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openSUSE Weekly News, issue 87 out!

September 5th, 2009 by

news Issue #87 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Keynote Update: Lenz Grimmer to Keynote openSUSE Conference
  • Masim Sugianto: Indonesian openSUSE Event : Zimbra Community Training
  • Pavol Rusnak: New RPM in openSUSE Factory
  • Unixmen/M.Zinoune: Usefull extensions for openoffice
  • Andrew Wafaa: Guide To Goblin

For a list of available translations see this page:
http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/87/Translations

Reminder: Weekly News Team Meeting

September 5th, 2009 by

The next openSUSE Weekly News meeting will take place today (Saturday September 05) at 14:30 UTC. As always, the meeting will be held in IRC on the #opensuse-newsletter channel on Freenode.

Please add your topics to the meeting wiki page at:

http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_Weekly_News/Meetings/Topics_current

We using for our Meeting the Meetbot. Please check http://wiki.debian.org/MeetBot for the commands.

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-newsletter on Freenode. Fire up your favorite IRC client and head over to #opensuse-newsletter.

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.

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

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

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.

Keynote Update: Lenz Grimmer to Keynote openSUSE Conference

September 3rd, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that Lenz Grimmer will be delivering the opening keynote for the first-ever openSUSE Conference. The openSUSE Conference will be held September 17 through September 20 in Nürnberg, Germany. Register today!

Grimmer’s keynote, “Working in a Virtual Community,” This session will talk about the pros and cons of working in a virtual organization, some proven best practices and tools, and how everyone can benefit from this working environment. Grimmer will discuss how to build trust, passion, and self-motivation, and how communities can work in distributed environments.

Leslie Hawthorn, Google’s Program Manager for open source, was originally scheduled to deliver the opening keynote. Due to a schedule conflict, Hawthorn won’t be able to attend the openSUSE Conference. She sends her regrets and hopes to attend an openSUSE event in the near future.

Our closing keynote will be delivered by Gianugo Rabellino, Chief Executive Officer of Sourcesense and member of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

The openSUSE Conference is an opportunity for openSUSE contributors to attend talks, workshops, Birds of a Feather sessions, and collaborate together face to face. The conference will be held from September 17 through September 20 in Nürnberg, Germany. Register today to reserve your spot!

The conference will have two daily tracks of pre-planned talks, plus “BarCamp” style tracks for attendees to plan and provide their own content. Scheduled talks include:

  • Insights into openSUSE Infrastructure: Klaas Freitag
  • News from the GNOME Zoo: Vincent Untz
  • Samba @ openSUSE: Lars Müller

Unconference

The openSUSE Conference will also have a major “unconference” component, where talks and sessions can be scheduled in BarCamp format. We’ll have plenty of time for contributors to discuss and work on topics they’re interested in face to face.

Unconference planning is being done on the openSUSE wiki. Want to lead a session? Jump in and edit the wiki!

Register Today!

The conference is less than two weeks away. If you haven’t registered yet, you need to do so today! Registration is at conference.opensuse.org/registration. We’ll accept registrations up to the conference, but space is limited. We also have a limited number of t-shirts on hand. Registered attendees will get preference over unregistered attendees.

Hotels and Getting There

Time is running out to book your hotel for the openSUSE Conference. Limited space is still available in the venue. All registrants should have received information on booking hotel. Registrations are being made through Alexia Henrie (ahenrie at novell.com). More information on hotels and directions can be found on the Web site.

Power Outage in Nuernberg Office

September 2nd, 2009 by

From Sep 12 to Sep 13 we will have a power outage in the Nuernberg office.

Downtime is planned from 2009-09-11 20:00 CEST (18:00 UTC) until 2009-09-14 10:00 CEST (08:00 UTC). So it might become a long weekend especially for developers – but we plan to avoid restrictions for endusers during this downtime.

So far, the following services are affected by this downtime:

  • Build Service
  • Mailing lists
  • …and more

Please have a look at the “downtime” wiki page to see the full list of affected hosts.

Not affected:

  • news.opensuse.org
  • <lang>.opensuse.org (all opensuse wikis)
  • forums.opensuse.org
  • irc.freenode.net/opensuse* channels
  • bugzilla.novell.com
  • download.opensuse.org (replacement host in place)
  • static.opensuse.org (replacement host in place)
  • software.opensuse.org (search will not work as the buildservice is down)

We plan no replacement for the other services as the downtime is not too large.

We will try to reduce/disable building on build.opensuse.org on Thursday, so all mirrors should have “up-to date” packages over the weekend.

With kind regards,
Lars (on behalf of the openSUSE-Admins)

Keysigning Party @ openSUSE Conference

September 2nd, 2009 by

Extend the web of trust! Take part at the Keysigning Party during openSUSE Conference.

There will be two Keysigning Party sessions during the openSUSE Conference, so everybody has the chance to participate:

  1. Thursday 16:45 – 17:30
  2. Saturday 16:45 – 17:30

Both sessions will be in the Unconference Track.

If you want to participate, follow the instructions in the openSUSE wiki now!  Deadline for key submissions is Sunday September, 13 at 12:00 UTC.

Thanks to Jan Weber for organizing this!  He needs a volunteer to lead the second session, please contact him if you are interested.