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oSC13: Kicking off with CfP and Registration

February 20th, 2013 by

Register Now!The openSUSE Conference (oSC13) team is pleased to announce that registration has opened and our paper committee calls out for submission of session proposals! From July 18 until July 22 2013, Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, will be host to the fifth oSC. Hundreds of hackers from around the globe will come to the country where the modern Age of Reason started. In the place where over 2500 years ago great thinkers sat down and taught the art of logical and critical thinking, we will sit down and talk critically about logic and code. Read on to find out how to register and where to send your session proposals!

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openSUSE Conference 2013: Geeko Gets Geared Up!

January 24th, 2013 by

oSC 2013 Conf Logo SingleToday, the openSUSE community is happy and proud to announce the openSUSE Conference 2013, oSC13. On July 18, the openSUSE Community will flock to the land where 2500 years ago, Philosophers started the Age of Reason. Humbly standing on the shoulders of these giants, we’ll work, enjoy the great climate and each other, developing the technology for the future of humankind. The Greek Philosophers were part of a revolution which changed the world. So are we, and thus, under the motto of “Power to the Geeko”, we will gather and work on our very own Free Software revolution! (more…)

openSUSE 12.3 Hackathon in Nuremberg: Progress on ARM, Packagekit and Many Bugs Fixed

January 23rd, 2013 by

group photoOver the weekend of Friday 19 to Sunday 21 January 2013, a group of openSUSE contributors braved heavy snowfalls all over Europe to come to the Nuremberg SUSE office. Following a proposal made to the Board, the openSUSE Team organized this openSUSE 12.3 Bug Squad Hackathon to squash as many bugs as possible during the hot phase of development on the project’s next release. A Google+ Hangout allowed remote community members to participate. (more…)

The openSUSE Conference – a Few Months Later

January 21st, 2013 by

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This article attempts to give a bit of an overview of what happened at oSC 12. And that is lots and lots, as you can see in the Google Plus event page for oSC12 and LinuxDays. You can find a lot of CC licensed pictures here and of course in this article. Read on to get some idea of the feedback we’ve got, the number of visitors and results from the BoF’s! (more…)

openSUSE Conference 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece. OPA!

December 10th, 2012 by

We are very happy to inform you that next year’s openSUSE Conference (oSC13), the yearly get together of our community, will happen in July in the beautiful city of Thessaloniki, Greece. oSC13 will bring together a wide variety of Free and Open Source (FOSS) contributors to collaborate on one of the major Linux distribution projects. In exciting talks, workshops and social events our community will bring alive our motto “Have a lot of fun”.


We are entering the organization phase right now and have not yet settled on an exact date and location but we will let you know, right here on news.opensuse.org, once we have that info. In the meantime how about you help us organize oSC13?

We need you at the kick off meeting!

To make this the most awesome conference ever, we are looking for people who are willing to help out. We need you! There is a lot of organizing to be done, logos to be drawn, websites to be designed, schedules to be made, hotels to be booked, sponsors to be found and a million of other things you can help with. So to kick off the organization team and to get everyone on the same page we are going to meet this Thursday, December 13th on IRC to discuss what we need to do and how we are going to do it. If you’re looking for a chance to give back to the openSUSE community this is it!

When: 2012-12-13 at 15:00 UTC
Where: #opensuse-project on the freenode network
Who: Everybody who want’s to make oSC13 great

If you, for whatever reason, can’t participate but still want to help you should subscribe to our conference mailinglist:

opensuse-conference@opensuse.org

we are going to post meeting minutes there and will use this list to further organize oSC13.

Let’s get going and make oSC13 in Thessaloniki the best conference ever!

Candidates Talk Frankly at Debate

December 7th, 2012 by

On 6 December, 2012, the 8 candidates standing for election of the 2013 openSUSE Board joined members of the community in an open Q&A Debate session on IRC.   The complete log of that event can be found here.

Candidates participating included:  Matt Barringer, Richard Brown, Carl Fletcher, Manu Gupta, chuck Payne, Robert Schweikert, Stefan Seyfried, and Raymond Wooninck.   The event was moderated by the openSUSE Election

Below is a summarization of the questions asked and answers given by various candidates.  Each answer represents an aggregate of the candidate’s total answers during a specific quesstion session.  To read in full flow context, we urge you to read the full log here.

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2013 Board Elections begin today!

December 5th, 2012 by

Who will be our 2013 openSUSE Board Members?

The excitement has been building for weeks and now the most important phase of the openSUSE Board elections begins today — Election Time!

Two seats are open for election by members of the openSUSE Project.  The first seat is vacated by Henne Vogelsang who has completed his two-term limit.  The second seat is  currently held by Manu Gupta, appointed to fill in for Peter Linnel who stepped down in August of 2012.  Both seats are for a two-year term that begins in January 2013 and ends in  January 2015.

How to Vote

If you are a current member of the openSUSE Project, you will receive an email with instructions on how to vote via openSUSE Connect polling system.  You must be a member in good standing on or before 27 November 2012.  If you have not yet received an email within the next 24 hours, please contact the Election Officials committee at election-officials@opensuse.org.

Each eligible voter will be given two votes to cast, one for each seat to be elected in this cycle.

Voting begins today and concludes  at 23:00 UTC on 16 December 2012.

But I can’t decide!

With 8 excellent candidates running for two seats, we feel your pain.  Luckily, there’s two ways to learn more about the candidates.

Option 1:  Platforms and Blogs

Read the candidates platforms and blogs here.

Option 2:  Live Q&A Debate

Tomorrow, Thursday at 15:00 UTC (what’s my timezone?), candidates will gather in the #opensuse-project channel on Freenode IRC network.  A two hour session, moderated by the Election Officials, this will be an opportunity for you to ask questions live .

Can’t make it, no problem.  We will post transcript of the debate here and on the mailing lists.  Got a question you want to ask but can’t make it?  Post your question in the comment section below and we’ll make sure the question gets asked during the debate.

Thank you,
openSUSE Election Officials

With special thanks to Marcus Moeller for creation of artwork banner.

openSUSE at LinuxCon

November 20th, 2012 by

Two weeks ago, openSUSE Ambassadors Ilias and Diomidis joined the SUSE crew at LinuxCon in Barcelona, Spain, to represent the Geeko to the visitors of this conference. As most ambassadors do, they wrote an excellent report about the event which we didn’t want you all to miss. To give you a taste of the event, Ilias send the report with the following comment: “it was an amazing experience for me and Diomidis.” Read on for more details! (more…)

openSUSE Conference 2012: Monday

October 24th, 2012 by
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The third day schedule began gently at 10:00, with a few of the headaches that come with hosting an event in Prague. Yet, the atmosphere was enthusiastic and energized. Being among fellow geekos certainly helped the attitude: it’s more focused today, we’re talking Green! So, by the time it was 11:00, over 150 people were in sessions and another 50 or so hung out in the main areas behind their laptops, in discussion or eating and drinking in the café and bar.. (more…)

Day 2 – Ending Linuxdays

October 23rd, 2012 by

Hybrid Geeko

The second day started an hour later to give people time to recover from the party the previous night.  The golden autumn weather seemed to have run out by Sunday, making the run between the auditoriums and the cafeteria an exercise in dodging raindrops, but the many tracks and workshops gave visitors little reason to have to venture outside. (more…)