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Educational track at openSUSE conference 2010 big success

December 17th, 2010 by
Heinz on Skolelinux

Heinz on Skolelinux

At the openSUSE conference almost two months ago a special Educational track on Saturday featured talks about the progress on openSUSE Edu-L.i.f.e, the applications it ships and many other educational topics. The goal of the openSUSE Edu team is to cater for students, educators as well as parents and the software they develop, package and ship has everything required to make computers productive for either home or school usage.

At the conference over 30 people discussed topics including X2go and thin client computing in general, several openSUSE based educational distributions, opsi, a Client Management System for Windows clients based on Linux servers, groupware (including openXchange), PyKota printing accounting software, the KIOSK tool and more.


Next Tuesday: Social Media Collaboration Day

December 17th, 2010 by

Last Monday the second Marketing Collaboration Day happened – with a focus on Marketing Materials. The moderators, Chuck Payne and Bryen Yunashko, would like to thank everyone who got involved for their hard work! It was a successful day with many items covered, added and expanded for openSUSE Marketing.


Alan Clark new openSUSE Board Chairman

December 14th, 2010 by

Alan Clark. Chairman of the openSUSE Board

As you know, Michael Loeffler has left the openSUSE Board to pursue new opportunities, we are sad to see him go and wish him well. With his departure and with the upcoming Board elections, we have a desire to see a new Chairperson selected. The election rules state that the Chairperson be appointed by Novell and yesterday Markus Rex, General Manager of Novells Open Platform Solutions, presented Alan Clark to us as the new Chairperson. (more…)

Holiday Wishes from the openSUSE Board

December 13th, 2010 by

Seasons Greetings to everyone in the openSUSE Community and beyond from the openSUSE Board!

As we come to the end of 2010, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on a banner year in the Project. We’ve had some very good progress this year and 2011 promises to be an even greater year. This year, we hosted our second annual openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Germany with over 70 presentations and many BoF discussions. Attendance grew from the first year.


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 153 is out

December 12th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News.

openSUSE Collaboration thrives!

December 10th, 2010 by

Earlier this week, the openSUSE Marketing Team held the first of a series of Collaboration Days in December. This was, without a doubt, a success with many of our team members showing up as well as many newcomers offering to lend a hand.

Apparently not build in a day

Apparently not build in a day

The focus for the 6 December event was to review existing support materials for our Ambassadors. Moderated by Kostas Koudaras and Carlos Ribeiro, a variety of assignments were tackled, from a list that included booth design and organization, kits for Ambassadors, presentations, talking points, 2011 planning and much more. To be sure, not everything can be accomplished in one day. Heck, even Rome wasn’t built in a day! Still, this day was long – after all, we’re an international bunch, so there were a few more hours than usual :D

But the coolest thing was that at the end of the day people volunteered to take on the assignments that were not done and committed to finishing them! We’re confident that in the very near future, we’ll have just about everything on the list of last Monday will be finished. Koudras and Ribeiro are busy sorting out the “dones” and remaining to-dos and the results will be posted on the marketing wiki.


Join us on Saturday for the next openSUSE “Zombie” Bug Day

December 8th, 2010 by

On Saturday the 27th of November a Bug Day was organized to solve the issue with Zombie bugs, bugs against old, non-maintained versions of openSUSE. A team got together in the #opensuse-bug channel on the freenode network to review the bugs for any important and still valid information, otherwise closing them to clean up bugzilla.


Greek sub-forum @ openSUSE Forums

December 7th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce the Greek sub-forum is now live and ready for business. I have been working closely with: @warlordfff, who will be one of the Forum Moderators. The full list of openSUSE forum Moderators can be seen here: http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Forums_team

openSUSE forums offers a warm welcome to all language groups and we are especially pleased to see the successful launch of the Greek Forum. Now if only I was fluent in Greek! I could make this announcement look really impressive. Enjoy.

openSUSE makes a splash at Latinoware

December 7th, 2010 by
openSUSE Brasileiros

The openSUSE Brasileiros!

A few weeks ago, Latinoware offered an opportunity for the Brazilian openSUSE ambassadors to organize an ambassador meeting, combined with a great showing at the Latinoware event itself. The ambassadors gave a series of talks and workshops while answering questions at the booth and helping users with the installation of openSUSE. International visitors Bryen Yushenko and Jos Poortvliet flew in to attend the ambassador meeting, get to know the team and give keynotes about the importance of accessibility and the openSUSE community itself. It is safe to say that the event was hugely successful and of course a lot of fun!


Updating openSUSE Manuals for openSUSE 11.4

December 7th, 2010 by

With the openSUSE distribution, we have a set of openSUSE manuals and QuickStart guides. You can read them online via http://doc.opensuse.org.  They are installed by default on your system so you can access them there as

For openSUSE 11.4, we face the usual challenge of updating the manuals: The documentation writers know what’s in the manuals but do not know everything that’s changed and the developers know what’s changed but may not know all the manuals.

For openSUSE 11.4, I created feature 310944 Read the documentation at doc.opensuse.orgin openFATE which will be the one reference point for documentation. Please add there things that need to be changed in the manuals. I’ve already added a few things that came to mind.

The Novell documentation team will concentrate on updating the Startup Guide, the GNOME and KDE Quick Guides and the Reference guide. They plan to also add a short chapter on the top use cases so that for example new users know to use LibreOffice as their Office Suite and where to find more information about it.

If anybody is interested in helping improve the documentation, please reach out to the documentation team on the opensuse-doc mailing list or on IRC on the #opensuse-doc channel on the freenode network. You can also find the sources of the manuals at https://developer.berlios.de/projects/opensuse-doc/.

Call for help

Please add to feature 310944 new comments that explain what needs to be changed in the manuals for openSUSE 11.4.