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Wednesday openSUSE Community Week Sessions

May 13th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Community Week is going strong! The fun kicks up a notch Wednesday with sessions with the openSUSE Board and a workshop with the openSUSE Weekly News team, in addition to sessions with the GNOME and KDE teams, testing and QA, and much more.

Our community week is a chance to get people from around the world together at the same time to focus on specific topics, and to transfer knowledge about openSUSE to help grow our teams. The idea is to cover topics to improve our community by broadening our knowledge, and to enable new contributors to openSUSE and open source.

openSUSE Community Week runs from through May 17. openSUSE Community Week is a chance to get people from around the world together at the same time to focus on specific topics, and to transfer knowledge about openSUSE to help grow our teams.

The idea is to cover topics to empower ourselves as a community by broadening our knowledge, and to enable new contributors to openSUSE and open source.

As a reminder — all sessions are being held in IRC. If you need help getting started with IRC, see the openSUSE wiki for more. The entire week’s schedule can be found on the wiki. Here’s an overview of Wednesday’s events:

  • Meet with the openSUSE Board at 07:00, 17:00, and 20:00 UTC in #opensuse-project on Freenode.
  • GNOME Wiki day from 08:00 to 22:00 UTC, with intro sessions at 08:00 and 16:00 UTC in #opensuse-gnome on Freenode.
  • KDE: KDE PIM session with Kevin Krammer from KDE PIM at 16:00 UTC in #opensuse-kde on Freenode.
  • The openSUSE Weekly News Team will meet at 12:00 UTC to 20:00 UTC to hold a workshop on creating an edition of openSUSE Weekly News. Held in #opensuse-newsletter on Freenode.
  • Getting started with openFATE at 08:00 UTC in #opensuse-project on Freenode.
  • Packaging and openSUSE Build Service Q&A in #opensuse-buildservice on Freenode.
  • How to get started with Testing and QA in #opensuse-testing on Freenode at 06:00 UTC.

Check the schedule on the wiki for all sessions. As always, there will be plenty of openSUSE contributors in #opensuse-project for general questions about openSUSE and getting started as a contributor.

Sign in on Wednesday and have a lot of fun!

Tuesday openSUSE Community Week Sessions

May 12th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Community Week is going strong! Monday kicked off with a number of really informative and well-attended sessions on GNOME, KDE, testing, packaging, and more. Tuesday is even more chock full of fun, with more sessions and plenty of openSUSE contributors on hand. If you want to get involved in openSUSE there’s no time like the present!

Our community week is a chance to get people from around the world together at the same time to focus on specific topics, and to transfer knowledge about openSUSE to help grow our teams. The idea is to cover topics to improve our community by broadening our knowledge, and to enable new contributors to openSUSE and open source.

openSUSE Community Week runs from through May 17. openSUSE Community Week is a chance to get people from around the world together at the same time to focus on specific topics, and to transfer knowledge about openSUSE to help grow our teams.

The idea is to cover topics to empower ourselves as a community by broadening our knowledge, and to enable new contributors to openSUSE and open source.

As a reminder — all sessions are being held in IRC. If you need help getting started with IRC, see the openSUSE wiki for more. The entire week’s schedule can be found on the wiki. Here’s an overview of Tuesday’s events:

And there will be plenty of openSUSE contributors in #opensuse-project for general questions about openSUSE and getting started as a contributor. Also, the Education Project will have general discussion on Tuesday in #openSUSE-edu on Freenode from 09:00 to 15:00 UTC.

Join us Tuesday in IRC and Have a Lot of Fun!

Monday Community Week Sessions

May 11th, 2009 by

openSUSE Community Week runs from May 11 through May 17. Our community week is a chance to get people from around the world together at the same time to focus on specific topics, and to transfer knowledge about openSUSE to help grow our teams.

The idea is to cover topics to empower ourselves as a community by broadening our knowledge, and to enable new contributors to openSUSE and open source. The week is starting off with sessions in GNOME, KDE, packaging, and much more.

As a reminder — all sessions are being held in IRC. If you need help getting started with IRC, see the openSUSE wiki for more. The entire week’s schedule can be found on the wiki. Here’s a quick overview of scheduled sessions for Monday, May 11th.

And there will be plenty of openSUSE contributors in #opensuse-project for general questions about openSUSE and getting started as a contributor.

iFolder Project Meeting Tuesday, May 12

May 8th, 2009 by

On the iFolder mailing list, Brent McConnell has announced the first iFolder Project meeting on May 12 at 14:00 GMT.

Meeting Agenda includes:

  1. Engineering update. What’s happened since we relaunched?
  2. Wiki port project. Volunteers needed
  3. Todo list
  4. Open discussion

Meeting will be in IRC on Freenode in the #ifolder channel.

Get Ready for openSUSE Community Week!

May 7th, 2009 by

Community Week Counter

The first openSUSE Community Week is just around the corner. May 11 through May 17 we’ll be hosting live sessions in IRC to help grow the openSUSE Community.

Community week is all about helping new contributors get started with openSUSE and getting existing contributors together to mentor new contributors, and working together on major projects.

We’ll be hosting a week of IRC tutorials, Q&A’s, and jam sessions on a number of topics. Learn to work with the testing/QA team, create packages, work with the openSUSE Build Service, help work on the wiki, or get involved with the GNOME and KDE teams. There’s something for everybody.

Schedule and Topics

The Community Week schedule is posted on the openSUSE Wiki. Each topic has its own schedule, and new sessions are still being added — so be sure to check the schedule throughout the week for new and exciting sessions.

If you have general project questions or aren’t sure where to go during Community Week, talk to us in #opensuse-project on Freenode. And, as always, questions about contributing to openSUSE are always welcome on the openSUSE Project mailing list.

Help with Community Week

Even if you’re not leading any sessions, you can still pitch in and help with Community Week. We need contributors to “staff” IRC channels to mentor new contributors, and to spread the word about openSUSE Community Week.

If you’d like to lead a session, there’s still time. Contact Zonker with a topic, abstract, and times you can hold sessions.

To mentor and answer questions, just show up! The more the merrier, so if you have some free time during the week, pop into IRC and lend a hand.

Spread the Word!

You can also help make Community Week a success by spreading the word. Blog about it, talk about it on Facebook, tell your friends and coworkers, get the word out however you can. You can also post a counter on your Web site or just link to the Community Week page.

If you’re on Twitter or Identi.ca, you can follow @opensuse and help spread the word by RT’ing our Community Week updates, and forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested in contributing. Every little bit helps!

Not feeling very creative? Just post the following on your blog:

Join me for openSUSE Community Week

The openSUSE Project is running a Community Week from May 11 through May 17. Learn how to get involved with the openSUSE Project and become a contributor to openSUSE. You can help promote the use of Linux everywhere and help make openSUSE the best Linux distro for new and experienced Linux users.

You don’t have to be a developer to participate. We’re looking for all kinds of contributors: writers, translators, artists, teachers, and (of course) developers to help shape the openSUSE Linux distribution.

Learn more about openSUSE and Community Week at:
http://en.opensuse.org/Community_Week

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 70

May 5th, 2009 by

news    Issue #70 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • KDE4 Reloaded
  • Google Summer of Code Introduction
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1beta6
  • Lukas Ocilka: YaST Has New Icons / Mascot … Finally :)
  • ARM support in openSUSE Buildservice – fixed

For a list of available translations see this page:
http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/70/Translations

Reminder: openSUSE Project Meeting Wednesday May 6th at 17:00 UTC

May 4th, 2009 by

The next openSUSE Project meeting will take place Wednesday May 6th at 17:00 UTC. See all time zones on the Fixed Time World Clock. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-project channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

http://en.opensuse.org/Meetings/Project_Meeting_2009-05-06

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: Jim Henderson

May 3rd, 2009 by

I noticed Jim by his thoughtful replies on openSUSE mail lists and forums. He has ability to listen, understand and answer in the way that correspondent can not only find correct, but also understand, which is seldom found talent.

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openSUSE 11.1 KDE4 Reloaded: Includes KDE 4.2.2 and 11.1 Updates

May 1st, 2009 by

While 11.2 is still months away there’s still plenty of activity going on with openSUSE. In addition to last week’s milestone release, you can also get your hands on openSUSE 11.1 Reloaded. This is a respin of openSUSE 11.1, including KDE 4.2.2 packages and updates to 11.1.

This is an installable live CD that features the KDE 4.2.2 packages from the openSUSE Build Service repo. The live CD was created by Stephan ‘Beineri’ Binner, and is useful for people who want to test out KDE 4.2 and users who are doing new installs and want the most recent openSUSE updates straight out of the box.

See the KDE 4.2.2 announcement for more information on the improvements and new features in KDE 4.2.2.

Some features in openSUSE’s distribution of KDE differ slightly from a stock install of KDE. The “cashew” (Toolbox) is not enabled by default. It ships with the “Aya” theme and includes some bugfixes and enhancements over the stock 4.2.2 release. The Reloaded live CD also defaults to the KDE4 versions of Amarok (2.0.2) and Digikam (0.10).

A Note of Caution

Please note that this is not an “official” openSUSE release, and has not undergone the same kind of testing that stable releases receive.

Additional openSUSE KDE News

As Will Stephenson points out, if you’re following the KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop repository, you’ll soon start getting KDE 4.3 packages. If you want to keep on with the KDE 4.2 packages, use the new KDE:42 repo. The live CD is pre-configured to use this repository, so no need to worry about getting moved to 4.3 unless you change it.

See Important news for openSUSE KDE4 users for more information about KDE repos in the openSUSE Build Service and package naming changes.