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…)
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As people started to ask, we checked all openSUSE servers and can confirm that none of them is affected by the heartbleed bug.
For those users running openSUSE 12.2 and 13.1, we can just repeat what we always pray: please install the latest official updates provided by our glorious maintenance team.
RSYNC and rsync.opensuse.org
The server behind rsync.opensuse.org is re-installed now and already providing packages via HTTP again.
But we faced an issue with the automation that creates the content of the “hotstuff” rsync modules: normally a script analyzes the log files of download.opensuse.org and arranges the content of these special rsync modules to provide always the most requested files, so our users have a good chance to find a very close mirror for their packages. But currently the script is not producing what we expect: it empties all those hotstuff modules. As the core developer behind this script comes back from vacation on Monday, we hope he can quickly fix the problem. For now we disabled the “hotstuff” modules (means on rsync.opensuse.org: we disabled rsync completely for now) to avoid problems.
If you want to sync packages to your local machine(s) via rsync: please pick a mirror from our page at mirrors.opensuse.org providing public rsync.
You may have noticed already that the openSUSE team installed a new version of openQA on the production server. An additional news item might be that this new version has seen also new hardware to run faster than ever.
But not only openQA, also the database cluster behind download.opensuse.org has seen a hardware upgrade. The new servers allow to run the database servers as virtual machines, able to have the whole database structure stored in RAM (you hopefully benefit from the faster response times on download.opensuse.org already). And the servers still have enough capacity left, so we can now also visualize the web servers providing the download.opensuse.org interface. We are currently thinking about the detailed setup of the new download.opensuse.org system (maybe using ha-proxy here again? maybe running mirrorbrain in the “no local storage” mode? …) – so this migration might take some more time, but we want to provide the best possible solution to you.
Admins on openSUSE Conference
These year, three of our main European openSUSE administrators are able to attend to the openSUSE Conference in Dubrovnik:
- Markus RÃ¼ckert
- Martin Caj
- Robert Wawrig
And they will not only participate: instead they are providing talks and help with the infrastructure and video recording of the venue. So whenever you see them: time to spend them a drink or two :-)
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.
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.
Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. It is also known as â€žPearl of the Adriaticâ€œ, and since a few years as â€žKing’s Landingâ€œ 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.
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.
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!
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…)
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, donâ€™t forget to mention the code: â€œopenSUSEâ€!
The deadline to book rooms with discounted rate is tomorrow March 15th, 2014. After that date bookings are available â€œon requestâ€ basis only. That means that after the deadline we canâ€™t guarantee the rates listed on the site!
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 20â‚¬ booking fee per person that will be charged. Prices are per person.
There are also private accommodations available, they are all over town. See the website for details.
Whether you want to give a talk at oSC14, or just visit, donâ€™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
At 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…)
We 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…)
The openSUSEÂ Conference 2014 will happen in Dubrovnic, Croatia. The TSP goal is to help everybodyÂ in and around openSUSE to be able to come to the openSUSE Conference!Â You don’t have to be one of the top 10 packagers to apply – if you’reÂ translating, building a local community or helping out at the forums,Â we might still be able to offer you some support, so apply!
When and how
The application period started February 20th and closes onÂ February 28th. Â All requests will be managed through our application atÂ http://connect.opensuse.org/travel-support.
You will need an openSUSE Connect account in order to log in and apply for sponsorship.
A few reminders
- Please, read the Travel Support wiki pageÂ http://en.opensuse.org/
before you apply.Â We want everybody to be there! Even if you think you would not qualifyÂ for travel support, just submit a request! If you don’t ask we can’tÂ help you!
- The Travel Committee can reimburse up to 80% of travel and/or lodgingÂ costs. That includes plane ticket, train or bus tickets,Â even car gas on some occasions, and/or hotel/hostel costs.
Remember: Food andÂ all local expenses are on you!
- The Travel Team won’t be able to book or pay anything in advance,Â reimbursement comes after the event is over, based on your receipts expenses.Â Again: no receipts = no money – it’s the rule!
- Those sponsored by the Travel Support Team will be welcomed to write a blog or report about theÂ event.
- The TSP expects the sponsored to be available for helping with tasks atÂ the Conference. Please, in any way step in.
- Sponsorship decisions are influenced by the openSUSE history of theÂ requester. Your involvement with openSUSE is really relevant!
- Having an abstract submitted for presentation at the conference isÂ relevant. Note that the CfP ends on February 28th so there is
still time https://conference.opensuse.
- If you got support before and complied with all the requirements,Â this gets you bonus points too.
- The amount requested must be detailed according to your request,Â like the airport you will be departing from, sharing hotel/hostelÂ rooms, all the costs associated with your trip.
Our goal is to support as many people as possible. We willÂ attempt to send the approvals before March 5th, 2014 then you can start toÂ book.
Remember, the request can not garantee you’ll be sponsored.
The conference is getting close and the deadline for travel support isÂ tight so start searching for flights right now! Set up your openSUSEÂ Connect account and send in a request as soon as possible!
Hope to see you there!
Your Travel Support Team