We are pleased to announce our openSUSE Weekly News Issue 146.
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“Next thursday Iâ€™m flying to Nuremberg for the openSUSE Conference. Iâ€™m arriving somewhere between 14:00 and 15:00 considering that nothing strange happens (ex: like a snow storm).
For me itâ€™s the first time I attend to FOSS event from such caliber. Iâ€™m having my own expectations about it, and it will for sure help me in the work Iâ€™ve been doing. Iâ€™m also looking forward to meet â€˜_the_â€™ people to which I have interacted with during the last times online. (…)”
“Marya Morevna, she is one of the attendees of openSUSE Conference. She helps me with my presentation on wednesday evening. She comes from Russia, she likes free software because she earned her live from a tool which is free software – SynfigStudio. (…)”
“This Wednesday the 2nd openSUSE Conference 2010 opens its doors and we are very happy to announce the third keynote today.
The Desktop and the Cloud â€“ Thoughts about Freedom on Thursday morning at 9:30 am. How relevant is the desktop in a world where computing is happening in the cloud?
The motto for our conference is one of the basic ideas of openSUSE: Collaboration across borders. This is why we are especially proud to have this subject addressed in a keynote by two key people from the free desktop world: Cornelius Schumacher, president of KDE e.V., and Vincent Untz, former president of the GNOME Foundation. (…)”
“Today it starts: The new openSUSE Conference. We have over 240 Registrations before start. Some Registrants sleeping in the Hotel from the Berufsbildungswerk. Iâ€™m living in the third floor. And i am happy, a clean and convenient room.
Today the Conference starts at 09:30 with Henne Vogelsangs Talk â€žGet your ass up!â€œ. He motivates us, not just to talk about what is to do. We should just doing anything and have fun.
The next Talk iâ€™ve listened was Lubos Lunaks talk about â€žEasy multi â€“ distribution package builds with the buid service. Lubos explained us, how to use the kde-obs-generator. This Program needs just a singe INFO File with the needed Inforations, and the Program creates from that a *.spec File and two debian*.control Files. So we have all for building Packages for Fedora, Mandriva, Debian and Ubuntu. This talk motivates me to try it out. Maybe i can support in Future my Packages who i maintain in more Destinations. (…)”
“As 260 fans of openSUSE descended upon Nuremberg, the second annual openSUSE Conference began at 9:30 sharp with Hendrik â€œHenneâ€ Vogelsang delivering a very important and poignant message for us all..
In Henneâ€™s keynote, â€œGet your ass up!â€, he talks about where we are and how we can move forward as a Project. â€œWeâ€™re in a unique positionâ€, Henne said. He asked the audience how old they thought SUSE was. Nobody guessed correctly â€“ it is 18 years. Debian is 17, Red hat 16 â€“ SUSE really has been around a long time. Yet it has only been a really open project for a few years â€“ Henne considers the opening of Factory during 2009 the real milestone here.”
“Yet another foto stream from the openSUSE conference. You see the desktop leads from KDE and Gnome (Cornelius Schumacher and Vincent Untz) giving a talk about the past and future of the free desktop, Stephan Kulow about the future of the distribution, Bernhard Wiedemann about QA testing and so on.
Most important may be the presentation of the openSUSE board (mainly by Pascal Bleser) how they plan to found an independent foundation for openSUSE as non-profit organization. An important rule of that foundation is that it is independent of any company (no majority of Novell here) but can handle sponsoring, partnering and trademark questions.
We had also very filled rooms during the OBS talks, but I was unable to take pictures at that point of time unfortunately ;)
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“These October days, Iâ€™m spending in NÃ¼rnberg in Southern Germany to attend the openSUSE conference. My role here is three-fold, first and foremost I am here as a representative of open-slx, my employer who sells products and services based on top of openSUSE. Then, Iâ€™m a KDE ambassador. Finally, Iâ€™m also getting more and more involved with the openSUSE team, getting to know many people and learning about challenges and opportunities this community faces. (…)”
“Frank Karlitschek will show us on Saturday at 9:30 the project heâ€™s working on to simplify the way software gets to users. Frank has deep knowledge in open source communities as member of the KDE e.V. Board of Directors and eg. as driver behind the open-PC project and some more activities heâ€™s doing. (…)”
“I’m in Nuremberg since Sunday, and the openSUSE Conference started yesterday. So I have already tons of interesting bits to tell. But the really important part is:
Thanks to B1 Systems for sponsoring the party tonight!”
“Wow, third day of the openSUSE conference already. Feels like the conference started an hour ago, every second has been busy. Well, almost. I’m currently enjoying my morning-thee, feeling a bit bad about the fact that 5 minutes ago the Friday keynote started… Will get a cab soon to not miss all of it ;-)
Last night we had the party – which was very, very cool. Green lighting, red and green drinks and I’ve met many nice ‘old toads’ (the openSUSE branded beer). Which contributes to me really loving my thee right now. (…)”
“I couldn’t resist snapping as many KDE folk at the openSUSE conference as I could, and editing them together into: a short video. (…)”
“Wednesday at the conference, Smeegol master Andrew â€œFunkypenguinâ€ Wafaa was given the stage by Michael Meeks who was supposed to talk about MeeGo. Meeks claimed that heâ€™d rather have someone on the stage who actually knew what he was talking about, hence Andrew had to explain himself to the audience. (…)”
“I am home from the openSUSE Conference 2010 and finally landed on the sofa. I donâ€™t know why conferences are so exhausting, but they are for me. My brain slowly becomes sorted again and starts to reflect what happened on the conference. Wow, I can say that I didnâ€™t expect it to become such a great event. There were so many interesting and enthusiastic discussions about topics concerning the openSUSE distribution or about things you can do under the openSUSE umbrella. (…)”
“The openSUSE Conference went really well last week. There was an amazing range of material and the audienceâ€™s participation in every talk I attended showed that the openSUSE project has moved past the show-and-tell presentations of a company and its customers to a community using the event to share knowledge between its members and develop. As part of the openSUSE Boosters team, I was in it up to my neck. On Wednesday I started with a talk on image building for application authors which was well attended but I think I should tweak towards usersâ€™ needs as there werenâ€™t many app authors present. I gave a talk about the upcoming KDE features that will be in openSUSE 11.4 on Thursday, because openSUSE 11.3 had KDE 4.4 but due to the 3 month difference in both projectsâ€™ release cycles, openSUSE 11.4 will have the KDE 4.6 releases of platform, workspaces and apps. That equals a lot of changes, so I summarized them for people who donâ€™t read Planet KDE as avidly as I do. The Lizard Lounge event in the SUSE building on Thursday night gave everyone a chance to catch their breath drinking limited edition Old Toad SUSE beer. (…)”
“I am finally home from openSUSE Conference v2.0 and now I have time to write an article about it. Conference started for me on tuesday with my arrival. I have only 240km ride to Nuremberg but with train you need nearly 4 hours. For the first evening I joined one of the planned social dinners. So I went with some others to a chinese restaurant nearby. (…)”
“openSUSE conference is over. It was an amazing and exhausting time. And the most important thing I learned was: The openSUSE project is a commuity. Of cause I meet many community members employed by Novell. But also many contributors NOT payed by that sponsor. The project is moving more and more into the direction of independence (e.g. with it’s community based new strategy).
I was suspisious myself when I choose my distro some time ago. Shall I really try openSUSE, with all the deals the main sponsor is doing? From now on I am sure that these prejudices were wrong. (…)”
“At the openSUSE conference I heard many interesting talks and met lots of nice people from the openSUSE community. I also took part at the keysigning party. To avoid that everybody has to start from scratch, here is a HowTo sign keys efficiently with caff.”
“With established ARM support in OBS the as well as emulated MIPS and PowerPC is getting more mature, the last big embedded architecture not working in OBS with QEMU user mode was SH4. QEMU developers community had done a lot of work in improving QEMU user mode during the last months, so I can proudly present with currently only a few patches to QEMU git master OBS builds working with the SH4 port of Debian Sid. The new QEMU 0.13 released recently is a big milestone for this. Another news is that I had fixed the bugs in Virtual Machine builds (build script) when using them with some architectures like PowerPC 32bit and SH4. So now also the combination of using for example KVM (XEN should also work) in a worker together with ARM, MIPS, PowerPC and SH4 is working. The appropriate fixes are in one of the next build script releases (if not even released already now with OBS 2.1, I have to check that). You can select architecture â€œsh4â€³ with OBS 2.1 and also start a scheduler with â€œsh4â€³.”
“I am home from the openSUSE Conference 2010 and finally landed on the sofa. I donâ€™t know why conferences are so exhausting, but they are for me. My brain slowly becomes sorted again and starts to reflect what happened on the conference. Wow, I can say that I didnâ€™t expect it to become such a great event. There were so many interesting and enthusiastic discussions about topics concerning the openSUSE distribution or about things you can do under the openSUSE umbrella. The fun side of community and technology was inspiring people all over, in opposite to some situations I remember on the last years conference where we had to deal with unpleasant topics. This seemed to have completely went away, instead people were aiming to solve problems together in a constructive way or, even more fun, worked on new things without so called stop-energy.”
“openSUSE conference is over. It was an amazing and exhausting time. And the most important thing I learned was: The openSUSE project is a commuity. Of cause I meet many community members employed by Novell. But also many contributors NOT payed by that sponsor. The project is moving more and more into the direction of independence (e.g. with it’s community based new strategy). I was suspisious myself when I choose my distro some time ago. Shall I really try openSUSE, with all the deals the main sponsor is doing? From now on I am sure that these prejudices were wrong.”
“The openSUSE Build Service â€“ OBS â€“ is now officially at release 2.1. Weâ€™re delighted with the improvements in this release, including an enhanced web interface, integration with online code management systems and better access controls. (…)”
“After a slightly-too-big dinner last night your strategy team spend all day working on the strategy docs. We’ve spend most of that time trying to shorten it without loosing the essential information in there – trying to make it more readable. I think we did reasonable well – the results are on co-ment again. (…)”
“SUSE Security announces that the SUSE Security Team will stop releasing updates for openSUSE 11.1 soon.
As a consequence, the openSUSE 11.1 distribution directory on our server download.opensuse.org will be removed from /distribution/11.1/ to free space on our mirror sites. The 11.1 directory in the update tree /update/11.1 will follow, as soon as all updates have been published. Also the openSUSE buildservice repositories building openSUSE 11.1 will be removed. (…)”
“Before and during the openSUSE conference, some nice people (Jens-Daniel, JÃ¼rgen, Darix) created the following site for you:
Thank you guys! I like the thrilling name. ;-)
Itâ€™s a static page (at the moment?) and collects the current documentation from several products and projects. Probably you will see more to come in the next weeks.
“Frank Karlitschek will show us on Saturday at 9:30 the project heâ€™s working on to simplify the way software gets to users. Frank has deep knowledge in open source communities as member of the KDE e.V. Board of Directors and eg. as driver behind the open-PC project and some more activities heâ€™s doing. What makes developers and users happy ? Currently developers create great software solving the userâ€™s problem. But getting the software in a consumable way, simple, fast and efficient to the user nowadays still comes with some challenges. And marketing of the software isnâ€™t covered either yet. So, maybe this situation could be improved. This is the first public presentation of on ongoing project to radically simplify the work for the developers and make new applications available for end users in just a few minutes. If you have not registered for the conference yet, please do so here to assure we have enough chairs. Our yearly conference is free of charge, offers interesting talks and gives you the best chance to meet many cool people in person!”
“Wednesday at the conference, Smeegol master Andrew â€œFunkypenguinâ€ Wafaa was given the stage by Michael Meeks who was supposed to talk about MeeGo. Meeks claimed that heâ€™d rather have someone on the stage who actually knew what he was talking about, hence Andrew had to explain himself to the audience. What is special about Smeegol According to Andrew he developed Smeegol in part because he thought he could do better by building upon openSUSE. openSUSE has a real â€˜openâ€™ builservice, where anyone can easily contribute code and improvements to the packages where MeeGo has a much more closed development process. Moreover, openSUSE offers a whole ecosystem of services like a wiki and a bugtracker; and more importantly, openSUSE has a huge community of experts in a variety of areaâ€™s who can answer questions and contribute solutions to the many issues that MeeGo faces. Andrew has, for many applications and components in Smeegol, taken advantage of existing openSUSE packages thus offering NetworkManager (which offers proper encryption support, AdHoc networking, VPN etc ) and a more up-to-date Chromium. Andrew also spend considerable time in getting more social networking features to work in Smeegol â€“ like Facebook and twitter.”
Build Service Team
“Having an awesome time here at the conference – esp last night with the Movie Night, the Movies were cool. As was the beer during and afterwards…
During the day I followed talk by Lubos Lunak about the Build Service as I wanted to learn more about it. As I made notes I decided to share them :D
In the introduction Lubos shared that apparently you have to package each application by hand – however, automatic downloading of random tarballs from the internet and turning them into packages for all linux distributions on distrowatch.org is planned for OBS 3.0! (…)”
“With established ARM support in OBS the as well as emulated MIPS and PowerPC is getting more mature, the last big embedded architecture not working in OBS with QEMU user mode was SH4. QEMU developers community had done a lot of work in improving QEMU user mode during the last months, so I can proudly present with currently only a few patches to QEMU git master OBS builds working with the SH4 port of Debian Sid. The new QEMU 0.13 released recently is a big milestone for this. (…)”
Build Service Statistics
Statistics can found at http://build.opensuse.org
“Yesterday evening, I added the first animation to the KWin dashboard effect: Saturation and brightness of the background do now change over a configurable time span when the dashboard appears. The smooth fade of the background adds some eye candy without being to obstrusive (hopefully).
I posted the according patch to the KDE review board. If everything works out fine, the patch will be in trunk for KDE SC 4.6 before code freeze.”
“A couple of days ago Chuck came up with a (brilliant) idea to bring our ambassadors a bit closer to the openSUSE conference, even if they can’t physically be there: let’s all record a greeting message!
So that idea is awesome, and Bruno just announced some space to put the video’s.
So, if you’re an openSUSE ambassador and you won’t make it to the conference, record a video and put it live :D (…)”
“I just published the source code of Cydin in github. Cydin is an add-in repository for applications based on Mono.Addins. The latest version is currently running the MonoDevelop add-in repo. I have many ideas to keep improving Cydin. Here are a few: (…)”
Mike McCallister: More LibreOffice: Infrastructure Expands, Beta 2 Released, and Oracle Gets Hostile
“A couple weeks into the LibreOffice project, and the room is really beginning to come together. Letâ€™s try to summarize whatâ€™s been happening:
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openSUSE for your ears
“Yogyakarta is one of the tourism destination in Indonesia. The unique Javanise tradition blend with some acculturation from outside culture. Recently I was asked by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Office of Education, Youth and Sport of Yogyakarta to help them to prepare the computer lab for elementary and junior high school in Yogyakarta Province â€“ Indonesia.
Well, this is the tough job. I work with some expert, teacher and education strategist to prepare the e-learning system. We should prepare learning/teaching material in digital format, train the teacher to use authoring tools and operating system, and prepare the schools to be ready to receive the PCâ€™s. This government initiative will involve 500 schools in 3 years. Every school that involve in this program will receive 21 PCs.
We select openSUSE Li-f-e as the operating system in every pc. The selection is not because Iâ€™m an openSUSE member but we come to the conclusion that openSUSE Li-f-e is the most complete and well prepare distribution for education (well, I convince other expert, some of them are Ph.D, he..heâ€¦). This year there are 110 schools involve in this program, this means another new 2310 openSUSE installation and more than 4000 new users if we assume that every PC will be used by 2 students. (…)”
“Please find my report here.
Event: Linux in Education (LOK) – Budapest, Hungary. Date: October 16th, 2010. Location: Miklos Bercsenyi High School and College (…)”
“I like the boosters weekly review so I decide to do a bimonthly review for same reasons about the status of my/Hungarian community goals.
openSUSE in $COUNTRY
New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE
“I came across an interesting project named Webilder. It is so awesome. Webilder can…
– download flickr photos that match tags (for example: beach,party) – download photos from flickr users of your choice. – download most interesting photos from flickr. – download amazing daily proshots from Webshots (requires Webshots account). – automatically download new photos for you. – change your wallpaper every few minutes. – import webshots collections (wbz or wbc formats).
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.
Tips and Tricks
“Yesterday Iâ€™ve found an interesting piece on /., a bit sensationalist and maybe misleading, but nevertheless interesting with a flashy title. Iâ€™ve closely look at the source of such article looking for a possible justification for the title, though unable to find one that could justify it. But this is not importantâ€¦”
“Happy days at Mono Central. Just a few months ago we decided that we should apply the lessons learned from MonoTouch to Mono on the Mac and we built a new set of .NET APIs for developing native Mac applications. We called this MonoMac. (…)”
“The slides from the presentation on SMB Traffic Analyzer I did at the Storage Developer Conference 2010 can be downloaded here:
The SMB traffic analyzer software suite is a toolset aimed at visualizing the data flow on one or more Samba servers, providing statistics about the usage of Samba services. The long term goal of the SMB Traffic Analyzer project is to provide a universal remote debugging facility for Samba.”
“For those of you who havenâ€™t met pkg-config yet a short introduction from its project page:
pkg-config is a helper tool used when compiling applications and libraries. It helps you insert the correct compiler options on the command line so an application can use gcc -o test test.c `pkg-config –libs –cflags glib-2.0` for instance, rather than hard-coding values on where to find glib (or other libraries). It is language-agnostic, so it can be used for defining the location of documentation tools, for instance.
More and more projects are using pkg-config already, but there is still a very high number of projects that donâ€™t. This post tries to describe why using pkg-config is a good idea.”
“On the train back from the openSUSE conference, I read an article about improvements in Plasma 4.5 in the German edition of Linux Magazin. The author noticed the re-designed notification area with its more consistent and clean look, but also mentioned that the clock looks visually somewhat outdated in the panel now. Fair enough, most of the notification area has seen a bunch of iterations over their looks, but the digital clock didnâ€™t really receive much visual love other than bugfixes in alignment and layout of the clock. I thought a bit about what would make the digital clock look better, and identified two things: the full bleed color sticks out a bit, and the clock looks flat compared to its neighbours in the panel. (…)”
“In various blog comments, my visitors kept complaining about the Flash headlines. This has come to an end right now!
When I relaunched the page for the last time, I have choosen the DIN font for the header, navigation and headlines. Because of DIN being a commercial font, the only valid way to use it was by embedding it as Flash font with the help of sIFR. This technology only had few drawbacks because it had full fallbacks for browsers without Flash and the headlines were selectable, too. Of course, a native solution would have been better. And this is, what I did yesterday!”
On the Web
Call for participation
“We are interested in knowing about the AntiVirus solutions being used by our customers. Take this short, 10-question survey and we’ll enter you to win an Amazon Kindle. Don’t be shy — we want to hear from you.
“So we’ve probably all seen the mock-ups for Firefox 4.0 by now, but has any of it been implemented? In the Windows version, yes. On the GNU+Linux version, partially. And it looks like it’s going to stay that way. I’m going to show you what’s different in the current development version (nightly 4.0b8pre) from 3.6.
First up: Firefox 4.0 has great support for the new HTML5 specifications like CSS3, Canvas, Offline Web Applications, Drag-and-Drop interaction, Geolocation, SVG, Animated SVG, Video tag, Audio tag, WebM, and so much more. HTML5 is now very popular on the web, but because many people use older web browsers or web browsers that don’t support such new features, web sites are designed to work despite a lack of support for HTML5. So while these are great features, you might not notice them or necessarily want to use them, I will not be talking about them much here. This is the state of Firefox 4.0 on GNU+Linux.”
“After Oracle acquired SUN Microsystem, some leading members of the OpenOffice.org community forked OpenOffice.org as LibreOffice. They also set up The Document Foundation to continue the independent works of the OpenOffice.org community.
However, Oracle is not taking their move well. They want the founders of The Documents Foundation to leave the OpenOffice.org council. According to Oracle, their works with The Documents Foundation and LibreOffice will conflict with that of OpenOffice.org.”
“With Internet Explorer 9 being acclaimed as the fastest ever browser client from Microsoft, DaniWeb decided to put it to the test against Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari and see just how quick it really is in a real world test of web browsing speed. (…)”
“After years of being outside of the mainline, the AppArmor security system is now finally part of the main Linux kernel.
Linux founder Linus Torvalds formally released the 2.6.36 kernel this week nearly three months after the release of the 2.6.35 kernel.
AppArmor has been in use by Linux distributions since at least 2006 when Novell first open sourced the code as a rival option to SELinux which has been championed by Red Hat. Ubuntu picked up AppArmor in 2007 with the 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon release. (…)”
Reviews and Essays
“It’s a well-established truth in marketing that brands aren’t about products or even experiences â€” they are about people. Create a community in which your user feels at home, where their questions are answered,their voices heard and their contributions appreciated, and half of your marketing work is done. It doesn’t matter how clever your social media feed is if you don’t have a core of humanity at the centre of your project.
The openSUSE conference in NÃ¼rnberg, with a theme of “collaboration across borders,” will highlight this pivotal aspect of Free and Open Source Software development. Although a distribution-sponsored conference, this event will involve an extended cross-section of the FOSS world, including other distributions, desktop projects and upstream developers. (…)”
“From the ‘Sky Isn’t Falling’ files:
The Number Resource Organization (NRO) announced today the less than 5 percent of the IPv4 address space now remains.
We’ve been hearing about IPv4 address space depletion for years and various organizations have kept trying to predict the year we’d ‘run out’ of address spaces. The reality is that year after year IPv4 has continued to stay alive – even as pundits proclaim its death. The fact that less than 5 percent of IPv4 address remain is not a cause for U.S. based enterprises or consumers to be concerned – the Internet is not running out of IP addresses as some mainstream media might proclaim – you can go about your business as usual. (…)”
“A vulnerability in the library loader of the GNU C library can be exploited to obtain root privileges under Linux and other systems. Attackers could exploit the hole, for instance, to gain full control of a system by escalating their privileges after breaking into a web server with restricted access rights. Various distributors are already working on updates. (…)”
“A flaw in the implementation of the Reliable Datagram Sockets protocol (RDS) in the Linux kernel can be exploited to gain root (also known as superuser) rights or permissions on a victim’s system. Attackers can exploit the hole to get complete control remotely once they have broken into the system. Dan Rosenberg, who discovered the vulnerability, has published an exploit for demonstration purposes; in a test conducted by The H’s associates at heise Security on Ubuntu 10.04 (64-bit), it opened a root shell. (…)”
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