March 24th, 2014 by Jos Poortvliet
Less than two months from the awesome openSUSE Conference will kick off. The location of oSC14 is the beautiful and historic city of Dubrovnik, located on the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. A warm and sunny weather at the beautiful Adritic sea and sandy beaches should welcome geekos from 24th to 28th of April.
Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. It is also known as â€žPearl of the Adriaticâ€œ, and since a few years as â€žKing’s Landingâ€œ from the popular TV show that is filmed in Dubrovnik. Since 1979 the city of Dubrovnik is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by city walls, medieval fortresses, Rector’s Palace and churches from different periods. It is beautiful and is Dubrovnik’s main tourist attraction, one that you don’t want to miss if you visit the city.
The conference venue, also known as the Campus of the University of Dubrovnik, is located just a 5 minutes walk from the Old Town of Dubrovnik. The University of Dubrovnik is the youngest university in Croatia established in 2003, but it has very long tradition in higher education that goes back to the 17th century. The venue was first built as a hospital, but in 2012 it was renewed and re-purposed for the requirements of the University of Dubrovnik. The stone walls of the Campus on the outside are following Dubrovnik’s historical architecture, but inside you will encounter very modern technology.
There will be a main area with booths from various Free Software projects and some place for people to hang and hack, while the main and secondary lecture hall will host the main talks. Then there are smaller rooms, the largest of which will be mostly used for workshops while other is available for BoF sessions.
Near the venue you can find all kinds of food for during lunch and dinner. The Sesame Tavern (which is where the welcoming party will be hosted) is very close and the 5 minute walk to the Old Town gets you to the large variety of restaurants and pizzerias Dubrovnik offers. You will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the many fresh fish and other seafood specialties as well as the famous Dubrovnik orange cake!
March 21st, 2014 by Jos Poortvliet
click to download banners!
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! Read the rest of this entry »
March 19th, 2014 by Jos Poortvliet
openSUSE Factory development is going steady and our venerable release manager has made a first milestone available. No development schedule has yet been determined, although it has been decided that we will aim for a release in November of this year. Major changes include X, Y and Z.
Our normal 8-month release cycle would warrant a release in July, but the openSUSE team has proposed to change the schedule due to the work they are doing on our tooling and infrastructure. In the discussions on our mailing list it became clear a November release has much support. This is now the tentative plan and we will decide the specific schedule as well as who’s gonna do what and where at the upcoming openSUSE Conference in Dubrovnik.
Meanwhile, the openSUSE team is asking for feedback, bug hunting and fixing of the new-and-improved openQA and Staging tools for the Open Build Service.
Changes in the first milestone
Although we’re just at the start of our release cycle, this milestone already introduces a number of significant changes. Plans on what exactly will be included will be created at oSC14 next month.
- The btrfs filesystem is default (and comes with btrfsprogs 3.12), as is the wicked network management tool (replacing ifup) and the dracut initrd replacement
- YaST sports a new look and its Qt front-end is ported to Qt5
- Zypper is at the 1.10.x branch for the next release, introducing a number of bug fixes and minor improvements
- KDE Frameworks 5 packages are included, as well as the latest Application and Platform releases in the 4.x series
- Our infrastructure is updated: rpm 4.11.2 introduces weak dependencies, PackageKit 0.8.16 comes with a new appdata format and there are binutils .24, Bluez 5.15, systemd 210, pulseaudio at 5.0 and the latest 3.14RC kernel
- In the graphics area we now have packages for wayland 1.4, freetype 2.5.2 (changing font weights) and Mesa 10.1
- Cloud and databases bring xen 4.4, virtualbox 4.3.8 and postgresql 9.3.
- For developers we’ve included GCC 4.9 (default still 4.8.2), make 4.0, llvm 3.4, cmake 3.0(rc), gdb 7.7, git 1.9.0 and subversion 1.8.8
- In the language area, we’ve now got ruby 2.1, php5 5.5.9 and python 2.7.6 and 3.4.0(rc)
Getting and playing
You can get the milestone as usual on software.opensuse.org/developer. You can get involved in development discussions on the factory mailing list (subscribe).
Have a lot of fun!
March 17th, 2014 by Lars Vogdt
After the outage 1 month ago, it seems rsync.opensuse.org has similar hardware problems again.
Again 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.
March 14th, 2014 by Jos Poortvliet
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, donâ€™t forget to mention the code: â€œopenSUSEâ€!
The deadline to book rooms with discounted rate is tomorrow March 15th, 2014. After that date bookings are available â€œon requestâ€ basis only. That means that after the deadline we canâ€™t guarantee the rates listed on the site!
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 20â‚¬ booking fee per person that will be charged. Prices are per person.
There are also private accommodations available, they are all over town. See the website for details.
Whether you want to give a talk at oSC14, or just visit, donâ€™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.
March 11th, 2014 by Jos Poortvliet
At 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 »
March 5th, 2014 by Jos Poortvliet
We 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 »
March 4th, 2014 by Manu Gupta
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.
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.
You can find out all about our GSoC programme on the wiki or contact the GSoC team for further questions
You can reach the community at our Mailing List and on #opensuse-project on IRC (Freenode).
This article has been contributed by Saurabh Sood
March 4th, 2014 by Henne Vogelsang
The openSUSE Conference 2014 will bring together a wide variety of Free & Open Source contributors to collaborate on one of the major Linux distribution projects. For details about this event check conference.opensuse.org
February 25th, 2014 by Izabel Valverde
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.
There are plenty of opportunities to help the project. The booth boxesÂ are right around the corner and with this a reboot of the advocate andÂ local coordinator effort.
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