openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 114 is out!

news Issue #114 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

  • Sascha Manns: Geeko wants you: Weekly News Team searches for new Translators
  • Cornelius Schumacher: Are you up for a new challenge in the SUSE Studio team?
  • Richard Bos: Build your own Google Earth rpm
  • TuxRadar: The newbie’s guide to hacking the Linux kernel
  • Andrew Wafaa: Community Discussion – Part1

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Günter Freiherr von Gravenreuth ist verstorben!

Eigentlich freut man sich nicht über den Tod  eines Menschen, aber Günter Freiherr von Gravenreuth habe ich dies wirklich gewünscht. In den 80er Jahren tauchte er dsa erste Mal auf, mit den „Tanja“ Briefen. In diesen Briefen gab er vor, ein junges Mädchen zu sein, das gerne Computerspiele tauschen möchte. Wer darauf einging, hatte wenige Tage später eine Abmahnung über mehrere hundert Mark von seiner Kanzlei bekommen. In den 90ern war er im Markenrecht tätig gewesen. Auch hier bediente er sich den Abmahnungen. Es ist nicht schlimm, das er Urheber vertreten hatte, aber es war schlimm, wie er es tat. Abmahnanwälte haben kaum etwas anderes zu tun, als im Internet und anderen Medien nach Sündern zu fahnden. Dann schreiben Sie den Urheber an, und bieten an, sie zu vertreten. Diese und andere Taktiken machten Gravenreuth zu einer zwielichtigen Persönlichkeit. Und seine Taten wurden auch nicht von allen gutgeheißen. Nun ist er aus eigener Hand gestorben. Nun denn: Ad mortem festinamus.


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Change a Partition from ext3 to ext4

Since the last openSUSE Version we have the Option to make Partitions in ext4. In my case i have made the Rootpartition in ext4 and other Partitions in ext3. No i have found an HowTo for changing the other Partitions to ext4. I have changed the original Informations to the openSUSE needs.

First of all, please change your Runlevel, through typing „init 3“ into the Konsole. Then we have a clean Konsole. After logging in with „root„, we have the full Access to the Partitions.

If you type „mount„, you get the Partitions List. In the follwowing Paragraphs  we describe the Situation if „/dev/sda2“ is your Partiton, you need to change.

Then we go through „cd /“ into our Root. If we try to unmount our „/dev/sda2“ the Kernel says us, that he can’t unmount, because the Partition is in use. Now we have to type „fuser -km /dev/sda2“ and then we can unmount with „umount /dev/sda2„.

After Unmounting we type „tune2fs -O extents,uninit_bg,dir_index /dev/sda2„. Keep in mind, that the „O“ isn’t an digit, just an „dash on“.

Now we can type „fsck /dev/sda2„. FSCK says us, the some Points are changed, and if we say „Yes„, fsck repairs all needed things.

If that all runs without Errors, we finally type „mount -t ext4 /dev/sda2 /home (or what is needed)„.

To finishing your settings you have to go to „/etc/fstab„, and change your Entry /dev/sda2 from ext3 to ext4.

After rebooting, you’re working on ext4. Have a lot of fun 🙂

Thanks a lot to Distrowatch for claryfining this Point.

Converting an *.deb Package to *.rpm

Today i tried to build an Package called „XMind„. But the Sourcecode was very strange. The Projectpage has just *.exe and *.deb Files. So i tried an piece Software called „Alien“. The Program description says, that the Program converts to RPM, DEB, TARGZ and other Formats.

The usage of the Program is „alien [–to-deb] [–to-rpm] [–to-tgz] [–to-slp] [options] file […]„. So in my case i tried alien –to-rpm xmind.deb.

But alien propose that we use the Function –scripts, so the Scripts converted too. And my usage was „alien –to-rpm -scripts xmind.deb

An other interesting feature is the automatic use of Packages: „–patch=patch„. If the Patch is placed into /var/lib/alien the Program uses this Patch to build the Package.

So i think, that i’m using this Program (alien) in some cases in future. Good piece of Software.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 107 is out!

news Issue #107 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

  • Wiki Cleanup – Geeko wants you!
  • Masim Sugianto: Recover Deleted Files on Linux with Extundelete
  • Updated GNOME for openSUSE 11.2, and why it’s good
  • Carlos Gonçalves: PySide packages for openSUSE, Mandriva and Fedora
  • Skype 2.1 beta 2 aka Talking Screens for Linux

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Chaos Communication Congress: Here be dragons

I just would like to remind, that yesterday starts the 26th Chaos Communication Congress „Here be dragons“. „Here be dragons“ was in the middle age an Slogan for an unknown Territory. So our Hackers this year walk about the lines, and beyond the lines, in unknown Territory.
If you would like to see the Live-Stream, then you can see the Site. The Schedule you can see there: Fahrplan.

I wish all many joy with it.

Strange Twitter

If i started twitter i have defined some ppl to follow. But now if i check my Twitter i get a lots of people who i don’t follow. And i’m getting spam. Is this in your accounts so like me?

Cleanup openFATE

Today i’ve made an little Cleanup in the openFATE Databse. In the untagged Link i’ve tagged 50 Features. Now we have just 279 Features to tag. Maybe anyone would like to help…

openSUSE Weekly News Issue 102 is out

Issue #102 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

    • Joe Brockmeier: openSUSE Build Service Integrates with to reach 150,000 contributors
    • Michal Seben: cronie daemon is openSUSE
    • Kashyap: 6 Different Ways To End Unresponsive Programs In Linux
    • Joe Brockmeier: Web Winners and Losers in 2009
    • Leemhuis: Kernel Log: Linux 2.6.33 to include Nvidia graphics driver nouveau

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      Updated openSUSE Package: lynis 1.2.9

      I’m pleased to announce a new Version of our Package lynis. Now we have the Version 1.2.9. The Package is reachable in the openSUSE:Factory:Contrib Repository. This release adds several fixes and improvements for Squid, a few new tests, and improved logging and reporting.