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openSUSE at LinuxFest Northwest

April 14th, 2009 by


Join the openSUSE Project as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of LinuxFest Northwest! The openSUSE Project will be exhibiting at LinuxFest Northwest on April 25th and 26th.

The LFNW organizers are going all out to celebrate a decade of gathering the Linux community. Featured speakers at LFNW this year include Jon ‘maddog’ Hall, Monty Widenius, Allison Randal, and many others from the FOSS community.

In a rough economy, you don’t get more value than LFNW. The show is free to attend, and no registration is required. Directions are available on the LFNW site.

Need a ride to Bellingham from Seattle or nearby? The LFNW site has a wiki page for ride shares. If you’re looking to give or get a ride, sign up on the wiki.

Booth help for LFNW

Want to help out with the openSUSE booth at LFNW? Drop me an email and your shirt size, and we’ll get you hooked up with an openSUSE shirt and booth schedule.

People of openSUSE: Jean-Daniel Dodin

April 13th, 2009 by

Jean-Daniel Dodin is openSUSE member since the very beginning. He is the first sysop of http://fr.opensuse.org and in general very active openSUSE and Linux advocate, both on and off line. The most recent of his numerous projects is attempt to revive the Linux Documentation Project which was sinking in a lethargy for quite some time before he appeared started reorganization, energizing people.


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 66

April 8th, 2009 by

We want YOU ! The openSUSE Weekly Newsletter team needs your support – join the crew !
* Editors for the main newsletter
* Translators for Italian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, French, Chinese
You can reach us in irc @freenode (channel #opensuse-newsletter) or through opensuse-marketing@opensuse.org mailinglist.

news    Issue #66 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Google Summer of Code
  • Graphical Mode for YaST/Partitioning
  • KDE 4.2.2 is out
  • Mono 2.4 and MonoDevelop 2.0 released
  • The real antidote for Conficker

The openSUSE Weekly News is available in:

Italian (delay),
Russian (delay),
Spanish (delay) and
Swedish (delay).

Next Steps for Google Summer of Code

April 7th, 2009 by

The Google Summer of Code application period ended last Friday, April 3rd. We’re now in the interim period until April 15th. The full timeline is available on Google’s site.

During this time, mentors will be reviewing student applications and ranking them. There’s still time for mentors to sign up, but mentors must be signed up by April 15th. Mentors should attend the openSUSE Project meeting this week if possible.

We should have all applications ranked and paired with a mentor (if applicable) by April 15th. If you’re interested in being a mentor, please be sure that you’re signed up to gsoc-mentors@opensuse.org (gsoc-mentors+subscribe@opensuse.org) to discuss students and applications.

We’re also meeting in the #opensuse-soc channel on Freenode to discuss Google Summer of Code topics. If you have general GSoC questions, head over to #gsoc on Freenode. There’s usually a bunch of people in the room who can answer questions.

Reminder: openSUSE Project Meeting Wednesday (April 8)

April 7th, 2009 by

Just a quick reminder: the next openSUSE Project meeting is April 8th, at 16:00 UTC. (See The Fixed Time World Clock for the time in your time zone.) As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-project channel on Freenode.

If you’re a mentor or student interested in participating in Google Summer of Code, please attend this meeting!

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:


Please add topics as soon as possible. Also, if you have questions for the meeting, but can’t attend (we know that the meeting times can’t work for everyone) please add them to the agenda as well.

For more on IRC meetings, see: http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/About.

As always, we meet in #opensuse-project on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-project.

Not familiar with IRC? A good overview can be found at irchelp.org. This site is not affiliated with openSUSE. For more information on Freenode, see http://freenode.net/.
Wondering what meeting times are? Check the openSUSE Meetings page. All project meetings and team meetings should be listed there.

People of openSUSE: Sascha saigkill Manns

April 6th, 2009 by

Sascha is active in many areas of openSUSE (Marketing, Feature Screening and using Build service for his projects), but he is particularly active in openSUSE Weekly News. More than 1300 articles translated and edited since October 2008th is quite some effort. That alone is deserving attention, but he didn’t stopped there and recently he started a new initiative in cooperation with Radiotux. The plan is to prepare digest of openSUSE Weekly News in German. More about that you can read in his Radiotux blog (it is German) and even more in his Lizards blog


Final Reminder: Student Applications Due Friday at 19:00 UTC for Google Summer of Code

April 2nd, 2009 by

Just a final reminder: The Google Summer of Code applications are due for students tomorrow by 19:00 UTC.  Get those applications in now, folks! (That’s Friday, April 3.) We’ve posted about GSoC previously here and here.

Mentors: If you’re not signed up in the Google system yet, please do so. If you’ve signed up, please be sure to also subscribe to the gsoc-mentors@opensuse.org mailing list. (gsoc-mentors+subscribe@opensuse.org)

Have questions? Join #opensuse-project or #opensuse-gsoc for openSUSE-specific questions. Join #gsoc on Freenode for general questions about Summer of Code. If the question isn’t addressed in the Google FAQ, drop me an email.

Google is highly unlikely to extend the deadline, so get those apps in now or be prepared to wait until GSoC 2010.

KDE Bug Squashing and Packaging Day: Sunday April 5, 2009

April 2nd, 2009 by

Will Stephenson has announced that the KDE team will be having a bug squashing and packaging workshop day on Sunday, April 5:

I’m happy to announce that we’re having a bug squashing and packaging workshop  day this Sunday, the 5th of April.  This is being run in tandem with an upstream KDE bug squashing event running all weekend, so we can effectively sort bugs that are specific to openSUSE out from those that upstream KDE should know about.

For bug squashing, join #kde-bugs and #opensuse-kde on Freenode IRC.

For packaging, the KDE Team will be around #opensuse-kde from 1200CEST (that’s  10:00UTC) and I will present a couple of packaging tutorials and answer questions.   If you have an interest in learning to package and have not already mailed me, please send me a personal mail so I can call for
reinforcements if necessary.

See you on Sunday!