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Published: 2011-04-03

We are pleased to announce our 169th issue of the openSUSE Weekly News.

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Header PictureAnnouncements


The poll on SurveyMonkey on how to version the openSUSE distribution release is now
closed, you can see the results here. The winner is the “old school” (like currently but only counting the right
number until 3), followed by “Fedora style” (just integers) and “Ubuntu style” (2 digits year
“.” 2 digits month).

The openSUSE members only poll is now live on connect.opensuse.org until April 04, 2011. Please select your favorite option!

License: GFDL 1.2



Just a few months ago, the XFCE project announcedýXFCE 4.8,ýthe result of over 2
years of hard work. This desktop, one of the four official desktops of openSUSE 11.4, brings many
new features. If you’re not having fun in the desktops provided by KDE or GNOME you should
have a close look at XFCE (or the lightweight LXDE). To show you how it’s done, I checked out
XFCE and wrote about my experience.

Figure 1. The default XFCE desktop
The default XFCE desktop

Testing XFCE 4.8 on openSUSE 11.4

To test XFCE Figure 1, “The default XFCE desktop” I went into SUSE Studio and
created an XFCE 4.8 image. After some clicking around (slimming a standard GNOME down to XFCE)
I had built a hard disk image. If you do this yourself, notice that by default, SUSE Studio
does not install ‘recommended’ packages from patterns. This can be enabled – and you surely
should do that if you want a decent XFCE!

The ability to just write an image to an usb disk and have it resize itself to the size of
the whole stick at first boot is awesome. You can just install software and in general won’t
notice you work on an USB stick! That is truly a portable OS… (…)

License: GFDL 1.2



The openSUSE Project considers collaboration an important value for a Free Software
community. After our successful
openSUSE conference
which had a strong focus on collaboration, several cool things
have started. Now it is time for openSUSE bring collaboration to the Google
Summer of Code
and we invite students to join us in making Free
Software stronger through working with others! For those who don’t know yet, Google Summer of
Code is a project by Google to let
students spend their summer time on coding instead of a waiting tables.

License: GFDL 1.2


Header PictureGoogle Summer of Code


This post is about one idea for GSoC 2011 regarding openSUSE Connect. I already wrote about
some time ago, but now is time to elaborate a little bit more.

First of all, let me state, that I already found a qualified student, that wants to work
on this idea and that has also some good suggestions. So I’m not searching for a student with
this post, but I want to share with you the goals of this project and why I think it is

Let’s start again with what it is all about. We as a openSUSE Project have many
contributors. People provide not only code, but they write documentation on our wiki, report
bugs, organize release parties, organize booths at conferences and much more. Obviously we
should make their effort recognized by public. Usual way how to do it is to assign so called
karma points. Basically concept works like that for every contribution you receive some
points. And then, anytime you appear somewhere, everybody can see how skilled you are. This
works well on forums, but we have many different people and many different kinds of
activities. And we want project wide karma somehow.

So basic idea of this project is to create different kinds of karma and collect as many
information as possible automatically. So we will have wiki karma that will grow with every
wiki page edit. We will have marketing karma growing bigger with every tweet and blog post.
Packager karma getting bigger with every change submitted to the openSUSE. So this project
will be not only about displaying and managing karma points but also about collecting
statistics from various different services.

One thing that I wanted implemented was ability for group moderators to reward group
members for extraordinary work a little bit extra. So for example if some KDE developer will
fix really tough bug, KDE people can give him some extra points. But allocating these extra
points will not be easy and will definitely need some more thoughts. Main trouble will be how
to allocate points that group can redistribute.

Other feature I wanted to have was having means how individuals can reward others whose
work they appreciate. My original idea was to let people send around their own Karma points.
But I was pointed out, that this might not be a good idea. There are few reasons why. First
trouble is that people will get karma points of different type than they should have.
Ambassador will send some karma points to the great developer and shy developer could earn
many marketing points this way even though he prefers to be locked down in the basement. Other
problem is that people that didn’t contributed yet or thanked a lot might not have anything
left to show how did they liked the work. So other idea proposed by Kartik was using some
general thanks you button. While thinking about it, it makes some sense to create separate
karma type for that as well.

And what to do with karma point once you have some? It should be certainly displayed in
the river on the connect so others will know that you did something. But there should be
possibility to also use them somehow. Obviously there need to be a banner displaying amount of
them that you can put on your web. So your visitors can see how great contributor you are.
Other thing that I was thinking about was to create some badges for your avatars that you can
buy. Or even allow third party applications to use them somehow using API, so you could buy
things, but that sounds like a distant future…

So there is a lot of work to do and student who applied has even some more ideas, so I
think if this project will get selected, openSUSE Connect will be much more fun

License: CC-BY-NC-SA



This years Google Summer of Code
program is open for student proposals. OpenICC in collaboration
with openPrinting and openSUSE provide mentored projects around colour management. Own ideas from female
and male students all around the world are welcome.


Header PictureStatus Updates

Header PictureSUSE Studio


SUSE Studio is an awesome tool, with a couple
of clicks you can create an openSUSE/SUSE based system and deploy to your hard drive, an usb
flash, a live dvd, a VMware/VirtualBox/Xen server and even Amazon EC2 cloud.

Suppose you want to create a tailored SUSE Studio appliance to run a Ruby on Rails app,
this is a list of things you have to take care of:

  • install all the gems required by the app (this can be a long list).

  • install and configure the database used by the app.

  • install and configure a webserver.

  • ensure all the required services are started at boot time.

You can save some time by cloning this appliance shared on
SUSE Gallery, but this is still going to be
boring. (…)

License: CC-BY-NC-SA


Team Report

Header PictureBuild Service Team

Build Service Statistics. Statistics can found at Buildservice

Header PictureopenFATE Team

Top voted Features

“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?”



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



“Every single bug or feature that anyone has developed for GRUB 0.97 has been
rejected by the upstream project in favor of using GRUB 2. There has been resisitence in
the distribution community to switching boot loaders, but this stalemate isn’t
going to go away. The code itself isn’t well written or well maintained. Adding a
new feature involves jumping through a lot of hoops that may or may not work even if you
manage to work around all the runtime limitations. For example, a fs implementation has
a static buffer it can use for memory management. It’s only 32k. For complex file
systems, or even a simple journaled file system, we run into problems (like the reiserfs
taking forever to load bug) because we don’t have enough memory to do block mapping
for the journal so it needs to scan it for every metadata read. (Yeah, really.)



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

* reusing popcon will give us results that are directly comparable with Debian and Ubuntu

* packagers team can take care of the package

* we need a configuration dialog in YaST that is visible enough

* we need a server infrastructure on opensuse.org. (There are certain privacy issues, see Debian FAQ for details)


Recently requested features

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


“The open source driver for Nvidia GPU, Nouveau, is more and more performant. It is already fully usable instead of the proprietary driver.
However, there is no GUI to configure display. SaX2 module is not available anymore in YaST in openSUSE 11.4, and there is no way to make modifications such as defining the dpi.

Developping an equivalent of nvidia-settings for Nouveau would push even more users to switch to open source drivers.”



“Installation of a pattern also draws in packages that are not in the pattern but only recommended by those listed in the pattern. For the “minimal” pattern this behavior is not desirable though as one really wants a minimal installation without the optional stuff.
Current workaround is to add conflicts to the unwanted, recommended packages. That has the disadvantage that explicitly installing such blocked packages requires deinstallation of the pattern.

Therefore we need some mechanism to block recommended packages. I see several approaches:

1. introduce a weak-conflicts/soft-locks tag in patterns. This tag must be stronger than the recommends tag of packages.

2. add a no-recommends tag to the pattern which would cause the resolver to not honor recommends while installing the pattern

3. add a workaround to yast and hardcode setting the no-recommends flag when the user selects the minimal pattern.”



“Nearly once a month, one of our users somehow manages to vanish his application launcher menu (aka kickoff), angry asking “Where’s my green start button gone?!”.

Even if he then manages to get to his panel options and find the “Add widgets” function, he’ll never discover “my greenish chameleon symbol” there. He’s usually completely lost at identifying the entry “Application Launcher Menu” as his missing widget, because that only bears that standard, feebly blue/white “K gear” symbol.

Even if he then manages to remember his missing bit was named like “kick” and types “kick” or “kickoff” in the search field of the “Add widgets” window – he’ll find nothing… Why is that?

So I’d like to suggest:

– change the symbol of “Application Launcher Menu”
in the “Add widgets” list to the green “SUSEgreeter”
symbol everybody recognizes at once

– give this entry the keyword “kickoff” so that searching
for “kick*” would reveal exactly this entry

Since I’m a systems administrator and not a developer, PLEASE upstream this to KDE4 if it’d be rather their responsibility.”



“Since 11.4, the official updater in KDE is now kpackagekit and not kupdateapplet anymore. It gives you by default the notification of patches but also the packages on all the repos enabled.
For a power user it’s a nice feature but for a basic user or a user that wants to have choice in softwares but just wants the system to work, it’s anoying. Even with few additional repos, it’ll give you a huge amount of updates. (…)”



“About two months I tried LinuxMint and installed in VirtualBox. When you install it, it asks you the bare minimum installation questions like partitioning and license agreement then starts installing. It saves time because you set up things like User as you install. If we could have YaST ask you about the license agreement, then Partitioning, Boot Loader and Software then as the installation runs (as in installing RPMs and formatting partitions) you set up Users, Hardware, read the Release Notes (that part is already done) and the Root password. It would save time and be more efficient.”


Feature Statistics

Statistics for openSUSE distribution in openFATE

Header PictureOpenOffice/LibreOffice Team


I’m happy to announce LibreOffice 3.3.2 bugfix release for openSUSE. The packages are
available in the Build Service LibreOffice:Stable project. They fix various crashers, usability and
translation problems, see the libreoffice- release news for more details. See also some notes about
openSUSE LibreOffice build.

The openSUSE LO team hopes that you will be happy with this release. Though, any
software contains bugs and we kindly ask you to report bugs. It will help us
to fix them in the future releases.

Other information and plans:

The 3.3.2 packages includes KDE3 support again. Thanks Lubos Lunak
who fixed all known issues and Ilya Chernykh who helped
with packaging.

The 3.3.2 release is in a very good shape, so we
decided to slow down the bug fixes release cycle. You might expect the 3.3.3 bug fix release two months from now.

LO-3.4 feature freeze is pretty close and we will
start producing test packages in the LibreOffice:Unstable project. Please, be patient because there are many
interesting changes in the build framework. They are good for the future but I expect some
problems with packaging. I hope that I will manage to provide something by the end of

License: GFDL 1.2


Header PictureTesting Team


The Testing Core Team held an IRC meeting on March 28, 2011 at 17:00 UTC. We discussed
our plans for the next “Open Bugs Day”, which will be from 00:00 to 23:59 UTC, Saturday
April 2, 2011. As written before, the emphasis will be on identifying those bugs reported
for 11.2 and older that are still present in 11.4. We will not attempt to squash these
bugs, but to make sure that none have been forgotten. After the release of 11.5 M5, we
will have a bug-squashing day.

As I write this, OBD has started. I’m not sure when this will be published, but if it
is still April 2, then please join us at irc://irc.opensuse.org/openSUSE-testing.

Further information is available at http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Open-Bugs-Day.


Header PictureTranslation Team

Header PictureIn the Community

Postings from the Community


Last Friday we held an openSUSE 11.4 Release Party in Prague, more particularly in the first Czech
hackerspace called brmlab. We decided to go with
later date and not doing the party immediately after the release, so we could have promo
materials available. This included openSUSE posters, DVD media, T-shirts but alsoýopenSUSE beer! Thanks Michal and Klaas for delivering them to
Prague. In the beginning we had 100 promo DVDs and we ended with slightly more than 10, so I
think the event was a huge success! (…)

License: CC-BY-NC-SA


People of openSUSE


Recently I had an interview with Petr Mladek, long standing Libre Office and openSUSE
Packager who gave me a lot of insights about Libre Office and the ongoing development
process along with the Libre Office’s collaboration with openSUSE (…)


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


Video Editor and VJ Tool



Download Videos from youtube.com



Hello reader, this article is about the SMB Traffic Analyzer
, more info is here.

Today, we are moving the full release- and bug tracking
from bugzilla.novell.com to bugzilla.samba.org.

Thanks to the bugzilla maintainers at the Samba Team, SMBTA gained
excellent support in the Samba Bugzilla infrastructure:

  • Product

    • SMBTA

      • Components

        • vfs_smb_traffic_analyzer

        • smbtamonitor

        • smbtaquery

        • rrddriver

        • smbtatorture

        • smbtad

License: CC-BY



A cross-platform Music Player based on Amarok 1.4



GUI frontend for dvdauthor and other related tools



An easy to use template based dvd authoring tool


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.

Header PictureKernel Review


Torvalds said that he considers 2.6.39 more of a solid version with
a boring amount of progress – however, with ipset, the Xen network backend, as well as many
new and improved drivers, the new kernel, which is expected to be released in late May or
early June, does offer numerous improvements which matter to end users.

Fifteen days after releasing Linux 2.6.38, Linus Torvalds has closed the merge window of Linux 2.6.39,
and completed the integration of this version’s major changes, by issuing 2.6.39-rc1. At the
end of his release email, Torvalds said “But on the whole I
think this should be one of those ‘solid, boring progress’ releases.
however, his enthusiasm about the auto-grouping of processes and the VFS optimisations in
2.6.38 had been unusually strong.



Rares published the Kernel Review for this Week. Thanks for working on it :-)


Header PictureTips and Tricks

For Desktop Users


How to upgrade Opensuse 11.x to 11.4 ? Unixmen gives the answer… (…)



Finally term is over and I’m on my Easter break, which means I can step up my
contributions again. First step was to install the new release on my desktop – openSUSE 11.4
looks really, really good! No hassles during installation at all, took about 20mins from
DVD. (…)


For Commandline/Script Newbies


If you are a fun of Aljazeera News channel, this is a nice command that allow you to
watch Al Jazeera live in your Linux desktop. I tested the command and is working like a

First check if you have rtmpdump installed, if not install it using the command

sudo apt-get install rtmpdump

Now to start watching Aljazeera live, open terminal and enter the following

To use Mplayer

$ rtmpdump -v -r rtmp://livestfslivefs.fplive.net/livestfslive-live/ -y \\
“aljazeera_en_veryhigh” -a “aljazeeraflashlive-live” -o -| mplayer –

To use VLC

$ rtmpdump -v -r rtmp://livestfslivefs.fplive.net/livestfslive-live/ \\
-y “aljazeera_en_veryhigh” -a “aljazeeraflashlive-live” -o -| vlc –

Enjoy :)

Editors Note: For openSUSE you should install via:
zypper in rtmpdump instead of sudo apt-get


For Developers and Programmers


It seems the planned series sort of finds an audience, which in turn of course is
motivational to keep on writing it. Today, we’ll have a look at this Informational message
in BRP

I: Program causes undefined operation
(likely same variable used twice and post/pre incremented in the same expression).
e.g. x = x++; Split it in two operations.

This is currently informational only and is not failing the build, but you might want to
address them together with upstream.

I assume you do know what “a++” means in C (otherwise, you should start reading
C-books), so we just try to reproduce this error in a simple c test

#include <stdio.h>

int main() {
int i=5;
i = i++ * ++i;
printf(“The current value of i is %d\n”, i);
return 0;

When building this using gcc -Wall test.c, we get this compiler warning (which in turn
is what brp translates to the information we’re discussing

> gcc -Wall test2.c
test.c: In function ‘main’:
test.c:5:5: warning: operation on ‘i’ may be undefined

So, let’s first see for ourselves what we would expect this to be? Hmm.. already for us,
this looks not logic (and I surely hope nobody would write this code). Let’s just see what
starting this executable gives shall we?

The current value of i is 37

Now, is this surprising? We multiplied, assigned it to i and as a result we get a prime
number? By closely analyzing the line you will likely understand what the compiler did. But
was this expected? If this is actually what the programmer intended, the code should just be
rewritten to be more logical, like:

i = (i+1) ^2 + 1;

This is understandable for all of us and does not yield the surprise of what is going

And that is actually all this warning is about: it requests the programmer to write code
that can be understood and does not depend on what the compiler interprets. It might even
very well be that the different optimization levels or the usage of different compilers
might end up in different results.

If you want to read some more about this topic, I suggest to have a look at:


For System Administrators


The WebDAV protocol enables users to store and share files via HTTP. This is
particularly valuable in cases where HTTP is usually read-only, as WebDAV allows writing as
well. In addition to accessing documents, users can (with suitable permissions) edit and
re-upload them. Think of it as a networked file-system run over HTTP; or as a way of
supporting long-distance collaboration on files. The protocol supports locking and
versioning information, so once you’ve accessed the WebDAV folder, you can edit files
without risking overwriting other people’s edits. These days, there are more and more ways
available to undertake online collaboration, but WebDAV remains a useful and straightforward
way to share files, especially as it’s supported by plenty of software at both server and
client end. (…)



This is a detailed description about how to set up an OpenSUSE 11.4 server (x86_64) that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. In the end you should have a system that works reliably, and if you like you can install the free webhosting control panel ISPConfig 2 (i.e., ISPConfig runs on it out of the box).

I will use the following software:

  • Web Server: Apache 2.2.17 with PHP 5.3.5, Ruby, and Python

  • Database Server: MySQL 5.1.53

  • Mail Server: Postfix

  • DNS Server: BIND9

  • FTP Server: proftpd

  • POP3/IMAP: I will use Maildir format and therefore install

  • Webalizer for web site statistics

Please note that this setup does not work for ISPConfig 3! It is valid for ISPConfig 2 only! (…)


Header PicturePlanet SUSE


I’m happy to announce that version 0.5.2 of Multi-Dimensional Data Structure
is available for download from the link below.


This is a bug fix release. I would like to thank David Tardon for fixing several important
bugs as well as implementing some new API’s for flat_segment_tree. In fact, the majority of
changes between 0.5.1 and 0.5.2 are from David.

Here is the run-down of the major changes since 0.5.1:

  • flat_segment_tree

    • fixed a crash on assignment by properly implementing assignment operator().

    • fixed several bugs in shift_right():

    • shifting of all existing nodes was not handled properly.

    • leaf nodes were not properly linked under certain conditions.

    • shifting with skip node option was not properly skipping the node at insertion
      position when the insertion position was at the leftmost node.

    • implemented min_key(), max_key(), default_value(), clear() and swap().

    • fixed a bug in operator==() where two different containers were incorrectly
      evaluated to be equal.

    • added quickcheck test code.

    There is no API-incompatible changes since 0.5.1, so if you are currently using mdds
    0.5.1, your code should compile with 0.5.2 without any modifications.



LGM will this year happen in
Canada. It is one of the great chances to meet so many of the graphics people out there from
the major graphics projects. As more and more artists use libre graphics software the focus
shifts from almost a mainly developer event in early years to a mix of artists, users,
documentation writers, standardisation people and surely more roles. This gives a unique
atmosphere to the event. (…)



GNOME:Ayatana repository is currently being populated. I’ve asked Dimstar who is reviewing
the packages to enable ‘strictest mode’ as it’s a very nice opportunity to learn something
more about openSUSE packaging guidelines.

As Canonical polishes their software for the release of Ubuntu Natty, their indicator
stack will be at best shape also for openSUSE 11.4. More to come in next days.

I’ve also enabled openSUSE Tumbleweed builds on my test repository, not really sure if
Tumbleweed as some usage for this work, if so, ping me… I don’t mind sharing with them!

License: GFDL 1.2



Today we want to present the current development of snapper, a tool for managing btrfs

For years we had the request to provide rollbacks for YaST and zypper but things never got
far due to various technical problems. With the rise of btrfs snapshots we finally saw the
possibility for a usable solution. The basic idea is to create a snapshot before and after
running YaST or zypper, compare the two snapshots and finally provide a tool to revert the
differences between the two snapshots. That was the birth of snapper. Soon the idea was
extended to create hourly snapshots as a backup system against general user mistakes.

The tool is now in a state where you can play with it. On the other hand there is still
room and time for modifications and new features.


Header PictureOn the Web



The OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC has officially
and unanimously approved
ODF 1.2 as a Committee Specification. The new version of the standard has taken four years
to complete and has been adopted by many applications already. Next stage is the official
vote within OASIS to adopt this specification as an OASIS standard. OASIS is the designated
maintenance body for ISO/IEC JTC1 SC34 IS26300.

ODF describes an XML-based application-independent and platform-independent digital
document file format, as well as the characteristics of software applications which read,
write and process such documents. The ODF standard is applicable to document authoring,
editing, viewing, exchange and archiving, including text documents, spreadsheets,
presentation graphics, drawings, charts and similar documents commonly used by personal
productivity software applications. A significant number of governments worldwide have
chosen ODF as the standard for exchanging documents within government and with external
contacts such citizens and companies.

OpenDoc Society congratulates the members of the ODF TC on their work. “This is an
important step for the entire ecosystem
, states Michiel Leenaars, board member of
OpenDoc Society, “There is significant demand for this new version of the standard, as
it enables new exiting and unique features such as RDF metadata, advanced digital
signatures and enhances key areas of ODF such as formula’s. That means the next stage of
interoperability for office applications is finally there
. With already very
strong vendor support for the new version of the standard and the formal adoption as an
OASIS standard likely to occur in a matter of several weeks (i.e. a 30 day ballot period),
OpenDoc Society encourages customers to evaluate and start planning the adoption of ODF



Linux has long played a leading role in the world of servers, due in large part to its stability, security and lower
total cost of ownership (TCO). What many don’t realize, however, is just how ubiquitous it’s
becoming in other parts of life as well.

Not only are distributions like Ubuntu helping Linux make great strides on the desktop, but the open-source operating system is now quietly powering
myriad innovations that many of us take for granted.

Where can Linux be found today? Let’s count just a few of the many places it’s making
life better. (…)


Call for participation


First I’d like to thank David Vignoni for his work on the logo for the Randa meeting.
It’s the basis for the work of the young
informatic trainees
. But the results are still secret (as even I haven’t seen
anything myself but get the first results at the end of this week .

And now to the ideas and proposals (btw this has nothing in common with the GSoC ideas of KDE!). As you
probably or hopefully already know the KDE Nepomuk
will have a meeting in Randa this June (from the 1st to the 7th of this month) and we still want
application developers to integrate this technology in their application or to work on some
interesting and great new ideas. And there will be really good help as Sebastian Trýg will be in Randa and he is going
to do one or the other workshop of Nepomuk basics. And here are some ideas and thoughts of
mine to start your imagination engines:

  • The KDE semantic clipboard. There is some
    in the old subversion playground of KDE and in December 2010 I wrote a
    paper about this
    topic. In short, this clipboard enhances to normal one with the capability of knowing
    what (in the context of meaning) it copy-and-pastes. This clipboard does not just copy
    numbers and formatting but addresses, geographic coordinates or blbliographic
    references. Take a look and bring it to a releasable state. There are even some solution
    proposals in the above mentioned paper.

  • All of the new KDE PIM
    application use Nepomuk technology through their Akonadi interactions.

  • Digikam had (or has?) some capabilities
    to exchange its information and metadata with the Nepomuk storage. What about tagging
    your pictures with the contacts (and PIMO::Persons) of the
    new Kaddressbook and projects which are then usable system wide.

  • And Amarok had (or again has?) some
    functions to share it’s music database with Nepomuk and thus make it system wide and not
    just enclosed in one applicatition.

  • But there are as well good examples for existing Nepomuk integration: Bangarang. A multimedia player which
    remembers what you like, what music and videos you have on your system and where is more
    information about this media data (in the web).

  • Another idea could be a (scientific) paper or article collector which understands
    the connections (or quotations) between the articles and that the strings at the top
    (authors) are actually persons and the references at the end of the articles are
    actually links and thus relations to other papers and articles. Take a look at the
    SWRC ontology.

  • Yet another project which extensively uses Nepomuk is the new KDE Telepathy
    . They don’t just invent yet another represenation of a person and
    its contacts but use PIMO::Person and thus make connections to them system wide
    comprehensible and reusable.

  • And let’s not forget the Plasma framework
    and its activities. But
    there is more and better information about this on the site of ivan Cukic.

  • Or something completely new. An ontology for TV series, recordings and shows…
    (Update: Sebastian told me that there is already one: NMM. And Bangarang and
    some other applications use it.)

  • And there is Zeitgeist and QtZeitgeist…




Just over two weeks after the release of openSUSE 11.4, the openSUSE Education development team has
announced the availability of openSUSE 11.4 Edu: Linux for Education (Li-f-e). The Edu
Li-f-e edition is a customised variant of the openSUSE aimed at education. It includes
selected applications and resources for students and educators, including parents, and
attempts to offer a system which can be productively used at home or in an educational
establishment. (…)



OpenSUSE Edu Li-f-e 11.4 for education is released. Based on openSUSE 11.4,“this release includes the latest carefully selected software
for students, educators, as well as parents. The software selection encompasses everything
required to make a productive computing experience for either home or educational use
without having to install anything additional. Right out of the box, educators and parents
will be pleased to see over 150 applications to fit their student’s needs. A wide range
including mental exercise tools like Brain Workshop and GBrainy, science applications like
Chemtool, mathematical programs like Euler, artistic development software like TuxPaint
and GIMP

YouTube Video: openSUSE Li-f-e

More information can be found on the release

If you are using a previous release of Opensuse Edu and you want to upgrade to this new
release, please check out previous post.

openSUSE Edu: Li-f-e applications

Editors Note: Screenshots available in the Original



A few minutes ago, a subforum was created on forum.kde.org for all the German-speaking users out there (and yes, developers
are users as well :)). So please come and make yourself at home, so it will grow and become
the best and nicest German-speaking place to get help for those little itches KDE users
sometimes have to scratch.

On your mouse, get ready, Go!



On the Fedora project’s developer list, systemd developer Lennart Poettering has announced the
introduction of a /run directory in the root directory and provided detailed background
explanations. Similar to the existing /var/run/ directory, the new directory is designed to
allow applications to store the data they require in order to operate. This includes process
IDs, socket information, lock files and other data which is required at run-time but can’t
be stored in /tmp/ because programs such as tmpwatch could potentially delete it from there.

However, /var/run/ isn’t a readily available choice for tools such as systemd, udev or
mdadm that are required early in the boot process, because /var can be implemented as a
separate file system to be mounted at a later stage in the start-up process. As a result,
these programs have had to resort to such trickery as using the /dev/.udev, /dev/.mdadm,
/dev/.systemd or /dev/.mount directories, even though the device directory isn’t intended
for such data. (…)



I realized I did not post my FOSDEM slides online; this blog post is to fix that ;-) So
if you want to learn more about our approach to the on-line help, please have a look here:

LibreOffice Online Help (Wikihelp)

It talks briefly about what we have done to bring the LibreOffice help online, and about the future
steps. Talking of the future steps, in 3.4, the .xhp files are still the source of the help
(check the presentation if you want to know what are the .xhp files), because we did not
manage to do the 2nd step – converting the wiki markup back to the native help files.

Actually – I would like to mentor a GSoC task for that:

Convert LibreOffice Help to Platform Specific Help Files

If you are a student interested in Free Software, with free summer, and Python or Perl
knowledge (to bind to existing MediaWiki markup parsers), this might be a nice task for


Reviews and Essays


The paperless office: whether to combat clutter or save the forests, it has been the
dream of many a computer user ever since the first electronic record of, well, probably
anything. But it remains elusive, in no small part because whatever your personal
intentions, you just cannot control the actions of other people, and many businesses today
still insist on sending you printed bills and receipts. You can at least dispense with the
filing cabinets, however, by scanning in the documents you need as searchable, full-text
PDFs. Fire up the scanner and the weekend.

Clearly, you could just scan everything and save your documents as TIFF or JPEG files.
Linux has solid support for USB desktop scanners (even all-in-one printer/fax/scan devices
and those with sheet-feeders or other attachments) thanks to the SANE project. There is also no shortage of
quality scan applications, like Kooka, XSane, or Simple Scan. But with images alone you
lose the ability to search the text content of your documents — and remember, you can not
only search within a particular document, but use GNU utilities to search your entire
document collection. (…)



About a year ago I made a post about installing Linux on my girlfriend’s laptop. Just recently I was quoted on Linux Insider about how successful the installation had been a year later. I said that I believed it to have been a successful conversion of a Windows user to Linux. My descriptions were from my observations only, not my girlfriend’s. I had not thought at that time to ask my girlfriend what she thought about the change of operating system on her computer.

Last night I sat down with her and we talked a bit about what she thought of her penguin powered laptop. With her permission I am going to post some of her responses. (…)


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