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openSUSE Connect hacking session at FrOSCon 2010

August 9th, 2010 by

Join the HackMeck!

HackMeck is the weekend hack retreat of the openSUSE Boosters team in the openSUSE development room @ FrosCON. The aim of HackMeck is to advance Connect, the social networking framework the project is using to connect its users with each other. This is a great opportunity for new contributors to participate together with experienced members on some specific objective.

Connect is built on top of the Elgg plattform and most of the features we want are already available as Elgg plugins. We will evaluate and enhance those in order to match our expectations. However, some additional features will also require the creation of new plugins. Connect runs on a combination of a web server and the MySQL database and is written in the PHP scripting language. If you already posses knowledge about this very popular web server environment we encourage you to join HackMeck! But even if you don’t there are plenty of cool things to do and this weekend will give you the opportunity to learn and further yourself.

The features that will be worked on during HackMeck include:

  • OAuth and OpenID support for the login procedure
  • An Event Calendaring System with CalDAV support
  • Support for location based services like geotagging of people/events
  • Enhance the ”play factor” by engaging the users with badges and awards
  • Support for generation of business cards and other representative supplies

If you are interested in social networking, hacking and shaping the future of this project and want to discover the inner workings of openSUSE make sure to come to HackMeck @ FrosCON 2010, August 21st and 22nd at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. Don’t forget to register using the following form so it will be easier for us to plan the event.

openSUSE at FrOSCon!

August 18th, 2008 by

Join the openSUSE Project this weekend, Saturday August 23, and Sunday August 24, at third annual FrOSCon. FrOSCon is a two day conference on Free Software and Open Source, taking place at the Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin near the cities of Bonn and Cologne.

Come to the openSUSE booth to meet other openSUSE community members, and get your own copy of the openSUSE 11.0 DVD if you don’t have one already! You can also catch Marko Jung’s talk on his concept of a trust system for the openSUSE Build Service on Sunday, at 11:15 a.m. in lecture room HS5.

In addition to the openSUSE-related activities, the whole conference program features many highlights. On Saturday, Andrew S. Tanenbaum will give a keynote on “Minix 3 – A Reliable and Secure Operating System”, held at 12:45 in HS1 Tanenbaum is a professor of computer science at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He became famous as developer of the system Minix. In 1992 he caused a sensation by criticizing Linux as an obsolete operating system.

On the second day of the conference, PHP inventor Rasmus Lerdorf will give his keynote titled “Simple is hard.” Lerdorf will talk about the trouble of finding a simple solution and the increasing affinity to comlexity which causes problems in performance, scalability, and security.

If you’d like to help with the openSUSE booth at FrOSCon, we’re still looking for additional volunteers. Please contact Marko Jung.