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openSUSE News Team Needs Your Feedback!

August 14th, 2014 by

Heya geekos!

We love the fact that the openSUSE News section is being generally well-adopted and well read. But, we’d like to do more, and do better! And for that, we need your input. Don’t worry, we won’t demand any 10000 characters super-articles (for now :P), but what we would like from you is to fill out a little survey. It’s very very very short, as we don’t want it to be too time consuming, but we would like to know if, generally speaking, we’re heading in the right direction. Or in a wrong one. Any way, it would be nice to know what the openSUSE news readers think about its content, so we can make it better. There’s nothing we’d like more than to bring you additional enjoyment while you’re drinking your morning coffee and clicking through your favorite news sites!

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REMINDER: openSUSE Asia Summit Logo Contest Continues!

August 8th, 2014 by

Heya there geekos! As we have already reported, there’s an ongoing contest for the official logo for the openSUSE Asia Summit. You can read the announcement here. There have been proposals coming our way, but…

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MATE 1.8.1 Available on openSUSE

July 31st, 2014 by

After GNOME 2.x passed the torch to GNOME 3, a lot of people started to wonder what is the perfect graphical user interface for them. Many users moved to Xfce, since it offers kind of a similar user experience to the late GNOME 2.x. But for those  still fond of the GNOME 2.x environment, there is a fork of GNOME 2 available, and it’s called MATE Desktop Environment.

mate-version

The MATE Desktop Environment fork of GNOME2 was started by an Arch Linux user named perberos (you can read his forum announcement here). The project started by mostly maintaining GNOME 2 packages. Many developers joined the project later on, so MATE Desktop Environment caught on quite successfully, improving vastly in the years past. There are also plans afoot to move to GTK3, wayland etc.

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openSUSE Asia Summit announces its logo contest

July 21st, 2014 by

The first openSUSE.Asia Summit will be held in Beijing, China in Oct, 2014. However, no Summit or Conference is successful without a symbol. The openSUSE Asia Summit organizing team is organizing a logo design contest. The best logo will be awarded with a special super secret Geeko Prize. The logo will be used for all promotional and marketing activities for the summit.

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openSUSE Board Announcement

July 17th, 2014 by

Hi all,

It’s with some regret that we have to announce that Vincent Untz, our current openSUSE Board Chairman, has chosen to step down as a result of a happy personal event that will take up a lot of his spare time in the months (and years!) to come.

We as the board would like to thank Vincent for his contributions to the project and the board over many years and hope that he will continue to be part of our Project, just in a different capacity, for a long time yet.

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openSUSE Summit – Registration Starts today

July 16th, 2014 by

We announced the openSUSE Asia Summit yesterday and here we are already opening up our registrations for the summit. We welcome you with open hands to visit our conference and also enjoy the rich Chinese history in and around Beijing.

The openSUSE Asia Summit 2014 website is up on summit.opensuse.org and we’re looking forward almost as much to your visit there. as a real life appearance at the event. You may register in our conference submission tool before Sep 30th. We are looking forward to having you with us on this Oct  in Beijing.

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The first openSUSE Asia Summit is announced…

July 14th, 2014 by

The first ever openSUSE Summit in Asia will take place in Beihang University, Beijing on October 18th and 19th, 2014. We aim to promote the use of openSUSE and other free open source software in the region. We will have a series of talks, discussions and workshops that will induct people into the openSUSE Project. The goal of the Summit is to provide a platform for everyone to understand openSUSE so that it becomes easier to use and contribute to it. It is also a great opportunity for openSUSE contributors and users from all over Asia who have only been interacting online with each other so far, to meet face to face. And to learn about various free and open technologies, sharing experiences with each other and having a lot of fun.

So what are you waiting for? Come join us in beautiful Bejing!

Bejing Skyline

Bejing Skyline by Michael McDonough. CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

openSUSE Welcomes its GSoC 2014 students

May 26th, 2014 by

openSUSE welcomes Google Summer of Code 2014 participants. Thanks to Google, openSUSE has an excellent number of slots and an equally excellent number of mentors and students for Google Summer of Code 2014. Throughuout the summer, students participanting in this program will code for openSUSE and its sister organizations ownCloud, MATE and Zorp and help them move forward. The best part of GSoC is that most of the code written by students will go upstream and will benefit openSUSE in general also. Along with this, we have an equally good range of projects that will improve the existing openSUSE architecture.

The list of successful students are :

  1. Travel Support Program application –     Karthik Senthil
  2. Playlist Functionality for ownCloud Music App –    Volkan
  3. ownCloud Calendar Application in angularJS –    Raghu Nayyar
  4. openSUSE GSOC ideas: Cool live flash –    Zsolt Peter Basak
  5. Open Source Event Manager (OSEM): Refactor user management model -  Stella Rouzi
  6. Open Source Event Manager (OSEM): Implemention Organizer Dashboard –    cbruckmayer
  7. MATE: Port from deprecated GStreamer 0.10 –    Michal Ratajsky
  8. Integrate Snapper Snapshot browsing into openSUSE Desktop tools -  Oguz Kayral
  9. Implement an application-level LBaaS driver for Zorp –    Péter Vörös
  10. Extend Git-Review to support BitBucket –    xystushi
  11. Event Splash page for Visitors In Open Source Event Manager Application. –    Gopesh Tulsyan
  12. ePub support in Atril (MATE) –    Avishkar gupta
  13. Add Snapshot management API to libvirt Xenlight driver –    David Kiarie
  14. Improving the functionality of the extensions system in Caja  – Alexandervdm

In the following weeks we will talk a lot more about these projects and get to know these students well.

Lets brew some code now.

Gnome Classic edition of openSUSE-Education

May 22nd, 2014 by

If you have fun, the rest is easy…

Classic main menu The openSUSE-Education team is proud to announce the availability of another great release: the GNOME classic edition.

This one is nearly identical to the MATE desktop, but already includes a few minor bug fixes and some additional applications:

are added to the (already huge) list of available applications.

Quoting Jigish Gohil:

classic is so much better than standard gnome  i wonder why it is not standard

BTW: openSUSE Education releases always contain the latest official openSUSE updates and other cool stuff, so you should be able to get an up-to date live system up and running in a few seconds/minutes (depending on your hardware) – which can also be installed on your local hard disk with just a few mouse clicks. Just click on the “Live-Install” icon on the desktop.

Get Li-f-e GNOME Classic edition from here: direct Download | md5sum | Alternate download and mirrors

You want to join the team? Just ping us at #opensuse-education. We are hiring community members to help out on web work and marketing (be warned: we currently pay in honor and fun).

Spreading the Word on the Geeko – Support is Back!

May 21st, 2014 by

openSUSE Booth
Spreading the word about our project has again become a little bit easier. As announced during the Opening Keynote at oSC14 the reimbursement program for locally produced materials is BACK!

We would like to thank Jim Henderson, who will lead the team, Shawn Dunn, and Alexandros Vennos for volunteering their time to manage the requests. The program is funded with up to $200 US per event with a limit of $2000 US per quarter. The initiative is no limited to events as in small local conferences. If you need material for a local LUG meeting or if you can produce material for a “permanent” display of openSUSE in a University or other public place of interest use this program.

promoting openSUSE

How does it work?

The process is outlined in the wiki and will share the Travel Support Program application. Basically you will need to submit a request through the application prior to the time of need. The team will evaluate the information and get back to you in a reasonable amount of time. The team may also decide that it may be worth sending out a booth box instead of producing material locally. If you accept the booth box the request will be handled for you if booth boxes are available at the time. After you have approval you can go ahead and produce the material for the event/promotion campaign. Once the event is completed provide a report, blog post on lizards or your own blog for example and submit your receipts. That’s it. For permanent displays, the “event” is obviously “never” over, thus you’d just submit your receipt after you setup the display (hang up the posters), send along a picture and some advertisement, possibly on social media and that’s it.

We tried to keep things as simple as possible while still assuring that there’s some verifiable bang for the buck for our project. After all having posters hanging in someone’s basement does not hep us find more users or contributors.
Geeko's at the booth

What else?

A word on the booth boxes and larger events. A list of events where we would like to have people represent our project is in the works and will soon appear on the wiki. Booth boxes for those events have been set aside. Keep an eye out for an announcement about the events list and a call for advocates to represent the project. As a hint, OSCON is happening from July 20-24 in Portland Oregon and we have no one yet organizing a local team to show off openSUSE.

The local production reimbursement program is live and you can start using it today. As we are just starting out there are bound to be some rough edges, thus please be patient, provide as much feedback as possible about the process and the handling of things to allow everyone involved to improve the initiative for everyone that might want to take advantage of it.

Go and spread the word about openSUSE and Have a lot of fun…