valuable features & vital issues

(vote for them if you are interested!!)
smart online package search
If I enter ‘web browser‘ at the YaST package module it will not find konqueror, arora, epiphany, lynx, pinfo, p3m and many others though these packages are available. The goal would be to furnish the online package search at packages.opensuse-community.org with the full power of the YaST package search mechanism which should be improved by consequently tagging all packages (f.i. as web browser).

provide FreeBSD, Solaris and OSX build targets for the openSUSE Build Service
While just rebuilding for different distros and Linux versions is often a rather cosmetic issue this would greatly enhance the capabilities of the automated package creation. It should not be undoable since there are also plans for a Windows build target. However the support of the program environment will be much better met on a Unix based system. What a pleasure for Mac OS users!

better graphics driver support for Google Earth
Comment on this issue and make Google engage in the development of an open source drivers for ATI graphics cards. The open source dirvers radeon and radeonhd are not mature enogh for a good 3D-experience while the proprietary fglrx is often broken on kernel updates and crashing quite frequently. Should be in the interest of Google as Google wants to offer an own Linux based operating system.

support for KDE3 in Opensuse_11.2
KDE3 is still more stable and elaborate than KDE4. By voting for this feature you can save your choosability between KDE3 and KDE4. Note that migrating to KDE4 will require a certain effort because it may need to be configured from scratch. It should be the decision of the user when to switch. It is also possible to use KDE3 and KDE4 applications simultaneously thus taking the best out of both systems (f.i. there is no kdesktop and kicker in KDE4, many configuration options are not provided so far.). Some apps like warp and wmiface have not been ported at all yet!

md5sum/sha1 - file lists for Opensuse
It is currently not possible to check whether files of your root filesystem have been altered by an intruder or cracker.However you should do such a check regularely in order to make sure that your system has not been infected as there is hardly any comprehensive antivirus and rootkit-check software for Linux by now. As long as we do not have these md5sum lists you may want to use checkroot.

disable TCP-window scaling (seems to be buggy)
May be useful for those who dial in via modem or wirelessly into the internet.




coming soon

(thanks for voting!!)
qemu-kvm multi-booting
Allowing to boot another existent OS installation without having to reinstall as vmware would be a good enhancement to qemu-kvm. It is a free virtualisation technic with the graphics support of vmware drivers and hardware accelarated virtualization. The feature should not be hard to implement since we only need to free individual partitions instead of a whole hard disk.

Apparmor for Opensuse_11.2 / 11.1 kernel 2.6.30 *** full support still at question ! ***
Apparmor has been Novells easy-to-use, streight-forward security solution for Opensuse. It can sandbox an application f.i. your webbrowser or email messanger so that a cracker using an exploit can not penetrate further into your system. However Apparmor has recently been ’outsourced’ so that a continuing support for Apparmor in Opensuse is at question. Without Apparmor Opensuse will lack an appropriate security framework (There does not seem to be any plan to adopt the more complex SELinux securtiy framework).

comprehensive xinerama support   *** your contribution is welcome ! ***
Preconfiguring screen orientation (left/right), screen size (font size!) and the selection of the primary screen for the task bar is something that can only be done by an appropriate xorg.conf. Alternative desktop environments will perhaps never present xrandr-workarounds to emulate even some of that functionality. If you are interested in ongoing xinerama support (with full xorg.configurability) you should give your vote at Novells bugzilla.

create a chroot environment for Opensuse (done; one minor bugfix is pending)
Creating a chroot environment enables you to run another Linux version or release without having to reboot. A simple chroot taking almost no time suffices. Besides this creating a chroot environment usually poses the basic step to set up a virtual machine via Xen or qemu-kvm. Nonetheless having a mere chroot environment requires per se much less space than a full virtualized OS-installation. The usage of such chroot environments may leverage the usage of apps only available for elder/other Linux distros. Besides this it may be heavily used for development purposes (Setting up a chroot via rpm is very tedious and intricated.).

package wishlist (done)
Suggest and vote for those packages which you wanna see in Opensuse.