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openSUSE Weekly News

158 Edition

Published: 2011-01-16


We are pleased to announce our 158 issue of the openSUSE Weekly News.

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Enjoy the reading :-)

Header PictureAnnouncements

In 2009, a set of trademark guidelines were created to help define how the community and beyond could
use the openSUSE logo and related trademarks in their own products and services. Along with
this, Novell granted powers to the openSUSE Board to be the guardians of the openSUSE
trademarks. This included ensuring that proper usage followed the guidelines as well as giving
the Board the ability to review special use cases.

It also helped those who wanted written permission from the Board authorizing the use of
trademarks on their products and services. Formal requests for such permissions were sent to
, and Novell would forward the request to the Board for

As you know, trademark protection is important because it represents the identity of an
organization. Trademark usage also provides an important tool for the community that wishes to
promote openSUSE. The use of the trademarks makes it easier to share and spread openSUSE
works. Of course, regulating the appropriate usage of the trademarks is also a necessary evil
to prevent abuse.

As with anything in life, time gives perspective. There has been sufficient time since the
implementation of the first guidelines to observe real use cases where the guidelines were
either effective or ineffective. And for the Board, this includes identifying a more
responsive workflow to addressing requests for authorization of usage, as we, and others,
recognize the current process as being perfectible.

The Board, along with others in the community, would like to begin a review of the current
state of our trademark guidelines and identify where it can be strengthened and be more
effective. To this end, our first step is to open an openFATE Feature request for comments. We
invite the community and beyond to review the current guidelines and offer their input on
language and past use case experiences.

While we would like comments submitted on openFATE, if you prefer, you can post your
comments here or send your thoughts directly to . A specific
timeline for completion of this process has not been determined yet, but it is the intention
of the Board to move forward on this topic in order to help the community at large move
forward on their own projects.

The openSUSE Board Election process, started in December 2010, is heading full-speed for
the planned announcement of the results on January 26, 2011. Today the voting begins and it’s
time to take a closer look at the candidates and make up our minds!

In this election we will have 2 seats to be voted upon as the board periods of Pascal
Bleser and Henne Vogelsang expire. With the existing company affiliations in the board (Pavol
Prusnak- Novell, Bryen Yunashko – none, Rupert Horstkötter – openSLX) the restraint is that at
most one of the to be elected members can be affiliated with Novell and at most one with
openSLX. According to the election
, no single organization or company can control more than 40 percent of the
electable Board seats. That means, in this election, that if two candidates from either Novell
or openSLX score a first and second place, only the one with most votes will have a seat. The
other seat will to go to the third candidate in line (provided of course that person is not
also affiliated with the same company). This time we have seven candidates, all contributors
with different experiences and backgrounds.

You can check their user pages, blogs and the platform page explaining their vision and
plans for openSUSE:

The openSUSE board was set up to lead the overall project. The main tasks for members of
the board are:

  • Act as a central point of contact

  • Help resolve conflicts

  • Communicate community interests to Novell

  • Facilitate communication with all areas of the community

  • Facilitate decision making processes where needed

The board should provide guidance to and support for existing governance structures, but
shouldn’t direct or control development, since community mechanisms exist to accomplish the
goals of the project. The board does however document decisions and policies, as well as
mediate when issues arise. The board decides on usage of the trademarks of openSUSE, deals
with conflicts, works with the Novell openSUSE community manager on funding decisions, works
with the community on the organization of events and in general does a lot of ‘small things’
often only visible when they are not handled. The board members are elected according to
Board Election rules by
the members of the community who’ve been accepted as official ‘openSUSE Members’ and the chair
person is appointed by Novell. Current chair is Alan Clark.

Our current Board has had a busy time in the last year, setting up the foundations for a
great 2011 for openSUSE. And the new Board members will need to put in some hard work to bring
openSUSE to this new level. This includes the work on setting up the Foundation and the new
responsibilities waiting for the board once that work has completed. Moreover challenges that
might come up related to the Attachmate takeover of Novell have to be handled but also the
usual day to day work in the community must continue.

Ballots have just been opened and all openSUSE members whose membership is in good
standing are eligible to vote. Please verify if your email address is valid and that you are
able to read emails sent to your openSUSE address! The ballots are being done via the web on
connect.opensuse.org and have been announced on opensuse-project IRC
channel and Mailing Lists
. Once a vote has been submitted it may not be changed
afterwards. Finally, voting will end on January 26th,
when the ballots close. Shortly thereafter, you can expect the announcement of
our two new board members!

More detailed information can be found on the generic Board Election and board election 2010 wiki
pages. Have a good vote!

Header PictureStatus Updates

Header PictureDistribution

openSUSE 11.4 Milestone 6 release

  • Milestone: First localized build

  • Milestone: Localization testing starts

  • Milestone: Only major/critical/blocker bugfixes allowed.

Team Report

Header PictureArt Team

I’ve received some emails and some positive feedback about one wallpaper I used for a
couple of screenshot’s I’ve used in the past, including also information requests about
where that very same wallpaper could be found. I’m happy people liked my choice.

The wallpaper is question is the following, which can be found at gnome-look [dot] org: Green Snake HD – by Kmurat @

It is clear to me at this stage that Artwork has good demand and it’s a ‘value +’
recognized by many users. Understanding this, I’ve decided two things:

  1. GNOME:Ayatana will have a small Artwork Package by the Community, I’m currently
    contacting Kmurat to check if he can change the licence on this artwork piece (with
    over 20.000 downloads on gnome-art) so I can use it for distribution. Currently it’s
    licensed as CC BY-NC-ND, in which the NC can be probably a problem. Let’s wait a
    couple of days and see… Either way for those who asked for the source of this
    wallpaper, click on the image above.

  2. I will create a small package with wallpapers from the community and make it
    available (for GNOME, KDE, etc) users.

My intentions are to include a set of wallpapers (4/3, 16/9 and 16/10) of
around 5/7 wallpapers from several artists and community contributors. The first person
I’ve contacted regarding this was Javier Llorente, a openSUSE Artwork Team and KDE
contributor, which donated and pointed some artwork. I’ve also sent a small email to
María ‘Tatica’ Leandro, a contributor of Fedora
Design Team from South America asking if she had something that she could share with us
for this community package (I did loved some of her submissions into Fedora Art).
Additionally, I’m also going to nag Sirko Kemter
for a contribution…

Once this is assembled (already have 5 wallpapers) I’m going to package it, run a
sanity check and prepare it for distribution…

UPDATE: María ‘Tatica’ Leandro has answered positive
to my email requesting for a donation, Sirko Kemter also answered positive.

Header PictureBuild Service Team

Build Service Statistics. Statistics can found at Buildservice

Header PictureopenFATE Team

Top voted Features

Features with highest vote, but no one has been assigned to yet.
We are looking for volunteers to implement.

“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).”

“We need a replacement for sax2 in 11.3, as a safety measure for when auto
configuration fails to detect certain monitors/keyboards/mice. (…)”

“We need a feedback about packages that are preferred by users and actively
used. Debian already has a tool named Popularity contest (popcon) (…)”

“Idea from community member Raúl García. Same concept as MSI packages for
Windows but exploiting the One Click Install concept of openSUSE (and therefore
inheriting the simplicity, code and security. (…)”

“The YaST Qt package manager should provide as much information in the
“Installation Summary” view as zypper, esp the overall download size to expect
and how much disk space will be freed/used after performing the operation.”

Recently requested features

Features newly requested last week. Please vote and/or comment
if you get interested.

I currently run opensuse 11.2 on a lenovo S10e netbook with a kde desktop.

As it not uncommon in the netbook world the screen resolution is 1024×576 (16:9)
rather the the 1024×600 (16:10) which may be more familiar.

The problem is that menus for critical functionality such as NetworkManager are too
tall for the display even if resized, so it is physically impossible to
“apply” settings as this button is always at the bottom of the dialogue

Can effort be made to ensure that opensuse 11.4 does not have menus for critical
system components such as NetworkManager which will not display at typical netbook
screen resolutions?

Include open document thumbnail plugin for default package list.



README.SUSE lacks documentation for stuff like patches.addon and mkspec as also
hinted at


Garmin peripherals seem not to be automatically recognised under openSuse.

At least for my e-trex, I need to do some manual configuration in order for it to be
recognised. For this I follow the procedure indicated on the GPSbabel website.

Can the situation be improved at the distribution level?

Maybe you know the Fedora installer. You’ve got four options:

– Use all Disk space

– Update the existent Linux system

– Use free disk place

– Do your own partition table

This would be a nice and easy to use feature for openSUSE too. Maybe as a additional
installation-option, that you can choose. By the way, Fedora-users have it easy to
change to openSUSE.

What do you think?

Please, add the ability to configure the scanner buttons via Yast. Configure=assign
an action, like one-button scan. Currently, this can be done with scanbuttond daemon,
but its configuration is far from straightforward, let alone convenient.

Ref: http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Scanner_buttons_and_one-touch_scanning

A radio button “stay login in” in authorization form (like this
http://img.flashtux.org/img132db222350dx1203e659.png ) in openSUSE sites.

Some Lenovo laptops use the UPEK driver for fingerprint. Using the latest version of
fingerprint-gui (which also ships the UPEK drivers) gives me a perfect functionality of
my device. However, Yast does still not recognize my device. Could it be easily

Maybe provide packages for fingerprint-gui, too, and Fedora’s


Feature Statistics

Statistics for openSUSE 11.4 in openFATE

Header PictureTranslation Team

Header PictureIn the Community

Postings from the Community

This is the annual report of the Greek openSUSE community. As you all might know this is
the first report since we were formed as a community this year.

Our first event of the year was the appearance at 3rd FOSSCOMM at 24th and 25th of
April. Greek Ambassador, George Koutsikos, participated with a booth. He with a team of
people, were informing participants about openSUSE Project. He was giving away 11.2 DVD
stickers and brochures. (…)

Welcome new openSUSE Members

Very active in the openSUSE GNOME Team and Bugzilla.

Helen works inside Marketing and the Editor Team of news.opensuse.org.

Active in Bugzilla, Wiki and Mailinglists.

Active inside the Greek Community and Marketing.

Kai-Uwe serves as Speaker, Boothman and Developer for the openSUSE Project.

openSUSE for your Ears

The openSUSE Weekly News are available as livestream or podcast in German. You can hear it
or download it on Radiotux.


Header PictureNew/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

“VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various
audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …)
as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast
in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

FlexDock is a Java docking framework for use in cross-platform Swing
applications. It offers features you’d expect in any desktop docking
framework such as: (…)

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.

With the release of an opensc security fix on Thursday 13th
January Novell has released the last update for openSUSE 11.1.

openSUSE 11.1 is now officially discontinued and out of support
by Novell.

However, a community effort has been started to continue 11.1 maintenance under the
codename of “Evergreen”.

The overview page of this project, how to activate and use it, and other details, is on:

The Evergreen project is lead by openSUSE community member Wolfgang

Here are some statistics:

openSUSE 11.1 was released on December 18th 2008, making it 2 years and 1 month of
security and bugfix support.

Some statistics on the released patches (compared to 11.0) can shown there.

Header PictureKernel Review

For Linux 2.6.38, the kernel developers have integrated the
much-discussed patch which considerably improves the response time of Linux desktops in
certain situations. The AMD developers have extended their open source graphics drivers to
support various Radeon HD 6000 graphics chips. A discussion was sparked by the tricky
situation surrounding the graphics drivers for Intel’s new processors.

After the release
of Linux 2.6.37
on Wednesday morning, the first patches for kernel version 2.6.38
appeared in the Linux main development branch late on Thursday night. Among Torvalds’ first
2,769 commits were the almost 600 patches for the network subsystem that had been submitted by its
maintainer, David Miller. As expected, these patches have added the rtl8192ce
for Realtek’s RTL8192CE and RTL8188CE 802.11n Wi-Fi chips to the kernel.

The first changes made for Linux 2.6.38 also include the patch
that considerably improves the interactivity of desktop applications in situations where the
CPU is fully utilised. This patch became known through such articles as “The ~200 Line Linux Kernel Patch That Does
on the Phoronix web site; details of the patch’s functionality as
well as a description of an alternative, more flexible, approach can be found in a previous Kernel Log. The maintainer of the process scheduler, Ingo Molnar, explicitly pointed out this
function in his Git-Pull request, calling it “one of the biggest and most visible
interactivity improvements achieved by the Linux scheduler
. (…) License: 4

Header PictureTips and Tricks

For Desktop Users

There’s a reason they’re called “movies.” They’re supposed to move. Your eyes are keyed
to follow motion, and the constant revelation of new information in a moving shot holds your
interest longer. Thus, while four seconds might be about the maximum comfortable length for
a static shot, shots in which the camera or subject are moving extensively can often last
more than a minute without feeling slow at all. Storyboards made entirely from static images
make it hard to judge active shots. It’s useful, therefore, to be able to insert some
movement at the storyboard phase by panning and zooming a drawing. Here I’m going to
demonstrate such an animated storyboard using Inkscape and Blender. (…)

Recently I got addicted to watching Nigella Lawson Cooking videos on youtube. As much as
I like youtube, I prefer to watch videos offline as well. One user has uploaded a lot of
those videos and I wanted to download all the videos by that user.

I tried a few firefox plugins, youtube-dl python script, etc. for doing this but none
seemed to be fit for the job. Good old Shell-script came for rescue. I saved the user’s
youtube homepage in .html, grepped through the file for links, ran uniq and then fed them
all to youtube-dl and bulk-downloaded all the videos. If you want parallel downloads, you
can easily do that also by tweaking the script.

The commands

grep -E 'http://www.youtube.com/watch\?v=[[:alnum:]-]{11}' dump.html -o | uniq > vdos
for i in `cat vdos`; do youtube-dl -t $i; done; rm vdos;

HTH someone.

If you know of a better solution (some firefox/chrome addon, Greasmonkey, etc.) which
will work in Linux, please let me know.

For Commandline/Script Newbies

The usage of pipes with the shell is easy and powerful. This lab will help you
understand the use of pipes. (…)

For Developers and Programmers

If you are a developer, you will re-use code provided by others. Usually /lib, /lib64,
/usr/local/lib, and other directories stores various shared libraries. You can write your
own program using these shared libraries. As a sys admin you need to manage and install
these shared libraries. Use the following commands for shared libraries management,
security, and debugging problems. (…)

For System Administrators

The Linux kernel allows drivers and features to be compiled as modules rather than as
part of the kernel itself. This means that users can often change features in the kernel or
add drivers without recompiling, and that the Linux kernel doesn’t have to carry a lot
of unnecessary baggage. Want to learn how to manage your modules? It’s easy to do, just
keep reading.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk through the steps of seeing what’s already loaded
in the running kernel, and adding and removing modules from the kernel. (…) License: 1

Being a System Administrator you will find that you need to do a lot of repetitive
tasks. Moving files, grepping files, and creating users. You could spend all your time type
the same commands over and over, but why?

You can save a lot of time by looping commands. There are three ways you can do that, by
using one of the following; for, while or until. We will first focus on for, it my favorite
of the three.

The thing to remember with a ‘for loop’ is the following

for variable in x y z ; do command $variable ; done

Variable is what ever you want to call it. Most people use i as a variable, but again it
can be anything you want. The x y x is the information that you want to pass to the command.
The last thing to remember with a loop is when it passed everything to the command that if
finish, that is why you need the done.

Here is an example of a simple count down that you can do with for a ‘for

for i in 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ; do echo $i ; done

As you can see, we have set our variable to be i, in that variable we are going to pass
10 to 1 to the command echo. By the way, you can do this another way if you are using Bash
4.0, by changing the number to {10…1} , this because of inbuilt support for setting up a
step value use {START..END..INCREMENT} .

Here is another example, we are going fun and make the computer count out load to 100 by

for x in {5..100..5} ; do echo $x | festival --tts ; done

In this loop we set our variable to x, and we told it to start with 5 go to 100 by
increments of 5. We then passed that on to echo that is piped into festival to read it out
load, once it had reach 100, it stops.

Here are some real world examples of how System Administrator use a ‘for loop’. Let say
you have a text file that you keep a list of Linux servers that you take care and you need
to push a rpm or a file to


With a ‘for loop’ it is very simple and fast. We are going to cat the file so that we
know what server to access. We are also going to use awk so that we get the ip from the
second coloumn. To get the information we will need to pipe ‘ | “ the loop into the awk
command to get it, because we are run commands to get the information for the loop we will
need to use ` ` in order to run the

for f in `cat linux_server | awk '{ print $2}'` ; do scp somefile user@$f:/dir ; done

This loop tell that our variable f is going to pass the four ip so that we can scp the
file to those boxes.


If you are not sure about what the output going to look like, it always best to use
the following to see what the output going to be….

echo $f

Now lets say that file you pushed to the server is rpm that you need to update your
server. You can do ‘for loop’, using ssh and pass the command to the boxes to update that

for r in `cat linux_server | awk '{ print $2 }` ; do ssh user@$r rpm -Uvh /dir/myfile ; 

To ensure that the file was updated, you can do another ‘for loop’ check the rpm
database to see if there by doing rpm -qa and pipe into a grep with the file

for r in `cat linux_server | awk '{ print $2 }` ; do ssh user@$r rpm -qa | grep myfile ; 

By the way you can use all of these commands together in one script to save even more

# Here we are going push files 
for f in `cat $servers | awk '{ print $2}'` ; do scp $files user@$f:/dir ; done
# Here we are going to install the files 
for r in `cat $servers | awk '{ print $2 }` ; do ssh user@$r rpm -Uvh /dir/$files ; done
# Here we are going to check if it got installed 
for x in `cat $servers | awk '{ print $2 }` ; do ssh user@$x rpm-qa | grep $files ; done
exit 0

As great System Administrator, finding the simplest ways to do recurring tasks frees up
your time for tackling more complex problems . A ‘for loop’ is a great way to help. Next
time I will go over while. License: 3

I’ve had some problems in the past with openSUSE Factory and ATI support… even the
normal radeon driver wasn’t worked properly. After the last updates, the radeon driver
started working properly and I’ve decided to install the ATI FireGL driver which is actually
something I need to continue testing and debug Unity implementation on openSUSE.


Here’s what you need (64 bit users):

  • Install the required dependencies to compile the kernel module (currently on
    2.6.37-rc5-12-desktop). 64bit users will require the

    zypper in kernel-source compat-32bit qt3-32bit libstdc++ libgcc xorg-x11-libs-32bit \
    xorg-x11-devel-32bit Mesa-devel-32bit \
    fontconfig-32bit expat-32bit freetype2-32bit zlib-32bit gcc make
  • Download ATI FireGL driver (version 10.12) from ATI website (http://ati.amd.com).

  • Extract the files using the

    sh ati-driver-installer-10-12-x86.x86_64.run --extract

    This will create a small folder which starts with fglrx. Change directory into
    that folder…

  • Download the following patches:

  • Apply the patches (patch -p1 < file.patch).

  • Run the following

    sh ati-installer.sh 8.801 --install
  • Follow the installer instructions. Finally check /usr/share/ati/fglrx-install.log
    to check if everything is cool…

  • Restart using your favorite method… mine is ‘shutdown now -frn’.

Enjoy FireGL on openSUSE Factory!

Cherokee is a very fast, flexible and easy to configure Web Server. It supports the
widespread technologies nowadays: FastCGI, SCGI, PHP, CGI, TLS and SSL encrypted
connections, virtual hosts, authentication, on the fly encoding, load balancing, Apache
compatible log files, and much more. This tutorial shows how you can install Cherokee on an
OpenSUSE 11.3 server with PHP5 support (through FastCGI) and MySQL support. (…)

Header PicturePlanet SUSE

In mid-October we wrote about openSUSE 11.1 being put out to pasture and the openSUSE team’s decision to rapidly
end-of-life the release. In the world of open source, what does “end of life” actually mean
for users? As resident security expert Marcus
stated in the original announcement:

“SUSE Security announces that the SUSE Security Team will
stop releasing updates for openSUSE 11.1 soon. Having provided security-relevant fixes for
the last two years, we will stop releasing updates after December 31st

Before the deadline of December 31st came, there was already talk about extending support for openSUSE 11.1 by the openSUSE
community. Shortly after the new year, openSUSE project Evergreen
was born
, a community-powered attempt at extending long-term support for 11.1.

Currently Evergreen is still very much an experiment but community member Wolfgang Rosenauer, who originally proposed the
project, is actively working with a few other contributors to get all the infrastructural and
technical issues worked out so the Evergreen project can start pushing out updates. If you’re
interested in joining the project, Wolfgang has created a mailing list you can
subscribe to in order to get started.


Phew. long time no news! It’s been a busy start of winter … on that topic a happy new
year to everyone! Welcome if you’re reading this for the first time on PlanetSUSE, have a look
at my intro
if you’re curious who I am. A few updates on what I’ve been working on this month at

libopensync-plugin-akonadi 0.22.1 released Released an update to try and make it
work better with the Google Akonadi resource (thanks ares).

Package updates on the OBS:

  • Packaged krazy2, the KDE code quality checker,
    straight from git in KDE:Unstable:Playground

  • Updated get_iplayer, the BBC iPlayer download tool, in home:MasterPatricko. It now works!

  • Packaged powertop2 beta, the power
    consumption monitor, in home:MasterPatricko;
    interesting improvements compared to powertop. Needs kernel 2.6.37 (i.e. Factory or
    Kernel:HEAD) to show off its full power, but still works in 11.3.

  • Update liquidwar6, the
    particle simulation game, to 0.0.9beta in games

  • Update maxima, the Computer
    Algebra system, in science to 5.23.0

  • Update unshield, the .CAB file extractor
    from the SynCE project, in Archiving (and eventually
    Factory) to 0.6

  • Fix build of denyhosts, the
    SSH brute-force protection tool, on x86_64

  • Update redshift, the auto
    screen-brightness adjuster in Factory:Contrib to

  • Created a package vncserver-autostart in
    home:MasterPatricko which adds an init script to start a tightvnc vncserver on bootup.
    Complete with sysconfig-style configuration. Completely insecure of course but perfect
    for a local network.

Started using my hard-earned openSUSE member benefits; tejas.guruswamy AT and
masterpatricko AT opensuse.org are operational; got the blog syndicated on planet.opensuse.org.

Plus, as always, I have a couple of new project ideas I’d like to get started on … more
on that soon. Comments welcome as always.

Some years, the openSUSE Weekly News, only was edited and published in the Wiki.

Now, after some time the team is looking forward to break new ground. The new ground are
new formats. editing for . Also, translations are well done. The disadvantage, however, that
an interested reader must surf again and again to a particular website, and these must be read

To extend our offer, we have already started in the middle of last year to convert the
wikicode in HTML code, and published it in full on openSUSE’s News platform news.opensuse.org.
This is now offered readers the opportunity to subscribe to the RSS feed, and thus any time if
the reader wishes it to be available. (…)

Header PictureopenSUSE Forums

This has kept the Forums Team busy for a bit. With the new forums template effective, we’ve looked for further improvement of the accessibility of the forums. We hope help, info and the community have come a couple of clicks closer for our members and guests. Another aspect is the improved visibility of the non-english forums. This thread gets a lot of reponse. Don’t forget to check the new home page layout.

We use an open source OS, open source programs, now what if we actually want to take a look at the source of a program to see, like in this thread, where it takes it’s icons from. The replies point to the ins and outs of this.

When files, like photos get copied from a CD they keep their read-only permissions. This member supports his parents in using linux, he knows how to change the permissions himself, but he does not want his parents to have to do that. Yet they would need write permissions to their photos to do some basic photo editing, like rotation and removing red eyes. Read how it can be done.

This week’s subforum:
Forums Feedback

This is our place where members give feed back on the forums themselves, i.e. the layout, accessibility, translation issues, suggested features and improvements. There are no stats available on this, but a lot of the things we see today were born in these regions.

Header PictureOn the Web


The web’s open and community-driven development model is a key factor in its rapid
evolution and ubiquitous adoption. The WebM
was launched last year to bring an open, world-class video codec to the web. Since
the launch, we’ve seen first-hand the benefits of an open development model: (…)


In its continued march across the open source industry landscape, Black Duck Software, a Boston-based company
which services managed and secure implementations of open source software, announced today
the purchase of Olliance Group, an open
source enterprise consulting firm. After acquiring open source search engine
in 2008, Black Duck got quiet for a while then slurped up three more
companies in the last three months — Oholoh,
SpikeSource, and now Olliance. We caught up wtih Peter Vescuso, Executive Vice
President of Black Duck Software to find out more about this acquisition and what the future
holds for the company.

According to Vescuso, the decision to purchase Olliance was a natural evolution in
response to the changing needs of Black Ducks’ customer base. “Over the last few years
as our business has grown we’ve encountered more and more customers that not only needed a
software platform to manage their use of open source components, but wanted help with
business strategy around their use of open source, policy development, etc. Last year we
formalized a partnership with Olliance to address this need which has been successful
beyond our expectations. So much so that we realized for Black Duck to achieve its vision
of being the company that organizations trust for all their FOSS-enablement needs, we
needed to acquire Olliance, the leading consultancy in this area
, says

Although Black Duck already offers some consulting services to clients, they are mainly
focused on pre- and post-deployment support. Olliance’s consulting services, on the other
hand, help businesses map out how open source fits into a their overall business strategy
“Black Duck’s services have been mostly focused on process integration and
implementation, roll out, with some services for policy development
, says Vescuso.
“Olliance’s strength and deep knowledge developed over hundreds of customer
engagements is in business strategy, policy and process, which is highly complementary to
what we were offering, hence the motivation to acquire Olliance
. (…) License: 5

NCR announced two all-in-one POS (point of sale) systems that run Novell’s SUSE
Linux for Point of Service. The RealPOS 25 and RealPOS 50 include integral touchscreen
displays and can be placed on a counter, pole, bracket, or wall. (…)

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source project on the planet? Take Round 2 of our Linux IQ test and find out. License: 6

Open source commentators were suspicious when news emerged that openSUSE will move to an independent foundation, during the acquisition of
Novell, which currently supports openSUSE development.

But the move is in line with the wishes of the openSUSE community, will be properly
funded, and does not represent any fading of Novell’s interest in the Linux version – or any
lack of involvement by Novell’s prospective owner, Attachmate.

That is the view of Jos Poortvliet, Jos Poortvliet, openSUSE Community Manager at
Novell, who contacted us to give some background to the move, which he says dates back well
before the Attachmate deal was announced. (…) License:

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2 Responses to “openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 158 is out!”

  1. I cannot find the form for submitting an Agenda Item for discussion next time the meetings are held
    Could I have an URL
    I have placed this comment to help myself as well as other who may want to raise an issue for the board an/or committee.
    It would be helpful if you could tell me which IRC channel to host a virtual meeting for so many.
    I understand the IRC channel is documented but I thought this was a good idea to get myself started as well as participating.
    If you could also specify what GMT Offset is required to convert my GMT offset and work out what time meetings are held – Thanks

  2. I opened a FATE proposal to be able to have a download Application Server/Updates for all apps
    in a standard packing list as well as an Application Server that can be used to supply updates
    to many many networked Desktop PC’s

    The concept of an SOA/Proxy Applications/Network Applications R-Sync for all repositories configured; would be a dream come true of many lager networks and would enhance Enterprise Networks Rsync

    It sounds prudent to put this FATE proposal into development discussions right now. There are a few SOA Servers that run under Linux Enterprise so its been done before without GNU.
    Surly we could take a close look at some of the Linux based SOA Servers as well as Proxy SOA Services.

    Happy to discuss this…TA