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Join The Geeko Community!

July 4th, 2014 by

Heya geekos, geekos-to-be, and all other interested parties. This time it’s going to be a short one. We, the geekos kindly invite you to hang out with us!

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What Will openSUSE 13.2 Default Wallpaper Look Like?

May 22nd, 2014 by

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).

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openSUSE at SCALE 12x Day 1

February 24th, 2014 by

“The early bird gets the worm” That was the theme of our awakening at 5AM this morning. We arose to 22 notifications of retweets by new followers we made at the conference. We started a campaign today to acquire new followers by including a simple note with our Twitter handle @SoCalSUSE with our install discs. After a quick setup, the team started pitching openSUSE to a vast number of attendees roaming the show floor. We demoed “What does the chameleon say?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNkDJk5_9eU . Our mascot, Romy Meyerson dressed as the chameleon and explored the convention while giving out stickers and yo-yos as well as the newest release in exchange for hugs. 1970495_10153830820100417_1147112629_n

Back at the booth, undressing efforts and distribution of the install discs were very successful. A handful of the team attended a few talks and enjoyed the lectures. Ron Collins, Zeak Dreger, Andrew Heintz, and Chris Adams attended “Magical System Admin Incantations For New Freedom Fighters” by George Robinson. When asked about the class Zeak Dreger said, “I really liked learning the old way of doing things and how it relates the new way of doing things when it comes to the basic command line.” Daniel Hodges attended “Raspberry Pi Hacks” by Ruth Suehle. When asked about the talk he said, “What made me have to come to this class is the tag line in the description what hack upgraded a girlfriend wife. Turns out the hack was a functional R2D2 powered by Raspberry Pi. I want. I want. I want.” Drew Adams attended Automated deployment Django Docker and Salt by Roberto Aguilar. “It was good given the short amount of time we had.”

At the end of the night, Tony Su did a fantastic job organizing a last minute openSUSE BoF talk. The day went exceptionally well on all fronts. Tomorrow should be an exciting conclusion to SCaLE 12x 2014. Don’t forget our raffle for the Raspberry pi is being held at 3pm on Sunday afternoon.

 

This article written by Ezekiel Dreger and Ron Collins

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openSUSE at SCALE 12x

February 22nd, 2014 by

Following the recent participation by our team at FOSDEM we would also like to continue in the tradition of showing our team’s outreach to different audiences. Over the past couple of years we have also asked a small part of our team to participate in the popular SCALE (Souther California Linux Expo) taking place on Feb. 21-23, 2014, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel. SCALE is the first Linux event in the US every year, therefore, they feature over 100 exhibitors and the attendance to the event is quite high. For this reason we will be reporting on each day at the conference.

Our openSUSE team decided to pack bags early on and set up the openSUSE Booth for this year. Just so they can also represent their own local community they also created a banner with a special Southern California twist.

We arrived at 9am and did not leave until nearly 11:00pm! Our rather large team of 9 and counting led by Drew Adams., Daniel Hodges, and Roger Luedecke had a blast bonding and working together as a team to set up the booth. We began with a team meeting to discuss how we want to do things and to delegate tasks. Each person has a job to do and each one is passionate about the responsibility they hold. The KDE team has been coordinating with Drew for the last few weeks and we agreed to combine forces and loan some of our man power and enthusiasm to their booth which is next door to ours. So not only are we participating in representation of openSUSE but now we have a beloved KDE team also join us.

To make things more interesting and draw a bigger crowd we will be raffling off the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize: Complete Rasberry Pi Starter kit, openSUSE Shirt, openSUSE Aluminum Drinking Vessel, and a copy of the book, “SUSE Linux Toolbox” (My goodness! If I wasn’t part of the booth I would have put my own name down.)
  • 2nd – 5th place: copy of “SUSE Linux Toolbox”, openSUSE Aluminum Drinking Vessel, and openSUSE Shirt (Sizes: S – XXL while supplies lasts)

And to also raise some funds for the team and local communities we will be selling the following:

  • T-Shirts
  • Aluminum Drinking Vessel

The big drawing will be held on Sunday at 3:00pm (15:00) and the winner announced on Twitter @SoCalSUSE (winner does not have to be present to claim prizes. We will ship within the U.S.)

Andrew Heintz attended the LPI cram exam course which is a prep course for the LPI exam that will be administered on Sunday. The course was 4 hours long and according to Andrew, “It was a good primer for the test, and got us prepared for what the test is going to be like.”

To catch everyone’s eyes to our booth we will be posing shirtless on a cube… Just kidding… We will just set up demos of the following:

  • Gaming capabilities and Steam
  • Open Build Service
  • openSUSE 13.1 Install
  • SUSE Studio
  • SUSE Cloud presented by Peter Lennell, Sales Engineer for m SUSE

And for your viewing pleasure some pics for you!

 

Article by Zeak Dreger

openSUSE Milestone 3

July 16th, 2013 by

Milestone 2 was released just a month ago and it is now time to get the newest milestone release of openSUSE. Please remember that there is only one more milestone before openSUSE starts beta testing. There is still time for you to submit your bugs and requests for the distribution to include. As it is generally with milestones the changes are not dramatic, but there are some highlights you can see next.M3

GNOME 3.9.3 (3.10 Beta)

KDE 4.10.90 (4.11 Beta)

gcc 4.7->4.8 Kernel changed to the final stable version 3.10.0.

Subversion also changed to the latest stable release accompanied by a few important changes that you can review here. Also, Mozilla Firefox is now updated to the latest version 22. Some improvements include WebRTC is now enabled by default! Meaning that anyone looking to have Firefox do more live communication through the browser, can now do so by default. We have not seen much of this in action other than the Facebook chat integration with Firefox but there should some new applications coming in the future. HTML5 audio/video playback rate can now be changed for all those looking to ditch flash.  Asm.js optimizations (OdinMonkey) is now enabled for performance improvements that have been benchmarked recently here.

openSUSE recommends that you download the DVD for testing purposes only. It is important to remember that the changes made in this version are not meant to be in your everyday computer, but rather that you used this version for testing purposes giving the community feedback on what bugs and problems you find. You can file your bugs in our forums, or bug tracking system bugzilla.

openSUSE Conference BoF sessions can be scheduled!

July 10th, 2013 by

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Within two weeks, in thessaloniki, 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 our famous RW conference in 2011! (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…)

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.

Board Report – Travel Sponsorship Programme

December 3rd, 2012 by

Summarizing the Travel Support Program


The openSUSE Travel Support Program aims to support contributors representing openSUSE at events, conferences and hack-fests with their travel and hotel costs. The program pays up to 80% of the travel and/or hotel costs for contributors who could not afford going to these events otherwise. In turn the contributors make a worthy contribution at the event and report back to the openSUSE community about what they did.

The Travel Committee also decides on travel support for openSUSE events like the openSUSE Conference and the openSUSE Summit.

Current Committee includes

  •  Kostas Koudaras (ambassador event planning)
  •  Izabel Valverde (finance & planning)
  •  Agustin Benito Bethencourt (openSUSE Team Lead at SUSE)

Results

The Travel Support Team has till now sponsored various conferences including FOSDEM, Cerea Fair, Solutions Linux, COSCUP, Indiana Linux Fest, Linux Tag, SELF, Libre Office Graphic Meeting and loads of others. Along with this, the Travel Committee also handles sponsorship handling for openSUSE Summit and openSUSE Conference which in itself are very tedious tasks.

Numbers 

  • TSP : 15
  • Summit :  11
  • openSUSE Conference : 21

A total of 37 sponsorships were given out this year.

What we need you to do?

If you think you need a sponsorship, then APPLY For it. However there are a few rules, which you have to keep in mind. So if you are thinking of applying, have a look at here