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April 25th, 2014 by
board in Action by Svebor

The Board in Action

The openSUSE Conference 2014 in Dubrovnik was kicked off just an hour ago by the board, sharing some practical information with those in attendance, a call for help as well as a number of community announcements. Talks will be available via streaming during the event, make sure to check it out!

The board brought up the state of openSUSE, including the release cycle (what comes after 13.1 is not clear yet), the changes to our processes (staging projects, openQA testing integration) and so on. This conference is a great time and place to discuss these things.

Announcements

    • The openSUSE Conference 2015 will take place in The Hague, Netherlands!

Under leadership of Hans de Raadt, a local team will take care of us in the international city of peace and justice. More details on Sunday!

    • Reimbursement of production of local materials is back!

A process is being set up, led by a committee under Jim Henderson. More info will follow soon!

And the Board urged everybody to have fun and learn a lot!

Streaming

The sessions at the conference are streamed live. You can find the feeds on bambuser.

Practical

For those at the event: don’t forget to return the food card and pay so you get something to eat today, tomorrow and on Sunday!

And a reminder: the conference party on Sunday evening starts at 7:00 P.M. (19:00) at the EastWest Pub, which is located right at the beach at Frana Supila 4. The pub is just south of the old town and it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to walk there from the venue. On the way you will pass Sesame where everything starts on Thursday evening.

Make Room on the Runway: openSUSE Conference 2014 Program Ready

April 18th, 2014 by

Register now!We are happy to announce that at long last the schedule for oSC14 has landed and you can find the details of the once again jam packed conference here. We already published a extended sneak peek as well as information on the keynote by Michael Meeks. (more…)

Bodega, app stores and the Open Build Service

April 3rd, 2014 by

Welcome to the Bodega store!

Bodega is a project making use of the Open Build Service. Aside from that, there are many other connections between the Bodega team and openSUSE – time to find out more! We spoke with Aaron Seigo, and discussed Bodega, Appstream, zypper, ymp and the beauty of Free Software.

What is Bodega?

First off, let’s find out what Bodega is all about. Aaron explains:

Bodega is a store for digital stuff. In fancy words: it creates a catalog of metadata which represents digital assets.

The most important thing is of course the ‘digital asset’ term. That can be anything. For example, applications. Applications can be self contained – think how android does its APK files. Of course, things on Linux are often more complicated. Apache isn’t exactly a self-contained thing. And look further – perl, php, ruby, they all have their own addons like gems that need managing. Generalizing further, there are manuals. And books in general. Music, movies, pictures, you can go on.


Setting up a Bodega account

Of course, the competition has these too – look at Apple or Google.

And how about Linux…

Linux does not have a store where you can get such a wide variety of things. For a game, you can use Appstream, get it from Apper or GNOME’s software center. They all give a view on applications. Unfortunately, that is only useful for desktops and can handle things barely above the level of Angry Birds. If you want a python module as developers – these fancy tools won’t help you. Nor are they useful on servers. For those you have to rely on command line tools or even do things completely by hand. And it is all different between distributions.

Going further, where do you get documentation? For openSUSE, that’s activedoc or the forums or our support database on the wiki. Not from zypper. Music – you can get that from Magnatune and so on.

What if you can have one place where you can get a book, game, applications, isn’t that nice? That is what Bodega is.


The main screen of the store

How is Bodega different?

So, Bodega offers a digital store which can handle a wider variety of things than our current solutions. But what sets it apart from proprietary technologies like the Playstore and of course Canonical’s store solution? Aaron:

Most Linux solutions like Appstream assume their audience are users who play Angry Birds and use spreadsheets. Fair enough. Bodega takes a different approach and is far more ambitious.

Bodega has all the meta data in one place and offers ‘stores’ which are views on that data. That means you can have a software developer store, for example listing all languages and their addons separate; and a server section etc. And a separate UI for the angry-bird-and-spreadsheet crowd. All from the same bodega system, filtered by tags (not static categories!).

Talking about Appstream, Bodega can of course benefit from the metadata gathered for Appstream. And GNOME’s Software Center could be reworked to be a front-end to Bodega, adding books, music and lots of other digital data to its store. This is not meant to be a rewrite of what is there, or an isolated effort!


An application in the store

And why would you build on Bodega?

Bodega is open: everybody can quite easily add their own stores; or their own data sources; and add content and even sell it through their channels. It is not a closed system, on the contrary.

Open is a must, especially for Linux:

Take the 440.000 users of openSUSE. That would be a minimal amount of sales… The top-10 of paid apps in ubuntu makes less than a $100 per month of sales. Not really worth the effort. But if we could aggregate the sales between distributions, it would become relevant for third-party developers. Bodega as a cross-distribution is important!

And Bodega is useful for people outside of Linux. You can have your store on your own website so it is realistically possible for a independent author to sell their books in a bodega instance on their own website and never even SEE Linux. Yet the openSUSE users can get the books and benefit from the larger ecosystem…

The beauty of it is that it is all Free and Open Source Software, front and back. You can self-host all you want.

How do Bodega and OBS relate?


Preview of a wallpaper

Bodega and openSUSE have something in common: the Open Build Service. Not only is OBS used by the Bodega developers and do they run openSUSE on their servers, Bodega supports ymp files!

Bodega is well integrated with the Open Build Service. If you create an app from OBS in Bodega, you just have to take the yaml file and fill in the missing details, adding screen shots for example. Bodega will not pull the package from OBS and store it somewhere. Instead it simply uses the one-click-install and when a user clicks on the install button, it sends the one-click-install file through. It thus does not interfere with updates, but it can show users that a new version is available and let them update from Bodega if they want.

Packagers still have to add their apps to the store but we could kickstart Bodega with the apps already shipped in openSUSE, using the Appstream metadata. Non-official repos can then be added and so on. It would be quite easy to import all of the openSUSE packages. Same with the and documentation and drivers (it can show “developer: nvidia” so users know to trust it). And if there is a new revision of the documentation, Bodega can take care of that, just like it handles software updates (through zypper of course).

This is where you can come in: the team is looking for help in this area and if you are interested in making this happen, come talk to the Bodega folks! You can find them on the active mailing list or the #plasma active channel on Freenode.

Done


Famous books included!

You might be eager to find out what is there, today. Well, if you’ve seen the screenshots to the side, you know there is an app to access the store. It is build for touch screens but works just fine and you can get it in openSUSE through software.opensuse.org. Once installed, you can fire it up typing “active-addons” in a run command dialog.

Shawn Dunn (of cloverleaf fame) is putting together a more traditional desktop UI, while maintaining these packages as well. You will be able to have a conversation with him as he’s going to be at the openSUSE Conference in Dubrovnik this month where he will present a session about Bodega! He is known as SFaulken online and pretty much always hangs in the #opensuse-kde channel on Freenode where you can ask how to get things running or how to help him break stuff anytime. He’s also yelling at the world on google plus.

Bodega now contains the entire book set of Project Gutenberg (thousands of awesome, free books) as well as a number of wallpapers and applications. Aaron:

There is work to be done to include all openSUSE Software in Bodega. The store can use a little work too, but is based on QML which makes it very easy to improve. If you’re interested in helping out, let us know!

You can contact Aaron on IRC as aseigo in the #plasma active channel on Freenode, ping him on Google+ or shoot him a mail on aseigo on the KDE.org servers.

FreeDesktop Summit about to start

March 27th, 2014 by

Next week, from Monday the 31st of March to the 4th of April, developers from the major Linux Desktops (GNOME, KDE, Unity and RazorQt) will meet again in Nuremberg for the second FreeDesktop Summit.

The summit is a joint technical meeting from developers working on ‘desktop infrastructure’ on the major Free Desktop projects and the event aims to improve collaboration between the projects by discussing specifications and the sharing of platform-level components.

Like last year, the event is supported by SUSE, which is offering the venue, the hotels and some help with organization.

Check the report from last year to get an idea of what this event is about.

openSUSE Conference 2014 Location Sneak Peek

March 24th, 2014 by

Building
Less than two months from the awesome openSUSE Conference will kick off. The location of oSC14 is the beautiful and historic city of Dubrovnik, located on the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. A warm and sunny weather at the beautiful Adritic sea and sandy beaches should welcome geekos from 24th to 28th of April.

About Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. It is also known as „Pearl of the Adriatic“, and since a few years as „King’s Landing“ from the popular TV show that is filmed in Dubrovnik. Since 1979 the city of Dubrovnik is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by city walls, medieval fortresses, Rector’s Palace and churches from different periods. It is beautiful and is Dubrovnik’s main tourist attraction, one that you don’t want to miss if you visit the city.
LectureHall

The venue

The conference venue, also known as the Campus of the University of Dubrovnik, is located just a 5 minutes walk from the Old Town of Dubrovnik. The University of Dubrovnik is the youngest university in Croatia established in 2003, but it has very long tradition in higher education that goes back to the 17th century. The venue was first built as a hospital, but in 2012 it was renewed and re-purposed for the requirements of the University of Dubrovnik. The stone walls of the Campus on the outside are following Dubrovnik’s historical architecture, but inside you will encounter very modern technology.
BoFRoom
There will be a main area with booths from various Free Software projects and some place for people to hang and hack, while the main and secondary lecture hall will host the main talks. Then there are smaller rooms, the largest of which will be mostly used for workshops while other is available for BoF sessions.

Near the venue you can find all kinds of food for during lunch and dinner. The Sesame Tavern (which is where the welcoming party will be hosted) is very close and the 5 minute walk to the Old Town gets you to the large variety of restaurants and pizzerias Dubrovnik offers. You will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the many fresh fish and other seafood specialties as well as the famous Dubrovnik orange cake!

WorkshopRoom

Help Promote oSC14!

March 21st, 2014 by
oSC14 banner

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Every year we hear from people who did not know when or where the openSUSE Conference took place. This is a problem in urgent need of fixing. We need you to help us tell them! Everybody can help promote our conference. There are great banners and other graphics you can put on blogs, twitter, facebook and many other places. Be a part of oSC14, help us tell everybody about oSC14! (more…)

Development for 13.2 Kicks Off

March 19th, 2014 by

openSUSE Factory development is going steady and our venerable release manager has made a first milestone available. No development schedule has yet been determined, although it has been decided that we will aim for a release in November of this year. Major changes include X, Y and Z.
oSC14 banner

Release Plans

Our normal 8-month release cycle would warrant a release in July, but the openSUSE team has proposed to change the schedule due to the work they are doing on our tooling and infrastructure. In the discussions on our mailing list it became clear a November release has much support. This is now the tentative plan and we will decide the specific schedule as well as who’s gonna do what and where at the upcoming openSUSE Conference in Dubrovnik.

Meanwhile, the openSUSE team is asking for feedback, bug hunting and fixing of the new-and-improved openQA and Staging tools for the Open Build Service.

Changes in the first milestone

Although we’re just at the start of our release cycle, this milestone already introduces a number of significant changes. Plans on what exactly will be included will be created at oSC14 next month.

  • The btrfs filesystem is default (and comes with btrfsprogs 3.12), as is the wicked network management tool (replacing ifup) and the dracut initrd replacement
  • YaST sports a new look and its Qt front-end is ported to Qt5
  • Zypper is at the 1.10.x branch for the next release, introducing a number of bug fixes and minor improvements
  • KDE Frameworks 5 packages are included, as well as the latest Application and Platform releases in the 4.x series
  • Our infrastructure is updated: rpm 4.11.2 introduces weak dependencies, PackageKit 0.8.16 comes with a new appdata format and there are binutils .24, Bluez 5.15, systemd 210, pulseaudio at 5.0 and the latest 3.14RC kernel
  • In the graphics area we now have packages for wayland 1.4, freetype 2.5.2 (changing font weights) and Mesa 10.1
  • Cloud and databases bring xen 4.4, virtualbox 4.3.8 and postgresql 9.3.
  • For developers we’ve included GCC 4.9 (default still 4.8.2), make 4.0, llvm 3.4, cmake 3.0(rc), gdb 7.7, git 1.9.0 and subversion 1.8.8
  • In the language area, we’ve now got ruby 2.1, php5 5.5.9 and python 2.7.6 and 3.4.0(rc)

Getting and playing

You can get the milestone as usual on software.opensuse.org/developer. You can get involved in development discussions on the factory mailing list (subscribe).

Have a lot of fun!

oSC14 Organized Accomodation Deadline Tomorrow!

March 14th, 2014 by

As you can see on the website, affordable accommodation deals have been prepared for all the Geekos visiting the openSUSE conference 2014. To get those low prices, bookings should be done through the supporting company Dalmatia Aeterna. You can contact Dalmatia Aeterna through email or through their website contact form. Be sure to specify type of accommodation you want to book, arrival and departure date, for how many guests you are making a reservation. And of course, don’t forget to mention the code: “openSUSE”!

The deadline to book rooms with discounted rate is tomorrow March 15th, 2014. After that date bookings are available “on request” basis only. That means that after the deadline we can’t guarantee the rates listed on the site!

The options

Take a look at the offerings, and choose something that suites you. Note that there is an additional tourist tax 1 EUR per person daily and a 20€ booking fee per person that will be charged. Prices are per person.

accommodation

There are also private accommodations available, they are all over town. See the website for details.

Register

Whether you want to give a talk at oSC14, or just visit, don’t forget to register for the conference as soon as you make your bookings so we can prepare the welcome packages and organize other activities accordingly. Registration is available through the conference website.

Support the conference

Going to oSC14 is free, but if you choose to support our event and the Travel Support Program, you can do so by purchasing supporter or professional tickets! See here.

Sneak Preview of oSC14 Sessions

March 11th, 2014 by

oSC14 Logo_FinalAt the openSUSE Conference 2014 in Dubrovnik hundreds of Geekos are expected to meet, discuss and attend the talks and workshops. The openSUSE Conference Paper Committee is hard at work selecting the best proposals from the submissions. There must be something for everybody: beginners and professionals, technical or more socially oriented. The three simultaneous sessions during three days give over 80 slots. What kind of content can you expect? This article gives you a sneak preview by going over a number of proposals which have already been accepted. (more…)

oSC14 Keynote Confirmed, More Awesome Coming

March 5th, 2014 by

oSC14 Logo_FinalWe are very pleased to announce Michael Meeks as our keynote speaker for the Saturday opening session at oSC14, held in Dubrovnik April 25th – 28th, 2014. Besides Michael Meeks, the openSUSE board will talk, opening the event on Friday and over 20 of the 60 currently submitted talks have already been accepted. Last but not least, we’d like to tell you that the deadline for the Call for Papers has been extended until the end of this month. (more…)