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SUSE Hackweek 7 – Next Week

September 22nd, 2011 by

One of the ways SUSE and its developers contribute to openSUSE is through Hackweek: – a week long sprint permitting developers to work on something entirely of their own design or wishes as long as it is FOSS-related. Started in 2007, it has become a regular part of SUSE’s development. This is in keeping in line with the openSUSE Project’s goal of being more than just an organization that benefits itself. We believe in a project that benefits the greater good of free and open software.SUSE Hackweek Logo

Some 150+ developers will have free reign to work on new applications or make improvements to other software projects. Hackweek also permits developers to push away from the grind of deadlines and “must fix” bug fixing (unless it’s a critical customer situation) which can be at times stressful and tedious.

So, how does this relate to the larger openSUSE community? First, some ideas come directly from openFATE, the openSUSE tracker for wish-list items and ways to help guide development of the distro: You can see the list of proposed Hackweek projects here, which will surely grow in the next few days.

Second, nothing blocks people outside the SUSE staff from participating. Most importanly, it shows that SUSE is an innovative distribution whose contributions make open source better for everyone.

And third, it follows openSUSE’s motto: Have a lot of fun ! Hackweek has it’s own motto: “No Motto, do what you want, but do it!”

We asked Jürgen Weigert and Pavol Rusnak, developers from SUSE, to explain how they participate

Q: How does someone from the openSUSE community participate Can they also have their own project?

Jürgen: Yes, they can work together with others (check openFATE for a list) or do their own project.

Pavol: But for doing their own project they don’t have to wait for Hackweek, right? :-)

Q: Can you give some examples of projects which were started from Hackweek ?

Pavol: SAT-solver used in zypper by Michael Schroeder, Fifth Leg font by Jakub Steiner, SUSE Paste by Michal Hrušecký and cnetworkmanager by Martin Vidner.

Jürgen: Polka by Cornelius Schumacher, YaSTroid by Stephen Shaw.

Q: What will you work on during this coming Hackweek ?

Jürgen: Make EyeFI sdcard work with Linux – see Fate#312811

Pavol: Rewrite spec-cleaner into Ruby – see Fate#312823

Q: What other projects are planned for this upcoming Hackweek ?

Pavol: Getting Enlightenment 17 into Factory, various openQA additions, Continuous YaST testing in Jenkins and much much more!

Jürgen: Also hackers need catering and thus we will have food provided in the common area – and the common meal is also a great chance to discuss Hackweek projects face to face. The camera team will go around and record videos and upload those to blip.tv and YouTube. Also, there’s a rumor about some nice surprise. :-)

Q: For developers what is the most satisfying part of Hackweek ?

Jürgen: Switching topics to something completely different and extend my comfort zone by looking at new areas. This year it’s wireless, an area I never touched before as developer.

Pavol: Yeah, I think working on something unknown, unexplored is always exciting and challenging

Q: How does the openSUSE and the larger open source community benefit ?

Jürgen: Quite often it’s scratching my own itches – and if something is successful, it might become a successful open source project. I’ve seen some people interested in projects like Bretzn or ARM support for openSUSE that will benefit openSUSE directly. Some people which are surprised by the late announcement of this Hackweek have said that they will just have a look into the upcoming beta of openSUSE 12.1 – getting familiar with new technologies like systemd, report bugs and improve the distribution.

Pavol: Lots of the projects that are started during Hackweek are directly integrated into the following openSUSE release. Also if they are usable by others they are adopted by other distributions as well or merged directly into upstream which is cool!

Q: Are there any awards or competitions during Hackweek ?

Pavol: Previous years we had a small group of judges that went through the finished Hackweek projects in openFATE and awarded three developers with nice gadgets. I expect it will be similar this year, but I am not sure.

Jürgen: Yes – for those that register their projects in FATE. Details will be announced later.

Q: Is there anything else the larger openSUSE community should know about ?

Jürgen: The infrastructure teams will also participate in Hackweek and thus not make major changes – and also might not review openSUSE:Factory submissions directly. Please let them know if you run into serious issues.

Pavol: If you see a project in openFATE which you like, tell us so in the comments or vote for the feature. Also if you have some nice idea, feel free to put it in openFATE, maybe some undecided developer will find it interesting and implement it.

Q: Thanks for the interview.

Both: Thank you and have a lot of fun!

So, stay tuned for the results of Hackweek where everyone has a lot of fun!

article submitted by Peter Linnell

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4 Responses to “SUSE Hackweek 7 – Next Week”

  1. Richard

    Is it possible to add a multiseat yast module, please???
    https://features.opensuse.org/310913

  2. aa

    Also, someone pls. launch some KDE apps from a terminal and look a the error strings before you ship.

    In suse 11.4, for example, open konsole, type in kate /etc/fstab as a normal user.

    Whoa!

    Try it as su. Won’t work at all. Then “export $(dbus-launch)” and try it again.

    I expect 12.x to be beautiful, as is 11.x, but tighten this next one up, pls. I’d like to see another of the quality of 10.0 but the functionality of plasma, etc.

    Also, the kdevelop template for creating a konqueror plugin has the wrong directories set in it for installation. For example, it puts something in kwebkit (or kweb) that isn’t even a directory. The directory name does not have the “k” prefix. The other name is kweb.rc or something. In any case it’s an rc file, not a directory.

    But that’s minor compared to the problem of deleting objects before/after they are removed from a factory (causing leaks), permissions confusion that seems to hang the audio (or some other resource?) if you get errors as su… and these errors block forever so you can’t even log out.

    You can do it.

    And it’s worth the effort.

    This thing really has tremendous potential, so much so, that I use it despite these problems.

    Thanks!
    .

    • Maxim

      >> In suse 11.4, for example, open konsole, type in kate /etc/fstab as a normal user.

      >> Whoa!

      >> Try it as su. Won’t work at all. Then “export $(dbus-launch)” and try it again.

      aa, you should use kdesu with KDE applications, don’t just su ;-)

      • Bruno Friedmann

        @Maxim
        The trouble is not only the su or kdesu things.
        Just do the exercise. If the 1500 lines of message about all errors in .desktop file didn’t feel you bad ….
        Bug was open at 11.4 pre-release time … Guess what :D