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Archive for August, 2009

Firewall Zone Switcher Updated

August 28th, 2009 by

I have updated the Firewall Zone Switcher.
It now starts with a main window by default instead of
directly going to the system tray. There’s a settings dialog that
allows to enable the system tray icon and optionally also enables
starting the applet on log-in. Furthermore the daemon now uses
PolicyKit for access control and the applet supports i18n.

Clicks with touchpad trick (11.2 M6)

August 27th, 2009 by

If you are running the openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 (Gnome 2.27.5, Kernel 2.6.31-rc6-3-default) and find out that clicks of touchpad do not work, then this might help you a bit.

First of all, go to the Control Center, and look up for the Mouse item. Then click on Touchpad (obviously not using your computer’s touchpad, heh) and mark the option Enable mouse clicks with touchpad. That’d work fine ūüôā

Screenshot-Mouse Preferences

I must thank my friend Pedro Villavicencio of Ubuntu for letting me know about this solution.

Workshop for BITA members

August 25th, 2009 by

I’ll be conducting a full day workshop organized by Baroda IT Association (BITA) on “Opportunities with Linux & Open Source Technology” for it’s members on Saturday, 29th August 2009.

Quoting from the circular sent out:

Friends, it is the time to click on current opportunities with Linux. As you would be knowing that the Higher Secondary School of Gujarat(India) Board Syllabus are now covering Linux, Open Source Technology, Open Office etc….Again, Government also believes and is promoting open source platform. It is high time to capture such business, and so this TECHNOLOGY should be well understood by the BITA Members.

Potential customer-base comprising of more than 5000 Schools, thousands of students, lots of home PCs ‚Äď today and in near future, there will definitely be a lot of increase in the need of dual-platform in Computer systems. Are we ready for that?

We will be having hands-on sessions on openSUSE-Edu: Li-f-e (Linux for Education) distribution, participants will get to take home a copy too.

More information and participation form (if you are a BITA member) here.

Education Team Meeting 2009-08-26

August 24th, 2009 by
We would like to announce, The Education team is meeting on 2009-08-26,
14:30 UTC. We would like to invite all interested parties to join us in
discussing what this years openSUSE for Education group will focus on.

LXDE can do it! LXDE on Android smartphone!

August 24th, 2009 by

Yes i did it. I made LXDE running on my new Android smartphoe, the latest HTC masterpiece, the HTC HERO. Here some shots:

That’s great! But there is a main problem here, I’m not running openSUSE with X11:lxde packages, but debian with their stuff. I cannot use my geeko because the phone is an ARM and our openSUSE@ARM looks to still be in an early development stage. This post wants to be a ping to or openSUSE@ARM project and of course some marketing to this great and light Desktop Enviroment. For people interested in, here some hardware infos:

# cat /proc/cpuinfo
Processor       : ARMv6-compatible processor rev 2 (v6l)
BogoMIPS        : 526.25
Features        : swp half thumb fastmult edsp java
CPU implementer : 0x41
CPU architecture: 6TEJ
CPU variant     : 0x1
CPU part        : 0xb36
CPU revision    : 2
Cache type      : write-back
Cache clean     : cp15 c7 ops
Cache lockdown  : format C
Cache format    : Harvard
I size          : 32768
I assoc         : 4
I line length   : 32
I sets          : 256
D size          : 32768
D assoc         : 4
D line length   : 32
D sets          : 256

Hardware        : hero
Revision        : 0080
Serial          : 0000000000000000

# busybox free
total         used         free       shared      buffers
Mem:       197016       191024         5992            0            8
Swap:            0            0            0
Total:       197016       191024         5992

1-Click Bug Reporting?

August 23rd, 2009 by

First off, let me blow the dust off of my Lizards blog account ūüėČ

Now that Bug iconwork and school has started to settle down, I’ve gotten back in to testing openSUSE’s newest version, 11.2. One of the things that annoyed me a little, though, was having to open Firefox to report or search for a bug in Bugzilla. So with a little inspiration from the Windows 7 beta’s links to “report a problem” everywhere, I created a desktop icon and panel launcher to automatically launch Firefox and open the “enter new bug” page on our Bugzilla.

You can download this icon here (right-click and Save Link As). Perhaps this is something that should be included with the pre-release versions of the OS starting in 11.3? What do ya’ll think?

Update: Due to a suggestion by Pavol Rusnak, it’s now in openFATE – #307492

Whitepaper: Weekly News Survey published

August 23rd, 2009 by

Hi Mates,

i’ve just announce my Whitepaper. This is an Collection from Comments of our Survey. The Whitepaper shows us what are Work in Progress and what planned in future.
Visible in: http://freenet-homepage.de/smanns/whitepaper/WhitepaperWeeklyNewsSurvey.pdf

Sending lots of pictures in one message

August 22nd, 2009 by

Thanks to Gwenview, you can email the pictures of your last trip, which are usually many, without having to spend hours. It’s very easy!

Open Gwenview and go to Plugins -> Images -> Email Images


OpenOffice_org 3.1.1 beta3 available for openSUSE

August 21st, 2009 by

I’m happy to announce OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 beta3 packages for openSUSE. They are available in the Build Service OpenOffice:org:UNSTABLE project and include many upstream and Go-oo fixes. Please, look for more details about the openSUSE OOo build on the wiki page.

The packages are beta versions and might include even serious bugs. Therefore they are not intended for data-critical usage. A good practice is to archive any important data before an use, …

As usual, we kindly ask any interested beta testers to try the package and report bugs.

Other information and plans:

The build is based on the upstream 3.1.1-rc1 release. I have marked it beta3 because upstream had found another blocker bugs in the meantime. Note that our builds are delayed after the upstream by few days by definition.

I have also fixed the OpenOffice_org-LanguageTool package to do not print the ugly messages. I do not understand why I did not see them when I tested the 0.9.9 update. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

The next build will be available about August 27, it should be 3.1.1-rc1 and I hope that it will be the final build.

updated Package: bleachbit 0.6.1

August 19th, 2009 by

Name: bleachbit
Version: 0.6.1
Repo: openSUSE:Factory:Contrib