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Hackweek VI

January 19th, 2011 by

Hack Week LogoHackweek VI will take place January 24th – 28th, 2011.

Hackweek is one of Novell’s biggest ways of giving back to the openSUSE community – by providing developers the opportunity to spend their paid work week contributing to free and open source software instead of their assigned projects.  Hackweek V produced an amazing variety of projects, including froxlor (server management panel), a donor management app for Shelterbox, a GUI client for SUSE Studio, and hundreds more. Prior Hackweeks have spawned projects that are now desktop Linux mainstays, like Tasque and Giver.

Hackweek VI features the theme “Engineering Cloud” and allows developers to get their hands on related projects. In order to support that approach, we are providing access to a few select cloud providers and a setup where you can deploy cloud infrastructure software (e.g. Eucalyptus). Your favorite hack-project may or may not relate to that theme, it may well be experimental, as long as it is Linux- or SUSE-related.
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Hack Week III Winners

October 15th, 2008 by

After very careful deliberation, we’ve chosen the winners from Hack Week III. The categories were: Best Cross-Pollination Team, First Penguin Awards, and the Best Overall Projects.

The Best Cross-Pollination Team: Awards the project that connects different teams, and raises awareness of each other’s work.

First Penguin Award: Awards the project that goes out on a limb to try something difficult and risky… and probably fails.  Named in honor of the first penguin to jump into the water when there may be predators swimming below.

Best Overall Projects: Goes to the projects that the panelists thought were “best” for one reason or other. Surprisingly enough, we had a tie for first place on this one!

And the winners are:

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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.

Hack Week III is almost upon us!

August 22nd, 2008 by

Hack Week III is almost upon us! Novell is once again sponsoring Hack Week, from August 25th through August 29th, and we want the openSUSE community to be in on it!

What’s Hack Week? Hack Week is a chance for Novell’s developers to work on Innovation Time Off (ITO) projects, uninterrupted by normal hacking duties. This helps provide an opportunity for Novell’s developers to work on innovative new projects they might not normally be able to work on. Since most of the projects developed during Hack Week are open source, this also benefits the community by providing new code.

During Hack Week, developers can work on any project of interest. So far Hack Week has spawned a number of impressive projects and improvements, such as Debian package support in the openSUSE Build Service, Tasque, Giver, and many others.

For HW3, we’re encouraging members of the openSUSE community to get involved as well, either by working on their own Hack Week projects, or by collaborating with Novell developers to create or enhance open source projects. To post your ideas or see what others are working on, visit ideas.opensuse.org. We’ll have awards for several Hack Week projects, including best overall project, and the coveted First Penguin Award.

As part of the effort to expand Hack Week outside of Novell, we’re bringing several community members to Novell offices to work with Novell developers on HW3 projects, and we’ll be hosting a Hack Week room at the Utah Open Source Conference next week, August 28 through August 30. For questions or comments on Hack Week, please contact Andreas Jaeger.

Announcing Hack Week III

August 7th, 2008 by

Novell is once again sponsoring Hack Week — and we want you to be in on it! Hack Week III (HW3) runs from August 25th through August 29th.

What’s Hack Week? Hack Week is a chance for Novell’s developers to work on Innovation Time Off (ITO) projects, uninterrupted by normal hacking duties. This helps provide an opportunity for Novell’s developers to work on innovative new projects they might not normally be able to work on. Since most of the projects developed during Hack Week are open source, this also benefits the community by providing new code.

During Hack Week, developers can work on any project of interest. So far Hack Week has spawned a number of impressive projects and improvements, such as Debian package support in the openSUSE Build Service, Tasque, Giver, and many others.

For HW3, we’re encouraging members of the openSUSE community to get involved as well, either by working on their own Hack Week projects, or by collaborating with Novell developers to create or enhance open source projects.

We are sponsoring travel for a limited number of contributors. If you’re interested in working on a project in person, please contact Andreas Jaeger (aj@suse.de) by August 12th. We will also be announcing ways for community contributors to participate in Hack Week III remotely, stay tuned to news.opensuse.org and opensuse-announce for details.