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oSC14 Organized Accomodation Deadline Tomorrow!

March 14th, 2014 by

As you can see on the website, affordable accommodation deals have been prepared for all the Geekos visiting the openSUSE conference 2014. To get those low prices, bookings should be done through the supporting company Dalmatia Aeterna. You can contact Dalmatia Aeterna through email or through their website contact form. Be sure to specify type of accommodation you want to book, arrival and departure date, for how many guests you are making a reservation. And of course, don’t forget to mention the code: “openSUSE”!

The deadline to book rooms with discounted rate is tomorrow March 15th, 2014. After that date bookings are available “on request” basis only. That means that after the deadline we can’t guarantee the rates listed on the site!

The options

Take a look at the offerings, and choose something that suites you. Note that there is an additional tourist tax 1 EUR per person daily and a 20€ booking fee per person that will be charged. Prices are per person.

accommodation

There are also private accommodations available, they are all over town. See the website for details.

Register

Whether you want to give a talk at oSC14, or just visit, don’t forget to register for the conference as soon as you make your bookings so we can prepare the welcome packages and organize other activities accordingly. Registration is available through the conference website.

Support the conference

Going to oSC14 is free, but if you choose to support our event and the Travel Support Program, you can do so by purchasing supporter or professional tickets! See here.

Sneak Preview of oSC14 Sessions

March 11th, 2014 by

oSC14 Logo_FinalAt the openSUSE Conference 2014 in Dubrovnik hundreds of Geekos are expected to meet, discuss and attend the talks and workshops. The openSUSE Conference Paper Committee is hard at work selecting the best proposals from the submissions. There must be something for everybody: beginners and professionals, technical or more socially oriented. The three simultaneous sessions during three days give over 80 slots. What kind of content can you expect? This article gives you a sneak preview by going over a number of proposals which have already been accepted. Read the rest of this entry »

oSC14 Keynote Confirmed, More Awesome Coming

March 5th, 2014 by

oSC14 Logo_FinalWe are very pleased to announce Michael Meeks as our keynote speaker for the Saturday opening session at oSC14, held in Dubrovnik April 25th – 28th, 2014. Besides Michael Meeks, the openSUSE board will talk, opening the event on Friday and over 20 of the 60 currently submitted talks have already been accepted. Last but not least, we’d like to tell you that the deadline for the Call for Papers has been extended until the end of this month. Read the rest of this entry »

openSUSE participates in GSoC 2014

March 4th, 2014 by

GSoC 2014: First Steps

openSUSE is part of yet another Google Summer of Code. After a rocking ride in last year’s edition, our Geeko’s are gearing up for another awesome program. This year promises to be more special, as Google is celebrating its 10th anniversary of the program.

About the Program:

Google Summer of Code (commonly called as GSoC) is an annual program conducted by Google which pays students code to write code for open source organizations. It is one of the most best ways for organizations such as openSUSE to get some quality work done, and gain long term contributors. In the last edition, we had 10 students complete their projects and gain recognition within the community.

openSUSE and GSoC:

Last year, we collaborated with ownCloud, Balabit(makers of syslog-ng) and Hedgewars under a common umbrella. It worked very well for all of us. This year, we are collaborating with ownCloud, Zorp(a Gateway technology by Balabit) and the MATE desktop along with the bucket load of awesome projects from openSUSE itself. Our mentors are quite enthusiastic, and recognize the role played by GSoC in moving the community forward.

For Students:

If you are a student who wants to participate under openSUSE, and ‘have a lot of fun’, do check out our ideas page and guidelines. As always, the key is to start early and to interact with mentors and the community at large. Fixing bugs and working on Proof of Concepts is a good way to start.

Student application period opens on 10th March, and continues till March 21.

Contact:

You can find out all about our GSoC programme on the wiki or contact the GSoC team for further questions
Manu Gupta
Saurabh Sood

You can reach the community at our Mailing List and on #opensuse-project on IRC (Freenode).

This article has been contributed by Saurabh Sood

openSUSE Board F2F Meeting

February 25th, 2014 by

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.

http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_meeting#Face_to_Face_Meeting_2014-02-07.2C08.2C09

Thanks to SUSE for hosting the meeting and thanks to those meeting with the board over the weekend for taking the time.

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There are plenty of opportunities to help the project. The booth boxes are right around the corner and with this a reboot of the advocate and local coordinator effort.

We have also reach agreement to re-instate the reimbursement of locally produced materials. We’ll create some guidelines and a new team needs to be formed. We hope that with some modification to the TSP app both reimbursement streams can be handled in a similar way.

 

 
We all feel we got a lot of stuff sorted out and ready to roll. As always if you have questions or concerns please feel free to send a message to board at o.o

Another good reference can be find here  http://andrew.wafaa.eu/2014/02/19/opensuse-board-in-the-flesh.html

Have a great week!

The openSUSE Board

oSC14 – The openSUSE Travel Support is open!

February 24th, 2014 by

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The openSUSE Conference 2014 will happen in Dubrovnic, Croatia. The TSP goal is to help everybody in and around openSUSE to be able to come to the openSUSE Conference! You don’t have to be one of the top 10 packagers to apply – if you’re translating, building a local community or helping out at the forums, we might still be able to offer you some support, so apply!


When and how
The application period started February 20th and closes on February 28th.  All requests will be managed through our application at 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 page http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Travel_Support_Program carefully
before you apply. We want everybody to be there! Even if you think you would not qualify for travel support, just submit a request! If you don’t ask we can’t help you!

- The Travel Committee can reimburse up to 80% of travel and/or lodging costs. That includes plane ticket, train or bus tickets, even car gas on some occasions, and/or hotel/hostel costs.

Remember: Food and all local expenses are on you!

- The Travel Team won’t be able to book or pay anything in advance, reimbursement comes after the event is over, based on your receipts expenses. 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 the event.

- The TSP expects the sponsored to be available for helping with tasks at the Conference. Please, in any way step in.

- Sponsorship decisions are influenced by the openSUSE history of the requester. Your involvement with openSUSE is really relevant!

- Having an abstract submitted for presentation at the conference is relevant. Note that the CfP ends on February 28th so there is
still time https://conference.opensuse.org/osem/

- If you got support before and complied with all the requirements, this gets you bonus points too.

- The amount requested must be detailed according to your request, like the airport you will be departing from, sharing hotel/hostel rooms, all the costs associated with your trip.

- Try to get the best fare for tickets and lodging. Remember if you are approved at least 20% or more will be paid by you.
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Hurry up!

Our goal is to support as many people as possible. We will attempt to send the approvals before March 5th, 2014 then you can start to book.

Remember, the request can not garantee you’ll be sponsored.

The conference is getting close and the deadline for travel support is tight so start searching for flights right now! Set up your openSUSE Connect account and send in a request as soon as possible!

Hope to see you there!

Your Travel Support Team

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

[Update] Hardware problem: rsync.opensuse.org down

February 18th, 2014 by
Geeko at work

Geeko at work

[Update]: the problem seems to be a broken hard disk – and a hardware controller who can not really handle this degraded RAID array. For the moment, everything is up and running again, but we are now actively searching for replacement hardware…

Looks like the hardware behind rsync.opensuse.org now finally reaches it “end of life” status: we did not see any output on the serial console any more and even a power cycle did not reanimate the system.

As the hardware is located in the data center of our sponsor IP Exchange, we apologize for the delay it will take to fix the problem: we just need a field worker at the location who has the appropriate permissions and skills.

During the downtime (and maybe also a good tip afterward), please check on http://mirrors.opensuse.org/ for the closest mirror nearby your location that also offers rsync for you.

FOSDEM 2014: The Infomercial

February 7th, 2014 by

FOSDEM 2014

Fosdem is the biggest open source developer’s event in Europe.

Geekos couldn’t miss the chance to be there promoting our beloved distribution and of course our next big event openSUSE Conference 2014 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

 

 

 

 

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