The openSUSE Summit team has decided to delay the CfP end date which was last week. The CFP will now be extended to June 30th. With SUSECon just having started their CfP the team felt it would be good to sync things a bit. Meanwhile, a number of sessions in the program are already determined and we’ll tell you more about it if you read on! (more…)
So, we’re delaying our release. And Coolo has announced we will do another Beta. There will be plenty of time after the beta and before the release which means: we can test the heck out of it! That calls for… a BetaPizzaParty!
You might know the drill by now – we’ve done this before. You get the pizza, we make sure there’s a nice, fresh Beta ready for you to test.
Read on for some insights on Pizza and Beta! (more…)
Many people have noticed that the milestones and the Beta for this openSUSE release have been delayed or even canceled like Milestone 4. Now the RC is planned to go out Thursday – but that seems unlikely to happen as Factory, our development project, is still far too unstable. Coolo has send a mail to the openSUSE Factory mailing list noting that we need to re-think how we’re working.
We need new ideas
The mail by Coolo serves as a wakeup-call for openSUSE. Right now, we work via the devel projects which collaboratively send in better packages to Factory. But even then, sometimes things break in major ways and this breakage has gotten more frequent over time due to the growth of our community. One solution for this is to make heavier usage of ‘staging projects’ where packages get deeper testing and more integration can be done before moving to Factory. Another direction we could take is building more on our strengths like OBS and Tumbleweed. Slowing our release cycle to produce more stable releases say once a year, while increasing the emphasis on and efforts put in Tumbleweed and our OBS repo’s with newer software could give both ‘bleeding edge’ fans and those depending on a stable openSUSE more of what they want. Or, we go and loosen our release schedule, bringing out openSUSE ‘when it is ready’.
All options have pro’s and con’s. We want to avoid loosing ourselves: introducing rules and procedures to solve problems isn’t our way. So, we need fresh ideas and look in other directions. And now is the time to discuss these things: we’re bumping into the limits of how we work so the sense of urgency is there! (more…)
Announcing the opening of registration for the openSUSE Conference, LinuxDays, the Gentoo Miniconf and SUSE Labs.June 13th, 2012 by Jos Poortvliet
Today, the most ambitious Free Software event of the Czech Republic officially opens registration! We’ve got an awesome event for you in store with sessions on all major subjects in Free Software and around it. Entry will be free of charge for everyone and we’ll give you 4 events AND a bonus track for that money! Read on to find out why you MUST be in Prague on October 20-23 2012. (more…)
Last Thursday at the Meet Windows Azure party in San Francisco, attendees learned how developers can use Linux on Windows Azure. In case too much of our Old Toad has impaired your memory, the openSUSE 12.1 announcement in November 2011 included many new innovations and tools to help developers run cutting edge Linux-based operating systems in cloud environments.
This innovation has worked really well! In fact, even Windows Azure has taken a liking to our Linux operating system and developer tools because now you can run openSUSE on Windows Azure. The Windows Azure team apparently likes to mix our Old Toad beer with their Windows Azure Kool-Aid – which we thought sounded really strange, but we don’t mind another place for openSUSE to run. (more…)
Akademy ES is the yearly meeting of KDE developers and users in Spain. It is organized by the KDE Spain Association, and started in 2008. This year the event was organized in collaboration with the Clúster de Entidades Pro Software Libre de Aragón, the Zaragoza Council and the Fundación Zaragoza Ciudad del Conocimiento. Akademy ES took place during the 18th, 19th and 20th of May 2012. Of course, openSUSE was there with a number of talks! Read on for a report on the event from our ambassador, Rousinopoulos Athanasios-Ilias. (more…)
After a few delayed milestones, the fourth even got canceled – there has been quite a number of disruptive changes in our Factory development distribution, but we’re starting to settle down and announce the availability of Beta 1 today!
A large number of major changes has finally landed: GCC 4.7, Grub2 (status update), the new LibreOffice and much more.
On the graphical side this milestone now features gimp 2.8 (with single window option) and the latest updates to GNOME and KDE packages (including Qt 4.8.1 and KDE SC 4.8.3, GNOME 3.4.2). Heavy work has been going on in the area of bringing Xorg 12.1 and split-up Xorg packages to Factory. Moving from there, the new graphical stack combined with the new compiler tools (llvm, GCC 4.7) and the new Mesa can bring cool new stuff: llvmpipe bringing gnome-shell to non-accelerated systems and the svga gallium driver featuring 3D support to VMware VMs. We have switched from the old bootsplash to the modern Plymouth with our own plymouth openSUSE theme.
Download it from software.opensuse.org/developer. As usual, a list of the most annoying bugs is being maintained and you can see the list of bugs and/or file a new one in Bugzilla. Read on for some details on the release and how to help! (more…)
LinuxTag in Berlin is still going and openSUSE is having a lot of fun at the event. At our booth we feature daily talks about ownCloud (13:00-14:00), AppArmor (15:00-16:00) and if you were there Thursday a talk about color management and related tools.
You can also come by for our Old Toad beer and of course for openSUSE DVD’s, flyers, stickers and all the answers to your questions. We sorry to not have t-shirts this year but we promise to do better next year. So, come by the booth and talk to us!
Last but not least, if you are not at LinuxTag, either because it’s a long walk from where you are or you can’t make it due to other responsibilities – openSUSE has a nice treat for you. A team of Geeko’s is busily recording talks at LinuxTag, encoding them and putting them on our blip and youtube channels! That’s right, you can watch a selection of LinuxTag talks on blip.tv and on our openSUSE TV channel on youtube. Enjoy!
We are happy to announce that after scouting many wonderful places, having long discussions and many last minute changes, we finally have a location and date set for the openSUSE Conference 2012 (oSC12) and our CfP committee is ready to accept talk proposals!
This year oSC12 will take place at the Czech Technical University in Prague. The campus is located in the district Dejvice and is next to an underground station that gets you directly to the historic city center. The conference will start at October 20 and end on the 23th of the same month.
Read more about the location on the conference website!
Co-location and theme
This years openSUSE Conference theme is “Bootstrapping awesome!”. Why? Not just because of new new city and many new people in the organizational team. But also because we are not alone! Yes, like last year, the SUSE Labs conference will join us but there is more. This year the openSUSE conference will help ‘bootstrap’ two more conferences who share a location with us. This will be their first year, but we’re sure they will turn out to be as awesome as openSUSE Conf is and join us for a lot of fun ;-)
LinuxDays Conference is a community effort replacing the well known commercial LinuxExpo conference, which was big event in Czech republic with a long tradition. Unfortunatelly this event died this year as the company running it decided it was no longer worth it. A team of local people decided to pick this up and organize the LinuxDays Conference to ensure a great tradition wouldn’t get lost!
Like LinuxExpo, this event will focus on the Czech speaking Free/Libre Software community and have an emphasis on practical and relatively easy sessions in Czech. The LinuxDays Conference will happen on the weekend of October 20 and 21.
The openSUSE Conference team is extremely happy to be able to co-locate with LinuxDays! During the weekend we’ll work with them on providing beginner- and practical training sessions to the visitors. After all, our aim is to spread the use of Linux everywhere and this is a great opportunity to do so!
The Gentoo Mini-Summit will be a global Gentoo gathering. Organized by a few (open)SUSE/Gentoo people in Prague, it will bring together a number of core Gentoo developers to talk about and hack on the future of this geekiest-of-the-geekiest distribution and provide a place for (to-be) users to learn and get involved – after all, a Gentoo user IS a Gentoo developer!
There is a surprisingly large overlap between openSUSE and Gentoo, with a number of prominent openSUSE people using Gentoo as well and vice-versa. Moverover, the university where we’ll have the conference is a heavy user of Gentoo, making it an even better fit. Like with LinuxDays we’ll share a number of sessions with the Gentoo crowd and of course will be on the lookout for further collaboration – as always.
Check out the Gentoo miniconf website!
Call for Papers starting
From today, the 8th of May onwards, the openSUSE Conference Call for Papers is open. This means you can send in session proposals! Go to the openSUSE Conference website and submit your papers!
What kind of proposals do we look for?
With respect to our conference theme, we would like to receive proposals for talks, workshops or BoFs which fit with ‘bootstrapping’. So if you are doing some bootstrapping of your own, representing some very young project and you are just starting, come to tell us what are you up to! Maybe we can help! Also, if you are doing something special and unique in the distribution area, be it for or within openSUSE or not – we’d love to hear about it.
But don’t worry if your talk doesn’t seem to fit this theme, you can also teach people technologies that will help them bootstrap their projects. We always look forward to decent workshops in the area of distro building, packaging and such, and due to our co-location with LinuxDays, Gentoo and SUSE Labs, there is also plenty of room for hardcore hackingsessions and more beginner oriented workshops.
If you want more details about the kind of sessions and what we expect from you as a speaker, visit our Speaker Guidelines page.
So if you’re unsure if your idea fits our conference, let us decide that for you – just send it in!
Each conference will have their own Call for Papers. However, the CfP teams will collaborate to ensure there is no overlap and that sessions relevant for multiple audiences are planned in the right spot. It is therefor appreciated if you properly select if your proposal also has relevance for the other communities; and what level (beginner-intermediate-expert) it has; and what languages you’d prefer to give the session in.
Also, if you’re a Gentoo developer but have something also relevant for openSUSE – we’d be happy to have your proposal. If you’re there to give a workshop to newbies about configuring their new Linux but can also talk about something much more technical – let us know.
Where and how
Just hit the button!
Registration for the conference will come soon.
For now, send us your proposals and meet us in October in Prague!
The openSUSE Summit team has been working hard over the last weeks to add Spanish translations to the website. As the openSUSE Summit is meant to be an ‘Americas’ event, we aim to create a dual-language conference, accommodating both the Spanish and English speaking visitors. The exact language distribution of talks will strongly depends on the talks submitted, so we’d urge our Spanish speaking community to submit talk proposals in Spanish!