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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 103 is out!

December 27th, 2009 by

news Issue #103 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

    • openSUSE News: Linux for Education Updated
    • The Geek Stuff/Sasikala: Unix Sed Tutorial: 6 Examples for Sed Branching Operation
    • Ben Kevan: Blogilo – The Blog Gigolo – KDE 4.4
    • openSUSE Forums: X Not Starting (11.2)
    • h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: Linux 2.6.33 enters test phase

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      Linux for Education Updated

      December 22nd, 2009 by

      The openSUSE Education team is proud to announce the availability of the updated Li-f-e hybrid ISO. Unlike the official openSUSE release, the Edu project’s Li-f-e flavor will get updated almost on a monthly basis. These minor releases will contain all the official openSUSE 11.2 updates, some important package version updates and may be addition of new features too. With these gradual improvements we are hoping to make one of the best Education OS even better.

      A number of changes have been made since the last release:

      • All official openSUSE 11.2 updates.
      • Sugar 0.86.3
      • KIWI-LTSP 0.8.1 including the latest LTSP packages. See the Quick Start instructions to enable the services. LTSP allows you to use old(and new) computers as diskless thin-clients without modification.
      • New Netboot option in the boot menu, uses gPXE to boot from network. This requires a server (LTSP) serving the PXEboot images. This option is useful if the LAN card on the PC does not support PXE booting.
      • Inkscape 0.47
      • Added new packages: Tomcat, Kdenlive for video editing, and Code::Blocks IDE.
      • Most of the Education software is updated, including GCompris and Moodle.
      • Installation improvements: saner partition suggestion and online update is not run in second stage. Do it manually via “zypper ref && zypper up” if required.

      The list of applications on this disk, including Educational softwares can be found on the openSUSE wiki.

      You can download the DVD via SourceForge.net, using BitTorrent, or get the Metalink. The md5sum is 68653e091842642b3c1d4a7387ccba60.

      It’s best to use rsync, wget, or another download manager to download the image as Web browsers are known to get incomplete downloads.

      The fastest way to download is using a metalink client. Here is an example of using the command line metalink client aria2:

      aria2c -c http://www.opensuse-education.org/download/ISOs/openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e-11.2-latest-i686.iso.metalink

      As always, we would like to hear from you! See the communication page on the openSUSE wiki for ways to reach the education team.

      Under Construction: New Wiki Underway

      December 22nd, 2009 by

      You may have noticed we have some exciting work going on to revamp the openSUSE wiki, and if you’re interested in helping with that, we have some requests to make. We’ve seen several attemps to improve the wiki piecemeal, to varying degrees of success. In order to achieve the goals we’ve set this time, we’ve decided to start from scratch with a core team of passionate wiki contributors.

      This team is working on several tasks:

      • Setting up a new wiki server and instalilng an extension to allow for a quality assurance (QA) process for all articles in the future. We’re also working with an extension to help organize, search, tag, browse, evaluate, and share the wiki content. This task is done and we’re now working on the next stages.
      • Establishing a QA process. We’ll be utilizing the extensions so that every new article or edit will be marked “to be reviewed.” Every article will be reviewed by a board on the forums, and once it’s up to the quality standards, it will be released. This is a work in progress.
      • We’re also creating writing guidelines for contributors, templates for the new wiki, portal pages, and scanning the existing content and deciding what to transfer to the new wiki.

      As mentioned, all tasks are being done by the wiki team. We’d ask members who are not part of this team to participate in our mentoring session and to coordinate with us on our mailinglist before jumping in. We appreciate anyone who would like to assist, of course, but we want to do this in a coordinated fashion to ensure success.

      If you have any questions about the new wiki effort, please ask on the opensuse-wiki mailing list or in #opensuse-wiki on IRC. Thanks, and have a great holiday!

      Reminder: Wiki Transition – Mentoring Session: Sunday December 27, 2009 at 17.00 UTC

      December 22nd, 2009 by


      last week we did our best to gain a considerable amount of contibutors for the Article reviewing we need to achieve and honestly, I’m just amazed by the crowd that stepped up  and is willing to help us. Let me take the opportunity to thank you for that.

      In order to sync all volunteers and to make them aware of the Quality standards we defined for the Article reviewing and the actual transition of content into the new wiki instance, we’ll do a mentoring session on Sunday, the 27th of December at 17:00 UTC over at #opensuse-wiki on IRC freenode. This session is particularly important to our success and thus I highly encourage everyone interested in joining us to attend the session. Remy, Jon and I will give you an overview over the Transition Guidelines [1] in order to ensure a smooth Wiki transition and a situation where we ALL can work hand in hand, in a productive way.

      The meeting announcement, along with the agenda is at [2]. Over at the openSUSE forums, we have a very vital thread discussing the transition [3]. The IRC channel #opensuse-wiki is the preferred way to get in touch with Remy and/or Jon (Spyhawk and Jonathan_R). Last but not least we certainly invite you to follow the discussions on the opensuse-wiki mailing list.

      Fasten your seatbelts and please help us to make this Wiki transition a BIG success for the openSUSE Project.

      See you at the mentoring session,

      [1] http://en.opensuse.org/Transition_Guidelines
      [2] http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-wiki/2009-12/msg00141.html
      [3] http://forums.opensuse.org/tech-news/428612-wiki-transition-call-contributors.html

      openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 102 is out!

      December 19th, 2009 by

      news Issue #102 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

        • Joe Brockmeier: openSUSE Build Service Integrates with openDesktop.org to reach 150,000 contributors
        • Michal Seben: cronie daemon is openSUSE
        • MakeUseOf.com/Varun Kashyap: 6 Different Ways To End Unresponsive Programs In Linux
        • Joe Brockmeier: Web Winners and Losers in 2009
        • h-online.com/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: Linux 2.6.33 to include Nvidia graphics driver nouveau

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          openSUSE Build Service Integrates with openDesktop.org to reach 150,000 contributors

          December 17th, 2009 by

          Today Frank Karlitschek, maintainer of the openDesktop.org network, announced that the first step of integration with openDesktop.org is complete. Effective immediately, developers can add their Build Service ID to projects on openDesktop.org, and all packages available from the openSUSE Build Service will automatically show up on the openDesktop.org pages.

          The openDesktop.org sites include openDesktop.org, KDE-Apps.org, GNOME-Apps.org, KDE-Look.org, and GNOME-Look.org. The openDesktop.org network reaches more than 150,000 registered contributors, and has more than 90 million page views per month from 2 million unique visitors. This is an excellent opportunity for the openSUSE Build Service to reach a much wider audience and deliver on the goal of providing packages for all major Linux distributions.

          The integration solves a problem for openDesktop.org users in that applications on openDesktop.org are often available only as source or binaries for a limited number of Linux distributions. We want to worktogether with openDesktop.org and other organizations to make the openSUSE Build Service a tool to build and provide packages for all major Linux distributions.

          The work between openDesktop.org and the openSUSE Project has been in progress for several months. Plans are also in the works to allow upload directly from Qt-Create or KDevelop to the openSUSE Build Service and KDE-Apps.org.

          openSUSE Weekly News, issue 101 is out!

          December 12th, 2009 by

          Issue #101 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

          • Announcing New openSUSE Board mebers
          • Thomas Göttlicher: Install Multiple Kernel Versions using the YaST Qt Package Manager
          • Ben Kevan: KDE 4.4 Beta 1 – Tabbed Windows Review – openSUSE
          • Adobe Flash Vulnerabilities Affect Flash Player and Adobe AIR
          • Contemplating Upgrade to 11.2

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          Reminder: Weekly News Team Meeting

          December 10th, 2009 by

          The next openSUSE Weekly News meeting will take place tomorrow (Saturday December 12) at 14:30 UTC. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-newsletter channel on Freenode.

          Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:


          We using for our Meeting the Meetbot. Please check http://wiki.debian.org/MeetBot for the commands.

          Please add topics as soon as possible. Also, if you have questions for the meeting, but can’t attend (we know that the meeting times can’t work for everyone) please add them to the agenda as well.

          For more on IRC meetings, see: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

          As always, we meet in #opensuse-newsletter on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-newsletter.

          Not familiar with IRC? A good overview can be found at irchelp.org. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.

          Wondering what meeting times are? Check the openSUSE Meetings page. All project meetings and team meetings should be listed there.

          on IRC meetings, see: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

          As always, we meet in #opensuse-newsletter on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-newsletter.

          Not familiar with IRC? A good overview can be found at irchelp.org. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.

          Wondering what meeting times are? Check the openSUSE Meetings page. All project meetings and team meetings should be listed there.

          openSUSE 11.2 and its retail box

          December 10th, 2009 by

          Retail versions of openSUSE 11.2 are once again available. For the first time, the retail box is being handled by a partner, open-slx.

          open-slx is founded and lead by Stefan Werden, a former SUSE employee who approached Novell this summer and proposed to take on the retail box distribution in the future. After some negotiation Stefan signed a contract with Novell and is now allowed to pursue the  retail box on his own. With openSUSE 11.2 open-slx’s main goal is to keep the retail box alive and improve sales of openSUSE in the retail market.

          With openSUSE 11.3 open-slx has declared an interest in adding value to the box product so that there is a real difference between free download version and box in retail to purchase.

          The retail box has been modified to match the required shelf format. You’ll notice that the box is now the size of a standard DVD retail box, rather than the larger form factor it previously had. Other than that literally everything stays the same – retail box comes with a Start-up manual and includes email and phone installation support.

          Currently the retail box is on sale in some EMEA retail shops (mostly in Germany, Switzerland and Austria), plus SUSEshop.de and on Sale at Amazon UK. Open-slx is working to set up a web shop for North America as well but is still facing some challenges — mainly because the company does this task out of Germany and is not an US entity.

          In addition to selling the retail box, open-slx is supporting the openSUSE community by paying Rupert Horstkoetter to help improve the openSUSE wiki and forums. We’re glad to have a community focused company embracing openSUSE and providing continuity to openSUSE in the retail market.

          Announcing New openSUSE Board Members

          December 9th, 2009 by

          The election committee announces the three new members of the openSUSE board:

          • Bryen Yunashko (non-Novell seat)
          • Pavol Rusnak (Novell seat)
          • Rupert Horstkötter (non-Novell seat)

          These three will serve two-year terms beginning on December 22nd.

          Stephen Shaw and Bryen Yunashko have completed their terms on the Board. In addition to those seats, a new seat has been added to the Board effective with the inauguration of the new Board.  The full Board will consist of:

          • Bryen Yunashko
          • Henne Vogelsang
          • Michael Löffler (chair)
          • Pascal Bleser
          • Pavol Rusnak
          • Rupert Horstkötter

          The election committee wants to thank Stephen Shaw for his tenure on the board and the new board members Bryen, Rupert and Pavol for stepping up and volunteering to serve on the openSUSE board.

          To get in touch with the board send an email to board@opensuse.org.

          The next board election will be starting October 2010.

          Andreas Jaeger
          Member of the openSUSE Election Committee