New/Updated Applications

The last days i’ve updated or added new Packages.

Have a lot of fun with it 🙂

New Rubrique in the openSUSE Weekly News

We are planning a new Rubric "In the Community/Why i’m using SUSE / openSUSE."

The please feel free to post here your experiences. Talk about why LINUX, and why openSUSE? Interesting Anektotes? What makes openSUSE better than other LINUX Distribution.

Now you can choose. One way for submit your Article is to put it in this Discussion field from our Facebook Site . As alternative you can send your Article to:

Please come to us and talk about yourself. We planning to publish each Week one of this collected experiences.

New site for submitting news to the openSUSE Weekly News

The openSUSE Weekly News team is proud to release a new Facebook Site for the news. You can reach this Fansite there: As alternative you also can use our Emai: On both places you can submit news, discuss about the news and you can place feedback. So we hope you become a "Fan" of the openSUSE Weekly News. May the Lizard be with you.

openSUSE medical Team releases stable version

Some month our team was busy, and so you hasn’t heard about us. But we are alive. We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Distribution who still medical needs.

Whats happened? In the beginning of the project we tried to package some stuff just as beginning. Then we published 2 pre versions, but there we found some things to fix. We have worked hard for you, and now we are pleased to announce openSUSE medical version 0.0.6 with fresh packaged packages.

What’s new?

FreeMedForms (FMF) is a multi-platform software (available on MacOS, Linux, FreeBSD, Windows), multilingual, free and open source, released under the new BSD license.
FreeMedForms is developed by medical doctors and is mainly intended for health professionals. Currently, the suite is under development. It is available only for testing purposes. The main objective of FreeMedForms is to manage the electronic medical records based on your medical practice or the practice of clinical research groups. Your records will be fully customizable through the use of plugins. Some parts of the suite are already operational and usable in practice as the prescriber FreeDiams (formerly DrugsInteractions). If you like to use FreeMedForms, you have to login yourself in the application as user “admin” with password “admin”.

FreeDiams prescriber is the result of FreeMedForms prescriber plugins built into a standalone application.
FreeDiams is a multi-platform (MacOS, Linux, FreeBSD, Windows), free and open source released under the GPLv3 license. It is developed by medical doctors and is intended for use by these same professionals. It can be used alone to prescribe and / or test drug interactions within a prescription. It can be linked to any application thanks to its command line parameters. FreeDiams can use several drugs database. Are currently available: Drugs database FDA_USA, the french AFSSAPS drugs database, the Canadian drugs databases (HCDPD), and the South African (SAEPI) are available. Drugs interactions calculation is available for all these drugs databases beginning with the upcoming v0.5.0.

The GNUmed project builds free, liberated open source Electronic Medical Record software in multiple languages to assist and improve longitudinal care (specifically in ambulatory settings, i.e. multi-professional practices and clinics). It is made available at no charge and is capable of running on GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It is developed by a handful of medical doctors and programmers from all over the world. It can be useful to anyone documenting the health of patients including, but not limited to, doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, nurses, psychologists …

TEMPO is open source software for 3D visualization of brain electrical activity. TEMPO accepts EEG file in standard EDF format and creates animated sequence of topographic maps. Topographic maps are generated over 3D head model and user is able to navigate around head and examine maps from different viewpoints. Most mapping parameters are adjustable through appropriate graphical user interface controls. Also, individual topographic maps could be saved in PNG format for future examination or publishing.

But the openSUSE medical Distribution has more inside the DVD. The openSUSE medical team has hand-selected which package to add into the Distribution.

So we can say, that we have a good solution for Doctors, Students, Clinics and other people who trying to spread the word about Open Source.

We also have added a complete package, multimedia-codecs and multimediaplayer. So you can play with different inputformats. And the last addition was the KMyMoney Package, so you can know how to make money 🙂

Thanks a lot on this time for the Upstream Coder: Eric Maeker from France, Sebastian Siebert from Germany and the TEMPO Team.

Technically: From this version on we have fixed the *.desktop files. Now all medical desktop applications can found under Menu/Education/Science/. So it is easier for our users to find the needed software. Tomorrow i’ll starting to create a list of “Must have” applications for our project. So every Packager can choose the the product he like to package. But we need more Packagers in our team. So if you know the BuildService and don’t know what should you do, just join the team.

But, where you can get this nice stuff?

You can get it there:

How can you see our good Team?

You can visit our teampage: The site explains how you can be a part of our Mailinglist or Project.

All the other things you can find in our Portalpage: There you can find all important Links, and how to file a Bug or how to drop a openFATE Entry.

The Horizon: We can see good clouds on the horizon. ATM our team plans a collaboration between openSUSE and Fedora and Debian. The goal is that we can create new packages and share the package and all needed Informations and Experiences with other medical teams on the screen. We hope to arrange a shared Guideline for packaging medical Software and find new Ideas and Enhencements for the medical Community. Thats our Part for “Collaboration across Borders”.

Now enjoy your openSUSE medical.

Live from the openSUSE Conference 2010 in Nuremberg

Today it starts: The new openSUSE Conference. We have over 240 Registrations before start. Some Registrants sleeping in the Hotel from the Berufsbildungswerk. I’m living in the third floor. And i am happy, a clean and convenient room.
Today the Conference starts at 09:30 with Henne Vogelsangs Talk „Get your ass up!“. He motivates us, not just to talk about what is to do. We should just doing anything and have fun.
The next Talk i’ve listened was Lubos Lunaks talk about „Easy multi – distribution package builds with the buid service. Lubos explained us, how to use the kde-obs-generator. This Program needs just a singe INFO File with the needed Inforations, and the Program creates from that a *.spec File and two debian*.control Files. So we have all for building Packages for Fedora, Mandriva, Debian and Ubuntu. This talk motivates me to try it out. Maybe i can support in Future my Packages who i maintain in more Destinations.
The next talk i’ve listened was „Tracking the latest Upstream“ from Vincent Untz. This talk was very interesting. All of the Packagers knowing this. Have i packaged the last available Source? Maybe yesterday comes a new Source update? So we have to proof that. For this, Vincent explained, that we can use for that the plugin osc colab. This tool can track the Sourcecode. So i have to try it out if i come home at Sunday.
ATM i’m llistening to Adrian Schröters talk „Maintainance made easy with OBS“. Adrian has explained us, what OBS is, what are the present features (like services), and what is to be done.
All in all i’m very happy to learn such things. The next Talks i’m listen to are „More openSUSE at Home and in the Office“, „Effective Packaging“, „Spreading Applications as LiveCD using OBS & SUSE Studio“ and „Alice in Wonderland – virtualizing openSUSE“. At 19:00 we have a open Kino there. That means a non commercial Movie. And so on.
All in all i would like to invite all of our Readers to come to us and stay in Nürnberg. The next Days are fully compressed with interesting Talks and BOFs. So come to us and stay with us. 🙂

New Package for openSUSE: Skrooge 0.7.2

I’m pleased to announce the new Package 0.7.2 of the financial Software skrooge.

What happens in this Version?

The release announcement says:


  • Use standard KDE dialogs for password management
  • Applet for dashboard to display tip of the day
  • CSV import of splits and transfers
  • CSV import is able to oncatenate many attributes in „comment“ or „payee“
  • CSV import can import unknown attributes as properties
  • Export XML
  • „Search & Process“ is able to search, update, insert and delete properties
  • All currencies are now available in unit page
  • Open property picture associated to an object
  • Customisable date formats


  • bug 233895: Switching account from 1 type to another with multi-sel is modifying the initial balance
  • bug 233930: QIF address field is not imported
  • bug 234595: Better handling of category deletion ==> Reparent operations on parent category when a category is removed
  • bug 234608: Some gnucash notes are lost during import phase
  • bug 234771: Problem importing ofx file
  • bug 234845: Bad Account after importing ofx

As usual, the changelog contains the complete list of changes.

Where to find openSUSE Packages?

In the Past i have published skrooge in the KDE:KDE4:Community. But now i have moved to the new KDE Community Repository: KDE:Extra ( There you can find now the new Version.

You like skrooge? Then join our Ohloh Group

ohloh – where users meet developers

Maybe you have heard about an site called „ohloh“. Ohloh is a plattform from the Company behind Sourceforge (GeekNet, Inc.). The Idea behind Ohloh is to create a space (social network) who users can meet developers.

From Users point of view, a User can visit all Projectsites inside ohloh and he can talk with the developers. The User can vote on an Projectsite for an Project, so everyone can see, you like this Project. The ohloh User can give or recieve Kudos. You can place messages to the project, or the other users.

If you’re a Project leader, you can add your Profile to ohloh. Then you can manage releaseplanning with our ohloh, You can give or recieve Kudos from other in the ohloh Network. If you ohloh let know where the Source is, he makes analysis from the Sourcecode. You can see where commits things in your Source or who has made the last commit. The codebase history informs about the amount of activity for each project. Software stacks (list of software applications used by Ohloh’s members) and tags are used to calculate the similarity between projects. Ohloh also offers an download service.

Contributor statistics are also available, measuring open source developers‘ experience as observable in code committed to revision control repositories. Social network features (kudos) have been introduced to allow users to rank open source contributors. A KudoRank for each user and open source contributor on a scale of 1 to 10 is automatically extracted from all kudos in the system. The idea of measuring open source developers‘ skills and productivity on the basis of commit statistics or mutual rating has received mixed reactions in technology blogs.

You’re now invited to visit the Site. Enjoy it…

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