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Reminder: Get BoFfin at openSUSE Conference 2012!

October 12th, 2012 by

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Everyone knows what really matters at a conference happens outside the scheduled talks, right? The life of the openSUSE project happens when we get together, talk and plan, and this happens much faster face to face than on the mailing lists or forums. These Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions are how we do this.

Team members within the openSUSE Project should take the opportunity the openSUSE Conference offers to sit down together and hash out their plans for future activity.

Get your team’s BoF Session at openSUSE Conference 2012 planned now! (more…)

Learn More About Free Software Next Week in Prague

October 11th, 2012 by

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The openSUSE Conference 2012 takes place next week from October 20th to 23rd in Prague, Czech Republic.

When you first step into the world of Free Software, it isn’t always easy: to paraphrase Richard Stallman, we are used to “trading freedom for convenience”. Understanding why you are using Free/Libre/OpenSource Software and seeing it at work can be inspiring – you might well find yourself on the path to be a Free/Libre Open Source Software contributor or advocate. Seeing how the principles of FLOSS are applied to things other than software can be equally inspiring and like Free Software, it is a revolution you can contribute to! You’ll find this and more inspiration in the Future Media track at this year’s conference.

This track aimed specifically at bringing a wider scope to the conference and with talks by people like Georg Greve, founder of the Free Software Foundation Europe, Lydia Pintscher from the WikiMedia Foundation and Bas van Abel from the FabLab movement, the sessions will you a proper knowledge base on the why and what of the ‘open’ movement.

We spoke with a number of the speakers to give you an idea what they will talk about. (more…)

First openSUSE Conference Sneak Peek

October 8th, 2012 by

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Less than two weeks from now the openSUSE Conference will start. The location itself is almost enough reason to attend: the openSUSE Conference 2012 is in the beautiful, historic city of Prague. For those jaded by gothic beauty, the conference program will provide all the motivation you need!

If you’re new to the world of Linux and software conferences, you might think that you’ll be out of your depth, especially when you recognize some of the leading lights in Free Software development and culture among the speakers. But there’s plenty at the openSUSE conference for the Linux newbie – in fact, it’s the perfect way to dive into the world of open source. Held in context with the local Linux Days and incorporating also SUSE Labs and a Gentoo miniconference, this openSUSE conference has something for everyone.

Read on to get a taste of the contents of the conference, with video and text interviews! (more…)

oSC 2012 BoF sessions can be scheduled!

October 3rd, 2012 by

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Within three weeks, in Prague, the openSUSE Conference will start off again. Like last year, we have not only an awesome program but also reserved time for small sessions to get work done. We’ve got a wiki page where you can schedule such sessions before the event and on the event itself we’ll allow scheduling more sessions Unconference style. Read on to learn more about the BoF session, based on an article from last year’s conference. (more…)

openSUSE Conference 2012 – Invitation to Lightning Talks and Speedy Geeko

October 2nd, 2012 by

The openSUSE Conference in Prague is about to happen and we know that all of you are really excited about it. One more year with great talks and workshops and the warmth of the openSUSE Community around. Being there is really awesome and being a part of it is really great. Since having fun has no limits for us we feel the need to ask you the following:

Kostas Speedy Geeko

  • Did you wanted to submit a talk and you were late?
  • Do you feel like talking about something that has to do with openSUSE?
  • Do you feel like talking about something that has nothing to do with the openSUSE?
  • Do you feel the need to have an on-stage group-hug with Izabel and Kostas?
  • Can you do all that in 2 to max 5 minutes?

If yes is the answer to at least the last and one other of those questions, here is your chance to make it happen. (more…)

Time to Start Planning your Sessions: Conference Program Available!

September 12th, 2012 by

The openSUSE Conference is coming!

The Call for Papers is closed and the sessions for this awesome four-plus-one event are decided upon and scheduled. It is time to grab a pen and paper, look at the exciting conference schedule here and start making a little plan of what sessions to attend! To help you, we present a short selection of sessions and speakers below! (click here for this article in Cz)

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openSUSE Conference is coming… Sponsorship request starts today!

August 10th, 2012 by

The openSUSE Travel Support Team is happy to announce that they are ready to process applications to sponsor openSUSE people to attend openSUSE Conference. The Conference will be held in Prague, Czech Republic – October 20-23, 2012.

The Travel Committee can reimburses up to 80% of travel costs and lodging costs such as plane ticket, train ticket, bus ticket, hotel and hostel. Expenses with Visa, documentation, food, extras are up to the requester, The Travel Team won’t be able to cover since is looking for sponsor as many people as possible.

The instructions are detailed at http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Travel_Support_Program 

Please read carefully and send the request to travel-support(at)opensuse(dot)org

Important !!! The Sponsorship Request period for openSUSE Conference starts on August 10 ending August 20, 2012. Responses will be given before August 30, 2012.

Some additional comments:

* A clear and complete application is faster and easier to process.

* The Travel Team won’t be able to book or pay in advance for any requester.

* We cannot fulfill all requests, keep in mind that there is no guarantee you will get sponsored.

* Sponsorship decisions are influenced by the history of the requester, like having followed the requirement of writing a report about a conference you attended with sponsorship or having send in the required paperwork in time.

* Your involvement with openSUSE is pretty relevant.

* If you were part of Google Summer of Code as openSUSE student or mentor you should mention it in your application.

* If you submitted an abstract to be presented at openSUSE Conference you should  mention it in your application.

* It’s important you tell us which airport you will be departing from.

*  Try to get the best fares for tickets and lodging. Remember you still have to pay at least 20% yourself and the committee will verify the amount requested looking for the best offers on public website (E.g. KAYAK, Expedia, e-Dreams,…).

The Travel Team sends a reply upon receiving your application. We will then wait for all applicants to send in their requests for the event and only once we have a full overview, responses will be given. Please do not send personal emails, always CC the travel-support team in your replies.

Hope to see you in Prague!

openSUSE Conference CfP going to close soon!

June 27th, 2012 by

openSUSE Conference LogoWith the openSUSE conference coming on October 20-23 in Prague, we have only two weeks left for you to send in your session proposal! So, stop thinking about it and DO it. Go and send in a proposal! Remember, we’ve got travel support available and registration for the conference is open too! Read on for some more details. (more…)

Travel Support Team to Provide Travel Sponsorship to Conference, Summit and COSCUP Attendees

June 26th, 2012 by

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The openSUSE Travel Support Team is happy to announce that they are ready to process applications to sponsor community members to attend the openSUSE Summit and the openSUSE Conference as well as COSCUP. Thanks to the sponsors of both conferences, travel budgets are available and we call out for all participants to whom costs are a significant issue to consider applying for travel support. Read on to learn more! (more…)

Announcing the opening of registration for the openSUSE Conference, LinuxDays, the Gentoo Miniconf and SUSE Labs.

June 13th, 2012 by
Taking over Drumheller

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…)