Monday, 10 January 2011

Winter updates

Phew. long time no news! It's been a busy start of winter ... on that topic a happy new year to everyone! Welcome if you're reading this for the first time on PlanetSUSE, have a look at my intro if you're curious who I am.

A few updates on what I've been working on this month at least.

libopensync-plugin-akonadi 0.22.1 released
Released an update to try and make it work better with the Google Akonadi resource (thanks ares)

Package updates on the OBS
  • Packaged krazy2, the KDE code quality checker, straight from git in KDE:Unstable:Playground
  • Updated get_iplayer, the BBC iPlayer download tool, in home:MasterPatricko. It now works!
  • Packaged powertop2 beta, the power consumption monitor, in home:MasterPatricko; interesting improvements compared to powertop. Needs kernel 2.6.37 (i.e. Factory or Kernel:HEAD) to show off its full power, but still works in 11.3.
  • Update liquidwar6, the particle simulation game, to 0.0.9beta in games
  • Update maxima, the Computer Algebra system, in science to 5.23.0
  • Update unshield, the .CAB file extractor from the SynCE project, in Archiving (and eventually Factory) to 0.6

  • Fix build of denyhosts, the SSH brute-force protection tool, on x86_64

  • Update redshift, the auto screen-brightness adjuster in Factory:Contrib to 0.6

  • Created a package vncserver-autostart in home:MasterPatricko which adds an init script to start a tightvnc vncserver on bootup. Complete with sysconfig-style configuration. Completely insecure of course but perfect for a local network.

Started using my hard-earned openSUSE member benefits; tejas.guruswamy AT and masterpatricko AT are operational; got the blog syndicated on

Plus, as always, I have a couple of new project ideas I'd like to get started on ... more on that soon. Comments welcome as always


  1. Thanks for the updates!

    Looking at the unshield packages in the various "official" obs repos, there doesn't seem to be much consistency in where the packages link to.

    For instance:

    Emulators:Wine -> openSUSE:Factory
    Archiving -> openSUSE:Factory
    Education -> system:syncCE -> mobile:synchronization:FACTORY -> openSUSE:Factory.

    Might it be a good idea if they all point to one "official" location for the unshield package, like openSUSE:Factory or mobile:synchronization:FACTORY?

  2. Good point - in fact because of this issue I'm having trouble getting the right version into Factory.

    I'll ask Education to link to openSUSE:Factory; and at some point this year the system:SynCE repo is gonna disappear (everything has moved to mobile:synchronization), that should sort it out.


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