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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 123 is out!

We are pleased to announce our new Issue 123 of openSUSE Weekly News.

http://news.opensuse.org/2010/05/15/opensuse-weekly-news-issue-123-is-out/

Contents

  • 1 Editors Note
  • 2 Status Updates
    • 2.1 Distribution
      • 2.1.1 Schedules for the next Week
      • 2.1.2 Bugzilla
  • 3 Team Reports
    • 3.1 Boosters Team
      • 3.1.1 Standup Meeting 2010/05/10
    • 3.2 Build Service Team
      • 3.2.1 Build Service Statistics
    • 3.3 KDE Team
      • 3.3.1 openSUSE KDE meeting 20100513
    • 3.4 Mono Team
      • 3.4.1 Miguel de Icaza: Group Completion in MonoDevelop 2.4
    • 3.5 openFATE Team
      • 3.5.1 Provide an easy way to find Factory devel package with unsubmitted changes
      • 3.5.2 Create Spacewalk compliance
      • 3.5.3 Update to GRUB v2
      • 3.5.4 update digikam
      • 3.5.5 Statistics
    • 3.6 Testing Team
      • 3.6.1 Larry Finger: Testing Team Informations
    • 3.7 Translation Team
      • 3.7.1 Guiseppe Gran: Italian Wiki home updated
      • 3.7.2 Localization
    • 3.8 Wiki-Team
      • 3.8.1 Sascha Manns: Move Weekly News to new Instance
  • 4 In the Community
    • 4.1 Andrew Wafaa: Community Discussion – Part 7
    • 4.2 Events
    • 4.3 openSUSE for your ears
    • 4.4 From Ambassadors
      • 4.4.1 Sirko Kemter: Linuxwochen Vienna
      • 4.4.2 Pavol Rusnak: LinuxWochen Vienna 2010
    • 4.5 openSUSE in $COUNTRY
    • 4.6 Communication
    • 4.7 Contributors
  • 5 New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE
    • 5.1 Dominique Leuenberger: Network Manager 0.8.1 Beta 1
    • 5.2 Packman: Miro 3.0.1-1.pm.1.5 (openSUSE 11.2/x86_64)
    • 5.3 Packman: decibel-audio-player 1.04-2.pm.2.1 (openSUSE 11.2/x86_64)
  • 6 Security Updates
    • 6.1 SUSE Security Summary Report: SUSE-SR:2010:011
    • 6.2 SUSE Security Announcement: Linux kernel (SUSE-SA:2010:023)
  • 7 Kernel Review
    • 7.1 h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: New stable kernels and drivers
    • 7.2 h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.34 (Part 4) – Architecture and virtualisation
    • 7.3 h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis:Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.34 (Part 5) – Drivers
    • 7.4 Rares Aioanei – Kernel News with openSUSE Flavor
  • 8 Tips and Tricks
    • 8.1 For Desktop Users
      • 8.1.1 Petr Baudis: pulseaudio – quick’n’dirty playback over the network
    • 8.2 For Commandline/Script Newbies
      • 8.2.1 The Geek Stuff/Sasikala: Bash Positional Parameters Explained with 2 Example Shell Scripts
      • 8.2.2 Gabriel Stein: Problems with Grub?
    • 8.3 For Developers and Programmers
      • 8.3.1 Tuxradar: Python + PyGTK + WebKit in 20 minutes
    • 8.4 For System Administrators
      • 8.4.1 Ji≈ôí Suchomel: Your own OEM configuration: YaST Firstboot
  • 9 Planet SUSE
    • 9.1 Duncan Mac-Vicar: openSUSE as a ruby development platform
    • 9.2 Andrea Florio: Lugaru is opensource – Lugaru is on packman
  • 10 openSUSE Forums
    • 10.1 openSUSE Super Laggy all of a sudden!
    • 10.2 openSUSE and Parted don’t recognize my HD
    • 10.3 Bouncing Icon – Program does not start!
    • 10.4 Amarok Crashing
  • 11 On the Web
    • 11.1 Announcements
      • 11.1.1 Wine Reviews: Bordeaux 2.0.4 for Linux Released
    • 11.2 Reports
      • 11.2.1 Techsource/Jun Auza: 8 Best Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games (MMORPG) for Linux
      • 11.2.2 Linux Magazine/Dmitri Popov: Keep Your System Clean with BleachBit
      • 11.2.3 Datamation/Thor Olavsrud: Cloud Computing
      • 11.2.4 Thomas McGuire: Akonadi Meeting and the KDE SC 4.5 release
      • 11.2.5 Linux Gaming News/Maxim Bardin: Heroes Of Newerth Gone Retail !
    • 11.3 Reviews and Essays
      • 11.3.1 Computerworld/Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Running Windows games on Linux gets easier
  • 12 Feedback / Communicate / Get Involved
  • 13 Credits
  • 14 Translations
 

Ubuntu 10.04: The Year of the Ubuntu Linux

Despite the plethora of Linux distributions where everyone can choose for every need (Supercomputing, Home Server, Webserver, Home desktop, Netbook, etc) the operating system, Ubuntu Linux (of Canonical) has succeeded in a unique way to make its brand name synonymous with Linux. The next long-awaited version, codenamed "Lucid Lynx", will offer the best experience users can have of their operating system. It will be available in three editions: Desktop, Server and Netbook (mini laptop).

 

Introduction

  • Its name, derived from the concept of ubuntu in Zulu and Xhosa (Xhosa) means' I am what I am, because what we are all ". With new looks, themes and wallpapers,  the 10.04 version represents a major milestone for The Ubuntu Linux.
  • Improved logo, new promotions and partnerships with companies, Canonical plans to further expand its market share on desktop, server and netbook systems.
  • Instead of selling the Ubuntu itself, Canonical record revenue from the pay technical support for the product.
  • The motto of Ubuntu is "Linux for humans" (Linux for Human beings), which describes its primary purpose - to create a Linux distribution more easy to use than the others.
  • Whether you are a newbie or an experienced user, this edition will love as you will find a variety of programs ready for use in their daily work with your computer.

Social outset

  • From the start, with Ubuntu you can connect to IM services (known to the general public as a messenger) and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live (MSN), Yahoo! Messenger etc.
  • In the upper right corner by clicking the icon, folder, next to the clock you can connect to all your accounts simultaneously. New messages appear there, to see what happens at a Glance
  • If you are busy, click on your name at the top right of the screen to change the "status" you. The new situation will set example busy, will be activated and will appear in all your accounts.

Installing additional software

  • Not enough software preloaded Ubuntu; No problem! The Linux for years now brought to market an innovative software copying all the big companies (Apple Appstore, Google Andorid Linux marketplace, Nokia Ovi etc) for their products.
  • If you need another application other, use the Software Center Ubuntu and choose from hundreds of free applications to install.
  • There are applications for various activities, from creating music, video, and space exploration. See the category "Recommended Applications" for some of the most popular! Install whatever you want just by clicking "Install." If an application is already installed and do not want in your system, you can uninstall it just by pressing the "uninstall".
  • All applications in the Software Center Ubuntu is stored in a repository site, fully informed, safe and with the latest versions. When a new version of your favorite application will be notified to upgrade automatically.

Keep your digital life

  • With the new service Ubuntu One, your documents, pictures, videos, music, bookmarks, address book, your contacts, your notes will be Opy you too. Change the computer's work in your laptop and then on netbook or smartphone / PDA and you find that you fully synchronized automatically!
  • Want a safe space for your important files? All Ubuntu users have 2 GB of personal storage space on the internet (and more if necessary).
  • Share files easily using this with friends you have in your contacts. Collaboration has never been better.
  • Sign up starting the application or service UbuntuOne going to http://one.ubuntu.com/

Surf the Web with Firefox

  • Ubuntu comes in a wide recognized web browser Firefox.
  • Protects your privacy and your personal information in order to surf without worry.
  • Add to Firefox your own personal mark with additives. You can choose from thousands of themes and additives, which adjust Firefox to your use of the Internet.

Take control of your digital life.

  • The Evolution is a complete suite of e-mail, calendar, simioseon, contacts and project management that comes with Ubuntu. Just enter the information into your mail account to be downloaded to your new messages automatically
  • The Evolution is an advanced spam filter. You can also use the search and create your own filters to make your posts easier to manage.
  • Add network calendars and check out the upcoming releases of new video games or movies. To view your agenda with scheduled reminders you simply click on the clock on the right.

Affordable, naturally

  • Basic guide friendliness of Ubuntu, which stems from the philosophy mentioned above (Linux for humans) is the friendliness toward people with disabilities.
  • In Ubuntu you will find tools in the category "Supporting Technologies" in the menu system. From there you canenable utilities such as "Orca", to the spoken text on the screen or the "Dwell" to automatically pressed the mouse buttons when the cursor is stabilized.
  • Remember that you can customize the look of Ubuntu to the appropriate theme for the occasion and change the font used by the applications.

Share and enjoy your photos

  • With the photo management application that will get built on Ubuntu, you can easily share, edit and organize your digital photos.
  • Use tags to describe your pictures to find them easily.
  • Using the export option, you can burn photos to CD, send them directly via email to your friends or post them online.
  • Connect your digital camera and see just how easy to enter and organize your photos.

Fun with music and movies

  • Ubuntu is ready to play videos and music from the Internet, CD and DVD
  • With the music player, you can organize your music, listen to Internet radio and buy songs. Also manages portable programs and automatically downloads new episodes.
  • Discover famous, DRM-free songs for sale at Music Store UbuntuOne, an online digital music store. Markets are stored in your account online and synchronized with all computers have the Ubuntu 10.04
  • Connect your MP3 player to synchronize your music collection or insert a CD to copy the songs to your computer

Office tools at your fingertips

  • Ubuntu comes with OpenOffice, an integrated office suite that is easy to learn application to work with your documents.
  • With OpenOffice (OOorg) to create documents, presentations, charts, statistics and databases.
  • Used to store your files in the format OpenDocument. But you can open, oper and save files from other office suites like Microsoft Office and WordPerfect.

Get help for Ubuntu

  • If you need help, try the "Help and Support" from the menu system.
  • Coupled with the extensive written using the Ubuntu community provides eager technical support person or online. Visit the Greek Ubuntu community and discuss directly any questions you http://ubuntu-gr.org/. You will be amazed with the support they offer.
  • There is also commercial support available from Canonical, its partners and approved companies. Learn more at http://www.ubuntu.com/support.
  • Share your experiences about Ubuntu in http://forum.ubuntu-gr.org/

Epilogue

The Ubuntu 10.04 is here to stay. The issue is characterized by Canonical as LTS (Long Time Support), which publishes every two years and will support software updates for five years. After the 5 years already Canonical has adopted other 2 LTS versions. Once it is available to download from here: http://www.ubuntu.com/

 

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

The new Ubuntu is out. Everyone and their mother’s uncle is posting about it. I’m a mother’s uncle. I suppose I’ll post about it, too.

The folks over at Canonical have released the much anticipated Ubuntu 10.04, the Lucid Lynx. You can run right on over to your favorite server and grab yourself a copy right now. I’ve got mine! I downloaded Kubuntu 64 bit. Oh boy!

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Please click HERE to read the article in its entirety.

Thank you!

Until next time,

~Eric

 

Get Slack!

The oldest Linux distribution in existence is Slackware. It’s about time that I actually posted something about my favorite Linux distribution on this blog.

Like most X-MS Windows users, I did not come to Slackware directly. I took a round-about route through a few other distributions first. The very first distribution of Linux that I installed on my machine was Ubuntu 6.06 “Dapper Drake”, an impressive offering from Mark Shuttleworth and the Canonical folks. I still have a copy of it on CD. It was impressive to this frustrated MS Windows user. It was also like having a lifeline thrown to me as I was drowning in frigid North Atlantic waters.

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Please click HERE to read the article in its entirety.

Thank you!

Until next time,

~Eric

 

The Benefits of using a Corporate Funded Distro

Recently I attended the Linux Foundation’s Linux Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, CA, USA. During my time there I had the opportunity to meet several kernel developers, community leads, journalists, etc... from all of the world that work with Linux based systems, I had several conversations with many people in which during my discussions I kept unintentionally stumbling upon the questions about the notable contributions and actions that specific companies had made to make their distros easy to use, that cannot be accomplished by a pure community based distro.

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ubuntu cannot show the chinese characters (Okular)

I recently find the fact that on my Karminc Ubuntu , i cannt read the chinese characters using Okular and other utilities.

i get it it lost a file of the Poppler library(poppler-data)

$ sudo apt-get install poppler-data

 

and then it's ok now.

 

 

Reference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppler_(software)

 

a mysterious struggle

 

 a mysterious struggle

if you can do well with c++ , what else do you want ? --- python

 

Since last night , i have been tweaked Debian GNU/Linux , which  just like the cet4  is a nightmare for me . Prior to this , i alwalys used centos , ubuntu, mandriva, pcbsd(unix desktop distrio) and fedora. unlike the desktop distroes such mandriva 2010 and ubuntu , Debian is difficult  to some extent . one of the tinny troublesome stuff is the locale and the fcitx (a type of chinese input methods ), it's absolutely weird and did scare me a lot . i did the confiuguration of locale :
>> vim /etc/locale.gen
and del the # notation and looke like this :
en_US.ISO-8859-1
  en_US.ISO-8859-15
  en_US.UTF-8
  zh_CN.GB2312
  zh_CN.GB18030
  zh_CN.GBK
  zh_CN.UTF-8
  zh_HK.BIG5-HKSCS
  zh_HK.UTF-8
  zh_TW.BIG5
  zh_TW.EUC-TW
  zh_TW.UTF-8
then
>> /usr/sbin/locale-gen
next is the config of fcitx :
>> apt-get install fcitx
>> vim /etc/X11/Xsession.d/95input
...export LANG=en_US.UTF-8
export LC_CTYPE=zh_CN.UTF-8
export XMODIFIERS=@im=fcitx
export XIM=fcitx
export XIM_PROGRAM=fcitx
export GTK_IM_MODULE=fcitx
export QT_IM_MODULE=XIM
fcitx
though it works , it doesn't satisify me to the effect .
and another issue is the dependency of the programs .  i once had a try of Debian half year ago . it was it that bothered me so much at that time . and until now .
...

 

Dual booting

I've been playing.

One of the essential features of a Linux user appears to be the "how does this work?" mentality.  In fact, it might be the defining characteristic.  The more experienced people (they're the ones who have figured out why you should back up) are called "dev's", and spend their days creating new things for other people to try to break.  Disappointingly, when the users are successful, there isn't the "gotcha" that usually happens in this electronic game of hide and seek; all we get to do is fill in a bug report. 

Anyway, having a whole 18 months experience in Linux, I figured it was time to try breaking exploring something else.  I've already got a dual boot with Vista, but it's more of a legacy of times gone by now- the only real reason to use it is to see if it really takes that long to boot up (it does), and to see if the fingerprint reader really works (not supported in Linux; good on ya Dell!)  So, I figured if dual was no sweat, why not try triple booting?  Ubuntu is nice, and has it's strengths, but the mono debate and the Ubuntu One stuff are making me a little wary.  I've been backed into a corner regarding my options before on a PC, and don't want it happening twice.  While I'd played with VirtualBox, and got a system running, it wasn't the same as a full install, and - well, I've backed up now, so how bad could it get?

Apart from a /home backup, the other useful bit of data before you start is a wee file with the package list. This is one site that documents the process nicely: http://kevin.vanzonneveld.net/techblog/article/restore_packages_using_dselectupgrade/

Debian was my choice.  I had a look at Fedora, but the installer was a bit keen on taking up the whole hard drive.  LVM is a great idea, but with an inverse amount of documentation to its brilliance, I'm fairly sure.  The notion of getting locked in was driving me, and Debian has freedom to burn.  In addition, I figured it couldn't be too different to Ubuntu, given it was the originator.  You can have too much change, after all...

First up, the partitioning proved to be more challenging than I expected.    Sharing the swap partition is well documented and was supported in both installs.  A separate /home partition makes good sense, and it's well documented.  What's not so well documented is that - like toothbrushes- it's not a good idea to share /home between distros, even though that's where your data is.  The problem is that there's a heap of hidden files and folders, including the Gnome settings.  I'd run into this before with upgrading; ndiswrapper files left behind caused me a reasonable amount of downtime, so sharing my /home was a no-goer.

So, I ended up leaving the /home folder in the install partition, and creating a separate data partition, mounting it separately at /mnt/data/  .  That's where all the stuff I want to share across installs goes, and it's easy enough to set it up to mount automatically on any new install.  

Next up was GRUB.  Grand and Unified, but again not fantastically documented.  Grokking man pages is OK for a bit, but when I'm trying to figure out an installation, partitioning, and a new OS I'd kill for a walkthrough (incidentally, there aren't any on how to  dual boot distros that I could find).  I ended up installing Debian (without too much difficulty).  Unfortunately,  Debian lenny doesn't support ext4 without some fiddling, so wouldn't find my Ubuntu install and add it to GRUB.  I could get back into my Ubuntu partition with a live disk, but reinstalling didn't work without deleting /home.  I was getting a white screen after the login; I'm pretty sure it was the compiz drivers not being installed, but the xorg settings requiring them.  Once again, feeling very virtuous/lucky/relieved that I'd backed up, I reinstalled with a format of /home, and everything worked fine.  By reinstalling Ubuntu, I got GRUB2 again, and was able to get both installs automatically added to the GRUB menu.

Debian is niiiice.  If you're thinking of trying a new distro, I'd recommend it.  I always change my desktop background to one of my recent photos; no problems there.  Epiphany is the default browser, but Iceweasel is also installed, and I like to be able to sync bookmarks, so while I'll use epiphany when I can, Iceweasel is more compatible with Firefox and seems to run the add-ons without any problem, whereas epiphany has its own addons, so is much more limited. They're both fast, and I'm thinking I'll have to change to Iceweasel in Ubuntu now.

Wireless was a bit of an issue- now there's a surprise.  Getting the Broadcom drivers for my wireless card, again, not too difficult, although it helped that I've broken that before now.  Gnome Network Manager is installed, but the System/Network app modifies your etc/network/interfaces file directly, and NetworkManager won't manage any interface that's mentioned in the etc/network/interface file... it took a wee bit of figuring out.  I guess you can't please everyone, and it's not like it was a huge issue.  My assumption when I started this was I'd learn something, and I've done that.

 

 

Slackware Linux Tip-of-the-day: The /etc/profile file

When working with your system(s) there is no such thing as a perfect solution out of the box, so manual configuration changes and inclusion of additional software (sometimes customer software) is needed. Sometimes when modifying the defualt configuration of a system you need to manually add of remove some deault values from your chosen shell, this is where the /etc/profile file comes into effect.

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Slackware Linux Tip-of-the-day: Hardware Information

Some people prefer using GUI tools for their needs, but when you want to figure out what hardware you are using the  CLI is the best tool, and I will prove it to you now.

The commands/programs of interest for hardware discovery are: 

 

  • dmidecode
  • lspci
  • lsusb
  • lsscsi
  • lsdev

 

These commands can give anything from simple output to highly details verbose output telling you hardware features, I/O ports and absolute block files used.

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Eeebuntu 4.0 Beta released, now based on Debian

 

eeebuntu 4.0 beta

The developers of Eeebuntu have released Eeebuntu 4.0 Beta...

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