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Archive for September 12th, 2008

YDialogSpy Can Now Show Widget Properties

September 12th, 2008 by

Yesterday I wrote about YDialogSpy, the new interactive YaST dialog debugger. The plans for its future included showing the properties of the currently selected widget. Well, that future came much quicker than expected; it arrived late this afternoon:

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Installation over serial line

September 12th, 2008 by

It’s now possible to install openSUSE if you only have a serial line (without additional tricks). Our graphical bootloader frontend used to ignore serial input. That’s now (starting with 11.1 beta1) changed.

In the default setting it monitors com1/com2 (the first two bios configured serial ports) for input. Baud rate is autodetected (you have to press a few keys until it catches on). Output is sent to all lines it receives input from.

When it works, the first screen looks like:


OpenOffice_org 3.0rc1 available (ask for testing)

September 12th, 2008 by

I’m happy to announce that OpenOffice.org packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project. They are the fitst release candidate of the OpenOffice.org 3.0 version.

We kindly ask for testing. Please, try and report bugs.

Note: They might still include bugs and are not intended for data-critical usage. A good practice is to archive any important data before an use, …


Conditional features aka “use flags”

September 12th, 2008 by

In a coordinated effort with Manfred Tremmel, the xine maintainer at Packman, we’ve reworked the xine spec file. Most of it can now be shared between Packman and openSUSE Factory so packaging work doesn’t need to be duplicated. The spec file now makes heavy use of conditional build macros to enable or disable certain features. (more…)

Learning YaST (YCP language)

September 12th, 2008 by

My name is Alexander i`m a trainee at SUSE.

In my blog i will write about my experience with learning YCP (YaST Control Language)

First of all, most important part of learning is to have a good manual.

Here you have some links to start:

YCP book ->must read! (up to date)

YCP Reference book

YCP User interface referece book

YaST Development in General

Later i add additional info …..