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Ambassadors & Event Merchandise – All Change!

May 10th, 2013 by

Over the last few years, we’ve seen openSUSE grow into an international project consisting of a large number of volunteer contributors from around the world. These contributors have a wide range of skill sets and interests such as software development, systems engineering, artwork & marketing, in addition to more general enthusiasts. This diversity of contributors and their geographically distributed nature leads to some interesting challenges and questions for the project. For example:

  1. How do we as a project ensure we’re listening to and addressing the needs of our contributor base?
  2. How do we ensure openSUSE is represented and visible at important FLOSS events around the world? How do we ensure we have a good show at these events?
  3. How do we try and attract new users, and ideally new contributors to help the project and our products grow and improve?

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openSUSE G(r)eekos @Fosscomm 2013

May 2nd, 2013 by

openSUSE Release Party Athens
Fosscomm (Free and Open Source Software Communities Meeting) is an annual conference for Free and Open Software. It’s organized from the Greek open source community for the Greek open source community in a different city of Greece each year. It’s an annual meeting for people who love open source technology, beers and party!

Of course the Greek openSUSE Community couldn’t miss this chance for having fun, drink beers, meet new people and talk about the technologies that openSUSE 12.3 has and the magnificent openSUSE Conference at Thessaloniki. (more…)

openSUSE 12.3 Launch Feedback: we’re still awesome!

March 18th, 2013 by

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Last week we let openSUSE 12.3 out of the gate. Like always, it was exciting and fun to see the result of so much preparation get to our users! So, how did it go and what did we learn? (more…)

openSUSE Marketing and Artwork Teams Got Work Done

February 21st, 2013 by

Grouphug!
In preparation for the upcoming 12.3 release, the openSUSE Marketing and Artwork Teams followed up a very successful FOSDEM presence with a week-long hackfest at the SUSE headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany. (more…)

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…)

The Board Election 2012

November 13th, 2012 by

This years openSUSE Election Committee is in the pleasant position to announce the 2012 Board elections[0].

The timeline we decided for this year election is the following:

November 13th (Phase 0)
- Announcement of the openSUSE Board election for 2012.
- Start of 2 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote).
- Start of 2 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board.

November 27th
- Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close (end of phase 0).

November 28th (Phase 1)
- Start of 1 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign might be done until ballots close).

December 5th (Phase 2)
- Ballots open

December 16th
- Ballots close (end of phase 2)

December 17th
- Announcement of the results

So, if you want to participate in the openSUSE board and influence the future direction of the project please stand up and announce your candidacy. If you want to vote for the candidates, please make sure your openSUSE membership [1] is approved. If you are a contributor of openSUSE but you are not a member yet, apply for membership now[2] and be a part of the changes to come.

For the openSUSE Board will be 2 seats to be elected, each for a 2 year term.

If you have any questions about the election or the board’s tasks, please contact the election commitee (election-officials@opensuse.org) or the board (board@opensuse.org).

With Honour
This year Election Committee
Bryen M Yunashko
Izabel Valverde
Thomas Schmidt

[0] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election
[1] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Members
[2] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Membership_officials#Process

openSUSE 12.2 Release Publicity: Call for contributions

August 27th, 2012 by

Agustin, Ismael and Christopher working around a table on openSUSE release PRAs we enter the final straight towards the release of openSUSE 12.2, the openSUSE Team is busy preparing the release publicity. And this is where you, the openSUSE community come in. There are lots of ways you can help us share the workload. If you want to take on one of these jobs, mail the opensuse-project list to announce your contribution.

Screenshots

Look at the feature list, and if there is a feature there that you are familiar with and that looks good, snapshot it (according to the guidelines) and add them to the feature list or upload it to the openSUSE wiki page for general 12.2 screenshots.

Release Parties

This is probably the easiest way to contribute. Throw a release party with your friendly penguins and show them what’s cool about openSUSE 12.2

Social Media

We need a plan for announcing the 12.2 release on social media.  If you’re a social animal, volunteer to lead this for 12.2 on the Project list.

Sneak Peeks

People with detailed knowledge of specific areas of openSUSE are encouraged to help us write in-depth Sneak Peek articles.  The following topics are suggested:

Release Article Translations

Translate any of the above articles, the feature list (if you’re feeling tough), the product highlights into your language and promote them to your local blogs and news sites.

Bug Days

Organising a bug review and triage day for a specific area of openSUSE is one of the most effective ways to build a good team, increase their skills and familiarity with the technical side of our distribution.  Everyone can spot a bug, right? Look at ten bugs and everyone can perceive a pattern close the duplicates, and or spot the simi

Upgrade Instructions

The Support Database article on upgrading between openSUSE versions was last updated for openSUSE 11.4!  This would be easy to update, but keep in mind that for 12.2 the online update repositories have been split between Free and proprietary software, so both need to be added.

 

openSUSE @ Akademy Es

June 11th, 2012 by

KDE and openSUSEAkademy ES is the yearly meeting of KDE developers and users in Spain. It is organized by the KDE Spain Association, and started in 2008. This year the event was organized in collaboration with the Clúster de Entidades Pro Software Libre de Aragón, the Zaragoza Council and the Fundación Zaragoza Ciudad del Conocimiento. Akademy ES took place during the 18th, 19th and 20th of May 2012. Of course, openSUSE was there with a number of talks! Read on for a report on the event from our ambassador, Rousinopoulos Athanasios-Ilias. (more…)

openSUSE rocking LinuxTag

May 25th, 2012 by
booth talk at openSUSE Booth

booth talk at openSUSE Booth

LinuxTag in Berlin is still going and openSUSE is having a lot of fun at the event. At our booth we feature daily talks about ownCloud (13:00-14:00), AppArmor (15:00-16:00) and if you were there Thursday a talk about color management and related tools.

You can also come by for our Old Toad beer and of course for openSUSE DVD’s, flyers, stickers and all the answers to your questions. We sorry to not have t-shirts this year but we promise to do better next year. So, come by the booth and talk to us!

Last but not least, if you are not at LinuxTag, either because it’s a long walk from where you are or you can’t make it due to other responsibilities – openSUSE has a nice treat for you. A team of Geeko’s is busily recording talks at LinuxTag, encoding them and putting them on our blip and youtube channels! That’s right, you can watch a selection of LinuxTag talks on blip.tv and on our openSUSE TV channel on youtube. Enjoy!

openSUSE in Fosscomm 2012

May 22nd, 2012 by

Once again, the Greek openSUSE community was present and rocked in the Free open source software communities meeting, which took place this year in the beautiful town of Serres. We had 5 talks and 1 workshop.

  • The openSUSE Project-talk (Kostas Koudaras)
  • Yast-talk (Kostas Koudaras-Stathis Agrapidis)
  • openSUSE Medical-talk (Stathis Iosifidis)
  • OwnCloud-talk (Stathis Iosifidis but originally registered from Chris Loukas)
  • OBS-workshop (Stathis Agrapidis)
  • Gnome Extensions-talk (Stathis Iosifidis)
  • Animal Shelter Manager-talk (Stathis Iosifidis) (more…)