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openSUSE Conference Set for September 17-20 in Nuremberg

March 31st, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project will be having its first full-on contributor’s conference this September in beautiful Nuremberg, Germany.

There’s still a lot of planning to be done, but we want to get the word out that the conference will take place from September 17 through September 20. Mark your calendars, buy your tickets, and start packing…

The most important details:

  • Date: September 17 – 20, 2009
  • Location: Nuremberg, Germany
  • Cost to attend: None – free to attend
  • Dress code: None – but you have to wear clothes

Additional details can be found (or are forthcoming) on the openSUSE wiki.

If you’re interested in being part of the conference team, speak up on the opensuse-marketing mailing list. We’re looking for contributors to help with speaker selection, event staff, video recording talks and sessions, and much more. See the wiki for more help, and add your name if you’re interested in being part of the conference team.

We’ll be starting the call for presentations on April 14th.

The conference will not be all talks and no work: There will be plenty of time for breakout sessions, birds of a feather, and hacking sessions.

Google Summer of Code Update

March 31st, 2009 by

If you’re still thinking about submitting an application for the openSUSE Project (or, actually, any project) for Google Summer of Code – the deadline is Friday, April 3rd at 19:00 UTC.

However, please don’t wait until the last minute! Leslie Hawthorn has sent out the following to the GSoC mentor’s list:

Right now, we have about 2x the students registered on the site as we
do number of proposals submitted. No doubt some of these student
registrations are “spam” from folks who won’t be submitting proposals.
However, I am also hearing things like “We have six applications
submitted to the GSoC 2009 site but we’re discussing another 20 or so
in our forums.”

I realize that many organizations are working with students to refine
their proposal ideas on their mailing lists, wikis, etc. However, a
proposal on a wiki, mailing list, etc. does not constitute an actual
application for the program; the proposal must be submitted to the
GSoC 2009 site. While doing review and refinement outside of
http://socghop.appspot.com is a useful exercise, it doesn’t allow us
to accurately gauge the number of student proposals we’re receiving
for GSoC 2009.

Please help us get an accurate sense of how many proposals will be
submitted for GSoC 2009 by asking your students to submit their
proposals to the GSoC 2009 site *now*. They are welcome to link to the
wiki page, mailing list thread, forum topic, etc. where their
proposals are under discussion and refinement as part of the proposal
submission process.[0]

In case folks are wondering, we want to get this data so we can decide
if it’s worthwhile to extend the student application deadline. We’re
pretty much set on “no, we won’t be extending the deadline,” but we
need better data so we can assess if a deadline extension would be a
good thing to do. We’re still anticipating the usual “near to deadline
application submission rush” that we see every year but we’d like to
get a more accurate proposal count sooner rather than later.

Questions? Ask on the opensuse-project mailing list or in #opensuse-project or #opensuse-gsoc on IRC (Freenode). If you have general GSoC questions, you can also ask in #gsoc on Freenode, where many of the Google folks hang out and are extremely responsive.

openSUSE Project at LinuxExpo in Prague

March 31st, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is bringing the green to Prague in April! The openSUSE Project will have a booth, demos, and several presentations at the LinuxExpo in Prague, April 15 and 16th at the Hotel Olympik Artemis.

LinuxExpo is billed as the largest exhibition and conference for Linux and FOSS in Central Europe. VIP entry to the Expo is CZK 1,300, or CZK 1,200 if you register on the Web site. Other prices apply to one day entry, or for passes that don’t come with materials and lunch.


In addition to openSUSE demos at the booth, openSUSE contributors will be giving two presentations as part of the LinuxExpo Programme.

Network Installation Fast and Simple: Katarína Machálková and Michal Žugec will be demonstrating using the network installation, installing to network disks (iSCSI), and remote installation over SSH. The presentation will also cover automatic installations with AutoYaST.

Making a Custom openSUSE Distro: Michal Hrušecký and Marek Stopka will cover use of the openSUSE Build Service, creating your own packages, cooperation with packaging team members, and creation of custom distros using SUSE Studio.

openSUSE Discs and Giveaways

We’ll have openSUSE 11.1 DVDs available at the booth, as well as openSUSE t-shirts, stickers, and more.

Interested in Helping?

Want to help with the booth at LinuxExpo? Contact Katerina Olsakova to make arrangements to get an openSUSE shirt and set up a schedule to meet and greet at the openSUSE booth.

More info on the LinuxExpo can be found in English and in Czech on the LinuxExpo Web site.