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We are pleased to announce our openSUSE Weekly News 200.

openSUSE Weekly News

200 Edition

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Published: 2011-11-07

We are pleased to announce our 200 issue of the openSUSE Weekly News.

You can also read this issue in other formats here.

Enjoy reading :-)

Here’s the Weekly News 200th Special Issue!

We are pleased to announce our 200th Issue of the openSUSE Weekly News. What happened all the time? Which people comes new to the team? Which people aren’t present in the team?

All these questions we want to answer in this special corner.

History of the Weekly News

Brief history of openSUSE Weekly News

It has been almost 4 years since openSUSE Weekly News Issue 1 was published. Here’s a brief history of Weekly News.

  • 22 November 2007: The first editor in chief Francis Giannaros aka Apokryphos started to edit the first issue of Weekly News and it was officially published on November 26th. Then, it was translated to German by Matthias Fehring aka Buschmann23.

  • Issue 4: Stephan Binner aka Beineri joined the Weekly News team.

  • Issue 15: Jan-Simon Möller aka Dl9pf joined the team.

  • Issue 24: A special section for “LinuxTag” was featuered.

  • Issue 40: Translated to Russian by Dinar Valeev aka k0da for the first time.

  • Issue 41: Translated to Japanese by Satoru Matsumoto aka HeliosReds for the first time. Afterwards, Weekly News were going to be translated to many languages (at the maximum, 14 languages were available).

  • Issue 44: Sascha Manns aka saigkill (the current editor in chief) has joined the team.

  • Issue 49: The new section “openSUSE Forums” is created.

  • Issue 52: A special section “Best of Newsletter 2008″ was featured.

  • 13 February 2009: A special Issue “FOSDEM2009″ was published.

  • Issue 69: Sascha Manns started Livestream/Podcast in the German Language based on Weekly News on RadioTux.

  • 15 May 2009: A special Issue “CommunityWeek2009″ was published.

  • 11 June 2009: “How are the openSUSE news?” survey on openSUSE Forums.

  • Issue 86: Thomas Hofstätter aka Okuro joined the team and has been contributing entries for Events section.

  • 17 September 2009: Sascha Manns gave a talk session about Weekly News at openSUSE Conference 2009.

  • Issue 100: Congratulations from Francis Giannaros and Bryen Yunashko for the 100th anniversary issue.

  • Issue 118: From this issue on, HTML versions have been published on news.opensuse.org.

  • Issue 150: Translated to Greek by Greek team. Gertjan Lettink aka Knurpht joined the team and took over contributing articles for Forums from Carl Fletcher aka Caf4926.

  • Issue 152: From this issue on, Weekly News have been completely edited in XML/DocBook format.

  • Issue 155: From this issue on, Weekly News have been also available in PDF format.

  • Issue 165: As compilation, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) License is adopted.

Here in this article, we have just introduced some key editors/contributors for Weekly News. But there were many other contributors/translators who helped publishing Weekly News much. We want to take this opportunity to thank them for what they have done for Weekly News.


Congratulation Mails

Andreas Jaeger (Program Manager openSUSE)

200 issues of the openSUSE weekly news – that means nearly 4 years of
monitoring what’s happening around openSUSE, writing nicely about it on tight
schedule, translating it so that people have access in their native tongue to
some information,… I’m impressed and gratefull for your service to the
openSUSE project.



Jos Poortvliet (Community Manager openSUSE)
Congrats on the 200th release of OWN! Well before I joined openSUSE I
already knew about OWN it is frequently posted or referenced around the
web. And in the last year I often had OWN come to my rescue – if I’m too
busy to keep up with what’s going on, OWN helps to catch up quickly!

I know I am not alone in this, the tireless work of you, heliosred and
everyone else who helps (especially the translators) is very valuable
for openSUSE.



Stefan Werden (open-slx)
Congratulations, the 200th weekly news is out!
I can remember the first start of the weekly news and now we have number 200! A lot of
users are reading weekly news to stay tuned with Linux. Weeky news is a fantastic resource to
get a clear overview and what is happening in open source space. The good presentation makes
things easy to read and easy to understand. I like to thank everybody in this project, founding members as well as contributors
spending every week there free time to provide this great service. Of cause open-slx will continue sponsoring weekly news and insure any contributor has a
lot of fun in presenting weekly news.
Stefan Werden


Header PictureAnnouncements


In less than 3 weeks, our little baby, openSUSE 12.1, will be released into the wild. Now
as you know, babies need lots of attention! This is where we
need YOU.

openSUSE 12.1 needs to be promoted everywhere! That is,
on your blog; on twitter, facebook, Google plus; and much
more! Read on for details and tips on how you can help us
spread the word! (…)



A little over two weeks left for openSUSE 12.1 to be released on November, 16th 2011. And
there is no better way to enjoy the new release than with your fellow openSUSE peers. So,
attend or organize a Launch Party! These events around the openSUES release can be anything –
from a party in a pub to a series of presentations at an office. But there is a common theme:
cool people sharing some fun and talks around the latest openSUSE release!

Read more on how to find out if there is a release party in your neighborhood or how to
organize one! (…)



Following the openSUSE 12.1
, RC2 has been released upon this innocent world. This is your final chance
to test openSUSE 12.1 before we move to the final version! We need to know about all big problems
NOW! Read on to find out how to help. (…)


Header PictureStatus Updates

Team Reports

Header PictureBuild Service Team

Build Service Statistics. Statistics can found at Buildservice

Header PictureMedical Team


Well i would to announce that “openSUSE Medical Calling and also needs you”


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.


It would be nice to add apparmor or selinux profiles to every rpm package and , of course, use them! It would let suse become one of the most secure linux systems out there. And the best: the user just installs a package and hasen’t to care about anything ;)

But it would also need a secure (GUI) “Permission Asker”, like windows and of course an easy to use frontend for editing profiles (just easier than the current yast one)


Feature Statistics

Statistics for openSUSE distribution in openFATE

Header PictureTesting Team


The next meeting of the Testing Core Team will be November 7, 2011 at 18:00 UTC on
Channel #opensuse-testing on the Freenode IRC Network
(irc://irc.freenode.net/opensuse-testing). Our preliminary agenda includes our experiences
with 12.1 RC2. The RC 2 release of 12.1 was released yesterday. To date, I have installed
on two x86_64 systems, one i686 system, and one VirtualBox 32-bit VM. There have been no
significant problems. 


Header PictureTranslation Team

Header PictureIn the Community

openSUSE for your Ears

The openSUSE Weekly News are available as podcast in German. You can hear it or download
it on http://saigkill.homelinux.net/podcast.


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. openSUSE Security Announcement
Package: rpm
Announcement ID: openSUSE-SU-2011:1203-1
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 20:08:26 +0100 (CET)
Affected Products: openSUSE 11.4 openSUSE 11.3
Description: memory corruptionin rpm when verifying signatures


Table 2. openSUSE Security Announcement
Package: pam
Announcement ID: openSUSE-SU-2011:1204-1
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 22:08:18 +0100 (CET)
Affected Products: openSUSE 11.4
Description: stack overflow(CVE-2011-3148) and a DoS condition (CVE-2011-3149)


Table 3. openSUSE Security Announcement
Package: pam
Announcement ID: openSUSE-SU-2011:1208-1
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 00:08:35 +0100 (CET)
Affected Products: openSUSE 11.3
Description: stack overflow and DoS condition


Table 4. SUSE Security Announcement
Package: apache2
Announcement ID: openSUSE-SU-2011:1217-1
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:08:34 +0100 (CET)
Affected Products: openSUSE 11.4 openSUSE 11.3
Vulnerability Type: two security fixes


Header PictureKernel Review


Rares gives his weekly Kernel Review with openSUSE Flavor.


Header PictureTips and Tricks

For Desktop Users


One of the great things about GNOME Shell is that it’s
comprehensibly themeable – from the top panel and applet menus to the awesome

Below are five are five of my top GNOME Shell theme picks from those we’ve featured or
been ‘tipped’ about recently. Don’t know how to install GNOME Shell themes? We’ve got that covered.



Scribus is a powerful tool, but its menus are poorly laid-out. While you can usually
find the features you most frequently use without any trouble, others may be hidden almost
anywhere. From the Extras, Script, and Windows menus to the Document Setup dialog, useful
features can be positioned almost anywhere, with only the most token regard for logic.

The tools described here are ones that took some time for me to discover in Scribus.
None are worth more than a few hundred words of description, but I mention them here because
all of them can be useful to know. (…)


For Commandline/Script Newbies



Cat is used to either view, create, or join multiple text files together. (In fact, the term “cat” is short for catenate, which is a fancy way of saying “to join two things together, end-to-end”.)

By default, stdin for cat is the keyboard, and stdout is the computer screen. If you just type “cat” at the command prompt, you’ll be able to type in text, and make it echo back to you as soon as you hit Enter. It will keep doing this until you press Ctrl-d to end it. (…)




The test command is used to determine exit status on numerous tests that can be performed in scripts. The test command does not produce any output it simply is checking for the exit status. Note if you use variables with test be sure to enclose them in double quotes so the test receives an argument. (…)


For Developers and Programmers


Website development duties were once assigned to different individuals with two distinct roles: A designer focused on the all matters related to the front-end HTML and CSS, and a developer was responsible for the server-side code. JavaScript’s meteoric rise to first-class citizen status has blurred these traditional lines, forcing developers into what was once considered taboo territory. The results have been spectacular, with frameworks such as jQuery significantly streamlining JavaScript’s often unwieldy native syntax, and programming techniques such as Ajax bringing highly responsive user interfaces to the browser. The marrying of jQuery and Ajax has been particularly impactful, providing developers with a powerful solution to the problem of asynchronously interacting with and updating parts of a web page. (…)



1. Introduction

It’s a very common fact that nobody likes to write documentation. Heck, nobody likes to read it either. But there are times when we have to read it in order to, say, finish the project on time, or, especially when working in software development, even write it. If you only have to read it, we always encouraged you to do so, but if you’ll have to write the manual pages and need a kickstart, here’s the article for you. If you worked previously with HTML your life will be easier, but if not it’s alright. Writing manual pages for Linux is not that hard, despite the look of the pages when read in plain-text. So basically you’ll need some Linux knowledge and the ability to use a text editor. You will learn (with examples, of course) the main concepts in text formatting as applied to man pages and how to write a simple manual page. Since we used yest as an example for our C development tutorial, we will use snippets from its manual page to illustrate our point during this article. (…)



So you have a personal GitHub account; everything is working perfectly. But then, you get a new job, and now need to have the ability to push and pull to multiple accounts. How do you do that? I’ll show you how! (…)


For System Administrators


I’ve already talked about fail2ban and logcheck, 2 tools that can scan your logs and do actions, based on rules that you can give/modify, usually modify your iptables rules to stop active attacks against your server or simply send you a warning if some thing is found in the logs.

Today we’ll see a similar tool, sshguard, it is different from the other two in that it is written in C, so it’s uses less memory and CPU while running, but still achiving the same results. (…)



Naming is unusual in SMB/CIFS networks. Although modern clients can use Internet domain names to refer to each other, older clients relied on a Microsoft-specific system known as the Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) server, or the NetBIOS Name Server (NBNS); the two terms are synonymous. Configuring Samba properly for name resolution is therefore important. So is configuring browsing, which is the mechanism by which servers learn what shares are available on specific servers. (…)


Header PicturePlanet SUSE


Well last weeks have been pretty busy. With a 10 hours flight, we arrived at San Francisco to get to San Diego to visit the Teradata Partners conference, an
excellent event that included good discussions and lots of acceptance and recognition for
SUSE Linux. I liked the way talks have been
organized, or to say it in other words it was a matter of downloading an Android app to always
have the overview.

We served the SUSE booth at the conference, got involved into lots of discussions about
the OS, and I was even happier in the moments when people asked questions on openSUSE – this is showing clearly that the project is well known!
To leave some words on San Diego is very simple: Gaslamp
, I’ll be back, and have a few more beers
at Rock Bottom!



AMD has released Catalyst
driver for Linux! For quite some time that a large group of users from the
community follow Catalyst releases hopping that some problematic issues are fixed,
unfortunatly GNOME3, the latest Desktop experience
from the GNOME Project, continues to display serious
glitches when using this proprietary driver blob.

For GNOME3 users, this driver isn’t recommended at all, and people should stick with the
default radeon open source driver provided by the community which has awesome support for r300
and r600 chipsets (and improving every day).

The previous release, 11.9 has fixed one of the issues with GNOME3 (the rainbow activity
bar), but showed regressions in many other fields, including on KDE (including also on Windows). All ATI/AMD users live to
see better days in the future!


Header PictureopenSUSE Forums. We congratulate the openSUSE Weekly News on it’s 200th Edtition !!!!


Same as last week, yet I don’t want to miss the opportunity to draw attention to this subforum. It’s hosting quite some threads on the 12.1 RC’s, of which RC2 was released yesterday. In my humble opninion the place to look if you’re going to install openSUSE 12.1. A lot of info is given on issues, problems -which should be fixed in the release-, nice success stories.



Not much to add to the title of this survey. Nice read if you’re interested on our members’ comments in the thread.



Another rerun of a subject. A user reports a broken Chromium install. I’m selecting this thread because the start of the thread is an excellent example of a well documented post. The user copied and pasted relevant output in his initial post, which makes giving support/helping out easy. For those experiencing instabilities in Chromium: the packages you should have are no longer provided through the Contrib repos, they’re now in the “network:” repos: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/network:/chromium/ . Open the URL in a browser, then click the link for your openSUSE version, then copy and paste the URL and add it as a repo.


openSUSE Language specific subforums:

We now host the following language specific subforums under the umbrella of the openSUSE Forums:
Main forums, english
Nederlands (Dutch)
Français (French)
Deutsch (German)
Ελληνικό (Greek)
Magyar (Hungarian)
日本語 (Japanese)
Pусский (Russian)


Header PictureOn the Web



Microsoft’s proposed use of Unfied Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) in Windows 8 could be used to block all other operating systems from Windows 8 systems. The Linux Foundation and partners have a better idea: Secure computers with UEFI and give users freedom of operating system choice.

In the Linux Foundation document, Making UEFI Secure Boot Work With Open Platforms (PDF Link), James Bottomley, CTO of Server Virtualization at Parallels and Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board Chair Jonathan Corbet, Editor at LWN.net and fellow Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board Member, after consulting with other Linux leaders, explain how “Linux and other open operating systems will be able to take advantage of secure boot if it is implemented properly in the hardware.” (…)



The Ruby development team announced the release of version 1.9.3 of its open source programming language. Described as basically being “an implementation-improved version of Ruby 1.9.2″, the first release of the new stable series of Ruby improves library loading performance and brings changes to the Ruby licence.

Ruby 1.9.3 p0 source code is made available under a 2-clause BSD Licence and the Ruby Licence; previous versions of Ruby were released under the GPLv2 and Ruby Licence. Other changes include improved locking in multi-threaded programs, regular expression support for Unicode 6.0 and a new library io/console for simple portable access to the console. Also among the modifications are changes to Random.rand and extra String methods such as prepend and byteslice, though generally, the developers say you should be able to safely switch to Ruby 1.93 from 1.9.2. (…)



Freak snowstorm reported in hell. Tea party agrees Obama is the best candidate for 2012 presidential election. Microsoft submits open-source code under the GPLv3 to Samba. Those are all pretty unlikely, but Microsoft really did submit code to the Samba file server open-source project.

This might not strike you as too amazing. After all, Microsoft has supported some open-source projects at CodePlex for some time now and they will work with some other projects such as the Python and PHP languages and the Drupal content management system (CMS). But, Samba, Samba is different. They’re an old Microsoft enemy. (…)


Reviews and Essays


Linux is one of the most secure and stable operating systems around, and yet, its user base hasn’t really grown as everyone expected it to. There are many reasons for this, and we won’t go into those right now. However, if you, like any other Linux user, are disappointed by the current market share stats, we can tell you some simple tips that will help you convince your Windows or Mac-crazy friends into using Linux.

Now, many Linux users have already tried to coax their friends and family members to try out this popular and newbie-friendly distro called Ubuntu. A select few have succeeded and many have failed. So here, we will give you some important tips to help you spread the word about Linux without sounding like that arrogant nerd who has nothing but contempt for Windows or Mac. (…)


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2 Responses to “openSUSE Weekly News Issue 200 is out”

  1. honyczek


    why is this release in two copies at one page? :-) You have same text here two times.