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oSC 2014 3rd – 4th Day

April 28th, 2014 by

oSC14 Group photoGeekos gathered at beautiful Dubrovnik in Croatia for their annual meetup. They drunk, they conversed and they shared knowledge and progress of the project. They had fun! The openSUSE Conference’s final day and reporting is now detailed below. “The strength to change” was the moto of this conference and it served well its purpose. Many people found their strength and enthusiasm and started contributing to the project. We encourage you to participate. We welcome everyone interested in contributing to an awesome project. (more…)

oSC 2014 1st Day

April 25th, 2014 by

The openSUSE Conference 2014 is being held in Dubrovnik, on the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. The conference venue, also known as the Campus of the University of Dubrovnik is set and ready to accommodate all the Geekos that will visit the conference from around the world. Everyone is happy and delighted about this conference.

Read more about this awesome first day!

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News from your openSUSE admins

April 12th, 2014 by

Heartbleed and openSUSE infrastructureHeartbleed Logo

As people started to ask, we checked all openSUSE servers and can confirm that none of them is affected by the heartbleed bug.

For those users running openSUSE 12.2 and 13.1, we can just repeat what we always pray: please install the latest official updates provided by our glorious maintenance team.

RSYNC and rsync.opensuse.org

The server behind rsync.opensuse.org is re-installed now and already providing packages via HTTP again.

But we faced an issue with the automation that creates the content of the “hotstuff” rsync modules: normally a script analyzes the log files of download.opensuse.org and arranges the content of these special rsync modules to provide always the most requested files, so our users have a good chance to find a very close mirror for their packages. But currently the script is not producing what we expect: it empties all those hotstuff modules. As the core developer behind this script comes back from vacation on Monday, we hope he can quickly fix the problem. For now we disabled the “hotstuff” modules (means on rsync.opensuse.org: we disabled rsync completely for now) to avoid problems.

If you want to sync packages to your local machine(s) via rsync: please pick a mirror from our page at mirrors.opensuse.org providing public rsync.

New hardware

All the racks of the OBS reference server

All the racks of the OBS reference server

You may have noticed already that the openSUSE team installed a new version of openQA on the production server. An additional news item might be that this new version has seen also new hardware to run faster than ever.

But not only openQA, also the database cluster behind download.opensuse.org has seen a hardware upgrade. The new servers allow to run the database servers as virtual machines, able to have the whole database structure stored in RAM (you hopefully benefit from the faster response times on download.opensuse.org already). And the servers still have enough capacity left, so we can now also visualize the web servers providing the download.opensuse.org interface. We are currently thinking about the detailed setup of the new download.opensuse.org system (maybe using ha-proxy here again? maybe running mirrorbrain in the “no local storage” mode? …) – so this migration might take some more time, but we want to provide the best possible solution to you.

Admins on openSUSE Conference

These year, three of our main European openSUSE administrators are able to attend to the openSUSE Conference in Dubrovnik:Geekocamp

  • Markus Rückert
  • Martin Caj
  • Robert Wawrig

And they will not only participate: instead they are providing talks and help with the infrastructure and video recording of the venue. So whenever you see them: time to spend them a drink or two :-)

 

 

 

 

openSUSE Conference 2013! The conference begins!

July 20th, 2013 by

Geeko at the venue The openSUSE Conference 2013 is being held in Thessaloniki, Greece at the Olympic Museum. Everything is set and the first day of the conference is now over! Last night, we kicked off with a party attended by about 100 visitors and at the end of today we counted almost 170 visitors, not bad for a Friday night. Everyone is happy and impressed about all the work that the community and the G(r)eekos have done for this conference so far. This is the first community-organized openSUSE conference. Read on for more about this spectacular conference! (more…)

openSUSE Conference Workshop preregistration of attendees

July 17th, 2013 by

We at openSUSE team have been faced with one slight difficulty. We need to track people interested in the workshops so we can assure you can fit in beforehand, tell you some info from the workshop authors where they tell you what you should have with you or what is the workshop plan, and lastly even collect your suggestions.

For this purpose we created

ad-hoc-hacky google docs file.

Where you are interested in the parts “Attendees list” which is obviously list of interested people (green is done by  Tomáš Chvátal to the amount of expected people to be there, it is NOT a hard limit, on the registration later on there will be printed sheet with the workshops which have the hardlimit, so you can write in even if you are not sure right now). Other list is  “Atendees suggestions” which is just field where you can express your ideas what you expect from the event or what you wish from the author to do.

We would also like to apologise that we didn’t do this up-front during your registration, which we simply forgot (mea culpa) but for the next conference it is on the list and will be implemented in the OSEM tool which handles our sweet conference management.

See you all on the conference!

openSUSE Conference 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece. OPA!

December 10th, 2012 by

We are very happy to inform you that next year’s openSUSE Conference (oSC13), the yearly get together of our community, will happen in July in the beautiful city of Thessaloniki, Greece. oSC13 will bring together a wide variety of Free and Open Source (FOSS) contributors to collaborate on one of the major Linux distribution projects. In exciting talks, workshops and social events our community will bring alive our motto “Have a lot of fun”.


We are entering the organization phase right now and have not yet settled on an exact date and location but we will let you know, right here on news.opensuse.org, once we have that info. In the meantime how about you help us organize oSC13?

We need you at the kick off meeting!

To make this the most awesome conference ever, we are looking for people who are willing to help out. We need you! There is a lot of organizing to be done, logos to be drawn, websites to be designed, schedules to be made, hotels to be booked, sponsors to be found and a million of other things you can help with. So to kick off the organization team and to get everyone on the same page we are going to meet this Thursday, December 13th on IRC to discuss what we need to do and how we are going to do it. If you’re looking for a chance to give back to the openSUSE community this is it!

When: 2012-12-13 at 15:00 UTC
Where: #opensuse-project on the freenode network
Who: Everybody who want’s to make oSC13 great

If you, for whatever reason, can’t participate but still want to help you should subscribe to our conference mailinglist:

opensuse-conference@opensuse.org

we are going to post meeting minutes there and will use this list to further organize oSC13.

Let’s get going and make oSC13 in Thessaloniki the best conference ever!

Honey, your conference is on the phone!

August 25th, 2011 by

As we continue to work towards making this years conference the best ever, there’s one cool new thing we’ve never done before: Introducing the openSUSE Conference App for your Android phone. With this app you’ll be able to:

  • Look at the daily timetable of sessions
  • Read the abstracts for each session
  • Mark the ones you want to attend and/or set an alarm to remind you
  • Get a refreshed version of the schedule whenever you want

OSC11 App QR CodeWith a small space footprint this app won’t make a dent on your phone but it will make a great impact on your conference experience! And with free wi-fi at the venue, you’ll be able to sync your app even when you’re too far away from your home calling area.

Some user experience tips for you:

  • Swipe left and right to see different room schedules
  • Long-hold down on a session to mark the session and/or set your alarm notification
  • Hit the refresh button at least once a day to get any updated schedule changes

Hope you’ll find the application useful, get it from the market! It’s courtesy of our very own Pavol Rusnak and Tom Schmidt and open-sourced code originally written by Daniel Dorau. See you in September!

openSUSE Conference 2011

August 15th, 2011 by

The third openSUSE Conference, osc11, kicks off on Sunday September 11, 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany. Under the motto RWX³ all Free and Open Source Software enthusiasts are invited to come together for four days to learn, hack and to have a lot of fun. The program will cover a variety topics with an emphasis on interaction between participants. The conference is free of charge and open to anyone!

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Volunteers needed for the conference

August 1st, 2011 by

Brave enough?As you know, the third international openSUSE Conference is happening in a couple of weeks from now, you already should be registered! For the organization team this means that we are really picking up pace now and start to feel dizzy. One of the reasons for that is that we are short on helping hands. We especially miss “boots on the ground“, we need your help!

Being a boot on the ground means we need people to help us at the conference in September. There is no special knowledge about the location or other details needed. So far we have 5 tasks where we desperately need people to help out. Venue setup, Registration Desk, Session Chairs and the Snack Bar. Read on to learn how you can contribute to the success of the conference.

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Conference travel sponsorship program

July 23rd, 2011 by
The openSUSE conference team is starting the travel sponsorship program to financially support community members to attend the conference.
Apply now online until August 5th!

Travel round the globe but first see RWX³The openSUSE conference “RWX³” is the place to be for anyone using, working on or taking advantage of the openSUSE Project. No matter if you use our technology such as the Open Build Service, contribute packages to 12.1 or evangelize the world as an Ambassador, this is your conference. You can also meet a lot of your friends from other projects like KDE, GNOME, Linux, Samba, LibreOffice and, of course many people from other GNU/Linux distributions with whom we collaborate on technologies like packaging, appstores or low-level tools like systemd.

The conference takes place from September 11th to 14th in Nuremberg, Germany. Nürnberg is quite easy and cheap to reach from nearly everywhere in Europe but it happens to be that the world is slightly bigger than that. We have contributors from India, Taiwan, the US, Brazil, Australia and many other countries around the globe. A trip to the conference might be affordable to most, but we also have contributors at the beginning of their career where money is usually tight. No matter the reason why, if you need financial assistance to be able to attend the openSUSE conference we have something for you: The travel sponsorship program. And while the conference organization team is relentlessly looking for more sponsors for it, the team has enough commitments by now to start the program today. Hooray! If you want to come to the conference in September but need assistance with the travel costs, you can apply to be sponsored via email now. Read on to learn how!

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