Today, the most ambitious Free Software event of the Czech Republic officially opens registration! We’ve got an awesome event for you in store with sessions on all major subjects in Free Software and around it. Entry will be free of charge for everyone and we’ll give you 4 events AND a bonus track for that money! Read on to find out why you MUST be in Prague on October 20-23 2012. (more…)
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Announcing the opening of registration for the openSUSE Conference, LinuxDays, the Gentoo Miniconf and SUSE Labs.June 13th, 2012 by Jos Poortvliet
We are happy to announce that after scouting many wonderful places, having long discussions and many last minute changes, we finally have a location and date set for the openSUSE Conference 2012 (oSC12) and our CfP committee is ready to accept talk proposals!
This year oSC12 will take place at the Czech Technical University in Prague. The campus is located in the district Dejvice and is next to an underground station that gets you directly to the historic city center. The conference will start at October 20 and end on the 23th of the same month.
Read more about the location on the conference website!
Co-location and theme
This years openSUSE Conference theme is “Bootstrapping awesome!”. Why? Not just because of new new city and many new people in the organizational team. But also because we are not alone! Yes, like last year, the SUSE Labs conference will join us but there is more. This year the openSUSE conference will help ‘bootstrap’ two more conferences who share a location with us. This will be their first year, but we’re sure they will turn out to be as awesome as openSUSE Conf is and join us for a lot of fun ;-)
LinuxDays Conference is a community effort replacing the well known commercial LinuxExpo conference, which was big event in Czech republic with a long tradition. Unfortunatelly this event died this year as the company running it decided it was no longer worth it. A team of local people decided to pick this up and organize the LinuxDays Conference to ensure a great tradition wouldn’t get lost!
Like LinuxExpo, this event will focus on the Czech speaking Free/Libre Software community and have an emphasis on practical and relatively easy sessions in Czech. The LinuxDays Conference will happen on the weekend of October 20 and 21.
The openSUSE Conference team is extremely happy to be able to co-locate with LinuxDays! During the weekend we’ll work with them on providing beginner- and practical training sessions to the visitors. After all, our aim is to spread the use of Linux everywhere and this is a great opportunity to do so!
The Gentoo Mini-Summit will be a global Gentoo gathering. Organized by a few (open)SUSE/Gentoo people in Prague, it will bring together a number of core Gentoo developers to talk about and hack on the future of this geekiest-of-the-geekiest distribution and provide a place for (to-be) users to learn and get involved – after all, a Gentoo user IS a Gentoo developer!
There is a surprisingly large overlap between openSUSE and Gentoo, with a number of prominent openSUSE people using Gentoo as well and vice-versa. Moverover, the university where we’ll have the conference is a heavy user of Gentoo, making it an even better fit. Like with LinuxDays we’ll share a number of sessions with the Gentoo crowd and of course will be on the lookout for further collaboration – as always.
Check out the Gentoo miniconf website!
Call for Papers starting
From today, the 8th of May onwards, the openSUSE Conference Call for Papers is open. This means you can send in session proposals! Go to the openSUSE Conference website and submit your papers!
What kind of proposals do we look for?
With respect to our conference theme, we would like to receive proposals for talks, workshops or BoFs which fit with ‘bootstrapping’. So if you are doing some bootstrapping of your own, representing some very young project and you are just starting, come to tell us what are you up to! Maybe we can help! Also, if you are doing something special and unique in the distribution area, be it for or within openSUSE or not – we’d love to hear about it.
But don’t worry if your talk doesn’t seem to fit this theme, you can also teach people technologies that will help them bootstrap their projects. We always look forward to decent workshops in the area of distro building, packaging and such, and due to our co-location with LinuxDays, Gentoo and SUSE Labs, there is also plenty of room for hardcore hackingsessions and more beginner oriented workshops.
If you want more details about the kind of sessions and what we expect from you as a speaker, visit our Speaker Guidelines page.
So if you’re unsure if your idea fits our conference, let us decide that for you – just send it in!
Each conference will have their own Call for Papers. However, the CfP teams will collaborate to ensure there is no overlap and that sessions relevant for multiple audiences are planned in the right spot. It is therefor appreciated if you properly select if your proposal also has relevance for the other communities; and what level (beginner-intermediate-expert) it has; and what languages you’d prefer to give the session in.
Also, if you’re a Gentoo developer but have something also relevant for openSUSE – we’d be happy to have your proposal. If you’re there to give a workshop to newbies about configuring their new Linux but can also talk about something much more technical – let us know.
Where and how
Just hit the button!
Registration for the conference will come soon.
For now, send us your proposals and meet us in October in Prague!
The openSUSE Conference (oSC) is the yearly get-together of our community to give its people a chance to meet face to face, talk to and inspire each other. Being together in one room, even in this day and age, beats every other collaboration method and is what forges cohesion and friendships. That is why the openSUSE Project tries to get together this conference every year for its contributors. But not only for them, the conference is also for anyone using, working with or taking advantage of the project. No matter if you use our technology, if you are one of our many friends from free and open source upstream projects or if you contribute to another GNU/Linux distribution this conference is for you.
After the openSUSE 2011 Conference, we run a survey to gather feedback so that we can improve for the next conference. The overall feedback was very positive. Thanks a lot to the 134 people that participated in the survey!
At the openSUSE conference 2011, there was especially one area that caused us the previous years some trouble and this year nobody spoke about since it just worked fine: Wireless internet access.
So, what have we done right this year? It was basically wiring internet ourselves to the location and setting up the wifi controllers sponsored by Aeroaccess.
At the openSUSE conference in Nürnberg almost 400 visitors have shown up for the four tracks of sessions about technical and community matters and the many other events and parties. While a longer article is coming, we’d like to give a taste of the conference here!
The openSUSE Conference 2011 team is happy to announce the partners for this year’s conference. Aside from sponsoring, there are contributions in terms of sessions, media coverage and network bandwidth. Let’s look at what our sponsors contribute, what sessions they’ll present and thank them for their support!
Among other things, the openSUSE project is about “having a lot of fun”. In that spirit we would like to add a bit of diversion and an extra incentive for everyone to register and attend the openSUSE conference.
As we continue to work towards making this years conference the best ever, there’s one cool new thing we’ve never done before: Introducing the openSUSE Conference App for your Android phone. With this app you’ll be able to:
- Look at the daily timetable of sessions
- Read the abstracts for each session
- Mark the ones you want to attend and/or set an alarm to remind you
- Get a refreshed version of the schedule whenever you want
With a small space footprint this app won’t make a dent on your phone but it will make a great impact on your conference experience! And with free wi-fi at the venue, you’ll be able to sync your app even when you’re too far away from your home calling area.
Some user experience tips for you:
- Swipe left and right to see different room schedules
- Long-hold down on a session to mark the session and/or set your alarm notification
- Hit the refresh button at least once a day to get any updated schedule changes
Hope you’ll find the application useful, get it from the market! It’s courtesy of our very own Pavol Rusnak and Tom Schmidt and open-sourced code originally written by Daniel Dorau. See you in September!
The Zentrifuge, our conference location this year, is build in an old factory that was used for the production of washing machines (centrifuge, get it?). The bridging between technology and art is an important concern for them and thus our conference, as a technology conference, tries to cross that bridge too. Of course we also follow our motto Have a lot of fun… in this endeavor and throw a little party into the mix as well. So here is our blend of social events at OSC11.