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Published: 2011-12-03

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openSUSE 12.1: All Green!

This Special Corner is about Postings about openSUSE 12.1 into the Community and the
Press.

Community Articles

First, I must reiterate that this blog in no way is intended to be explicitly technical
or even well organized. Rather, it is meant to be more conversational. So in this posting
I’ll be stating my impressions now of the recently released 12.1 and some notes to new
users.

Honestly I have very mixed feelings about this release. But when you consider the
complexity of all the things a Linux distribution entails, with all of its technologies and
software this should ultimately be no surprise. Likewise with bugs; considering the
complexity there will of course be bugs. 12.1 offers a lot of new technologies, very little
of which I actually care about or find personally useful. Bugs… it seems like this release
is especially buggy. However I don’t think that is actually the case, but rather that some
of the bugs that have cropped up are just a bit more “in your face” than some other bugs
that have cropped up. Some of these I ran into myself, but I certainly can’t ignore the many
many improvements to the core technologies and software. (…)

This is my fourth journal entry for openSUSE 12.1 and it has been two weeks of
operational use on both my Thinkpad and home PC. Here are some additional minor frustrations
and some workarounds… and yes, I have posted on the openSUSE forums (just in case you’d
ask).

Boot 12.1 using the old System V init

In my first journal entry, I complained the lack of “chattiness” during boot since the
adoption of Systemd. You can easily switch to the old System V init on boot. At the grub
boot loader screen (usual 8 seconds delay) and before you hit Enter to boot, press the F5 button to switch from default to
System V
. Now, press Enter to boot and press
the Esc key during the splash screen to see the familiar
System V init messages.

In the Press

openSUSE is one of the most popular desktop distros available. This time around it’s version 12.1 that has been released. If you aren’t familiar with openSUSE then you should know that it comes in KDE, GNOME, Xfce and LXDE versions. For this review I’ve picked the KDE version of openSUSE 12.1. I may do a quick look at the GNOME version on Eye On Linux later though.

Speaking of the GNOME version of openSUSE 12.1, I took a quick peek at it to see if the openSUSE had made any significant changes to the dreadful GNOME 3 desktop. Unfortunately, they didn’t though they should have. The Linux Mint developers did a good job on altering the GNOME 3.2 desktop to make it usable; I had hoped the openSUSE developers would do the same. Alas, perhaps they will in the next release. The lack of GNOME 3 tweaks is one of the reasons why I decided to review the KDE version instead.

Okay, enough babble about GNOME. Let’s get on with this review of openSUSE 12.1 KDE. (…)

It’s November again, so what does that mean? It means there’s another new release of openSUSE, and I’m reviewing it.

openSUSE doesn’t really need much of an introduction here. There are a few new things with this release, though. The first is that GNOME 3 has become an official part of openSUSE; this is not surprising considering that openSUSE and Fedora were the only distributions who provided vanilla live CD previews of GNOME 3 before its official release. The second is that the release numbering and schedule have changed. Now, there will be releases in November, July, and March, and they will respectively have decimal numbers “.1″, “.2″, and “.3″ before the number before the decimal point gets incremented by one with the next November release. This means that there will be no more “.0″ or “.4″ releases, and that the jump from, for example, version 13.1 to 13.2 will be just as significant as the jump from version 12.3 to 13.1. (…)

I was curious to try out OpenSUSE 12.1 not just because the buzz on it is that it’s a great release, but also because it presented a chance to kick the tires on GNOME 3, which I still hadn’t worked with.

I tested it on my ThinkPad T43 (on the actual machine and not in a virtual one) and it installed with no problems. Everything worked perfectly out of the box (as a side note, on a recent edition of the Tux Radar podcast, host Jonathan Roberts credited improvements in the Linux kernel in making non-Ubuntu distributions competitive hardware-wise; where Ubuntu found early success getting hardware to work, now the kernel itself seems to handle a lot of that heavy lifting for distributions).

OpenSUSE with GNOME 3 looked great. Everything worked. Everything felt fast, even on an older machine with 2GB RAM. (…)

openSUSE 12.1 is the best openSUSE ever as far as I can tell — whether it be Gnome 3 or KDE. Interestingly, openSUSE is the major contributor to the Gnome project, yet its KDE implementation is considered to be the finest integrations.

Being an Ubuntu user (and apt-get fan), I never flirted with openSUSE much. I did try it every time a new version comes out, but from a home user’s point of view it was more work than Ubuntu and the pay off wasn’t that much so I stayed away from it. But everything has changed with version 12.1. It is much more stable (compared to Ubuntu 11.10) and useful for me.

I love Gnome 3 (thanks to the shell-extensions), yet I needed something for those who are not comfortable with Gnome 3 Shell and want a windows like environment. KDE always fascinated me and I thought of giving KDE a try on openSUSE.

Header PictureBoard Election 2011

The openSUSE board election just started! Please go to:

https://connect.opensuse.org/pg/polls/read/digitaltomm/15228/opensuse-board-election-2011
and cast your vote for this election. All openSUSE
members
are eligible to vote.

The board consists of 6 members and one chairperson. As the election period of Bryen
Yunashko, Pavol Rusnak and Rupert Horstkotter ends, this election will appoint 3 new board
members.

The election period ends at December the 16th.

All candidates have put their agenda on the wiki, linked as “Platform”
after the candidates’ name.

If you have any questions, please contact the election officials
().

Yep, I’m running for the privilege of being on the openSUSE board again. Lots of fine
candidates this time, which is pretty cool in its own right.

I finally managed to fill out the remaining bits of my
election platform page
, so if you’re interested, please have a read — yes, I know,
it’s long ;)

The short summary:

  • I care about the contributors, their environment, it must be a fun place where
    people feel comfortable, with friends

  • I care a lot about the people aspects of the project, probably even more so than for
    the technical bits

  • I believe that I have a few ideas on concrete things we (and specifically, but not
    only, the board) should get involved in

All that “I, I, I” comes quite tedious, to be honest, and I’m under the impression that
I’m bragging around, which is something my inner beast is spanking me for, endlessly. But
well, the whole purpose is specifically to explain what each candidate proposes so I guess
it’s fine.

So if you adhere to what I
wrote there
and/or if you trust me to do the right things, do vote for me — don’t
think that oh well, I’ll be elected anyway, if everybody thinks like that, I won’t ;D

openSUSE, the FOSS project near and dear to my heart is electing 3 new members to sit on
its Board, the group that has the
responsibility to help guide the great ship Geeko forward.

I’m standing alongside a number of great candidates in the hope of being one of the 3
elected this year.

My full platform can be read on my
election page here

I’m excited at the idea of trying something new, taking on a new challenge, and having an
opportunity to get my hands dirty helping out the best (and greenest) FOSS project out
there.

If you’re an openSUSE Member
please consider me for one of your 3 votes, which you can place on our openSUSE Connect Election Poll

Thanks to everyone who’s supporting me and wish me luck for the results when the poll
closes in two weeks.

Header PictureStatus Updates

Header PictureSUSE Studio

Last week we enabled one-click upgrade of old openSUSE appliances tojust
released
openSUSE 12.1. The upgrade works the same way as with
previous versions
. Just open your old 11.4 (or even 11.3 or 11.2) appliance, go to
the Start tab and click on the Upgrade button in the bar at
the top.

How does the upgrade magic work? Generally Studio tries to change repositories to their
12.1 equivalents and sometimes adds or removes few packages to ensure everything works
smoothly. You can see what exactly was done in the log accessible from the bar at the bottom
of the Start tab.

Sometimes the upgraded appliance will need few tweaks to work. Just inspect the log, see
what was changed, and apply any additional adjustments. Let us know what you had to do on
our forum or mailing list so we can improve the upgrade
in the future.

If you are not satisfied with the upgrade, you can always revert to original version by
clicking the Undo upgrade link.

Having your head in the clouds and managing virtual machines (VMs) which run there is
one thing, really getting there is another. An often neglected step in cloud discussions is
the cloud on-ramp, or How does the VM providing the needed
functionality get there in the first place
? Also frequently ignored is the
question of What’s inside the VM? Maybe these questions
are “ignored” as they are inconvenient and not necessarily easy to answer. Similar to
driving a car on the highway – once on the highway going along with the flow of traffic is
easy, but navigating the on-ramp poses a set of challenges that make many uncomfortable.

The on-ramp to the cloud can take various shapes. One is to pre-build task specific VMs
(eg. a web server), which is easy with SUSE
Studio
and KIWI. If you have
multiple functions that needs to be distributed between multiple instances, you can build
one image each and then launch them in the cloud. (…)

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.

By default, if Kwin compositing is enabled / supported on openSUSE KDE (even 12.1), the
blur effect is enabled by default. This is a notorious option for KDE’s desktop effects that is usually the culprit for why the user’s effects run choppy or sluggish, especially if they do not have fairly modern hardware. It happens on any distro.

This effect should not be enabled by default. Aesthetically, it does not bring much to the table; however, performance wise, it can create a poor first impression.

When browsing different forums, it is one the first questions asked when a user complains about poor Kwin performance: “Do you have blur enabled?”

Currently if starting the YAST partitioner on a system where the encrypted partitions were not unlocked at boot there is no way in the partition to unlock them (ie. entering the password).

This can be easily seen by booting the Opensuse 12.1 KDE LiveCD image on a machine that has an encrypted partition. You need to manually unlock the partition using either Dolphin or the command line. YAST partitioner detects the encrypted partition but provides no way to unlock it.

Sometimes LVs (LVM Logical Volumes) won’t come up in status ‘Active’. This happens often for example if you boot the Opensuse 12.1 LiveCD on a machine which uses LVM partitioning. You have to manually follow this procedure to get the VGs and LVs to show up:

pvscan # find all Physical Volumes

vgscan # find all Volume Groups

lvscan # find all Logical Volumes

lvchange -ay /dev/TestingVG/home # activate a Logical Volume that’s not activated by default

The YAST partitioner should automatically find all Physical Volumes and Volume Groups and show the deactivated Logical Volumes, with an option of course to activate these. The YAST Partitioner is the most logical place for this functionality in a GUI program.

Hi, I think with these features Apper will be better.

1. Update option

Nowadays Apper only ship with install and remove option. it’s hardwork if you update.

2. Aggregation of packages

if you search an application, it gives you tens of packages with the same name, if you enabled many different repo. even within the same repo, it will give you different versions. it is confusing.

3. Stick Applications you installed to the roof and Applications you installed and updatable to the roof of roof by default. in YaST, you can do it by click Name tab, but Apper ships with no such method.

AppSet http://appset.altervista.org/joomla/en can be the default package manager on openSUSE cause, is written in QT and other distribution such Archlinux and Chakra Linux (know for his addiction with KDE desktop). (…)

Currently, our package names for fonts are suboptimal. Here are some examples:

farsifonts

fonts-arabic

freefont

gnu-unifont

indic-fonts

intlfonts-ttf

xorg-x11-fonts

From a usability perspective, it would be better to make a consistent naming schema for font packages. Naming schemas from other distributions:

* Ubuntu: prefix with “ttf-”

* Fedora: suffix with “-fonts”

With the above inconcistency, popular fonts like LinuxLibertine or dejavu cannot be found.

Please document any decisions in the Package Guidelines regarding how to name our fonts correctly and consistently.

Feature Statistics

Statistics for openSUSE distribution in openFATE

Header PictureTranslation Team

Header PictureNew/Updated Applications @ openSUSE

Several of you has all kind of non feature (mostly called bugs) with Gnome3.2 and kde4
etc…

I will just copy/google translate/paste here the comment made by Sebastian Siebert on
his blog

Okay, now that was a long night for me was. ﷽ I’ve researched intensively since
yesterday evening after the problem of GNOME 3.2 and the XvBA hardware acceleration on
openSUSE 12.1. Here, a blog reader has pointed out that the direct installation of the
AMD Catalyst could solve the problem. However, I think the direct installation of
anything since like AMD will move the existing files, and thus endangering the integrity
of files. But I had to start somewhere and so did the RPM package and direct install AMD
compared. I could detect no difference in principle, except that some files were
installed in a different directory, where they had really nothing to be related. I could
at first make any sense why the RPM installation failed. To me a very banal story is
remembered. A specific search path ld.so.conf could possibly be kicked out in openSUSE
12.1. I have my current openSUSE 11.4 /etc/ld.so.conf compared with that of openSUSE
12.1 and lo and behold some search paths were removed. I have the necessary path to
/usr/X11R6/lib/ or created and /usr/X11R6/lib64 in /etc/ld.so.conf.d/fglrx.conf for the
fglrx driver, and lo and behold “vainfo” tells me that everything is in order. Now comes
the interesting question: Is the problem fixed with GNOME 3.2 now? The answer: YES! ﷽
So, dear people, you invite the makerpm-ati-down script with the updated packaging
script installs the driver as usual and have fun with the new openSUSE 12.1 and the AMD
Catalyst driver. (…)

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.

Table 1. openSUSE Security Announcement
Package: Seamonkey
Announcement ID: openSUSE-SU-2011:1290-1
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 15:08:20 +0100 (CET)
Affected Products: openSUSE 11.4 openSUSE 11.3
Description: fixes 14 vulnerabilities

Header PictureKernel Review

A number of changes to Btrfs mean that filesystem structures will not be as prone to corruption in case of system crashes. By bundling blocks into clusters, Ext4 should be a lot faster in some scenarios. CIFS also promises speed gains.

Last week, just in time for the US Thanksgiving holiday, Linus Torvalds released the third pre-release version of Linux 3.2. The commits since RC2 have, according to Torvalds, been mostly small and reasonable, though there is “certainly more churn” than he would have liked.

Torvalds is likely to release the fourth pre-release version at the end of this week or the start of next, with the final release expected in early to mid-January. In light of the ongoing development of Linux 3.2, the Kernel Log is continuing its “Coming in 3.2″ series by describing new features in the area of filesystems. The first article in the series looked at changes to network drivers and network infrastructure; articles on architecture code, infrastructure and drivers for other hardware will follow over the next few weeks. (…)

Rares gives his weekly Kernel Review with openSUSE Flavor.

Header PictureTips and Tricks

For Desktop Users

OpeSUSE, like Fedora, doesn’t support non-free/proprietary formats in the community version. So, if you want to use proprietary or restricted codecs you will have to install restricted formats. It’s extremely easy using openSUSE KDE.

Just visit this page and select the easier 1-click installation. (…)

I had to struggled a bit to connect my HP Photosmart Prem c410 printer on openSUSE. Coming from Ubuntu, I was used to ‘add printer’ button and just follow the click-next procedure.

Under openSUSE it’s a bit different. openSUSE 12.1 comes with HPLIP Tool which makes it easier to install and configure HP printers. If your printer is connected through the wireless (as was mine), you can set it up using this tool.

HPLIP wants the user to be added to several groups (I learned that after 3 failed attempts, so I am saving your time). Before firing the HP Tool, go to YaST and click on ‘User and Group Management Accounts’. (…)

There is a very tiny (extremely tiny, as tiny as a microbe) price you have to pay when you use a highly customizable desktop environment like KDE. I had issues with networking (which was more to do with my ignorance than KDE) under openSUSE KDE 12.1.

While the live version showed the network icon in the tray, once I installed it on my desktop it was gone. There was no Internet. I noticed this behavior only on the desktop, everything was fine on my laptop.

The reason being KDE defaults to YaST’s Network setting if it detects that you are running a desktop. (…)

For Commandline/Script Newbies

In many situations you will want to test for multiples aspects of the file or directory. There are also a number of ways that you can set up these multiple tests. This example looks for a file that exists and is writable. (…)

For Developers and Programmers

1. Introduction

You have already been exposed to a small part of what flow control is in our previous part, namely the section about relational operators. As you start writing more complex programs, you will feel the need to control the order in which your program executes various parts. Flow control is present in most programming languages in one form or another, and what you’re about to read here is essential to writing C programs.Everything you might want to ask or discuss you can take to our new forums, as before. (…)

This is my first blog post for the assignment “Development Tools” , so i could say that
i am very happy with this matter!

Well i use openSUSE Linux 12.1 and i am very proud of that! Sometimes i face problems
like , lack of packages for programs, but this matter doesn’t mean that you cannot install
the software you wish. In my case i installed Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo SR1) due to i have to use
the Eclipse Marketplace. Eclipse
Marketplace offers a thousand of plug-ins and extra features available for Eclipse platform.
It is a truth that i searched a lot in order to find a package or a “one-click install” file
but the result was an installation of 3.6.2 version. As we all know in FLOSS always there is
a way to overcome problems and also fix them. Furthermore as a developer i have to use the
Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers“. Here are the instructions on how-to install
(via terminal) this edition of Eclipse. (Some images are in greek language , due to the fact
that i use the greek language as System language) (…)

For System Administrators

This tutorial shows how to prepare an OpenSUSE 12.1 64bit (x86_64) server with nginx for the installation of ISPConfig 3, and how to install ISPConfig 3. Since version 3.0.4, ISPConfig comes with full support for the nginx web server in addition to Apache, and this tutorial covers the setup of a server that uses nginx instead of Apache. ISPConfig 3 is a webhosting control panel that allows you to configure the following services through a web browser: nginx and Apache web server, Postfix mail server, MySQL, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, BIND or MyDNS nameserver, PureFTPd, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, and many more.

If you want to use nginx instead of Apache with ISPConfig, please note that your nginx version must be at least 0.8.21, and you must install PHP-FPM as well. For CGI/Perl support, you must use fcgiwrap. This is all covered by this tutorial. (…)

Yes, you can use Twitter for monitoring your server. I won’t say that it is a complete monitoring solution nor I will ask you to throw away your existing monitoring mechanisms. In fact the script I am talking about, MYST (AGPLv3), was not created for this purpose. It was created so that I could tweet without using browser with inspiration from Hiemanshu, a Fedora contributor, using python-twitter api.
(…)

1. Introduction

rsnapshot is a backup tool written in Perl that utilizes rsync as its back-end. rsnapshot allows users to create customized incremental backup solutions. This article will discuss the following: the benefits of an incremental backup solution, rsnapshot’s installation, its configuration, and usage examples. (…)

By default, Zimbra create and installing Self-Signed Certificate on installation process for https
transport protocol. Self-signed certificate used for Apache jetty web server (both Zimbra
webmail and Administration console), POP3 SSL, SMTP SSL and IMAP SSL. Self-Signed
certificate doesn’t automatically trusted because the certificate was not issued &
certify by authorized SSL certificate provider such as Verisign, Cybertrust, Godaddy,
RapidSSL, etc.

Below are step-by-step how to install RapidSSL certificate on Zimbra Mail Server.
(…)

openSUSE 12.1 (and also prior version) can be installed without using a cd or dvd. This
is the most efficient way if we have running system and do not want to waste a cd/dvd. This
also the most efficient way ifý we have prior versionýand want to upgrade or clean install
running system directly through the network. We can use a brilliant script called setupgrubfornfsinstall.

How to use this small script to fit with our requirement ? (…)

VirtualBox is one of the tools that are used for Desktop Virtualization : running an OS
within the OS. VirtualBox usually installed on the operating system that already has the
VirtualBox GUI to manage it. But, how to manage VirtualBox without VirtualBox GUI?
VBoxHeadless is the answer if we want to install VirtualBox on minimal Linux server and
manage it via Browser.

I’m using openSUSE 12.1 64 bit on this tutorial but the steps can also be applied to
earlier versions (11.x) as well as on SLES 11 SP1. I also use VirtualBox for All
distributions binary package, although for openSUSE we can also use an RPM-binary package.
(…)

In short, Air Video is
a client-server product that streams, via live conversion, videos of many formats to any iOS
device (eg iPhone, iPad etc).ý The server software is free-of-charge but only runs on Mac
OSX and Windows.ý The client is also free-of-charge for iOS devices but “crippled”.ý If you
like the solution, you pay for the client.

Since the Air Video Server is written in Java and uses a customized version of FFMPEG,
it would be possible to run it on Linux.ý The folks behind Air Video though supportive but
are NOT offering official support for Linux.

I have been successful in making Air Video Server (AVS) work on openSUSE 11.3, 11.4 and
12.1. Here are the steps: (…)

Header PicturePlanet SUSE

I’m currently working as an IT system integrator on a small company based on Bekasi, a small town near
Jakarta Indonesia. The company founded by me and my young brother and covering on various jobs
regarding server setting, implementation, maintenance and workshop/training.

At first, installing server is an interesting jobs but after similar works on some client,
I feel bored with the process, ie :

  1. Virtualization Server (VMWare, KVM, OpenVZ, Xen, etc) Installation

  2. Server OS installation

  3. Application Installation

  4. Customizing the configuration

I think I could reduce the time for processing the above task by making an appliance using
SUSE Studio. An appliance will contains my default server setup and all of packages required
by application. The results are Minimal
Server Appliance
. (…)

I have great news to share with you. Calc’s ODS import filter in 3.5 should be
substantially faster when you have documents with a large number of named ranges. Read on if
you want to know more details.

What happened?

Laurent Godard, Markus Mohrhard, and myself have been working pretty hard in the past
month to bring the performance of ODS import filter to a reasonable level, especially with
documents containing a large number of named ranges.Here is the background. Laurent uses
LibreOffice as a platform for his professional extension, which makes heavy use of named
ranges. It programmatically generates ODS documents and inserts hundred’s or thousand’s of
named ranges as intermediary storage to further process the data. The problem was, however,
our import performance with that kind of documents was so suboptimal that this process was
taking a prohibitively long time. In order for his extension to perform optimally, our ODS
import filter needed to be optimized, and optimized heavily. (…)

I don’t ever remembering suggesting a site but to be honest I rarely fall into sites that
not many people know and worth mentioning, also most of the times I do, I am a bit bored on
blog about it so I eventually never do ;-) Today though it’s different, I am taking a break
from a presentation it was supposed to be ready…Well…Yesterday, but I am still looking for
the right kittens photos to complete this presentation(…don’t ask…). Anyway normally I
would just watch a movie or something but I am a bit in a mood to blog and latelly I had too
much on my plate and had no time to do it, so here I am. (…)

Header PictureopenSUSE Forums: A big hand for the release of openSUSE 12.1 !

This is a repeat from last week. openSUSE 12.1 is new, we still like to draw your attention to this article in the New User HOWTO/FAQ subforums. Like with every openSUSE release our admin oldcpu has prepared a document for new users to read before starting to install openSUSE 12.1. If you’re new to openSUSE, this is a must-read, if you’re already an openSUSE user, even very experienced, the article still deserves your attention.

openSUSE 12.1 is out for a week now, title says it all: an extensive thread on user experiences and opinions. The overall impression is that 12.1 is a very nice and stable release. For some users there maybe issues/lack of knowledge on the new features, but hey, we have the choice, for example to keep on using sysvinit instead of systemd. Interesting read.

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

Call for participation

The Southern California Linux Expo is proud to announce a conference for the next generation of free and open source community enthusiasts. “SCALE: The Next Generation” — lets the FOSS community leaders of tomorrow spotlight their talents and ideas today. Open to kids 10 and older, the goal of conference is to be as “kid driven” as possible, offering a unique opportunity to see and experience the inner workings of planning a conference. Kids will be able to determine the content and help steer the direction that this mini-conference will take. (…)

Reports

Little over one month ago The Document Foundation announced their new online extension repository. At that time it had maybe a couple of dozen total extensions and templates, but now the number totals over 100.

A short note from Florian Effenberger expressed the projects pride and gratitude towards those who have been contributing. OpenOffice.org had a wide selection and many articles were devoted to the bounty. Today, LibreOffice is well on its way to closing the gap. (…)

German company open-slx
has announced the release of the Balsam Enterprise Open Build System (BE-OBS), a distribution development platform
for Linux software. The system is a commercialised version of openSUSE’s Open Build Service which automates the build
and release process for Linux software. openSUSE’s OBS is used by SUSE and openSUSE, by
other companies such as Dell, Cray and GENIVI, and projects including MeeGo. BE-OBS is used
internally by open-slx to construct their own Linux products, which has also enabled the
company to develop its own in-house expertise.

The BE-OBS uses a cluster of systems with load-balanced build agents to enable building
and packaging, testing and release, and distribution and maintenance. It is suitable for
building custom Linux distributions, dedicated software stacks, cross-platform applications
and virtual appliances. BE-OBS is able to automate compilation from a single codebase
targeting different hardware architectures, including 32- and 64-bit x86 and ARM, and using
different operating systems including SLES, RHEL and CentOS. (…)

Reviews and Essays

Catching up on the post-Holiday news, I read with interest this headline on today’s ComputerWorld UK site:

Does Free Software cost jobs?

The author of the article is Dr. John Spencer, who laments that during the current recession, the message of free and open source software’s (FLOSS) cost benefits have indeed been taken to heart… so much so that there are hardly any open IT jobs in the British education sector. (…)

Perhaps you aren’t a pet person. Some of my best friends aren’t, either. Or maybe you are Apple-obsessed or a Windows enthusiast. I love my Mac and know plenty of people who work with Windows. In any case, here are a few ways living with my pets reminds me of living with Linux. (…)

Warning!

The open source Apache HTTP Web Server is at risk from a reverse proxy flaw that is currently unpatched. The flaw was disclosed Qualys security researcher Purtha Parikh late last week and is related to a flaw that Apache first attempted to fix in October.

“While reviewing the patch for the older issue CVE-2011-3368, it appeared that it was still possible to make use of a crafted request that could exploit a fully patched Apache Web Server (Apache 2.2.21 with CVE-2011-3368 patch applied) to allow access to internal systems if the reverse proxy rules are configured incorrectly, Parikh reported. (…)

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