Welcome to issue # 123 of openSUSE Weekly News. Now the nineteenth Week goes to the End, and we are pleased to announce our new issue.
This Week was very busy. In the next Week we have the Release of the Milestone 7. This will be the last Milestone. After that we have just the Release Canidates. I’m very happy of that.
The other Place iÂ´m working is the new Wiki. The Reviewing Process goes on. If anyone speak the english Language, you are welcome to help out in the Reviewing Process. If you are interested, just send a Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. But this is a closed list, you have to subscribe first.
So we’re hoping, that you like the new Weekly News. We wish you many joy by reading it…
“In our Beta for MonoDevelop 2.4 we introduced a new feature designed to help developers better explore a new API.
Many developers use the IDE code-completion as a way of quickly navigate and explore an API. There is no need to flip through the documentation or Google for every possible issue, they start writing code and instantiating classes and the IDE offers completion for possible methods, properties and events to use as well as small text snippets describing what each completion does as well as parameter documentation: …”
“The openSUSE Testing Core Team has been busy working with the 11.3 M6
release. Although there are a few problems, the latest version is quite usable. For example, my original tests were so encouraging that I mounted my /home partition and have been using M6 as my standard operating system.
Whatever testing that you do, please report any bugs that you find to
“Yes I’m still at it, trying to get YOU the openSUSE community talking about what is important to you. This time round I’d like to hear your opinions and thoughts about something. I’m going to keep my views on the matter quiet until we get some dialogue going, so if you want to hear my thoughts (and let’s face it who doesn’t?Â ;-) ) best you start airing your opinions.
So what is the topic? That of Community Manager. As many are aware, Novell have started interviewing for a replacement. Some were not happy with how the role was done in the past and some and some were, but the key part of that statement is PAST! Let’s move on and look to the future, and as part of that looking forward to the future I would like to hear what YOU would like from the new Community Manager?”
“Last week I was with Pavol Rusnak and Michal Hrusecky in Vienna at the Linuxwochen, so we â€œboostedâ€ openSUSE on this event. Linuxwochen is a interesting idea there are some events in the whole country its a kind of Linux roadshow. But they are not all on the same day and if you like u can visit every event. There was events in Krems, Graz, Eisenberg and Linz. This weekend take the event place in Eisenberg. Not all events there are the same, some of them have special interests so in Linz they are on the art akedemy and they are concentrated to doing artwork with free software. There is 4 days long every day a workshop for it. The organizers called me last year and asked if I can make one of them.”
“From Thursday to Saturday there was an event in Vienna held as a part of longer Austrian tour called LinuxWochen. This opportunity could not have been missed by openSUSE, so we formed a team consisting of me, Michal and Sirko.
All three days were packed with more than 70 talks and workshops. We had a stand directly next to Fedoraâ€™s one, handled by Fabian and Zoltan, so we also had an opportunity to talk about our distros and also to make fun about each other.Â :-)”
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“Decibel Audio Player is a GTK+ open-source (GPL license) audio player designed for GNU/Linux, which aims at being very straightforward to use by mean of a very clean and user friendly interface. It is especially targeted at Gnome and will follow as closely as possible the Gnome HIG.”
“While new stable kernel releases seem to have become somewhat less frequent, they now include more changes. Although the most recent version of AMD’s proprietary graphics drivers finally work with X Server 1.7, NVIDIA’s drivers already work with version 1.8. Videos of the Linux Audio Conference and the Collaboration Summit provide insights into audio and kernel topics…”
“In his release email for Linux 2.6.34-rc7 last weekend, Linus Torvalds indicated that version 2.6.34 of the Linux kernel will be released soon. The following article describes the advancements in terms of drivers and their infrastructure and concludes our “Coming in 2.6.34″ mini series about the most important new features of Linux 2.6.34. The most important changes in the areas of network support, file systems, storage subsystem, graphics hardware and architecture as well as virtualisation were discussed in parts one, two, three and four of the series, along with the drivers associated with these kernel areas.”
-Frederic Weisbecker posted perf fixes for 2.6.34, James Bottomley came up with SCSI fixes for -rc6, Paul E. McKenney had some RCU fixes for 2.6.35; perf fixes came also from Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo. (…)”
“The joyful lives of many Linux desktop users are clouded by many packages and frameworks that are well-intentioned and try to solve real and painful problems, but which are immature, not designed in the UNIX spirit, poorly documented and most importantly, do not really have a working implementation. Oh well. I have taken the stance of patience and ascetic acceptance of the new burdens â€“ instead of trying to purge my systems of all that is unholy and evil, I spend that time trying to debug and fix up the problems they incur (often in vain). Sometimes I even file bugs, but that can be ratherâ€¦ unrewarding experience â€“ more about that at another time.”
“A parameter is an entity that stores values. It can be a name, a number or some special characters. A variable is a parameter denoted by a name. Some variables are set for you already, and most of these cannot have values assigned to them.
These variables contain useful information, which can be used by a shell script to know about the environment in which it is running.”
“Well, I posted a tutorial about clones, and who never forget some steps making a clone? After the end of the cloning process, grub just say â€œno wayâ€ for you. Important: just for cases which grub its installed on MBR.
There are many websites talking about specific errors, but I will give some hints which helped me sometimes.
Frequent Error: its the â€œError 2â€³ on the stage 1.5 of grub loading. When this error occurs, please check your HDD configuration on FSTAB and MTAB. Normally when we change some old machines which use PATA HDDs to new SATA HDDs, Grub get confused with these devices. After check FSTAB(/etc/fstab) and MTAB(/etc/mtab) after a successful clone process, please pay attention on file device.map, usually at /boot/grub.”
“In season 2 episode 7 of our podcast we laid down the simple challenge for each of the four podcasters – Andrew, Graham, Paul and Mike – to produce something original for the website. Paul – eager to show the world how much he, er, loves Python – has now finished his entry, and you’ll find it below: a video talking you through how to get started with Python, PyGTK and WebKit. It’s easier than you think!”
“Have you ever thought how users should configure their systems, deployed by AutoYaST or kiwi? One of possible answers is called YaST Firstboot.
The YaST firstboot utility is a special kind of configuration workflow that can be run after the basic system is installed. It is started on the first boot of the system and guides a user through a series of steps that allow for easier configuration of their desktops. YaST firstboot does not run by default and has to be configured to run by the user or the system administrator. It is useful for image deployments where the system in the image is already configured (read: AutoYaST, SUSE_Studio, KIWI), and end-user should do only the last few steps, like setting the root password.”
“In this post I would like to show what openSUSE has to offer to ruby enthusiasts.
The latest openSUSE version ships with ruby 1.8.7, rubygems 1.3.1 and rails 2.3.2. The latest two being not so recent, here is where the openSUSE project shines. Say hello to devel:languages:ruby and devel:languages:ruby:extensions build service projects.
The first is a project containing a more recent 1.87 ruby (p249 vs p72 in 11.2). However, as a build service project, it is built on top of multiple targets so you can add this repository not only to 11.2 but also to SLE and older openSUSE releases.”
“Ideally you openSUSE installation should be snappy and responsive. Various reasons can be behind slowness and currently this thread seems to be heading in the graphics card direction. You guessed it ‘ATI'”
“This has to be a perfect example of what you don’t want to see. Typically we are seeing more of this because windows 7, is in many cases being shipped out by vendors with all the primary partitions already allocated. Sigh!”
“I’ll be interested to see how this one turns out because so far at least, the usual fix routes have not worked. What’s even more puzzling is that stuff like this never happens to me. Same with many issues posted in the forum.”
“The Bordeaux Technology Group released Bordeaux 2.0.4 for Linux today. Bordeaux 2.0.4 is a maintenance release that fixes a number of small bugs. With this release we have changed the Bordeux UI from a GTKDialog to a GTKWindow, the “OK” button has also been re-named to “Install”. We have upgraded our Wine bundle from 1.1.36 to 1.1.41, updated to the latest winetricks release, added support for the new Steam UI, and changed the progress bar back to Zenity.”
“Massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) is a kind of computer role-playing games (RPG) that takes place in an online virtual world where a huge number of players interact with each other. Like in role-playing games, each player handles the role of a fictional character represented by an avatar and take control over many of that character’s actions. MMORPG players utilizes a client to connect to a server that is typically run by the game publisher, which hosts the virtual world and stores or saves information about the player.”
“Keeping your system clean can be a time-consuming affair, unless you use specialized tools like BleachBit (thanks to Nick Lord for the pointer). With just a few mouse clicks, this nifty little utility can help you to purge all the junk produced by the system and installed applications. Packaged versions of BleachBit are available for many popular distributions, so you can easily install the utility using your distro’s package manager. Once installed, you can run BleachBit either as a regular user or as root.” Editors Note: bleachbit is available in openSUSE:Factory:Contrib Repository.
“Cloud computing is a method of provisioning computing resources, including both hardware and software, that relies on sharing those resources rather than using local servers or personal devices to handle applications.”
“We are at the Akonadi meeting at the KDAB offices in Berlin right now, which was quite nice so far. We had the first round of API review of new methods in KDEPIMLIBS for 4.5, and already cleaned up quite a bit. Having multiple eyes look at the API is a nice way to improve the overall quality of the API. We met with Andrey Moiseenko and Alvaro Manera of Nokia, who work on calendaring for the next Meego phone from Nokia. They use our KCal library, which they have forked/extended for some special requirements they have. Weâ€™re now making plans with them to integrate their changes back to our version of KCal, so that both sides will profit from changes and have a single point of maintenance”
“One constant complaint about the Linux desktop is that it doesn’t have enough games. That’s actually not true. Linux has plenty of games. What these people usually mean is that it doesn’t have their favorite Windows games. Now that’s changing.”
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4 Responses to “openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 123 is out!”
I really hate the idea that a RC is even considered whilst the are ANY Critical or Major Bugs in existence in Bugzilla and would like to hear other opinions – Im probably a dianasore and have had too much QA and adherence to ISO shoved in my face for too many years. This process of considering an RC is probably a sign of changing times and different expectations by QA or who ever has the decision to accept the RC for 11.3 Master.
I just hope 11.3 can perform a complete Installation other than a Vanilla Installation in a Vanilla PC environment.
I also very strongly believe in having no open/unresolved critical and blocker bugs when a RC is released.
What is the point in releasing a RC when there are blocker bugs any way!?!
What is the point in releasing a RC when there are blocker bugs any way!?!
Yay, Miro, that’s a very valid question, it’s certainly not a very good idea.