As we stated in one of our earlier articles, the openSUSE team is working full steam. Even though it may sometimes seem quiet news-wise, it’s not so by any means. So, let’s look at the progress the artwork team has been making since the last time we posted about new bling-bling hitting openSUSE 13.2.
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Eppur si muove! Even though we sometimes feel there’s a sort of a standstill once first major bugs are fixed in a new release and it settles on our machine, that’s not the case by any viable metric. The openSUSE team works diligently on delivering a new release (openSUSE 13.2) ever since 13.1 was released, and among them, we find the artwork team, which is brainstorming the creation and subsequent selection of the new default wallpaper of the next openSUSE release (the awesome picture your desktop defaults to after installation).
Spreading the word about our project has again become a little bit easier. As announced during the Opening Keynote at oSC14 the reimbursement program for locally produced materials is BACK!
We would like to thank Jim Henderson, who will lead the team, Shawn Dunn, and Alexandros Vennos for volunteering their time to manage the requests. The program is funded with up to $200 US per event with a limit of $2000 US per quarter. The initiative is no limited to events as in small local conferences. If you need material for a local LUG meeting or if you can produce material for a “permanent” display of openSUSE in a University or other public place of interest use this program.
How does it work?
The process is outlined in the wiki and will share the Travel Support Program application. Basically you will need to submit a request through the application prior to the time of need. The team will evaluate the information and get back to you in a reasonable amount of time. The team may also decide that it may be worth sending out a booth box instead of producing material locally. If you accept the booth box the request will be handled for you if booth boxes are available at the time. After you have approval you can go ahead and produce the material for the event/promotion campaign. Once the event is completed provide a report, blog post on lizards or your own blog for example and submit your receipts. That’s it. For permanent displays, the “event” is obviously “never” over, thus you’d just submit your receipt after you setup the display (hang up the posters), send along a picture and some advertisement, possibly on social media and that’s it.
We tried to keep things as simple as possible while still assuring that there’s some verifiable bang for the buck for our project. After all having posters hanging in someone’s basement does not hep us find more users or contributors.
A word on the booth boxes and larger events. A list of events where we would like to have people represent our project is in the works and will soon appear on the wiki. Booth boxes for those events have been set aside. Keep an eye out for an announcement about the events list and a call for advocates to represent the project. As a hint, OSCON is happening from July 20-24 in Portland Oregon and we have no one yet organizing a local team to show off openSUSE.
The local production reimbursement program is live and you can start using it today. As we are just starting out there are bound to be some rough edges, thus please be patient, provide as much feedback as possible about the process and the handling of things to allow everyone involved to improve the initiative for everyone that might want to take advantage of it.
Go and spread the word about openSUSE and Have a lot of fun…
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…)
The openSUSE Board has pleasure to announce the minutes from Face to Face Board meeting that happened in February 7th to 9th, 2014 in Nuremberg.
Please read carefully and see how it was productive.
Thanks to SUSE for hosting the meeting and thanks to those meeting withÂ the board over the weekend for taking the time.
We have also reach agreement to re-instate the reimbursement of locallyÂ produced materials. We’ll create some guidelines and a new team needs toÂ be formed. We hope that with some modification to the TSP app bothÂ reimbursement streams can be handled in a similar way.
We all feel we got a lot of stuff sorted out and ready to roll. AsÂ always if you have questions or concerns please feel free to send aÂ message to board at o.o
Another good reference can be find here Â http://andrew.wafaa.eu/2014/02/19/opensuse-board-in-the-flesh.html
Have a great week!
The openSUSE Board
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
Starting 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.
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.
Registration for oSC14
In other great news: registration has opened! That means you can now visit the conference site and register yourself for oSC14.
For almost 2 years Izabel Valverde and Kostas Koudaras run the Travel Support Program Team with the openSUSE Board & SUSE support.
After a great job done into TSP, Kostas is now member of the openSUSE Board so we have have 2 new members on TSP filling his spot and giving us an extra help. At the dawn of the new year we are pleased to announce the current openSUSE Travel Support Team: Efstathios Iosifidis a.k.a Diamond_gr, Izabel Valverde and Marcel KÃ¼hlhorn a.k.a. Tux93.
The new TSP Team wishes to Kostas good luck on his new journey and is thankful for all the work done.
Happy 2014 to everyone in the openSUSE Project!
openSUSE Education community is proud to bring you an early Christmas and New Year’s present: openSUSE Education Li-f-e. It is based on the recently released openSUSE 13.1 with all the official online updates applied.
We have put together a nice set of tools for everyone including teachers, students, parents and IT administrators. It covers quite a lot of territory: from chemistry, mathematics to astronomy and Geography. Whether you are into software development or just someone looking for Linux distribution that comes with everything working out of the box, your search ends here. (more…)
We’re sure you are all anxiously awaiting the release of openSUSE 13.1, coming in 24 hours. Yes, just around the corner! So we want to remind you that you can help us promote the release, plan release parties and of course read the many articles we’ve written! So much to do both before and after the release…
Before the release
There is still preparation to do: a lot to read about the release -so you can tell your friends about it- and some work in order to promote the release. You are very welcome in helping us to spread the word in your blog and other places!
Learn about the release
As a preparation for the release we wrote bunch of sneak peaks so you can learn about what is so cool in new openSUSE. Let’s start from the most visible parts – as always we have new versions of desktops environments. We write articles about both major ones – GNOME and KDE. Changes in these two are probably the most visible to the end user. We hope exactly the opposite happening with YaST. There were really big changes under the hood of YaST this release as we wrote. The interface and functionality are both the same, so users will barely notice, but we hope an horde of new developers attracted by the new code.
We also wrote about more hardcore/geeky stuff. "Cloud" is still a magical and cool word and we have everything you need to create your own cloud in openSUSE. Check out what is new in this area! And as this is more sysadmins cup of tea, let’s mention yet another article that we prepared. This one is full of useful tips and tricks. Even if you are skilled sysadmin, you might learn a thing or two there that will make your everyday life easier.
And last but not least, don’t forget about all the love and attention that have been put into Btrfs. Even whether is not the default option for new installations, openSUSE 13.1 looks like the best choice for everybody wanting to try this next generation filesystem.
Promote the release
You might have seen that we created some cool materials to promote the release. There are banners, backgrounds for social media accounts and more in this article and we have this cool “Release Geeko” background for you:
Find more related artwork in our github repository.
During the release day
For the release itself, we created both Facebook event and G+ event to be sure that no one forgets (like if it is possible to forget the release date of your favorite Linux distribution). But more important, there will be public hangout on G+ as part of the G+ event, so you can join and share your excitement about the new release. Apart from that, we will be updating all our social channels all day long, so don’t worry, you will not miss anything… and you are also welcome to help in these tasks.
After the release
In the party department, there have been people planning launch parties already. At the moment of writing, we are already aware of parties in:
- Orlando FL, just a couple of days ago
- Nuremberg, punctually at the release day
- Copenhagen, the day after
- SUSE offices in Prague, next week
- Zacatecas, during Free Software Lab-COZCyT
- Taipei, in the near future (stay tuned, more information coming)
We hope you are now a little more prepared for the release. And, of course, not forget to…