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We are pleased to announce our Issue 187 from openSUSE Weekly News.

openSUSE Weekly News

187 Edition

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Published:
2011-08-06

We are pleased to announce our 187th issue of the openSUSE Weekly News.

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Important

The Articles inside this Section are in full. If you are already knowing the stuff in
news.opensuse.org, then you can skip this section through using the TOC.

As you know, the third international openSUSE
Conference
 is happening in a couple of weeks from now, you already should be registered! For the organization team this means that we are really picking up pace
now and start to feel dizzy. One of the reasons for that is that we are short on helping
hands. We especially miss “boots on the ground“, we need your help!

Being a boot on the ground means we need people to help us at the conference in September.
There is no special knowledge about the location or other details needed. So far we have 5
tasks where we desperately need people to help out. Venue setup, Registration Desk, Session
Chairs and the Snack Bar. Read on to learn how you can contribute to the success of the
conference.

Venue
Setup

The Zentrifuge is not an event location in the classical sense so we have to do a lot of
setup tasks the days before the conference starts. For instance we need to make sure that the
seminar rooms have enough chairs, multisockets and a working projector. We also need to setup
the lounge with sofas, equip the Beergarden with tables, distribute waste bins and so on and
so on. Most of this we will need to do on Friday/Saturday before the conference and it’s a lot
of physical labor. If you can help with this please lets us know on the volunteers page or let
us know at opensuse-conference@opensuse.org.

The Registration Desk

At the conference, every morning from 9:00 to 10:30, we will have a registration desk. It
will handle the registration of new visitors,  distribution of info materials and answering of
general questions and such. We need two people per day to man this desk during the conference.
On Sunday, as it’s the first day, it better be three! If you can help with this please lets us
know on the volunteers page or let us know at opensuse-conference@opensuse.org.

Session
Chair

We have two floors in the Zentrifuge and both have a main room and some smaller rooms for
workshops and birds of a feather sessions. For both floors we need two people per day to be a
chair for the sessions that will take place. Being a chair means that you introduce the next
presenter, make sure the sessions stick to the schedule and answer all questions speakers
might have. This task takes a bit of experience as speaker/moderator to make the
introductions, a wristwatch and, ideally, some technical knowledge with projectors/laptops. If
you can help with this please lets us know on the volunteers page or drop us a mail
at opensuse-conference@opensuse.org.

The Snack
Bar

This year we will run our own snack bar at the venue. The organization team has already
seen to that foods and drinks are available and that we have a fully equipped snack bar
ready.  Now we need people that help us to man the snack bar to sell, sell, sell. You would
need to sell snacks and drinks, make sure that we don’t run out and count the moneys! If you
can help with this please lets us know on the volunteers page or drop us a mail
atopensuse-conference@opensuse.org.

Evening Manager and Lock Service

One nice side effect of the Zentrifuge not being a classical event location is that we
will have very long opening hours. People can continue to collaborate and don’t have to leave
the place until 23:00. But this also means that we have to have at least one person per day
that makes sure it doesn’t get to wild and that closes everything in the night. If you can
help with this please lets us know on the volunteers page or drop us a mail
at opensuse-conference@opensuse.org.

Other tasks

The team held couple of meetings which resulted in a nice list of stuff to do, like
organizing hardware for the venue, ordering internet, food and drinks and so on. If you rather
want to help with this, you’re more than welcome to contribute to the conferences success! A
good start is to subscribe to our mailing list and participate in our meetings.

Thanks a lot in advance!

Less than 50 days left before the 3rd openSUSE conference starts. A lot of people are working hard for this to be
another successful gathering. Are you registered yet? If you are still undecided, and looking for a reason why you should
come, let me tell you this:

  • You will miss many interesting talks, you’ve heard the little birds sing that kernel
    star Greg KH will keynote at oSC…

  • More awesome keynote speakers and sessions are going to be announced in the next
    week or so, STAY TUNED!

  • You will miss one of the greatest FOSS events in the world.

  • You will miss a chance to meet other fellow Lizards from all over the world in
    person.

  • You will miss the chance to meet people from other projects like KDEGNOME and LibreOffice.

  • Imagine the interesting talks you will have in the halls of the conference, if you
    won’t come you will miss those too.

  • You will miss to visit Nuremberg, one of the most beautiful and historical cities on
    Europe.

  • You will miss tons of group-hugs.

  • You will lose the chance to kick people that annoy you on IRC and on Mailing
    lists.

  • You will miss the chance of drinking lots of openSUSE-branded beers and eating tons
    of Wurst having a good excuse, you will be in Germany after all so it’s your ‘duty’ to
    do that.

If you want to come, but money is a problem then you can apply for assistance through
the Conference travel sponsorship program. People of openSUSE ‘are willing to help you,
as much as possible.

The conference will take place in Zentrifuge which is a very interesting place to be. Zentrifuge has an exhibition and event
hall on the former grounds of a company called AEG. The hall is used to host art exhibitions
of local and international artists and workshops. It is managed by a foundation that helps
network the art world. The people there are very excited about the idea of hosting our
conference so you can count on having a great time there during the conference.

Oliver Fecher visited Zentrifuge Venue and took a few shoots of the place that will host
the Conference. Take a closer look at the photos and imagine you and your favorite FOSS people
having endless talks there.

Header PictureGoogle Summer of Code

Tasks completed this week:

  1. Implemented checkout of an existing appliance from Studio. ssc checkout
    –appliance-id=APPLIANCE_ID now works.

  2. Integration tests for the appliance, package and repository handlers. (Currently at
    about 50% test coverage).

  3. Completed the refactoring and migration to the New DirectoryManager module.

  4. Added the build and build_status commands

The tasks for next week are:

  • Improving test coverage and removing all the deprecated and unused methods.

  • Writing unit tests for the helper modules.

  • Writing usage examples for the app to help new users.

If you have any suggestions for features. Please do write in on the studio-users mailing
list.

One of the goals for this OBS Mobile Project to make the list of requests sortable, by
date/time, requester, target project/package, and request state.(…)

I would like to share some exciting progress on the OBS Mobile Project:

  1. Request state has been added to each request;

  2. Sorting functions have been implemented for Requests;

  3. A search filter has been added to the Request page.

Now, when the user logs into the list of requests, the user will not only be able to see
the state of each request, but also sort requests based on 4 criteria:

  • request date

  • requester’s name

  • target project/package

  • request state

This week has involved trying to get the UI in place for ToDo List
exporting/configuration. The work should now be finished and I’ve begun trying to implement
Remember the Milk exporting which is made a bit complicated by how they accept API requests
but I hope to have this finished as soon as possible. I don’t really have that much to talk
about this week as nothing huge has changed but I will keep working on integrating the
services.

What I hope to achieve is Google Calendar, Remember The Milk and WebDAV server integration
by the Soft Pencils Down Date, which I believe is the 19th of August. I think it’s perfectly
achievable to get these features to a finished state by then and I’ll continue working on
having them integrated. As I’ve previously mentioned I would like to use the final week as a
time to merge and test everything to try and uncover any bugs I’ve missed whilst adding these
features.

Header PictureStatus Updates

Header PictureDistribution

I changed the openSUSE mkinitrd to mount the /usr filesystem in the initrd, if /usr is a
separate partition. I hope this will calm down some heated discussions about systemd, udev,
etc. It’s not 100% ready yet, some setups like root or /usr on nfs or md might not work as
expected (*), but the common usecases should be covered. Try updating mkinitrd from
the Base:System project and let me know if it works for you. Before testing it, you
should do a backup of your initrd:

# cp /boot/initrd-`uname -r`{,.orig}

and create a section in /boot/grub/menu.lst pointing to the /boot/initrd-*.orig
file.

The last few weeks have seen some a lot of package updates thus keeping our review and
checkin team busy. I’d like to mention Sascha Peilicke who reviewed alone this week lots of
packages. Have a look at just two numbers: In all of July we had 1001 check-ins and just
from August 1st to 4th we had already 276 checkins.

The legal team has also gone through the long list of new packages and package updates
during the legal reviews and reduced this week the list from over 100 packages to 12
packages now. Thanks Ciaran and Christoper for your legal review!

Policy

Detailed changes

Coolo explained the current policy on how detailed the changes entry in packages should be:

I repeat what I said before so everyone is on the same page:

Version numbers are per se no information and we want to offer users an easy,
standarized way to find out what changed. But it’s not the packager’s job to collect
upstream NEWS. So if the upstream project does not offer a summary, then say so in the
.changes file, so also the user knows. If the upstream  project does not provide a
summary but a detailed web page, then a link is fine too.

Major Package checkins

Desktops

GNOME saw another step to the stable GNOME 3.2.0 with the GNOME 3.1.4 testing release
getting pushed into Factory. KDE’s new release 4.7 is now also in Factory.

So far, the new kontact 2.0 version has not been submitted for Factory and you can get
it from the KDE repositories. Btw. the openSUSE KDE developers have made the sqlite backend
the default for akonadi since the upstream default of mysql caused too many problems. If
you’re running already kmail2 and like to switch followIsmail’s advice to change in ~/.config/akonadi/akonadiserverrc the line Driver=QMYSQL to
Driver=QSQLITE.

New packages

New packages include quassel (an irc client) clementine (an amarok competitor) shorewall
(new firewall). Also amarok was updated to 2.4.3 and thunderbird got updated together with
enigmail.

Mounting /usr in the initrd

Michal Marek updated mkinitrd to mount /usr in the initrd. In the past, we had to move
quite a lot libraries and binaries from /usr to the rootpartition to allow having /usr as
separate partition that can be mounted in all supported scenarios, like via nfs. This led to
changes in many places and testing that everything worked as well. With mounting from the
initrd, we do not need to move binaries and libraries anymore around.

Michal calls for testers on his blog and
is also going to enhance the initrd to support all cases. Right now the simple cases work
but support for booting from nfs is not supported yet.

Other interesting bits

openSUSE Conference

Please register now for the conference!

Team Reports

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
reading

http://fedoramagazine.wordpress.com/2008/10/21/interview-fedora-10s-better-startup/

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).

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.

A SUSE Distribution for embedded devices, size less or equal 128 MB (text-only installation), requiring less than 256 MB of RAM (operating with for example routing functions).

Should perhaps contain a pattern, installing all features needed for use as a router operation system like m0n0wall, fli4l, styx or pfsense.

Since Software Management allows users the option to save downloaded packages, it would be nice to also give the option of installing a saved RPM.

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/dbus-cplusplus/

This provides C++ bindings for dbus.

This is an optional dependency for gnote.

Improve the font rendering on opensuse especially on KDE. Bring it upto the standards of ubuntu at least.

My suggestion is to join all the features of
SuSEfirewall2 , with
Dynamic Firewall ,
FirewallD and
system-config-firewall of Fedora Linux,
Interactive Firewall of Mandriva Linux,
dynfw of Gentoo Linux,
ufw of Ubuntu Linux, the
Shorewall , the
Firestarter , the
Kmyfirewall , the
PF (firewall) , the
Vuurmuur , the
Firewall Builder , the
Astaro Security Gateway Software Appliance , the
Firewall Analyzer , the
Smoothwall , the
ClearOS , the
Endian Firewall , the
Cisco IOS , the
IPCop and
IPFire , after this union of features, it would create a new Firewall, more stable, secure, efficient, current, complete, modern, flexible, integrated, manageable, easy and fast to use, dynamic and interactive: SUSEfirewall3. (…)

My suggestion is to join all the features of
AppArmor 2.3 ,with
SELinux , the
MSEC , the
TOMOYO Linux and
grsecurity , after this union of features, it would create a new AppArmor 3, more everything that was spoken in the feature:
312708.

My suggestion is to join all the features of
YaST2 ,with
Webmin , the
Horde , the
ISPConfig ,
Froxlor , the
SysCP , the
MCC , the
RouterOS , the
FreeRADIUS , the
SAGU-PRO , the
OpenNMS , the
Cacti , the
CiscoWorks , the
Collectd , the
Nagios , the
Zentyal , the
SME Server , the
N2RRD , the
Observium , the
Munin , the
MRTG , the
RRDtool , the
TclMon , the
Zabbix , the
ispCP , the
NetXMS , the
Isyvmon , the
Zarafa and
MDS , after this union of features, it would create a new YaST3, more everything that was spoken in the feature:
312708.

Feature Statistics

Statistics for openSUSE distribution in openFATE

Header PictureTesting Team

In last week’s discussion of our upcoming Open Bugs Day to be held on August 21, 2011
from 0:00 to 23:59 UTC, I failed to supply the URL for the web page describing the event,
which ishttp://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Open-Bugs-Day

Our next IRC meeting will be at 17:00 UTC, August 15 on Channel #opensuse-testing on
the Freenode IRC Network. irc://irc.freenode.net/opensuse-testing. We will discuss our
experiences with MS4 and finish the planning for Open Bugs Day.

Header PictureTranslation Team

Header PictureIn the Community

Postings from the Community

As usual lots going on. I haven’t mentioned it anywhere yet, so: congrats to all KDE peeps for therelease of SC 4.7 ;-)

I presented the release on Radio Antwerp Centraal a few days ago. I had helped out a bit with the release
announcement but hadn’t had a recent look so I had to catch up to the major highlights
quickly. Worked out great, though. Also discussed Tumbleweed and GNOME with the radio dude. Not
sure what the initial plan was but I found myself talk for a full program in the end…
Surprise, huh?

On the other side of the world I went to CLS last week. Still have to turn my notes into
something readable – struggling with crappy sleep, family visits and other time-eating
things. And the DS is upcoming… But I’ll blog about this later, promise!

Over the last few months the openSUSE ambassadors have continued to visit conferences
around the world. Since our previous report beginning of May, several big events have happened and we’ll treat
you on a report on some of those.

Already covered in blogs

Let’s start with a few quick links to reports which are already online and probably read
by some of you. There is for example the huge splash Greece ambassadors made at Fosscomm 2011 which took
place on May 7 and 8 in Greece. With 8 presentations as well as a similar number of lightning
talks and a workshop on OBS openSUSE ruled the conference. The team co-hosted the GNOME
community in their booth as well as the Enlightenment project and a few others, showing the
open and collaborative spirit of openSUSE! Last but not least, they organized a late 11.4
release party which ended up having Red Hat, Ubuntu, Slackware, FreeBSD and many other
visitors joining the party!

The Greek team also organized a summer
camp
 from which you can see pictures in their facebook group. Rest
assured we’ll make them work harder after they so clearly spend a lot of time drinking and
hanging in the sun…

Most interestingly, the Greek team went to the Xariseto.gr bazaar. In Thanasis’ words: Xariseto is a festival where people
meet and donate their personal belongings which they don’t use any more. So as a Linux and
openSUSE community we thought that participating in these kind of festivals is really
interesting.

The result was people from 7 to 70 years old learning about openSUSE… The team also went
to the EL/LAK conference in Thessaloniki.

And as was quite visible on planet
openSUSE
, we had a
presence
 at LinuxTag in Berlin.

More reports

While not all openSUSE ambassadors have the time to send in event reports, we are always
happy to read the ones we get. Below a few of them.

Chile, FLISoL

At the end of April, Ricardo Varas Santana attended the FLISoL event in Chile, which has
about 1000 visitors. He gave a talk titled “openSUSE, Linux in Green
and for all”
, talking about what openSUSE is, how to get involved as well as what
technologies we have. About 400 DVD’s were handed out as well!

USA

Orv Beach participated in the Southwest Computer Conference where he presented openSUSE to
an eager crowd. He gave out Tuxes and Geeko’s as well as 160 DVD’s and flyers to the visitors,
mostly members from Computer Clubs around the USA.

Taiwan

Max “Sakana” from Taiwan wrote us three reports in one. First of all, he as well as
several other openSUSE ambassadors was at GNOME.Asia 2011, where the GNOME 3 LiveDVD’s (based
on openSUSE) were handed out. Pictures can be found in theopenSUSE flickr pool. But
Max and the Taiwan team did more. Max teaches students openSUSE at the Ming Chi University of
Technology
, where openSUSE is quite popular. Moreover, there were two seminars at
two different colleges, the Ling Tung
University
 and the National Formosa
University
 about SUSE Studio and Nagios
with openSUSE. openSUSE DVD’s were handed out and according to Max, openSUSE did very
well!

Great Britain

Stuart Tanner went to the RedRat Computer Market in Sheffield. He was the only linux
person in the room and brought a large 42″ FullHD TV to demo it. He tried to lure
amateur-photographers into Free Software, aweing them with ShowFoto, DigiKam and similar
tools

Netherlands

Your humble writer has also done his small share the last months, showing up at a computer
event in the Netherlands. A team of 4 manned a booth, held 2 presentations, handed out a few
hundred DVD’s as well as posters and in general showed openSUSE rocks also in NL!

more work

First of all, the above are just a few of the events we know about. For example, in
Brazil, openSUSE was present on FISL, the Porto Alegre event with over 8000 visitors. We’re
eagerly awaiting the event report! More events happened, more will come. But this is not the
only thing openSUSE ambassadors do!

Take the incredible Baltasar Ortega who has been covering openSUSE and KDE
technology in his blog for years! If you can read
Spanish, be sure to bookmark his blog. He will point you togems like the
Studio Imagewriter
 or share wonderful tutorials like these. Max wrote an article about “openSUSE and Hadoop” the May edition of the Hongkong Chinese/Taiwanese Linux Pilot Magazine.

And did you notice our Greek team translates the awesome Weekly News in Greece?

Value

The work these ambassadors do for openSUSE is incredibly valuable and should not be under
estimated. Christos Bountalis, working on fillup-ng in openSUSE, joined after meeting the Greek openSUSE ambassadors at an
event, remarking in his
interview
, when asked why he joined openSUSE: I have found many nice and interesting
peopleAnd indeed. People are what makes the difference between a good and a great Free
Software project. And our Ambassadors are often the first people outsiders see!

Thanks!

So we’d like to thank our ambassadors for their awesome work, and invite anyone to join their ranks!

You can also help in other ways. For example, if you are an openSUSE developer or follow
development closely, add a glimpse of what is coming to the wiki. Or if you know a bit about
openSUSE, add and improve our talking points! We also can always use artwork, help with
writing and many other things. Feel free to contact the openSUSE marketing team
on opensuse-marketing@opensuse.org and offer to help out!

openSUSE for your Ears

The openSUSE Weekly News are available as podcast in German. You can hear it or download
it on http://saigkill.homelinux.net/podcast.

From Ambassadors

From Friday the 15th to Sunday the 17th of July Lizards and other FOSS enthusiasts were
gathered at Katerini for the 1st Greek openSUSE Collaboration Summer weekend Camp.

The whole event started at the Hotel pool where all met before the actual beginning of the
event . After everybody that was expected came, the talks started.

Fridays talks were more related to the openSUSE local community. Efstathios Iosifidis and Kostas Koudaraspresented Lokalize and gtranslator and show people how useful
tool those are. Efstathios Agrapidis along withStella Rouzi presented how you can
help the community by translating the openSUSE weekly news.

After a dinner break from 19:30 to 20:30 there was a Translation contest. The original
plans were on letting people translating some wiki articles in a certain time but since people
were enthusiast about Lokalize andgtranslator the program Committee 
decided to change it and give people .po files to translate. The contest should normally last
one and a half hour total but everybody asked for more time to do more work, so   Diomidis Anadiotis talk ‘I am new to the
community’ was postponed and the contest lasted until midnight. During the contest 20
applications were translated from English to Greece.

The program was made lose so that people had the opportunity to physically collaborate, it
was considered more important for the people to have fun working as a community than actually
have a tight schedule and this actually worked perfect through the weekend. After all the hard
work of the first day, people wore their bathing-suits and went to the Hotel’s pool party
where they had tons of fun. People there had  beers, conversations about FOSS, late night pool
games. The last of them actually left the party after 4:00. Once again it was proven that FOSS
is tightly connected with fun.

At Saturday there was an early wake around 8:30 for breakfast and around 10:15 the program
started with the announcement of the previous night’s contest where Diomidis Anadiotis won the Geeko plush
reward. The First presentation of the day was ‘Using Yast – System management: easy, fast and
with many options’ where Efstatios Agrapidis and Kostas Koudaras presented how and why to use YaST more.    The day continued
with Theo Chatzimichosfrom
the Gentoo community presenting Django and
making a tutorial of how and why to use it. After thatStavros Kalapothas and Efstathios Hatzikiriakidis fromThe-Hackerspace presented ‘Security and arduino: Multifactor authentication system
(voice recognition and RFID technologies)’ which was a four hour workshop with a short
break.

After the workshop, at around 15:00 there was  long break where once again there were
great  FOSS conversations among cold beer, water-gun fights, pool volley and other water
sports… Some people though preferred to take a nap since last nights sleep was not enough for
them.

At around 17:30 the program started again with ‘Qt Signals And Slots’ from Antonis
Tsapaliokas fromKDE and continued with another
workshop from the people of The-Hackerspace titled ‘Security and arduino: Wireless devices remote control (client
– server control center)’. There was a dinner break and then continued with a ‘Vim
introduction’ by Yannis Chatzimichos which was
really interesting and showed people why Vim is better than other editors. After that there
was the previous days scheduled talk from Diomidis Anidiotis titled ‘I’m new in the community’
where he talked about how new people to a FOSS community feel entering a community. It was a
great feedback for all and this lead to the next and last planned conversation for the day
which was ‘Collaborating inside a FOSS community’, where all people expressed their opinion
about how people should do that. Many valuable conclusions were made there. Of course once
again people went to the pool-bar afterward and continued the conversation there.

Sunday was the last day and it started around 10:00 after breakfast with the Gnome
community andEfstathios Iosifidis presenting ‘Surviving with Gnome 3 in a KDE-world’. Efstathios Agrapidis
took up the baton presenting ‘I’m OBS-ing, are you OBS-ing too?’. Unfortunately there were
some internet issues so instead of the OBS workshop, after the OBS presentation we had Theo Chatzimichos (due to popular demand)
continuing the workshop on Django. After that came George Tsapaliokas presenting ‘KDE
Frameworks’ and how to work with them. The day finished with a talk from Athanasios-Ilias Rousinopoulos titled ‘openSUSE
Medical project’ where as the new project leader he talked to us about it and why we should
all help this project.

As you can see from the photos, the event was a success as it reached its goal providing
education through presentations, workshops and discussions, all that through summer
entertainment.

Most important, all participants are impatiently looking forward to the next event! Soon
the videos of the workshops and talks will be available at YouTube, stay tuned…

Special Thanks to Giorgos Tsapaliokas and Stella Rouzi for helping more from
all on organizing the whole event. Also the Greek openSUSE community really wants to thank the
people from GentooKDEThe-Hackerspace andYannis Chatzimichos for participating at the event with their valuable and really interesting
presentations and workshops.

Contributors

Header PictureNew/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

I’ve rebuild and published the new rpms last wednesday, but didnt find the time to
give some news here.

Please refer to my previous
article
 where all the installation procedure is explained.

  • Quick résumé :

  • There’s no full changelog about them, but Catalyst 11.7 installer (pdf)

  • Get the cheat-sheet 11.6 version

  • Kernel supported up to 3.0x version

  • Removed support of openSUSE 11.2, if you are still using it with Evergreen
    project, the repository still exist with older version

  • Wrong (to my point of view) create an xorg.conf file which is unneeded if
    you work with /etc/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf and have driver
    “fglrx&quot inside

(…)

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

I’m announcing the release of the 3.0.1 kernel. All users of the 3.0 kernel series must
upgrade. The updated 3.0.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-3.0.y.git and can be browsed at the
normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-3.0.y.git;a=summary

Rares gives his weekly Kernel Review with openSUSE Flavor.

Header PictureTips and Tricks

For Desktop Users

In the time of free wifi and free internet connections in every hotel, bar or cafe you should be sure your connections are secure. In some cases you can’t trust the connection but you need to go online and read some mails or share some documents. In this case some basic tools like SSH and Firefox can help you to build an secure connection to an known computer in the internet you can trust (for example your own root server).

To make more clear what I am talking about i created this small diagram to make it more easy for me to explain what I am doing with this SSH connection and how I can benefit from it. (…)

Do you want to see your name on the front page of a book? It’s easier than you might think. First, write the book. Next, follow these simple steps to prepare an ebook using the free OpenOffice.org desktop publishing application.

Publishing ebooks today can be a DIY business. If you write for a specific audience, you can create a successful book without the help of big companies, and get your work into the hands of readers who can download ebooks from popular sites such as Amazon CreateSpace, Lulu, or Lightning Source.

Let’s assume you’ve already written the book you want to publish. Your work might be in plain text format or written using a word processing application. No matter where it starts out, import it into OOo Writer and use that program’s rich set of tools to create a file for publication. (…)

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is one of the most powerful image editing tools available. It is, effectively, the Photoshop of the open source world; and with that kind of title comes a level of power most never take advantage of. One feature that should be a must-use for all digital artists is the layer. Using layers not only makes work easier, it gives digital art more depth and more flexibility.

What I want to do is to illustrate some of the more advanced methods for using layering in GIMP. Once these techniques have been mastered, creating and editing digital masterpieces will be so much easier. I will assume the basics of layers is understood (such as how to add, copy, and delete layers), so the 101-level layer steps will not be discussed.(…)

For Commandline/Script Newbies

Line Addressing

Line addressing allows you to select the lines that you want to work with. Addressing can use regular expressions to determine the lines or list numbers for the lines in the format of a number. If two numbers are used separated by a comma then it becomes a range.(…)

On Linux there is a way to set/change the priority of processes, the user can act to give greater or lesser priority to its own processes.

For example you are running a backup with rsync or doing a tar, but you do not want these processes use all your CPU, in these cases you can make use of the nice command. (…)

In this previous part of this article we learned about types of shells . In most of the Linux distributions , bash shell is the default shell. So we are going to discuss the working of bash shell in this article . Fasten your seat belts and get ready for the bash ride :D (…)

For System Administrators

Most Linux system administrators are familiar with sar for collecting system status data. However, there’s a few ways that sar shows its age and doesn’t quite live up to expectations. If you’re looking for a newer utility that also handles NFS, Slab data and sub-second intervals, collectl may better fit the bill.

The collectl utility was written by Mark Seger, and it is dual-licensed under the Artistic License and GNU General Public License (GPL). It’s written in Perl and does a bit more than just read from /proc and copy data to the terminal. (…)

Header PicturePlanet SUSE

Besides the positive
things
, there’s some less nice stuff to talk about.

On the other side of the web, I kept discussing Harmony
with Allison (Canonical)
 until I asked something and got no response anymore.

Bringing up arguments like “it provides more clarity to
contributors, a ‘check point’ to look at the legal situation and reassurance of legal status
to users”
 or the already-debunked “but it is helps
protect the copyrights and handling of disappearing contributors”
 doesn’t
convince me that contributors should sign away their code while running the risk TO GET SUED BY THE COMPANY THEY JUST GAVE THEIR CODE TO FOR WRITING IT IN THE
FIRST PLACE
. Seriously, that’s a risk, read Michael’s post.
(…)

Header PictureopenSUSE Forums

It was brought to my attention that there was no mentioning this event in the previous openSUSE Weekly News. Well, here it is. Like with the Milestones for the previous releases, we see growing activity in the forums with each new milestone release. Members test, try, use them, they report bugs, all to make openSUSE 12.1 better than any openSUSE before. Read the thread, read about issues, features, follow what’s going on on the road to openSUSE 12.1, to be released in November 2011.

A big hand to the KDE developpers for delivering KDE 4.7. Not just some small maintenance update, but lots of new features, furhter integration of applications in the desktop, better interaction between applications. As usual a quite a lot of KDE users want to see what it would mean for them, so they look for updates. The thread provides links to a new KDE:Release:47 repo. At the moment KDE 4.7 has not yet landed in the Tumbleweed repos, the advice to Tumbleweed users is to wait a bit.

At first glance I would say, that it’s normal to run into trouble when doing what this member did: perform a 32bit install from DVD first, then perform a 64bit install on the same root partition afterwards, where, as far as I understood, the 32bit install was not erased, but overwritten. Well, the story has a happy ending, though not easily reached. Like always, attempts to repair have one major requirement: backup anything you want to keep, before even starting to attempt.

openSUSE Language specific subforums:

We now host the following language specific subforums under the umbrella of the openSUSE Forums:
Main forums, english
中文(Chinese)
Nederlands (Dutch)
Français (French)
Deutsch (German)
Ελληνικό (Greek)
Magyar (Hungarian)
日本語 (Japanese)
Portuguese
Pусский (Russian)

Header PictureOn the Web

Reports

During the last months I’ve been working on Dolphin 2.0 which is planned to get released
with the 4.8 release of KDE Applications. Dolphin 2.0 will get a new “view-engine” that will
have several improvements in comparison to the current version.

Well, what means “view-engine” in the scope of Dolphin? The view-engine is responsible
for showing the directory content as icons and text. In a very simplified form it can be
seen as the sum of Dolphin’s “icons mode”, “details mode” and “columns mode”. (…)

It was big news when the 3.0 kernel was released at the end of July, but as luck would
have it, another fundamental piece of your average distribution is about to bump its own
version number up to 3.0 as well: the filesystem hierarchy standard (FHS). If you’re not sure exactly what that means or why you should care,
don’t worry. It’s the distros that implement the FHS — when it goes well, all you know is
that your system runs smoothly. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing important hidden away
in this new release. (…)

GPL violations are a dime a dozen. Some are intentional, some are not — but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one quite as surprising as this one. Yes, Richard Stallman has sent out a note letting everybody know that the 23.2 and 23.3 releases of GNU Emacs are in violation of the GPL. Says Stallman, “We have made a very bad mistake. Anyone redistributing those versions is violating the GPL, through no fault of his own.” (…)

NetAFP, the Netatalk developers, have announced that they are to resume open development of Netatalk and have updated the project’s git repository with the latest source. In early July, NetAFP, the Netatalk developers, announced they were only making the source code for Netatalk 2.2.0 available to paying customers. The timing of the move was well chosen as, within weeks of that, Apple released its latest version of Mac OS X, Lion, which uses AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) 3.3. The latest version of AFP mandates support for Replay Cache functionality and this feature is also required by Lion’s Time Machine. (…)

Florian Effenberger recently posted statistics of the number of developers contributing to the LibreOffice project. Several months ago, Cedric Bosdonnat offered data on the number of contribution and contributors from the various sources. While Effenberger’s post provides much less detail, it still provides a glimpse into the composition of the growing community.

According to commit counts it seems 54 developers from Oracle, everybody’s favorite bad guy these days, has the highest employee count. This was a full 18% of all commits. As Italo Vignoli explained, “Oracle contributions are related to the OOo code that has been merged with LibreOffice, and in fact the number of commits has decreased dramatically during the last few months. There are, though, some former Oracle developers contributing on a volunteer basis to LibreOffice.” (…)

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