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oSC 2013 Travel Support Requests Period Open

May 3rd, 2013 by

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Today the openSUSE Travel Support Team opened the Travel Support Request Submission tool for requests related to the openSUSE Conference 2013 in Thessaloniki. The goal is to help everybody in and around openSUSE to be able to come to the openSUSE Conference! You don’t have to be one of the top 10 packagers to apply – if you’re translating, building a local community or helping out at the forums, we might still be able to offer you support, so apply!

When and how

The application period will be a little over week, starting on May 2nd and closing on May 10th. For the very first time, all requests will be managed through our brand new application that is be available at connect.opensuse.org/travel-support.

You will need an openSUSE Connect account in order to log in the application and apply for sponsorship.

A few reminders

  • Please, read the Travel Support wiki page carefully before you apply.
  • We want everybody to be there! Even if you think you would not qualify for travel support, just submit a request! If you don’t ask we can’t help you!
  • The Travel Committee can reimburse up to 80% of travel and lodging costs. That includes plane ticket, train and bus tickets (no taxi), even car gas on some occasions, and hotel or hostel costs. Food and all local expenses are on you!
  • The Travel Team won’t be able to book or pay anything in advance, reimbursement comes after the event is over, based on receipts you keep of your expenses.
  • Again: no receipts = no money – it’s the rules!Click to submit a paper!
  • Those sponsored by the Travel Team have to write a blog or report on the event and are expected to be available for helping with tasks at the event where needed!
  • Sponsorship decisions are influenced by the openSUSE history of the requester. Your involvement with openSUSE is really relevant!
  • Having an abstract submitted for presentation at the conference is relevant as well. Note that the CfP is extended so there is still time!
  • If you got support before and complied with all the requirements, this gets you bonus points too.
  • The amount requested must be detailed according to your request, like the airport you will be departing from, sharing hotel/hostel rooms, costs associated with your trip.
  • Try to get the best fares for tickets and lodging. Remember if approved at least 20% (and sometimes more) will be paid by you.

Hurry up!

Our goal is to support as many people as possible. If you need support to make it to the event, PLEASE SEND IN A REQUEST! We will attempt to send the approvals before May 13th, 2013 so you can start booking. Book quickly, as we don’t cover anything over the previously agreed amount so higher prices are on you!

The conference is getting close and the deadline for travel support is tight so start searching for flights right now! Set up your openSUSE Connect account and send in a request as soon as possible!

We hope to see you there.

Your openSUSE Travel Support Team

Open Build Service version 2.4 released

April 30th, 2013 by

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Over at openbuildservice.org they have released the Open Build Service (OBS) version 2.4 which supports yet another package format (Arch’s PKGBUILD), secure boot signing, appstream metadata, introduces a new constraint system and makes everything a lot snappier. Go check out their release announcement to learn all the nitty gritty details of OBS 2.4.

On the OBS reference server, build.opensuse.org, which we use to build our most awesome GNU/Linux distribution we have followed the road to this release since early January and of course the final 2.4 release is already deployed there. We are very happy that the openSUSE community was able to help make this a rock solid OBS release with a lot of great features and we congratulate the OBS team on this new version.

„It is exciting to see the Open Build Service team move forward with such a great feature release. OBS forms the base of the collaborative model which makes openSUSE such a successful distribution and we are proud to work with them and their sweet technology.”

– said openSUSE Community Manager Jos Poortvliet.

New OBS Version, new OBS power

And by the way, last Tuesday the truck with the new compute rack came and we were able to move it into the openSUSE sever room in the SUSE offices. After our amazing admins set up power and network, which we had to expand for all these nodes, the OBS team deployed the shiny new appliance image based on openSUSE 12.3. The workers immediately started to build jobs and after some minor glitches with the bios and network time setup, all the workers are now in production mode.

We already configured some of the build hosts to have less workers on them so the individual workers have more RAM for bigger build jobs and we’re thinking about making some of them build only in RAM for smaller build jobs. More optimization might follow, but even without that you’ll notice building on OBS will once again be as quick as a bunny!

– check out more pictures of OBS hardware in the Google+ group

„The server monitor is telling the awful truth: now that we have the build power we have to work on the other hardware bottlenecks, like the server delivering binaries across the build hosts and to our mirrors pronto!”

– said openSUSE Release Manager Stephan “coolo” Kulow.

So don’t forget that you can make a difference with your support and sponsorship for the openSUSE and OBS communities. If you happen be able to, or know someone who can, donate serious I/O power to the Open Build Service reference server – it’s time to tell us!

Go Check It Out!

See all the awesomeness of this new release. Either download the appliance and run your own instance or head over to the reference server to get your taste of OBS 2.4. And don’t forget to let us know how it goes on twitter, G+, facebook or simply in the comment section below. We’re looking forward to hear from you!

OBS Gaining More Power

April 23rd, 2013 by

Linux Power logoIn the last weeks, the Open Build Service has received support from several sponsors. SUSE brought in a new, powerful x86 compute rack, ARM support was beefed up with Samsung Arndale boards and today we are happy to announce that IBM has provided us with two IBM PowerLinux 7R2 servers to increase build capacity for its Power platform! (more…)

SUSE sponsors new hardware for the Open Build Service

April 8th, 2013 by

UTSmOKcQdU_bodybgOver the last year, the Open Build Service (OBS) reference server, a service to build and distribute packages from sources in an automatic, consistent and reproducible way, has been flooded with new packages, new distributions and even entire new architectures, deluging its build servers with compilation jobs. But spring is coming: SUSE has has just sponsored a rack server with some serious compute power for us to speed up your compilations. OBS will kick into high gear again! (more…)

openSUSE Conference 2013 Call for Papers extends to June 17.

April 3rd, 2013 by

Deadlines… we like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by! Originally the Call for Papers (CfP) for the openSUSE Conference 2013 (oSC13), the annual gathering of our community, ended at April 3. You have submitted a lot of great talks and workshops and we’ve started to build a preliminary schedule that looks awesome possum, pardon our french.

However some of you seem to have missed the deadline and there are still a handful of slots left to be filled so we are extending the CfP until Monday, June 17, 12pm. But, there had to be a but, we expect that the schedule will fill quickly, so get your merde together, there is that french again, and submit your proposals as soon as possible!

Click to submit a paper!

What we are looking for

Your submission should either be a talk, a presentation with slides, or a workshop where you instruct people in a hands-on lab experience. The focus of your submission should be one of the following 3 topics:

Community & Project

Submissions in this area should focus on the openSUSE project and community activities, including but not limited to project governance, marketing, artwork, ambassador reports and so on.

Geeko Tech

Submissions in this area should focus on openSUSE technologies such as packaging, the distribution, the openSUSE infrastructure etc.

openWorld

For this area we invite other FOSS projects to share their work and collaborate with the openSUSE community. Submissions are not limited to technical content, you may choose to talk about your favorite pet project such as building a boat, a robot, or other interesting topics.

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Hackweek 9 is coming!

March 26th, 2013 by

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The week starting on April 8 will be Hack Week 9 at SUSE! The SUSE engineers will be free to work on projects of their passion for a week. They work in teams or alone on projects, personal, upstream or new. Hackweek takes place both on-line and at SUSE offices all over the world. Each location has a program for the week itself but right now we’re in preparation mode. As always, we try to make the event as open as possible (that’s why we use github) so you can see what we’re planning and can join in the fun! (more…)

openSUSE 12.3 – Awesome as 1-2-3

March 13th, 2013 by

Dear contributors, friends and fans: The latest release of the openSUSE distribution, version 12.3, is ready for you! After six months of hard work, we are happy to bring you the best mix that Free and Open Source Software has to offer with our unique green sauce – stable, friendly and fun.

Download openSUSE 12.3

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As this was a shorter-than-normal release cycle, much attention went into the details so we can now give you a quality packed product. This release of world’s most powerful and flexible Linux Distribution puts the finishing touches on our boot infrastructure and package management, a bright polish to your desktop and a touch of cloud for your server.

 

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The Highlights

Finishing touches
openSUSE 12.3 finishes the integration of systemd and delivers a better system log experience with journald. Reliable graphical package management tools and a new theme bring a consistent experience from boot to desktop. The 1GB live images are now optimized for USB sticks and the ARM team has stable openSUSE 12.3 ARM v7 and experimental ARM 64bit images ready for this exciting architecture.

 

Polishing up
The latest desktops bring additional polish with much faster metadata handling, a new print manager and improved bluetooth integration in KDE’s Plasma Desktop and improved notifications, better file management and account integration for Exchange and Windows Live in GNOME Shell.

 

New Features
12.3 brings new technologies to users with the inclusion of PostgreSQL 9.2 which comes with native JSON support (noSQL style). We’ve moved over from MySQL to MariaDB as default. This is the first openSUSE release with a complete OpenStack “Folsom” for cloud fans and this release debuts the E17 desktop and the Sawfish and awesome window managers.

 

Moving forward
openSUSE moves forward with the inclusion of updated applications. DigiKam 3.0 comes with much expanded abilities for batch processing of images and new and improved filters & plugins; the major PIM applications received updates with Evolution now having an automatically updated search folder and spell checking all over while Kontact’s quick filter searches the full mail bodies and has an improved composer. Development tools like KDevelop, monodevelop and valgrind got preliminairy Android support; Development libraries like GTK3 and KDE Development Platform are included with new releases. This release also brings proper UEFI support for x86_64 hardware and experimental support for Secure Boot enabled hardware.

„We’re very proud of openSUSE 12.3 as  a stable and current operating system, also we are looking forward to the openSUSE Conference in Greece this summer, where we can celebrate its release and continue working towards the future of Free Software.”

– said openSUSE Board member Richard Brown.

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Planned maintenance downtime for widehat.opensuse.org 2013-03-05

March 4th, 2013 by

On 2013-03-05 we will do some maintenance on our public rsync server to increase the performance of the machine. During the maintenance a slower machine will take its place to keep the most of the services up.

The affected services are:

  • rsync.opensuse.org
  • tube.opensuse.org
  • torrent seeder

Only the first 2 of those will be running until we put the original machine back in place, which can take a few days.

With kind regards,
Your openSUSE admin team

RC2 is Ready for You. Are You Ready for RC2?

February 28th, 2013 by

release counterThe openSUSE Release Team has released RC2 to the mirrors a few hours ago. A large number of bugs has been fixed and a number of packages has been updated. Major changes include PulseAudio, the kernel and Firefox. This is the last opportunity to find and fix the last few bugs before the final release, so help us by downloading RC2 from software.opensuse.org, testing and reporting bugs! (more…)

openSUSE Conference 2014: Call for Locations!

February 26th, 2013 by

Group PhotoToday the openSUSE board invites you to submit your proposal for locations of the openSUSE Conference in 2014. Please send proposals to the openSUSE project mailing list with the subject “oSC14 location proposal”.

The openSUSE conference was hosted in Nuremberg, Germany during it’s incubation period and has experienced steady growth since it’s inception in 2009. The fourth annual event was hosted in Prague and co-located with three additional events for the first two of the four conference days. The first four conferences were mostly organized by openSUSE community members employed by SUSE. The steady growth of the openSUSE community has created the opportunity to have a conference organization lead by a team of community members not employed by SUSE. Thanks to the initiative taken by the Greek openSUSE community, affectionately known as Greekos, the conference will take place in July of 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece. (more…)