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Get Ready to Party: Release is Around the Corner!

November 11th, 2013 by

release is comingIn just a little over a week, openSUSE 13.1 will be released! As we’ve all put in serious work to make this happen, it is certainly a good cause for celebration. Time to organize Launch Parties!

Launch Parties

A launch parties are to celebrate an openSUSE release. To start with the celebration part, as we all enjoy hanging out with fellow geekos, just having a space where you can talk and perhaps drink a beverage of choice should do the trick just fine. Of course, conversation starts easier if there is a subject to discuss – and that is where the release comes in! By the time the release is out, there is plenty of information on the openSUSE 13.1 Portal page that can be discussed.

Release parties are part of openSUSE. That means: they should be open, cool and featuring lots of fun! That doesn’t mean just following a ‘code of conduct‘, no, it means going out to people and being inviting! We’re all geekos, we’re all the same and we’re in this together, so we’re all responsible for each others fun.
Party time

Organizing

Organizing a release party requires the following three simple steps:

      1. Find a space. Simple is good: perhaps a room in your university, office or a cafe or restaurant.
      2. Register your launchparty on this wiki page
      3. Invite people: create a facebook and G+ event page, and send a mail to relevant mailing lists
        - like your local translation list or the project list… A blog can be helpful, too.

    Finally, Have a lot of fun! Welcome every new geeko and remind them that we’re all here for fun: talk to everybody you don’t know first! Perhaps a quick presentation on what is new is nice but not mandatory. Just remember: people are what makes openSUSE, so bringing them together is all that really counts.

    See this how-to for more info and tips!

    If you want to party on the release date, consider joining our G+ release day hangout!

    Have a lot of fun!

openSUSE Conference 2015 (oSC15) Location Search

October 9th, 2013 by

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We as a community are still abuzz from the success of the first community organized openSUSE conference in Thessaloniki this past July and many are already looking forward to the openSUSE Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia next year (oSC14.) As we all know the wheels of time never stop turning and time flies when you’re having fun. Therefore, before we know it it will be time to announce the location for oSC15. However, before a new location can be announced it has to be found.

The openSUSE board invites you to consider organizing and hosting the openSUSE conference in 2015. The openSUSE Conference (oSC) is the primary yearly gathering of Geekos from around the world. The conference venue requirements can be found on the openSUSE wiki. This is your chance to show the world of Geekos the hospitality and culture of your country. One member of the organizing team will be invited to attend oSC14 at the end of April, 2014 in Dubrovnik and present the location of oSC15.

Please submit your proposals to either opensuse-project@opensuse.org or board@opensuse.org. We are happy to consider proposals from teams that would like to organize the event but are currently not actively involved with the openSUSE community. Proposals are accepted starting now until the end of the year (2013). The board will make a decision about the 2015 location early in 2014 with an announcement to be made at oSC14.

oSC15 should take place in the March-May time frame in 2015, roughly 1 year after oSC14. Your proposal should include a description of the location (city/town and venue) and provide information about your organization team and any experience you may have had organizing other events. Items to consider are cost of lodging around the venue, access to public transportation to and from the airport/train station and hotels to venue, and proximity to a venue for a party.

Help promote openSUSE 13.1!

October 7th, 2013 by

Making noise

We’re not at the release, but the beta is out, according to the roadmap RC1 is coming Thursday and our artists have been hard at work preparing artwork. We’ve got badges, backgrounds, counters and banners for you to put on your social media or blog pages, on your desktop or even on your wall! Let’s make sure everybody knows what’s coming. (more…)

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?

(more…)

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.