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Archive for October, 2008

Zimbra Mail Server : How to Make an Archive for Every Incoming & Outgoing Mail

October 11th, 2008 by

zimbra-logoI’m running Zimbra Mail Server on openSUSE since last 2 years. I’m quite satisfied with the great features on Zimbra but I lost one nice feature as included on my old MDaemon Mail Server while still using Windows on 2003-2005. It was an Archival Feature.

One of the important features that are needed on a mail server is archiving, the backup copy of all incoming and outgoing mail.

Although we can do the backup process periodically for every account, archiving more better and efficient because we have all of copy email which 100% similar with the original.

I’m writing a simple tutorial and it’s impact in my personal blog. Click here to go to the article.

OpenOffice_org 3.0rc4 available

October 9th, 2008 by

I’m happy to announce that OpenOffice.org rc4 packages are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project.

We hope that this is the last release candidate and that we will provide the final package in the OpenOffice:org:STABLE project the following week.

Even though, we are very close the final release, the package still might include even serious bugs. Therefore it is not intended for data-critical usage. A good practice is to archive any important data before an use, …

We kindly ask any interested beta testers to try the package and report bugs.

Note: openSUSE-11.1-beta2 and FACTORY include totaly reworked packages where the build is split into many source packages. It is a bit broken right now. We would like to put it into the Build Service as soon as possible but it will take some time to fix the build on older distributions again. Please be patient.


PageRank 6 for Indonesian openSUSE Community Website

October 9th, 2008 by

openSUSE-ID PRToday, I have a good news for Indonesian (and for all off) openSUSE community, our community website have PageRank 6 (PR 6). It would be not an important news for all of us, but it’s a good news for me because I know how difficult to get PR 6 with my personal blog 😛

Indonesian openSUSE community website built on July 23, 2007 and serve as the first place for discussion, finding tutorial and supporting openSUSE fans.

Google PageRank trend is consistent with the increase in the number of users of openSUSE (user who install openSUSE in their PC or laptop) in Indonesia and in tune with the increasing number of forums and mailing lists user. It’s also consistent with the frequency of users who accessing the page tutorial on website.

Hopefully PR 6 can be the extra spirit to continue the improvement of the openSUSE community in Indonesia. We hope to provide best support for users of openSUSE and it’s variants distro.

Our next project is increasing tutorial page and encourage the member to create their personal blog within openSUSE blogger community. We hope to see more and more openSUSE related articles, with English or Indonesian or another language.

openSUSE Board Elections : Campaign for Pascal Bleser

October 9th, 2008 by

openSUSE Board Elections phase 1 will be finally over at 1200 UTC on 09 October 2008. I’m quite silent with the elections discussion on openSUSE mailing list (marketing, project and another mailing list) due to my job, my project in Indonesian openSUSE community and due to Happy Eid Mubarak holiday here in Indonesia, but as openSUSE lovely user, I will vote for somebody who will be stand for openSUSE board, as our (or me as openSUSE user) gateway between community and Novell.

I’m really appreciated for everyone who take the opportunity as openSUSE board candidate. It should be a great job.  All of openSUSE board candidate have technical or supporting background, active in the community and show their great effort and participation in the past.

One of openSUSE board candidate is Pascal Bleser (well known as yaloki on IRC). I have a nice discussion by IRC and by mail with him and get a good response. He is an incumbent of openSUSE board, means that he was currently openSUSE board member with AJ, Coolo, Federico and Francis.

Pascal BleserI know he has good technically background (describing zypper stuff for about 1 hour 😛 ), active on FOSDEM, good dad for his baby (look at the photos 😀 ) and don’t forget, he has been actively on merging and joining Packman repositories for openSUSE.

I don’t see any reason why I could not choose him as openSUSE member for next period. With his experience as first openSUSE board member; his technically background; his connection to another person in various open source project; and his good position to understand relation between Novell and the community, he would be the best choice for next openSUSE member.

Vote and campaign for Pascal Bleser as openSUSE Board member !

Retiring from the openSUSE Board

October 8th, 2008 by

I have served as chairperson of the openSUSE board the last year and would like to announce that I decided to pass the honours on for the next election period.  I’ve made this decision out of personal plans for the next year that will not allow me to devote as much time to the board as it deserves since I’ll be some time on paternity leave.

In my professional role I will stay involved with the openSUSE project and I will support the new chairperson fully to make a smooth transition. The new chairperson will be announced at the same time as the new board members, at the end of this election.

I enjoyed being openSUSE chairperson – working together with excellent board members (thanks Coolo, Federico, Francis, and Pascal), internal and external community members to move openSUSE forward in areas like openSUSE “members” (I would really love to see a better name), forums, the distribution, marketing (getting Zonker onboard was part of it) and also getting these elections setup.

Btw. I have given some comments (like here) on the board previously.

Last Day For Granting Franchise Votes

October 8th, 2008 by

Phase1 of the Board Election process comes to a close at 1200 UTC on 09 October 2008.  That means after that time there will be no additional people eligible to vote for candidates.  Franchise votes are possibly the least understood aspect of the election process, this is even after the best efforts of the Election Committee and Candidates.  No one is to blame, it’s just fact.

So let me try once more to explain what the Franchise voting is all about.  In a nutshell an openSUSE Member has the ability to grant a registered user, but not member, the priveledge to vote in the upcoming Board Election.  Why? Simplisticly it’s to get more voters/users/contributors involved in influencing how the openSUSE project progresses.  There are 2831 registered users now, but only 212 Members – so according to my bad maths that makes about 7.5% eligable to vote. That to me isn’t entirely representative of the community, so in comes the Franchise vote, we members have the ability to increase that voting percentage to 15%.  The catch is that the users have to have registered prior to 01 September 2008.

So how do users get the franchise? Simplist way is ask a member 🙂  Members will not be able to grant users a franchise if they have not registered prior to 01Sept08 so dont try and bluff, the system knows 😉  How do you find out who is a member? Simple, go to users.opensuse.org and “Browse Members“.  From there you can get contact details for IRC nicks, etc and try and convince them that you are worthy.

So please if you haven’t done so, go and get your franchise and help influence openSUSE.  For members that haven’t given out their franchise you can “Browse Users” and find someone you recognise and ask them if they would like a franchise vote.  People this is YOUR Board that is being voted in, if you don’t speak up now then you’ll loose your voice until the next election!

Geeko’s Scary Movie!

October 7th, 2008 by

Poor Geeko can’t stand in front of such terrible picture and seeks shelter under Tux’s right wing.

Click on “More…” to see the picture…


Parralel processing in zypper

October 6th, 2008 by

I have been on leave for a couple of days and today when I booted my laptop the openSUSE updater notified me of 4 security updates. While I was watching zypper updating the system (I prefer the command line client) I wondered if it would be possible for zypper to download and install patches/programs/etc asynchronously.  To explain better: instead of downloading a patch and then installing it, why can’t zypper download the patch and then start a process/tread to install it while it immediately starts to download the next file ? I have no knowledge of the internals of zypper or yast, so I don’t know it it even feasible, but it would decrease the time needed to patch the system.

zypper best feature

October 6th, 2008 by

Im impressed how many users don’t know new zypper features.

Users asks for ability to cache downloaded package with tracked dependencies. Somebody recommends use smart, somebody setup squid between ISP and home pc.

None of that methods are valid anymore.
Now zypper have caching feature. Ok, let me explain how to enable it.

First of all we need to determine for which repo we want to enable caching.

k0da@laptop:~> zypper sl
# | Alias                 | Name                  | Enabled | Refresh
1 | debug                 | debug                 | Yes     | No
2 | repo-non-oss          | openSUSE-11.0-Non-Oss | Yes     | No
3 | home:Eri_zaq          | home:Eri_zaq          | Yes     | Yes
4 | openSUSE-11.0-Updates | Updates for 11.0      | Yes     | Yes
5 | OBS                   | OBS                   | Yes     | Yes
6 | Packman               | Packman               | Yes     | Yes
7 | repo-oss              | openSUSE-11.0-Oss     | Yes     | No

In this example output we can get repo # or its name.

Now we are ready to enable cache

sudo zypper mr -k <repo name>| #

Thats all. Now install some packages from repo.

All cached packages now stored in cache dir (described in /etc/zypp/zypp.conf).

By default it stored in /var/cache/zypp

Next really wanted feature we are waiting for is resume download package, if internet connection lost 😉

openSUSE weekly news now in Russian

October 5th, 2008 by


We are working on more openSUSE content availability to Russian users. Now we are ready to start openSUSE weekly news translation (check this wiki page). Last issue are available here
Now Im working on issue 41
issue 41 are available now.
With next issue I’ll try to synchronize publish date original and translated news.

If you want to join, please contact me.