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openSUSE 12.3 Hackathon in Nuremberg: Progress on ARM, Packagekit and Many Bugs Fixed

January 23rd, 2013 by

group photoOver the weekend of Friday 19 to Sunday 21 January 2013, a group of openSUSE contributors braved heavy snowfalls all over Europe to come to the Nuremberg SUSE office. Following a proposal made to the Board, the openSUSE Team organized this openSUSE 12.3 Bug Squad Hackathon to squash as many bugs as possible during the hot phase of development on the project’s next release. A Google+ Hangout allowed remote community members to participate. (more…)

Opening the Can: initial support for openSUSE on the ARM Chromebook

January 8th, 2013 by


According to ZDnet, “Amazon’s top selling laptop doesn’t run Windows or Mac OS, it runs Linux”. And that top selling device is the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. Billed as an ideal second computer just aiming to make it simple to access online services, without the hassle and risk of running another full Windows machine. These devices drop all of the cruft that has accompanied regular laptops on their journey from the swamps, and have just enough local storage to boot a Linux kernel and a stripped down OS based around Google’s Chrome browser, making them thin, light and affordable. And now, we’ve done something cool with it… (more…)

openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 1 is Ready for You!

November 8th, 2012 by


News fresh from the Factory: the openSUSE Release team has made the openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 1 available for testing and feedback. There has been lots of plumbing in the infrastructure, with most prominently the removal of SuSEconfig – the capitalization of its name should give a hint about its age. If you want to get a taste of the upcoming release or want to help test and develop this awesome, green Linux distribution: come and get it! (more…)

Linux Days 2012 Day One

October 21st, 2012 by

On Saturday the openSUSE Conference 2012 began. The fourth annual meeting of the openSUSE Community is taking place in Prague, Czech Republic at the CVUT University.

After a relaxing time on Friday evening at the pre-event party at Cafe Traverza, the team and attendees kicked off the conference with a keynote from openSUSE Team lead Agustin Benito Bethencourt, on the opportunities facing Linux Distributions with small and medium-sized enterprises.

With tracks at Linux Days spanning openSUSE and Gentoo Linux projects, Future Media examining the legal and cultural aspects of Free Software, and Linux Days offering a wide range of talks in Czech, there was something for everyone.

Some noted that due to the increased size and scope it felt more like FOSDEM or another generic FLOSS event than an openSUSE event, but the Monday and Tuesday sessions promise dedicated time for the project and its community.

In Defensive Publications, Armijn Hemel spoke about the dangers facing Free Software projects due to software patents, and the opportunity to protect ourselves by using projects like linuxdefenders.org.

Lydia Pintscher of WikiMedia Deutschland presented the challenge in opening up participation in WikiData projects to everyone in Wikidata – Wikimedia going structured data.

Georg Greve ended his talk What you don’t understand will still control you by pointing out that these days, little has more influence on the
world than software. Those writing software are the modern sorcerers; and we need more sorcerers on the side of Freedom.

The evening finished with a party at Klub Lavka. Despite a few communications failures over the catering, a good time was had by all.

Announcing SUSE Business Track

October 18th, 2012 by

We are pleased to announce an additional track of talks and workshops as part of the openSUSE Conference 2012. On Monday, October 22nd at Masaryk College, Thakurova 1, Prague.

The focus of the track of talks and workshops will be on the use of Open Source and SUSE products in  business, both for the primary company mission and for support functions. Join key SUSE engineers and maangers to hear about the latest developments in:

  • Systems Management
  • High Availability
  • Green Computing
  • Agile Systems Management with SUSE Studio
  • Cloud

and many others. The full schedule is here.

The track is aimed at CIOs, CTOs, IT executives and managers, as well as
staff in IT interested in new technologies, challenges and opportunities
offered by Open Source.

Attendance is free, but please register at the conference website.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Announcing openSUSE Conference 2012 Sponsors

October 15th, 2012 by

Next weekend the openSUSE Conference 2012 begins. Please join us October 20-23 at the Czech Technical University in Prague. This year, the openSUSE conference co-locates with the Czech LinuxDays event, the SUSE Labs and a Gentoo minisummit. The openSUSE Conference takes place from October 20-23,  while LinuxDays are on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st.

openSUSE would like to thank the generous and comprehensive support of our sponsors to help make this event possible:

Platinum sponsor

SUSE Linux GmbH

 

 

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux and cloud infrastructure solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed—today and tomorrow. www.suse.com

Gold sponsor

Aeroaccess GmbH

 

 

Aeroaccess stands for integrated mobile communication. Aeroaccess are specialists for design, implementation and management of your mobile communication and network environment, in order to enable integrated business communication, independent of location and time.

Silver sponsor

Google, Inc.

 

 

Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Bronze sponsor

B1 Systems

 

 

B1 Systems offers professional consulting, specific development, individual and continuous support as well as qualified trainings.
B1′s comprehensive Linux / Open Source project experience is based on the successful completion of many projects for numerous major enterprises as well as on the professional accomplishment of long-term support. In close collaboration with the customer B1 Systems develops target-oriented and customized solutions. With established Linux solutions based on practical experience B1 has built an excellent reputation and is happy to pass this knowledge on through individual support, professional books and practical work in a wide variety of Linux / Open Source community & enterprise projects.

Supporting Sponsors

ownCloud, Inc.

 

 

ownCloud is a flexible, open source file sync and share solution. Whether using a mobile device, a workstation, or a web client, ownCloud provides the ability to put the right files at your employees’ fingertips on any device in one simple-to-use, secure, private and controlled solution.

Univention GmbH

 

 

Univention is the most important producer of Open Source complete solutions, the enterprise Linux distribution Univention Corporate Server (UCS), identity and infrastructure management systems and groupware and desktop solutions in the German-speaking world.

 

Media Partners

Linux Magazine

Available in both print and digital editions, Linux Magazine brings practical, hands-on solutions for real users who depend on Linux in their daily lives. Our readers are a new generation of Linux experts who are pushing the limits of Linux as a server, desktop, and development platform. They read Linux Magazine to learn more about technologies and products for Linux. Our unique combination of advanced coverage with a practical emphasis makes Linux Magazine a great fit for the kinds of reader who tend to make decisions and pass on recommendations.

Root.cz

 

 

Root.cz is a well-known IT and open source technology news site in the Czech Republic.

Co-organizer

Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU, České vysoké učení technické v Praze – ČVUT in Czech) is one of the largest universities in the Czech Republic, and the oldest institute of technology in Central Europe.

It was established in 1707 by the Emperor Joseph I. According to the THES-QS World University Rankings for the year 2010, the CTU is the world’s 121st best university in technology, was the 171st in 2009 and 228th in 2008 and is the 1st in the Czech Republic.

Thanks!

We’re very gratful for the support these sponsors provide us for the event.

Reminder: Get BoFfin at openSUSE Conference 2012!

October 12th, 2012 by

oSC 12 Logo

Everyone knows what really matters at a conference happens outside the scheduled talks, right? The life of the openSUSE project happens when we get together, talk and plan, and this happens much faster face to face than on the mailing lists or forums. These Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions are how we do this.

Team members within the openSUSE Project should take the opportunity the openSUSE Conference offers to sit down together and hash out their plans for future activity.

Get your team’s BoF Session at openSUSE Conference 2012 planned now! (more…)

Sneak Peek: GNOME in openSUSE 12.2

September 4th, 2012 by

openSUSE 12.2 is the second openSUSE release to include GNOME 3. GNOME 3.4 continues the rapid pace of evolution and consolidation set by GNOME 3.2 on openSUSE 12.1. This article is a sneak peek of what will be released tomorrow, the 5th of September!

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openSUSE 12.2 Release Publicity: Call for contributions

August 27th, 2012 by

Agustin, Ismael and Christopher working around a table on openSUSE release PRAs we enter the final straight towards the release of openSUSE 12.2, the openSUSE Team is busy preparing the release publicity. And this is where you, the openSUSE community come in. There are lots of ways you can help us share the workload. If you want to take on one of these jobs, mail the opensuse-project list to announce your contribution.

Screenshots

Look at the feature list, and if there is a feature there that you are familiar with and that looks good, snapshot it (according to the guidelines) and add them to the feature list or upload it to the openSUSE wiki page for general 12.2 screenshots.

Release Parties

This is probably the easiest way to contribute. Throw a release party with your friendly penguins and show them what’s cool about openSUSE 12.2

Social Media

We need a plan for announcing the 12.2 release on social media.  If you’re a social animal, volunteer to lead this for 12.2 on the Project list.

Sneak Peeks

People with detailed knowledge of specific areas of openSUSE are encouraged to help us write in-depth Sneak Peek articles.  The following topics are suggested:

Release Article Translations

Translate any of the above articles, the feature list (if you’re feeling tough), the product highlights into your language and promote them to your local blogs and news sites.

Bug Days

Organising a bug review and triage day for a specific area of openSUSE is one of the most effective ways to build a good team, increase their skills and familiarity with the technical side of our distribution.  Everyone can spot a bug, right? Look at ten bugs and everyone can perceive a pattern close the duplicates, and or spot the simi

Upgrade Instructions

The Support Database article on upgrading between openSUSE versions was last updated for openSUSE 11.4!  This would be easy to update, but keep in mind that for 12.2 the online update repositories have been split between Free and proprietary software, so both need to be added.

 

openSUSE 12.2 RC2 Ready for a Final Test

August 2nd, 2012 by

factory-tested
Today, the openSUSE project makes available openSUSE 12.2 Release Candidate 2 for widespread testing, with a final release targeted for mid September. In the two weeks since the previous release candidate, a flurry of last minute fixes have arrived, mostly in higher level packages as the basic stack has been stabilized and locked.

Get it

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 detailed coverage of the changes and some tips and hints on testing and helping out. (more…)