We are pleased to announce our new issue 151.
We are pleased to announce our 151 issue of the openSUSE Weekly News.
We hope that you will enjoy reading.
Build Service Team
“The old openSUSE:11.3:Contrib signing key got deleted by an accident, so we have to generate the new one and sign all packages in this repo with it. It is safe to accept key with the following fingerprint when yast/zypper ask you to do so:
4FC8 6B50 8808 B7D7 D36C 59E3 CC9C 2F60 7296 AFB2
Sorry for the inconvenience!”
Build Service Statistics
Statistics can be found at http://build.opensuse.org
“Now I can select only 1 or only all packages in YaST package manager.
“I often hear complains from users about the Gnome Environment,not its ability to work but the design of that,people love the 2 bar on Gnome Environment and I was thinking if we could change it on the upcoming 11.4. The currently Gnome menu is not usable enough.At list you can change that and make it more like Mint. I know its really easy for a user to make that change but those are the things that attract users,especially the new ones.”
“from https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=648565 (written by Nico Gruber):
“GRUB supports a “fallback” entry that is booted if the default kernel is not available or bootable.
“The package apache2-mod_python is discontinued. Please add apache2-mod_wsgi instead. Please add it to patterns-openSUSE-lamp_server.”
“openSUSE DVD has a lot of well selected packages. Currently what we do is offer choices to the consumer by his choices of Desktop. I would like we also offer choices on the basis of their use.”
“There should a yast module which support managing and editing of classpaths and environment variables. This makes opensuse more user friendly when an application is extracted from tar files or it is compiled from sources.”
“When running cron jobs some of them can increase IO heavily, slowing the system down, like suse-updatedb from findutils-locate, doing a large find on the filesystems. On production servers being used by several users, these scripts have to be started at non working hours.
In /etc/sysconfig/cron we already have a variable called DAILY_TIME which controls at what time the scripts in /etc/cron.daily are being started by /usr/lib/cron/run-crons .
A similar approach would be very useful for the weekly crons, allowing a better control of the day and time when weekly cron jobs are started.”
“will be realy usefull a graphical environment for managing pendrive, where you can format, make partition, etc”
“koffice provides a very useful office suite that seamlessly integrates with kde”
In the Community
“To be honest with you I just wrote that article for the openSUSE wiki but I liked it so much that I decided to blog it.
Well it’s time to go and organize your booth. You did it all correctly so far:
“We are planning a new Rubric “In the Community/Why iâ€™m using SUSE / openSUSE.”
The please feel free to post here your experiences. Talk about why LINUX, and why openSUSE? Interesting Anektotes? What makes openSUSE better than other LINUX Distribution.
Now you can choose. One way for submit your Article is to put it in this Discussion field from our Facebook Site . As alternative you can send your Article to: email@example.com.
Please come to us and talk about yourself. We planning to publish each Week one of this collected experiences.”
“Iâ€™m going on parental leave from December 14th to February 13th, 2011. My son was born in January and now itâ€™s my time to help a bit more out at home. My wife has many plans for me and I have some myself as well including changing diapers, some work at the house, celebrating christmas, showing off our kids to their grandparents, aunts and uncles, getting my son settled in the daycare, building a snow manâ€¦
I hope some days of vacation will be in there as well so that I can be refreshed again when I return back to the Novell office to continue working for openSUSE.
Right now, I try to find some people that take over some of my responsibilities.(…)”
“The Greek openSUSE Team is pleased to inform you that the translation of openSUSE Weekly News issue 150 is a fact, take a look
Today is a Great day for the Greek Community, today after two meetings we made to show all (including ourselves) that we were not just big fat words and that we can make things happen as a team that is bigger than 3 or 4 people. We know we are late, we were not in a hurry, we wanted it done correctly. We made it and we are really proud of it. When we started creating the Greek community many people told us that it would end up a great failure. Today we say to them:
We know we have road ahead of us, but Every great journey must start with one small step.”
“Well, i know that i havenâ€™t be so active in the last months here in lizards or the OWN but that doesnâ€™t mean that i stop my ambassador work, and here is a small story about what i do to integrate the spread of the openSUSE word in my work.
After a really bad month for the economic point of view, i had to refocus all the goals of my company to jump out the hole where i fall thanks to the changes in the economy of my country (Venezuela), so i came out with the idea of give on-line courses about system security, hacking, pen-testing and that kind of stuff, including the usual Web Dev, Sys Admin courses. (…)”
“November 19th-20th 2010 at National Technical University (NTUA), Athens there was a conference, GeoDataCamp 2010 (page in Greek) organized by OKXE.
openSUSE Greek team member Angelos Tzotsos made a presentation as member of OSGeo.
The conference was successful. More than 300 participants.
Welcome new Members (Corner for new acknowledged Members)
Events & Meetings
openSUSE for your ears
openSUSE in $COUNTRY
New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE
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
Although the download page at http://opensuse.org contains quite some information on this subject, the question above is asked in the forums from time to time. Read the different suggestions to the OP, who has problems getting a correct download.
“After the breaking news of Mike Galbraith’s patch of 233 lines of code to the linux kernel and the confirmation it was working by Linus Torvalds, naturally some threads were opened on the forums. This thread is one of them, where bits and bigger bits of info drop in, also the alternative for the patch.”
“This subject was posted in our General Chit-Chat forums, may originally have been intended as no more than just sharing, but the thread evolves into a vibrant one, full of suggestions, advice, do’s and don’ts, and sharing of experiences”
“A nice example of integration of various services offered by opensuse.org and it’s community: paste,opensuse.org. Lots and lots of times help seekers are asked to post the output of commands invoked in a terminal window. This output can be very long in terms of number of lines, and thus make the post almost unreadable. Pasting the output at paste.opensuse.org gives a link you can copy in your post.”
“After months of rumours, yet another big news story develops: Novell, owner of SUSE, gets sold to Attachmate. Read how users react on the news, what they think it’s going to mean for the distro. As I am writing this, already three threads have been opened on this issue: one here, and one here also have some replies.”
On the Web
“10 minutes ago I released ownCloud 1.1
IÂ´m really happy with this release. Not only because we have a lot of new features and bugfixes but also because the ownCloud development team is growing and more and more people are contributing to ownCloud.
You can download ownCloud 1.1 now and run you own cloud storage on your own hardware. (…)”
Call for participation
“The EU research project, ALERT, is looking for KDE experts to assist research on free and open source software collaboration processes. The goal of the ALERT project is to develop methods and tools that improve FLOSS coordination by maintaining awareness of community activities through real-time, personalized, context-aware notification. KDE provides one use case for applying and evaluating these methods and tools. (…)”
“I’ll carry on giving tips on how to make better bug reports but I would like to ask your participation at the bug squashing week which will start tomorrow and will last 7 days.
What is it? The aim is to detect and triage the more bugs possible so that the next beta already will benefit of an improved quality.
How? If you can install the beta, you have 2 possibilities: either run it in any possible way and report all the bugs you find. Or help triage and reproduce the bugs already reported.
Where? You can join on IRC Freenode #kde-bugs and you can ask there any question. There is also a Techbase Page to help you. (…)”
“In August we delivered the news that Linux was soon to receive a native ZFS Linux kernel module. The Sun (now Oracle) ZFS file-system has long been sought after for Linux, though less now since Btrfs has emerged, but incompatibilities between the CDDL and GPL licenses have barred such support from entering the mainline Linux kernel. There has been ZFS-FUSE to run the ZFS file-system in user-space, but it comes with slow performance. There has also been work by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories in porting ZFS to Linux as a native Linux kernel module. This LLNL ZFS work though is incomplete but still progressing due to a US Department of Energy contract. It is though via this work that developers in India at KQ Infotech have made working a Linux kernel module for ZFS. In this article are some new details on KQ Infotech’s ZFS kernel module and our results from testing out the ZFS file-system on Linux. (…)”
“Diaspora, a widely anticipated social network site built on open-source code, has cracked open its doors for business today, at least for a handful of invited participants. (…)”
“The range of devices running Linux grows every day. Now you can add one more to the list: Electrolux (Frigidaire) in Brazil has just announced the Infinity i-kitchen, a smart appliance running Linux on an embedded 400MHz Freescale i.MX25 processor. With 128MB RAM and a 480Ã—800 touch panel, the i-kitchen provides the user with unparalleled control over his refrigerator operations. (…)”
“Toshiba announced a pair of 2.5-inch hard disk drives it claims offer the industry’s widest temperature range for 24/7 operation. Suitable for ATMs, digital surveillance, automation, and other embedded devices, the MK1060GSCX and MK8050GACY spin at 4,200rpm and offer 100GB or 80GB capacities, respectively. (…)”
“When thinking of an open source developer, most us of probably think of a male in his 30â€™s, overweight, long beard, and socially awkward. While this is just a stereotype and not a true reflection of all open source developers, there is some truth in the weight category. (…)”
Reviews and Essays
“Are menus starting to disappear from the Linux desktop? A survey of the alternatives suggests that, at the very least, menus seem to be evolving out of recognition in response to modern trends, particularly the effort to make workstation and laptop desktops more like mobile interfaces. Ask usability experts, and the unexamined assumption is that the classic menu needs improvement — although whether users feel that way seems less clear. (…)”
“So Iâ€™ve used KDE for about a work week. During that time Iâ€™ve pretty much gone to using the KDE versions of all my programs except Konqueror. Iâ€™m not sure if the Fedora 14 version of Konqueror is the one with Webkit, but last time I used Konqueror with KHTML it was mucking up a bunch of web pages including my blog. So I stuck with Google Chrome, which is what i use on Gnome, LXDE (Lubuntu on my laptop), and on my Windows 7 install. (Also, I stuck with gPodder for podcasts because thatâ€™s working perfectly) So how did it go?”
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