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Deadline for travel and hotel sponsorship requests for openSUSE conference

September 29th, 2010 by

Hi all!

Friday the 1st of October will be the deadline for requesting travel and hotel sponsorship requests for the openSUSE conference. We will notify those who will receive support next week, some have already had mail about their hotel. Please note that our budget is limited, we’d like to help those who need it most!

Greetings,
Your Friendly Conference Team

OSC2010 Sneak Peaks – Vincent Untz: Explaining GNOME 3

September 15th, 2010 by
The openSUSE Conference brings together users, contributors and friends of the openSUSE project from 20th to 23rd October in Nuremberg, Germany. Over four days, more than seventy talks and workshops explore the theme of ‘Collaboration Across Borders‘ in Free and Open Source software communities, administration and development. The conference is the yearly get-together of  the openSUSE project to give its people a chance to meet face to face, talk to and inspire each other. It takes place in the Berufsförderungswerk Nuremberg in the beautiful surroundings of the Franconian metropole. Everybody interested is welcome to join and enjoy the program which starts each day at 9am, the admission is free. The openSUSE Conference 2010 Sneak Peaks will introduce some speakers and talks to you.

Today we feature the talk “Explaining GNOME 3″ from Vincent Untz.


Hey Vincent, glad to have you on this series. Let’s talk (about) the talk. First of all I would like you to introduce yourself to the, likely, small crowd of people who don’t know you yet. Who are you and what do you do?

For the very few people who don’t know me (I estimate there are only a few billions out there), I’m Vincent. The two important things to know about me are that I’m French and I love ice cream. And when I’m not eating ice cream, I also contribute to free software! I work on openSUSE and on GNOME, and apparently, I can also work on both at the same time, when I work on GNOME in openSUSE :-) Thanks to Novell, I can contribute on my work time since I’m a member of the openSUSE Boosters.

… and here we are, thinking you only eat baguettes!

So, obviously, I don’t know if your baguette comment will end up in the interview. But if it does, I have to mention that ice cream and baguettes do not mix well.

Everything will end up in the interview, so behave! :) Okay given the title of your talk, Explaining GNOME 3, i take it it will be about explaining gnome 3 right? What needs explaining there?

Ah, I guess, one thing to know about me too is that I submit talks with titles, without knowing what I’ll talk about ;-) So it could well be that “Explaining GNOME 3″ turns out to be about something completely different. That being said, I might keep the submitted topic since GNOME 3 is a big step for the GNOME project, and what we are trying to achieve is not always crystal clear from the outside. There are at least two parts of the talks that I can think of right now, which will likely be of interest to the audience:

  1. Why does the GNOME project need to do GNOME 3, instead of keeping the 2.x way forever? After all, GNOME 2.x is all about evolutionary steps, and that’s something we could keep doing.
  2. The vision of what we want GNOME 3 to be. People do not always see the long-term vision of a project, and clarifying it does help understand the changes we’re implementing.

A third part that we feel is important is explaining GNOME Shell: it’s a big move where people feel it will directly affect their interaction with the computer

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openSUSE Conference 2010 – Collaborate Across Borders

September 13th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Conference brings together users, contributors and friends of the openSUSE project from 20th to 23rd October in Nuremberg, Germany. Over four days, more than seventy talks and workshops explore the theme of ‘Collaboration Across Borders‘ in Free and Open Source software communities, administration and development. The conference is the yearly get-together of  the openSUSE project to give its people a chance to meet face to face, talk to and inspire each other. It takes place in the Berufsförderungswerk Nuremberg in the beautiful surroundings of the Franconian metropole. Everybody interested is welcome to join and enjoy the program which starts each day at 9am, the admission is free.

Read on to learn more about details of the program, involved people and the event in general.

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openSUSE@LinuxTag 2010

May 4th, 2010 by

LinuxTag 2010 is around the corner. There will be openSUSE Rock ‘N’ Roll from June 9 to 12 at the Berlin Fairgrounds! We just received word that our project got accepted for a booth and that we have 13 talks in the program of the free conference.

Conference Programm

The talks with openSUSE people involved range from SUSE Studio to HA for openVPN and spread from Wednesday to the very crowded Saturday. Here is a complete list.

SUSE Studio – Easily create software appliances for the cloud and moreWith James Tan.

In this presentation, James will show how quick and easy it is to create, test, and deploy appliances using SUSE Studio.

Libyui – Universal User Interface Development Library - With Katarina Machalkova.

This talk will introduce libyui internals and guide the user from developing a very simple “Hello World” program to creating a complex application in one of the language bindings.

MonoDevelop – Eine freie IDE für GTK- Mike Krüger

This talk will introduce to Monodevelop and GTK#. You will see some demonstrations of the concepts of an IDE.

High availability setup of openVPN – With Lars Vogdt and Martin Caj

This paper starts with a short overview of the involved Services (DRBD, Pacermaker, openVPN, LDAP) and shows the detailed dependencies and configuration options of those services to make the openVPN access a high availability service.

Ruby on Rails in der openSUSE.org Infrastruktur – With Thomas Schmidt

This talk will give you an insight into the methods of development and maintenance of the openSUSE systems based on Ruby on Rails.

RANSRID – Redundant Array of Non- Striped Really Independent Disks – With Matthias Hopf

How to store low frequency accessed files with lower power consumption and lower failure rate than RAID.

Open Source und Film – das Kino wird frei – With Sirko Kemter

This talk gives an overview about the world of open source movies and shows the different chances to finance such projects.

Kernel Mode Setting – a Change in Paradigms for the Graphics Driver Stack – With Egbert Eich

This talk is to give an overview over KMS, it’s benefits and it’s implementation both from the kernel and from the user space point of view.

The road to GNOME 3.0 – With Vincent Untz and Johannes Schmid

In this talk, we will explain the successes and limitations of GNOME 2.x that lead to the decision to start the new 3.0 effort, and we will study the planning methods that are used to release GNOME 3.0 in a way as painless as possible — both for distributors and users.

Distribution Image building with KIWI – With Christopher Hofmann

This talk briefly introduces the KIWI image system and shows how to create images based on openSUSE.

The live A-Z Guide to openSUSE Contribution – With Henne Vogelsang and Vincent Untz

From A like Artwork (we guess you already heard of Vincents ninjaesque GIMP techniques) to Z like ZYPP, the linux software management engine. If you always wanted to know how you contribute back to a distribution, this is your chance to learn how.

The Free Software Hell And How To Escape It – With Adrian Schröter and Henne Vogelsang

After it is possible for users of software to easily escape the famous dependency hell with smart and user-friendly package managers this talk will show you how free and open source software developers can escape the next circle – The Free Software Distribution Hell.

WebYaST – remote Web based system management – With Ladislav Slezak

This talk presents WebYaST which is the Web interface for the YaST system management tool.

Booth Setup


We are currently working on a Booth setup which includes a showroom of the latest developments in our beloved distribution which will be around release candidate one (RC1) during that time and we plan to release and show the next generation Build Service. The booth will also feature hack sessions for contributors, or people who want to become one, lead by the openSUSE Boosters. In these up and close hack sessions, with a small number of participants, a Booster will teach you all about a way to contribute to openSUSE and/or open source in general. Topics include hacking your first plasmoid, rolling your first package in the build service, fixing your first openSUSE bug or building your first distribution with KIWI.

So grab your laptop and make yourself ready to go to Berlin! Oh and if you are interested in helping to plan or man our booth, have ideas for a hack-session we could do or in general want to get in touch with us about LinuxTag don’t miss the openSUSE Project Meetings every other Wednesday on IRC. Looking forward to see you there.

openSUSE @ FOSDEM 2010

January 19th, 2010 by

It is that time of the year again!

FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting

FOSDEM will take place at the first weekend in February (6th/7th) in Brussels and we’re going to attend. There is a buttload of tracks, devrooms and lightning talks to visit. Including, but not limited to: Security, Scalability, Monitoring, Distributions, KDE, GNOME, Ruby on Rails, X.org, LiMux, csync, GeeXboX and so on and so on. You should check the Schedule. Of course also the famous exhibition exhaust pipe hallway will be back once more with project booths ranging from CAcert to Zarafa Community.

Our project will attend mostly in the individual project’s devrooms and together with CentOS, Debian, Fedora and Mandriva in the distribution mini-conference that will happen. Of  course we also have a booth to show off and hand out promo DVD”s of the greatest distribution on this planet. We hope you seize this opportunity to meet, learn from, get inspired by and shape the community that will gather at the the best Free Software and Open Source event in Europe!

openSUSE Conference is Over – Some Wrap Up

September 24th, 2009 by

On Sunday the first openSUSE conference (osc09) finished in Nuernberg, Germany. Overall it was great success and brought people face to face together. Participants were motivated and enthusiastic and we’d like to just show some comments on twitter/blog:

  • “Folks! I’m hoooome! #oSC09 was a blast! More details to come BryenY”
  • “Back from the #opensuse conference #osc09, back to work. Had a great time”
  • “Back from the _awesome_ openSUSE #osc09 conference. Learnt a lot. Huge kudos to @zonker !”
  • “On the train back home from #osc09 was a great event, really nice to meet so many people from the #openSUSE community in person”
  • “In the train back to Stuttgart after 4 great days at the openSUSE conference. Great progress on all fronts. #osc09″
  • “great #osc09 event. I’ve decided to give #openSUSE the whole disk on my laptop! And i want to contribute, contribute, contribute!”

We had overall around 225 persons from all over the world attending. For those who couldn’t make it to the conference we’ll try to publish all presentations and videos if available. A lot of people from Novell’s Nuernberg and Prague offices showed up -  sometimes only for a few hours – which shows that Nuernberg was the  right location for this event.  Novell VPs and Directors that showed up include Carlos Montero-Luque, Ralf Flaxa, Gerald Pfeifer and Roland Haidl.

The whole four days we had two tracks of talks and two tracks of ad-hoc conference sessions on a variety of topics incl. moblin, appliances, desktop, quality, community, toolchain and system, and legal. Some sessions to point out where:

  • team meetings of GNOME and KDE developers, incl. a common meeting
  • the governance sessions (see below)
  • Keynotes by Lenz Grimmer on “working in a virtual community” and Gianugo Rabellino on “Open Development in the trenches: a decade at the Apache Software Foundation”
  • Stefan Werden announcing that he’s taking over the openSUSE retail Box business

Thursday evening we had a great party at the Novell offices and Friday and Saturday night a local cinema was presenting the “Creative Common Film night”.

We were impressed by the many discussions that formed and the ad-hoc conference sessions set up and the many groups gathered in the hall ways and pretty productively covered a certain topic. We’d like also point out a night time session on Friday night (until 3:30am) where more than 10 people triaged through GNOME bugs for openSUSE (incl. checking whether they are still valid) and hacked on GNOME features like Bacon (banshee UI for Moblin) and Zeitgeist (GNOME 3.0).

Governance
We had two sessions on how governance in the project does work today and what needs to be changed. Currently most of the decisions are done by experts in their area, the open question is what kind of process is needed in case area experts cannot make a decision. We have decided to move forward in the following way: A small group will now discuss this further together with the board, create a first proposal for public comments and once we have a good proposal, the openSUSE members will vote on this change.

RPM Summit
We had an RPM summit which Florian Festi (upstream RPM developer emplyoed by Red Hat) joined. Goal was to work on RPM itself to unify RPM usage between openSUSE and Fedora – the end goal is that a valid spec file for openSUSE or SLE is also valid for Fedora/Red Hat and vice versa.

Software Freedom
Saturday we had a track in German as part of the world wide Software Freedom day which was targeted to people new to Linux. We had pretty many interesting and supporting conversation with some participants that came just for this day. Most interesting to AJ was an incident at the rather big local farmer market in the morning where a person said “Today I go to Software Freedom day”. And AJ recognized this person later that day at the conference.

Journalists & Media

Ulrike Beringer made it happen that 11 journalists attended the conference and had several interviews at the conference with Joe Brockmeier, Michael Meeks and Andreas Jaeger.

Comment from our PR agency was: “The feedback of the journalists was very positive, as you can see in the report some of them even published several articles at once. Hence from our PR perspective the event was a big success!” RadioTux interviewed various participants for podcasts of more than 90 minutes.

Thanks to Ulrike for setting this up!

Photos
If you like to see some photos, check either of these two galleries:

Twitter
The flickr photos are also shown on the osc09 twitterwall that was created by gnokii.  #osc09 was the hashmark used for twittering about the conference.

Keynote Update: Lenz Grimmer to Keynote openSUSE Conference

September 3rd, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that Lenz Grimmer will be delivering the opening keynote for the first-ever openSUSE Conference. The openSUSE Conference will be held September 17 through September 20 in Nürnberg, Germany. Register today!

Grimmer’s keynote, “Working in a Virtual Community,” This session will talk about the pros and cons of working in a virtual organization, some proven best practices and tools, and how everyone can benefit from this working environment. Grimmer will discuss how to build trust, passion, and self-motivation, and how communities can work in distributed environments.

Leslie Hawthorn, Google’s Program Manager for open source, was originally scheduled to deliver the opening keynote. Due to a schedule conflict, Hawthorn won’t be able to attend the openSUSE Conference. She sends her regrets and hopes to attend an openSUSE event in the near future.

Our closing keynote will be delivered by Gianugo Rabellino, Chief Executive Officer of Sourcesense and member of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

The openSUSE Conference is an opportunity for openSUSE contributors to attend talks, workshops, Birds of a Feather sessions, and collaborate together face to face. The conference will be held from September 17 through September 20 in Nürnberg, Germany. Register today to reserve your spot!

The conference will have two daily tracks of pre-planned talks, plus “BarCamp” style tracks for attendees to plan and provide their own content. Scheduled talks include:

  • Insights into openSUSE Infrastructure: Klaas Freitag
  • News from the GNOME Zoo: Vincent Untz
  • Samba @ openSUSE: Lars Müller

Unconference

The openSUSE Conference will also have a major “unconference” component, where talks and sessions can be scheduled in BarCamp format. We’ll have plenty of time for contributors to discuss and work on topics they’re interested in face to face.

Unconference planning is being done on the openSUSE wiki. Want to lead a session? Jump in and edit the wiki!

Register Today!

The conference is less than two weeks away. If you haven’t registered yet, you need to do so today! Registration is at conference.opensuse.org/registration. We’ll accept registrations up to the conference, but space is limited. We also have a limited number of t-shirts on hand. Registered attendees will get preference over unregistered attendees.

Hotels and Getting There

Time is running out to book your hotel for the openSUSE Conference. Limited space is still available in the venue. All registrants should have received information on booking hotel. Registrations are being made through Alexia Henrie (ahenrie at novell.com). More information on hotels and directions can be found on the Web site.

Apache Foundation’s Gianugo Rabellino to Keynote openSUSE Conference

August 27th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce its second confirmed keynote for the first-ever openSUSE Conference. Our closing keynote will be delivered by Gianugo Rabellino, Chief Executive Officer of Sourcesense and member of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Rabellino serves as Vice President of the Apache XML Project Management Committee, is a committer on several ASF projects including Cocoon, Xindice, and Jackrabbit, as well as mentor of a number of projects currently in development at the ASF Incubator.

Rabellino’s keynote, “Open Development in the trenches: a decade at the Apache Software Foundation” will provide a “look behind the scenes” at the Apache Software Foundation’s 10 years of open source leadership.

The opening keynote will be given by Leslie Hawthorn of Google. Leslie is a program manager for Google’s Open Source Programs Office, and community manager for the Google Summer of Code. The topic of the keynote is “Mentoring for Fun and Profit,” and the full description can be found on the openSUSE Conference Web site.

The openSUSE Conference is an opportunity for openSUSE contributors to attend talks, workshops, Birds of a Feather sessions, and collaborate together face to face. The conference will be held from September 17 through September 20 in Nürnberg, Germany. Register today to reserve your spot!

The conference will have two daily tracks of pre-planned talks, plus “BarCamp” style tracks for attendees to plan and provide their own content. Scheduled talks include:

  • openSUSE Build Service and Cross-Platform Packaging: Peter Linnell
  • Git in the openSUSE Build Service: Andreas Gruenbacher
  • openSUSE & Moblin: Michael Meeks

Unconference

The openSUSE Conference will also have a major “unconference” component. We’ll have plenty of time for contributors to discuss and work on topics they’re interested in face to face.

Unconference planning is being done on the openSUSE wiki. Want to lead a session? Jump in and edit the wiki!

Register Today!

The conference is less than a month away. If you haven’t registered yet, you need to do so today! Registration is at conference.opensuse.org/registration. We’ll accept registrations up to the conference, but space is limited.

Hotels and Getting There

Time is running out to book your hotel for the openSUSE Conference. Limited space is still available in the venue. All registrants should have received information on booking hotel. Registrations are being made through Alexia Henrie (ahenrie at novell.com). More information on hotels and directions can be found on the Web site.

openSUSE at Utah Open Source Conference

August 25th, 2008 by

See the openSUSE Project at the Utah Open Source Conference this week!

The Utah Open Source Conference is going on August 28 through August 30 at the Salt Lake Community College. The openSUSE Project will be hosting a table to show off the latest and greatest in openSUSE, and Novell and openSUSE also will have several speakers/talks on the agenda including:

As part of Hack Week, we’ll also have a room set aside for Hack Week III participants, so you can watch the hacking in real time.

The schedule runs from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. local time Thursday and Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. See the full schedule on the UTOSC Web site: http://2008.utosc.com/speaker/schedule/, and the events and activities here: http://2008.utosc.com/pages/events/.

We’re also looking for more volunteers for the openSUSE booth at the show. Please contact Zonker if you’re interested.