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openSUSE-LXDE 11.3 RC1 live-cd available for download

July 25th, 2010 by

After announcing few days ago the first beta of the openSUSE-LXDE live CD based on openSUSE 11.3, the openSUSE-LXDE team is proud to announce the openSUSE-LXDE 11.3 RC1 Live-CD.

The isos finally fit into a CD, the sizes are 666MB for the 32bit version and 680MB for the 64bit version.

While the betas versions was into the 0.0.x series (0.0.1, 0.0.2, ecc), this RC and the next ones (if needed) will be into the 0.x.y series (0.1.0, 0.1.1, 0.2.0, ecc)

Our goal is to provide as soon as possible a stable release that will be 1.0.0.

Please help us, test this iso, report any missing/un-needed package you find, any bug or issue.

If none will be reported, most probably this configuration will be rebuilt as 1.0.0 and released to the public as STABLE.

Rember users root and linux has NO password.

The iso, as usal is hybrid and persistent, so if copied into a USB pendrive, at the first boot it will expand and create a read-write folder were you can save your datas.

Download as usual, is available under X11:lxde project here:



How to change GDM theme

July 25th, 2010 by

Run this command as root:

gconftool-2 --direct --config-source=xml::/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.vendor --set /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename --type=string "/path/to/picture"
gconftool-2 --direct --config-source=xml::/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.vendor --set /desktop/gnome/background/picture_options --type=string "stretched"

Edit: The easier way


Universal Go-oo 3.2.1 build available

July 23rd, 2010 by

I am happy to announce that the universal Go-oo 3.2.1 build is available for Linux (i586, x86_64), MAC OSX Intel, and Windows. See also download and installation instructions. The builds include many upstream and Go-oo fixes.

Go-oo team hopes that you will be happy with this release. Though, any software contains bugs and we kindly ask you to report them, so that we could fix them in the future releases. Also you could send feedback to the ooo-build@lists.freedesktop.org mailing list or contact us on irc.freenode.net, channel #go-oo.

PS: I feel a bit schizophrenic. I want to blog about the openSUSE builds at planetsuse and about the universal build at planet.go-oo. Both builds are based on the same sources, so the schedule is almost the same. We only do more alpha and beta builds for openSUSE because it is so easy with the Build Service.

openSUSE-LXDE 11.3 live CD

July 23rd, 2010 by

Hi people,

I know lots of you was waiting for that, and i am really sorry if it took some time, but i can finally announce the first beta release for our 11.3 live cd.

It is still a beta and such as it have some flaws, like for example it doesn’t fit into a CD yet. The good news is that this is an hybrid and permanent iso, so you can use dd to copy the iso into your usb pendrive.

Please help us testing and reporting bugs and issues you find.

To download the isos, as usual browse here!


i believe i should be able to release new isos soon, i need to at least provide you isos able to fit into a cd!


How to setup Edu servers on Li-f-e

July 22nd, 2010 by

openSUSE Edu Li-f-e comes loaded with softwares useful for educational institutions, including servers that do everything from course management, student information system to library management.  Although the setup is fairly easy for sysadmins who know what exactly to do, it is quite a difficult task for new Linux user or a teacher without any prior sysadmin knowledge wanting to try out. Get in touch with us if you would like to contribute to openSUSE Education project by creating a script or better still a GUI to automate these tasks.


openSUSE present in the Especial Edition of CIBESS

July 19th, 2010 by

Happily, I was invited the last Weekend to give a conference about Security and Hacking at the International Congress of Informatics and E-Business (Congreso Internacional de Informática y E-Business) at the paradisaical Island of Margarita, Venezuela at the Caribbean Sea .

Of course, I don’t loose any time to Spread the openSUSE word, so I talk a lot about Linux, Why to use Linux in security matters, Why Windows is a Joke, and how openSUSE its a great choice for newbies and advanced users. There was 3 conferences for 600 people, in groups of 200. I gave DVD’s, CD’s and Stuff to everybody who ask, or want one… After my chat, everybody ask a lot about our beloved Geeko… 😀

I hang some pictures in Flickr about the event. Next stop, make my Launch Party, that I couldn’t the last Weekend because this event. Cheers!

git bisect in action

July 19th, 2010 by

We have a little regression in the buildservice API test suite. And looking at the commit log I didn’t find the obvious problem, so I tried bisect, because I know it worked very recently:

git bisect start master 1dfd9717348d8425492b556d3a183b4d265007d
git bisect run sh -c "cd src/api; ruby test/functional/build_controller_test.rb --name=test_project_index"

And it gave me:
25347c2d712e6e4b598e05442dd95b5e82f14aed is the first bad commit
commit 25347c2d712e6e4b598e05442dd95b5e82f14aed
Author: Jan-Simon Möller
Date: Sun Jul 18 01:14:01 2010 +0200

[api] Add fixtures for request controller ACL tests.

Now if you look at the commit, it is not obvious why it’s a problem. But now that git has proven, it has to be buggy I looked at the other fixture data and then it’s obvious and the fix is simple:

--- a/src/api/test/fixtures/package_user_role_relationships.yml
+++ b/src/api/test/fixtures/package_user_role_relationships.yml
@@ -11,8 +11,8 @@ testpack_maintainer:
bs_user_id: 267
role_id: 3
- db_package_id: 10095
+ db_package_id: 11006
bs_user_id: 42
role_id: 3

Thanks git 🙂

openSUSE Launch Party at MSU, BCA, Vadodara

July 18th, 2010 by

We had a great time yesterday showing off the latest openSUSE Edu Li-f-e based on openSUSE 11.3. Over 120 people packed in the persentation hall, many of them had to stand throughout. I am sure everyone present were impressed with what they saw, they all took home Li-f-e DVD to get the first hand experience.


openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 11.3 available now!

July 17th, 2010 by

openSUSE Education team is very thrilled to announce the availability of openSUSE Edu: Linux for Education(Li-f-e). Li-f-e is built on openSUSE 11.3. The aim of this DVD is to provide complete education and development resources for parents, students, teachers as well as IT admins running labs at educational institutes

It comes bundled with a wealth of softwares carefully selected to meet every need. Educational softwares covering wide range of subjects such as IT, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, electronics etc catering to students right from preschool to research.

Softwares for graphic designers include GIMP, Inkscape, Blender and more. Office applications to work on pdfs and any office formats including those of the latest MicroSoft Office is included.


openSUSE 11.3 Launch Party in Nürnberg

July 16th, 2010 by

At the SUSE/Novell offices in Germany, we had a great launch party. With free beer, BBQ, sunshine, a clown and openSUSE 11.3 released, it was a great atmosphere!

More than 100 people showed up: some Novell employees, some former colleagues,  and also many folks whose faces I haven’t seen before. We were overwhelmed and excited by this and after an hour Michael Löffler had to buy some more meat for the BBQ.

I gave a short demo about some of the highlights of openSUSE 11.3. I demonstrated GNOME 3 preview with GNOME Shell, the new tracker indexer, KDE Plasma Netbook interface, ksuseinstall, the LXDE desktop,  SpiderOak and zypper.