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Volunteers needed for the conference

August 1st, 2011 by

Brave enough?As you know, the third international openSUSE Conference is happening in a couple of weeks from now, you already should be registered! For the organization team this means that we are really picking up pace now and start to feel dizzy. One of the reasons for that is that we are short on helping hands. We especially miss “boots on the ground“, we need your help!

Being a boot on the ground means we need people to help us at the conference in September. There is no special knowledge about the location or other details needed. So far we have 5 tasks where we desperately need people to help out. Venue setup, Registration Desk, Session Chairs and the Snack Bar. Read on to learn how you can contribute to the success of the conference.

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Conference travel sponsorship program

July 23rd, 2011 by
The openSUSE conference team is starting the travel sponsorship program to financially support community members to attend the conference.
Apply now online until August 5th!

Travel round the globe but first see RWX³The openSUSE conference “RWX³” is the place to be for anyone using, working on or taking advantage of the openSUSE Project. No matter if you use our technology such as the Open Build Service, contribute packages to 12.1 or evangelize the world as an Ambassador, this is your conference. You can also meet a lot of your friends from other projects like KDE, GNOME, Linux, Samba, LibreOffice and, of course many people from other GNU/Linux distributions with whom we collaborate on technologies like packaging, appstores or low-level tools like systemd.

The conference takes place from September 11th to 14th in Nuremberg, Germany. Nürnberg is quite easy and cheap to reach from nearly everywhere in Europe but it happens to be that the world is slightly bigger than that. We have contributors from India, Taiwan, the US, Brazil, Australia and many other countries around the globe. A trip to the conference might be affordable to most, but we also have contributors at the beginning of their career where money is usually tight. No matter the reason why, if you need financial assistance to be able to attend the openSUSE conference we have something for you: The travel sponsorship program. And while the conference organization team is relentlessly looking for more sponsors for it, the team has enough commitments by now to start the program today. Hooray! If you want to come to the conference in September but need assistance with the travel costs, you can apply to be sponsored via email now. Read on to learn how!

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It’s that time of year again: openSUSE@LinuxTag Berlin

May 3rd, 2011 by

Again this year, same procedure as every year, the openSUSE Project is attending the LinuxTag in Berlin with more than 30 members, a booth, several talks in the program and workshops. LinuxTag has been held regularly for 15 years, which is longer than any other Linux fair in Europe. More than 200 free software projects and companies participate and it attracts nearly 12,000 visitors. The 17th LinuxTag presents all the latest for professional users, decision makers, developers, beginners and the Linux community — May 11 to 14 at the Berlin Fairgrounds.

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The Canterbury Project

April 1st, 2011 by

If you are really in a timezone where it’s still before March 31st 23:59 then…

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Mingle Today!

March 15th, 2011 by

Connect. Mingle Today!It all started out with a simple question Pavol Rusnak asked on the openSUSE Conference ’09

What are we really doing when we develop a new tool to handle openSUSE users and groups?

The answer was simple: Connecting people to projects, groups and with each other. Connecting faces to names, nicknames and to email addresses. In the end connecting all our other tools to this one so we can share the data. These are the fundamental ideas behind our newest openSUSE tool: connect. In the following months the openSUSE Boosters and friends started to work on this tool based on Elgg. An open source social networking engine, that delivers the building blocks that enable us to create our own fully-featured social network. And today we release it to you, the openSUSE Community.

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Live.Code.Party.

March 7th, 2011 by

openSUSE 11.4 is going to be released this Thursday (March 10th, 2011) and there is no better way to enjoy the new release than having fun with your fellow openSUSE Lizards! That’s why community members all over the world prepare launch parties. Launch parties are events around the release of a new openSUSE version, what kind of event is up to the organizers. But it’s usually about sharing knowledge with each other, get new people to know the distribution, the tools and the project and most important about having a lot of fun, celebrating our success! Interested? Here are a couple of parties to check out!
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Help the Project. Spread openSUSE DVDs!

February 18th, 2011 by

One of the easiest things to do to contribute to the free and open source movement and the openSUSE Project is to exercise your second free software freedom: The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.

To be able to do this comfortably the openSUSE Project, with the help of its sponsors, produces special promotional DVDs that contain live versions of both the KDE and GNOME desktops to try and which can also be used to install the a complete system. Those DVDs are perfect for introducing people to Linux and openSUSE. The openSUSE version included, 11.3, has all the qualities a newcomer wants. It’s a mature multi-purpose Linux operating system widespread among the free and open source software community for great user to user support. It comes with more with than 1,000 open source desktop applications, a full suite of server software and a rich selection of open source development tools.

So today the openSUSE Project would like to encourage you make use of your second free software freedom and help us to spread promo DVDs! It’s easy, think about where you could have the chance to spread them, then order them from us and do it. How about you putting them out in your local community centre, you give some to the computer science teacher of your daughter’s school or how about the guys that operate your university’s support desk? The clubhouse of your football club? The next concert or other event you attend or maybe on the toilet in your cousin’s bar? The internet café around the corner for sure! The possibilities are endless. If you think you know a place where people pick them up and try them, go for it! Helping us is as simple as ordering DVDs from us and going out to talk to the venues if you can leave a couple of them. You would be surprised how many people find a nice, shiny, green openSUSE DVD interesting enough to finally try this Linux thing they heard about so much on the internet.

So if you can think of anything just contact us about the amount you need (multiplies of 100 please) and where we need to send them. For this just send an email to

promodvds@opensuse.org

Don’t be shy about the amount, we don’t need to scrimp on them! If you think you can get spread 500 we’ll send you 500. Every DVD that is out there, is out there and might result in a new free and open source software and openSUSE user. This is the perfect opportunity to do something good for free and open source software and the openSUSE project, take it!

Update 2010-02-21: We received so many requests that we expect we have more requests than media, therefore please do not send further requests.

Open-Bugs-Day on Sunday the 20th of February

February 16th, 2011 by

As you all know, we’re closing in on the Final Release of openSUSE 11.4…

and so in this last window for bug-fixing we need your help! The testing team is looking for volunteers to help with bugs in bugzilla on the Open-Bugs-Day at Sunday the 20th of February. Participants are going through the bugs that currently exist for 11.4 in bugzilla, close what is fixed and confirm what still needs some work. It’s all part of a final push for a great 11.4 release, with us clearing out what is fixed, the developers can focus their energies on fixing bugs instead of clicking around in bugzilla! We will meet, hang out and coordinate during the Open-Bugs-Day in the IRC channel #opensuse-testing on the Freenode network and anyone using openSUSE is welcome to help. Read on to learn more about how you can make a difference.

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openSUSE Bug Day on Saturday, November 27th

November 22nd, 2010 by

At the last openSUSE project meeting and after the discussion about zombie bugs on the opensuse-project mailing list, a small team of volunteers agreed to organize a Bug Day and being available to guide new contributors. Come to the #opensuse-bug channel on the freenode network at Saturday 27.11.2010, we’ll be glad to have you join the fun!

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All play and no work makes Geeko a peppy lizard!

October 14th, 2010 by

The conference social event takes place at the 21. Octover, 19:00 in the Lizard Lounge at Maxfeldstrasse 5, 90409 Nürnberg