Domain ID grouping in Windows??

  3. scott

    Sorry for the multiple comments – but software development is about features, and bugs and fixes – Yet I can find NO mention NOR URL to list open/closed etc Bugs in Bugzilla.
    Not including reference to our Problem Management System…Bugzilla makes us a talk-fest(ival) rather than a developer!
    We have vision, we have community, we have pride, we have the O/S that makes M.S offerings still stuck without the ability to directly address more than a minute amount of RAM without a software Juggler. As for the way their O/S address and formats the HDD – They are stuck in 1995 – We are the envy of all other O/S…but we need to know what we are good at and what needs fixing.
    This said without references and figures and graphs to Bugzilla, weekly news is just a talk-fest…please reinstate this back into weekly news..Yes warts and all…

    • The Problem with that is that no one would like to write statistics for the Weekly News. But if you’re interested in, just write each week anything to us. Thats just a minor Problem.

      • Scott

        Stats and Graphs and stuff is only a URL from Bugzilla reporting. Its the same URL and report in every weekly news..nothing to write except the heading. DDE will place the graph, which is a report from Bugzilla into Weekly news directly

  4. Randy H

    My department has been struggling our W7 boot ups (screen stays on logo), and some one my IT department mentioned “error 195″ after searching that this is one of the pages that came up. Is that error relevant to our problem, if so how does one fix it.

    Randy Hammon
    link: Technical Staffing Agency