Monday, September 20, 2010

» openSUSE Conference 2010 countdown

Sirko "gnokii" Kemter made the initial artwork, I made the countdown:

To add the countdown to the openSUSE Conference 2010 to your blog/site/whatever, use one of the following URL for the <img/> tag:

For a slightly funnier version:


Sunday, September 19, 2010

» Added Packman to

Yesterday I added support for the Packman repository to the repository redirector service at

This means that now, you can simply add the Packman repository with the following command:

zypper ar -r

Also added some more explanations about how the redirector works with regards to proxying .repo files, as well as how to test/debug/verify what it sends back using curl. Read more at

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Monday, September 13, 2010

» My dot Xdefaults

~/.Xdefaults is the configuration file for all X applications and while most nowadays provide configuration interfaces, some can only be configured there. rxvt-unicode is one of them, but it's probably the fastest X terminal emulator available today, both in terms of startup and render times. It is also exceptionally good at rendering unicode.

The default colors in terminals are quite.. well, let's say "flashy" and not necessarily sweet on the eye, to say the least. Some months ago, I ran over an Xdefaults configuration for rxvt-unicode that changes those colors to a nice-on-the-eye, consistent set of darker colors, which fit exceptionally well in a terminal with a black background. Unfortunately, I don't have the URL any more, and all credits go to the original author.

As a side note, rxvt-unicode also supports opening URLs in browsers, amongst many other things.

If you're interested, here is my rxvt-unicode configuration, and proceed as follows:

curl \ \
>> ~/.Xdefaults
xrdb -merge <~/.Xdefaults
rpm -q rxvt-unicode || zypper in rxvt-unicode
urxvt &


Sunday, September 12, 2010

» Packman for SLE 11 SP1

At Packman, and with the support of Dinar "k0da" Valeev, who provided us with an additional build host for our Build Service instance, we now provide a selected set of "essential" multimedia/codec packages for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 (SP1).

To add the repository, do as follows:
zypper ar -r \

Note that we haven't been able to do a lot of testing yet, so if there are any issues and/or missing packages, please let us know by sending us an email to the Packman mailing-list (packman followed by the at sign and then the domain name links2linux followed by a dot and de, no registration needed).

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