December 3rd, 2012 by Manu Gupta
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)
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.
- 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
November 28th, 2012 by Bryen Yunashko
The period for standing up for election to the 2013 openSUSE Board is now closed and the openSUSE Election Officials committee is proud to announce this year’s candidates. Please welcome the following candidates in alphabetical order:
What an exciting list of candidates, all extremely qualified to represent our community in the upcoming board. With just two open seats to be filled to begin a two-year term, Agustin Bethencourt, openSUSE Team Lead at SUSE, recently noted: “Interesting times are ahead and, In any possible scenario we are thinking of, the Board will play a key role.”
So What’s Next?
As defined in the previous announcement by the Election Officials, the remaining steps in this year’s election timeline are that the candidates shall begin officially campaigning henceforth. Balloting will begin on 5 December, 2012.
All eligible members of the openSUSE Project will be notified with the process for submitting their ballot to choose their two favorite candidates for the Board. Members will have up to 16 December, 2012 to vote.
Then, if all goes well, and we don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t, we’ll be announcing the winners of this year’s election on 17 December, 2012.
You can read the full set of timeline and procedures here.
The Election Officials committee would like to extend good luck wishes to each and every candidate and look forward to the conclusion of this exciting campaign.
With special thanks to victorhck for the creation of the art graphic on this page.
November 24th, 2012 by Lars Vogdt
Update: all services are back – please report issues via mail to admin @ opensuse.org
On Saturday, December 1st 2012, at approximately 05:00 UTC our data center team will do a backend storage upgrade. The planned window is 8-10 hours for the maintenance, and specific applications will probably be not available until 24:00 UTC as listed below.
The plan is to keep read only versions of each affected site running. We will keep this announcement updated with the current state and also report changes to email@example.com.
To avoid confusion – the services listed below are not scheduled for any downtime and accordingly up for the whole time:
November 20th, 2012 by Jos Poortvliet
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! Read the rest of this entry »
November 13th, 2012 by Izabel Valverde
This years openSUSE Election Committee is in the pleasant position to announce the 2012 Board elections.
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.
- 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
- Ballots close (end of phase 2)
- 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  is approved. If you are a contributor of openSUSE but you are not a member yet, apply for membership now 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the board (email@example.com).
This year Election Committee
Bryen M Yunashko
November 8th, 2012 by Will Stephenson
News fresh from the Factory: the openSUSE Release team has made the openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 1 available for testing and feedback. There has been lots of plumbing in the infrastructure, with most prominently the removal of SuSEconfig – the capitalization of its name should give a hint about its age. If you want to get a taste of the upcoming release or want to help test and develop this awesome, green Linux distribution: come and get it! Read the rest of this entry »
November 7th, 2012 by Jos Poortvliet
Kevin Carillo, a PhD student currently living in Wellington (New Zealand) is doing some research on Free/Open Source Software communities. He asked the openSUSE community for help, especially those who have joined the openSUSE community after January 2010 (within approximately the last 3 years), in assisting him with his research. He is looking to find out how newcomers to a FOSS community become valued, sustained contributors and thus he needs input from people, both technical and non-technical, on their experiences as newcomers. Find the survey here. Read on to find out what Kevin has to say about the survey! Read the rest of this entry »
November 6th, 2012 by Jos Poortvliet
As was promised last week, the openSUSE ARM team has released openSUSE 12.2 for the ARM architecture! Almost all of the usual openSUSE distribution (>5000 packages) builds and runs on all the ARM hardware it has been tested on. Read on to find out more. Read the rest of this entry »
October 29th, 2012 by Jos Poortvliet
Hot on the heels of the news that the Google Chromebook runs openSUSE (even made slashdot) and following the closing of the openSUSE Conference in Prague, Dirk Müller let the ARM team know that RC2 is about ready to go and this will be the final before the release of openSUSE for ARM! Read on to find out some details of this exciting release.
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October 24th, 2012 by Jos Poortvliet
The third day schedule began gently at 10:00, with a few of the headaches that come with hosting an event in Prague. Yet, the atmosphere was enthusiastic and energized. Being among fellow geekos certainly helped the attitude: it’s more focused today, we’re talking Green! So, by the time it was 11:00, over 150 people were in sessions and another 50 or so hung out in the main areas behind their laptops, in discussion or eating and drinking in the café and bar.. Read the rest of this entry »