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oSC14 – The openSUSE Travel Support is open!

February 24th, 2014 by

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The openSUSE Conference 2014 will happen in Dubrovnic, Croatia. The TSP 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 some support, so apply!


When and how
The application period started February 20th and closes on February 28th.  All requests will be managed through our application at 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 page http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Travel_Support_Program 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/or lodging costs. That includes plane ticket, train or bus tickets, even car gas on some occasions, and/or hotel/hostel costs.

Remember: 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 your receipts expenses. 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 the event.

- The TSP expects the sponsored to be available for helping with tasks at the Conference. Please, in any way step in.

- 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. Note that the CfP ends on February 28th so there is
still time https://conference.opensuse.org/osem/

- 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, all the costs associated with your trip.

- Try to get the best fare for tickets and lodging. Remember if you are approved at least 20% or more will be paid by you.
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Hurry up!

Our goal is to support as many people as possible. We will attempt to send the approvals before March 5th, 2014 then you can start to book.

Remember, the request can not garantee you’ll be sponsored.

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!

Hope to see you there!

Your Travel Support Team

FOSDEM 2014: The Infomercial

February 7th, 2014 by

FOSDEM 2014

Fosdem is the biggest open source developer’s event in Europe.

Geekos couldn’t miss the chance to be there promoting our beloved distribution and of course our next big event openSUSE Conference 2014 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

 

 

 

 

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oSC14 CfP and Registration Open!

January 29th, 2014 by

oSC14 Logo_FinalStarting today, the oSC14 Program Committee is ready to accept your proposals for sessions!We’re also ready to register visitors interested in joining us. Your talk and workshop submissions should be fit in one of the four main tracks: end users, business, community and project, technology and development.

You can submit your abstracts in our conference submission tool. The submission period begins today, 29 January, and closes 28 February. Note that we will start accepting talks before the deadline.
First acceptance emails will be sent 14th February, allowing you to start planning your trip already. And –of course– First come, first served! So, be in time!

The four tracks

The openSUSE conference traditionally has a theme. This year, the theme is: “The Strength to Change“.

Change has been a constant in Free Software. With the rise of mobile devices and the associated operating systems like Android and Chromebooks, we have to adopt as a project. We discussed strategy again on our mailing lists and by the time of the conference, we can hopefully all talk together and come to some conclusions. Change is never easy, but it is important!

Session proposals that connect in a meaningful way with change and strength would be appreciated!

End user track (Geeko Enthusiast):
The user track provides the opportunity for the power users of any application to share their knowledge and share tricks they apply to get the most out of the applications they use. Know of a non-obvious but very useful feature, present it’s usage to fellow Geekos and users in this track. Topics include, but not limited to, applications, desktop environments, multimedia solutions and games.

Business track (Geeko for suits):
The business track provides the opportunity for those that use openSUSE and/or FOSS in their business to describe the unique challenges they face. This includes, but not limited to, issues and solutions of interfacing with regulatory institutions, other business, staff training, and changing technology course.

Community and Project (Geekos around the world):
Sessions in this area should focus on project and community activities,
including, but not limited to, project governance, marketing, artwork and advocate reports. In many cases, this sessions bring a strong sense of unity to the project as a whole as we discuss some of the unique challenges that an Open Source Community confronts. If you have ideas that can help a community be stronger, join this track.

Technology & Development (Geeko tech):
Sessions in this area should focus on system technology and distribution development. Including, but not limited to, software packaging, development/testing/debugging tools/practices/methods. Infrastructure
software, deployment strategies and monitoring. These sessions will help a few of our members gain understanding of the many tools they can use when working in development for the distribution and other exciting projects.

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We will have four types of sessions:

  • Short talk (30 min)
  • Long Talk (60 min)
  • Lightning Talk (15 min)
  • Workshop (2 – 4 hours)

You can send in proposals until February 28 but the sooner the better as we will start accepting submissions on February 14.

Find our speaker guidelines here. This page also has tips on how to create smashing presentations and we ave some articles about organizing workshops and BoF sessions at this site.

Registration for oSC14

In other great news: registration has opened! That means you can now visit the conference site and register yourself for oSC14.

openSUSE Conference 2014 Takes Place April 24th – 28th in Dubrovnik, Croatia

January 9th, 2014 by

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As announced at the openSUSE Conference 2013, this years openSUSE conference will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This beautiful city will welcome us Geekos from the 24th to the 28th of April. The team has been hard at work to prepare things and below they start by giving you a taste of the city, the venue and themselves!

The openSUSE Conference

The openSUSE Conference is the annual gathering of the openSUSE Community and other Free and Open Source contributors and enthusiasts. This year will be the 6th event where the talks, workshops and discussions provide the framework to exchange knowledge, collaborate and create lasting connections and incredible memories. Last year our event took place in Greece – read reports on day one, day two and day three. Before we’ve had a smashing time in Prague and in a old factory hall in Nüremberg.

The theme this year

The openSUSE conference traditionally has a theme. This year, the theme is: “The Strength to Change“.

Change has been a constant in Free Software. With the rise of mobile devices and the associated operating systems like Android and Chromebooks, we have to adopt as a project. We discussed strategy again on our mailing lists and by the time of the conference, we can hopefully all talk together and come to some conclusions. Change is never easy, but it is important!

Subjects and conference schedule

Like always, we will cover a wide range of subjects at the event. This year, there will be the following tracks:

  • End user track
  • Business track
  • Community and Project
  • Technology & Development

More details are coming in the Call for Papers on the 20th of January, with proposals starting to get accepted February 14. The submission period will end on February 28.
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Croatia and Dubrovnik

Republic of Croatia is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic at the crossroads of Central Europe, Balkans, and the Mediterranean. It joined the EU on 1st of July 2013, and it is best known for it’s sunny beaches, islands and warm adriatic sea as it is a summer vacation destination for many Europeans.

Dubrovnik is the southernmost city in Croatia, a gorgeous former city state which joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979. The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik was historically based on maritime trade. As the capital of the Republic of Ragusa, a maritime republic, the city achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. Dubrovnik became notable for its wealth and skilled diplomacy. The Republic was an early adopter of what are now regarded as modern laws and institutions and Dubrovnik became a cradle of Croatian literature. The city successfully balanced its sovereignty between the interests of Venice and the Ottoman Empire for centuries.

(Gorgeous picture on the right Creative Commons photo from Trishhartmann)

Local Community

The openSUSE conference proposal came from a team from the Croatian Association for Open Systems and Internet (HrOpen) and the Croatian Linux Users’ Association (HULK). The team has support from the UNIDU (which is where the event will take place) and is also backed by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of University of Zagreb.

The leadership of the core team:

  • Svebor Prstačić, president of HrOpen
  • Tomo Sjekavica, assistant professor at UNIDU
  • Ivan GuÅ¡tin, president of HULK
  • Darko Grabar, vice president of HrOpen

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The conference venue

The conference venue is provided by the University of Dubrovnik, (UNIDU). The University of Dubrovnik is the ‘youngest‘ university in Croatia. It was established in 2003 on the foundations of a very long tradition which goes back to the 17th century, but also on decades of modern higher education. In terms of program, organization and technical equipment, the University of Dubrovnik stands among the most modern of educational institutions.

The venue, called the New Campus, is situated just 5 minutes walk from the Dubrovnik old town, and is in walking distance of many hotels and private apartments that offer affordable accommodation deals. It was originally built as a hospital, then renewed and repurposed for the University in 2012. From the outside it displays the soul of Dubrovnik, but from the inside it is a very sleek and modern design.

Find it on Google Maps here and see some more pictures here.

If you want to get to know the university in advance of joining us, check out this great walk-around video on youtube!

(Pictures provided by the university)

What’s next

Next up is setting up the conference website and opening the Call for Papers and registration. This is all planned to take place later this month – keep an eye on this site! We will let you know when conference.opensuse.org is updated. You can already join our visitors’ mailing list (subscribe).

Want to help with oSC14?

Awesome! Please join our team mailing list (subscribe)and our regular IRC meetings. We can use every helping hand to work the program, the promotion and the local organization. Tasks range from keeping our news outlets up to date over designing artwork to lay cables at the venue. There is so much to do, we need you!

Article written by Svebor and the openSUSE conference team

openSUSE Summit Was Geeko Awesome

November 18th, 2013 by

Orlando - not so sunny

Our openSUSE Summit 2013 has just finished here in Orlando. We were hosted in a Mexican themed hotel in the area of Disney World, with our own special area setup nicely for our presentations and workshops. The location was a nice new touch for the geeko friends to reconnect and collaborate, if only because there was a large number of lizards all around here!

Weather wasn’t very loving down here in Florida, USA but being in such a family-like get together, it didn’t really matter. (more…)

openSUSE Summit Schedule Ready!

October 21st, 2013 by

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As you may well know, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in beautiful Florida will welcome all Geekos to this year’s openSUSE Summit from November 15 to 17. This will be a great event, if the brand new schedule is any indication! It has just been made public, together with information about our keynote speakers. (more…)

BetaPizza Hackaton Results

October 15th, 2013 by

Hacking into the night
Friday a week ago a Beta Pizza Hackaton took place at the SUSE offices and online. 121 people went over more than 580 bugs, screening 440 and fixing 140 of them. The contest was won by Stephan ‘coolo’ Kulow and Dominique ‘DimStar‘ Leuenberger, with top gold fixers Josef Reidinger and Michael Chang and a honorable mention for Antoine Saroufim. (more…)

openSUSE Conference 2015 (oSC15) Location Search

October 9th, 2013 by

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We as a community are still abuzz from the success of the first community organized openSUSE conference in Thessaloniki this past July and many are already looking forward to the openSUSE Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia next year (oSC14.) As we all know the wheels of time never stop turning and time flies when you’re having fun. Therefore, before we know it it will be time to announce the location for oSC15. However, before a new location can be announced it has to be found.

The openSUSE board invites you to consider organizing and hosting the openSUSE conference in 2015. The openSUSE Conference (oSC) is the primary yearly gathering of Geekos from around the world. The conference venue requirements can be found on the openSUSE wiki. This is your chance to show the world of Geekos the hospitality and culture of your country. One member of the organizing team will be invited to attend oSC14 at the end of April, 2014 in Dubrovnik and present the location of oSC15.

Please submit your proposals to either opensuse-project@opensuse.org or board@opensuse.org. We are happy to consider proposals from teams that would like to organize the event but are currently not actively involved with the openSUSE community. Proposals are accepted starting now until the end of the year (2013). The board will make a decision about the 2015 location early in 2014 with an announcement to be made at oSC14.

oSC15 should take place in the March-May time frame in 2015, roughly 1 year after oSC14. Your proposal should include a description of the location (city/town and venue) and provide information about your organization team and any experience you may have had organizing other events. Items to consider are cost of lodging around the venue, access to public transportation to and from the airport/train station and hotels to venue, and proximity to a venue for a party.

Travel support applications to attend openSUSE Summit opened!

September 27th, 2013 by

We are happy to announce the Travel Team is ready to receive applications for sponsorships to attend to openSUSE Summit 2013.

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This year openSUSE Summit will be held in the beautiful Florida, November 15 to 17 and the Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will welcome all Geekos to this year’s event.

The openSUSE Travel Support Program provides travel sponsorships to individuals that want to attend openSUSE Summit and need financial assistance.

For Summit this year the TSP will work a bit differently. The TSP will make 2 calls, for the first call the deadline is October 3, 2013 and you can start sending your applications now! The results will be given before October 8, 2013.
The second call will start on October 11, 2013 ending on October 17, 2013. The results before October 22, 2013. Important to say that the second call is for those who had applied on CfP and didn’t have answer before the first call ends. Of course, even applied and no answer yet you can send your application on the first call.

About the TSP you can see at https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Travel_Support_Program The instructions are detailed at https://connect.opensuse.org/travel-support/

 

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Important
* A good application with good information will be processed faster.
* Always choose the most economical option whenever possible.  People who need travel sponsorship, should         look for the best price. If the Travel Committee finds a cheaper price, that will be the price in consideration.

 

 

In case of doubts just drop us an email travel-support@opensuse.org

Do not forget… The Call for Participation still opened so hurry up!

 
Your TSP Team

openSUSE Summit 2013: Registration Opened!

September 24th, 2013 by

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It has already been a year since the first iteration of the openSUSE Summit held in Orlando Florida. Our guests and organizers agreed that tying this community event at the end of SUSEcon is a very good idea and it was set to be repeated in 2013 as well. If you live in the Northern part of the U.S.A. then you know that November can be very cold, therefore, our organizers decided to go back to Florida this year and have everyone warm up to the never-ending summer in the peach state. Our event website is up and running and registrations are open! (more…)