During the last weeks, the openSUSE board and others expressed their concern about the current state of some openSUSE infrastructure: especially the reaction times to change something in the setup were mentioned multiple times. Looks like we lost some administrators and/or contact points at SUSE who helped out in the past to eliminate problems or work together with the community.
As result, there was a meeting held during the openSUSE Conference 2016, including some SUSE employees and openSUSE community members to discuss the current situation and search for some possible solutions. The discussion was very fruitful and we’d like to share some of the results here to inform everyone and actively ask for help. If you want to join us, the openSUSE heroes, do not hesitate to contact us and join an incredible team!
In this years edition of Google Summer of Code, an international annual program in which stipends are awarded to students to hack on Free Software during the summer, openSUSE members are mentoring seven students who all passed their mid-term evaluation last week. Go on to read what they have to say about their first 10 weeks in the program.
Ana María Martínez Gómez
This year, we have three students working on the Open Source Event Manager (OSEM), which is a Ruby on Rails application that is used to organize openSUSE conferences. One of these three students is Ana Maria from Madrid. Her project is to improve the conference schedule to make it more functional and mobile friendly. In her midterm blog post, she shows and explains how she reimplemented the schedule within a bootstrap carousel.
She also worked on a talks overview page and several smaller issues. For instance, several openSUSE Conference visitors this year reported that it would be nice to open the schedule with the current date selected, which Ana already implemented. One of the most important parts of Google Summer of Code is to teach the students open source and technical skills like Ana writes: Read the rest of this entry »
The last update provided on Tumbleweed was almost a month ago and a lot has happened since then.
Besides the release of a an Alpha 2 for openSUSE Leap 42.2 and the five-day openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Tumbleweed snapshots have been rolling along with 10 snapshots since the last update, which highlighted the addition of GNU Compiler Collection 6 as the default compiler for Tumbleweed.
The latest snapshot, 20160710, brought a major release for python3-setuptools to version 24.0.2. Systemd also added some subpackages and python3-numpy squashed some bugs.
Plans for future snapshots have Freetype 2.6.5, disabling a new subpixel hinting mode that was added to version 2.6.4, but it shouldn’t be long for that option to be re-enabled in a future Tumbleweed snapshot.
As for Plasma 5.7.0, the version is still in staging and needs some bug fixes before it will be released.
Preparations for the openSUSE.Asia Summit is rolling. Following tradition, we are back with the logo contest. We are looking for a logo reflecting openSUSE and its community in Asia. The contest is open now and ends on 3 August 2016. “Geeko Mystery Box” will be sent as an appreciation for the best logo designed.
The Rules of the Contest are as follows:
Design should be original and not copied.
Both monochromes and color formats are essential for submission.
Submissions must be in SVG format.
Design should reflect the openSUSE community in Asia.
The logo should avoid the following things:
Brand names or trademarks of any kind.
Illustrations that may consider inappropriate, offensive, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
Sexually explicit or provocative images.
Violence or weapons.
Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use imagery.
Discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
Bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against groups or individuals
Please send your design to email@example.com with the following entries:
Vector file of the design in attachment, with SVG format ONLY.
Bitmap of design in attachment – image size: 256*256px at least. Format: png or jpg. Less than 512KB.
Where are you working/studying now? (optional)
Your phone number. (optional)
The openSUSE.Asia Summit Committee will decide on the logos, subject to the condition, that the logo meets all the requirements. The final decision will be made by openSUSE.Asia Summit Committee and it may not be the highest scored design. We recommend the artist to use Inkscape, a powerful, free and open source vector graphics tool for all kinds of design.
The openSUSE.Asia Committee is seeking sponsors for the third edition of openSUSE.Asia Summit. The summit will take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from Sept 30 – Oct 2nd 2016. With over 400 attendees every year, we expect the trend to follow suite. Our attendees are casual, power and business users. Sponsorship covers facility and travel costs.
We aim to provide a free platform for users, contributors, and developers. The summit fosters relationships across open source enthusiasts. Attendees take this opportunity to learn about different modern technologies and share their experiences. Sponsorships show your appreciation for our community. It is also a great way to
Promote your products in the community.
Business can promote their solutions / services to our community and stakeholders through business tracks.
Sponsors can promote their products / services through
openSUSE.Asia Summit website.
Printed materials advertising the event.
Summit welcome package.
Promotional advertising visible throughout the event location.
Other community events that to promote openSUSE.Asia summit.
Sponsors can also request a booth to highlight their products and businesses.
The openSUSE.Asia Committee are announcing the call for papers for 3rd openSUSE.Asia Summit. Starting today, the Committee is looking forward to your proposals. We are looking for free and open source software advocates. All open source contributors, enthusiasts, and business owners can submit.
Presentations are in the following formats
Lightning Talk (10 mins)
Short Talk (30 mins)
Long Talk (60 mins)
Workshop Short (2 hours)
Workshop (3 hours)
The openSUSE.Asia committee recommends workshops or hands-on sessions.
The conference website is accepting submissions starting now until 3 August 2016. Proposals should include a title and an abstract of 150 – 500 words. The committee will announce the accepted proposals on 17th August 2016.
Chief Executive Officer of SoftIron, Norman Fraser, Ph.D., provides the keynote talk at the openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 24.
The keynote speaker for the openSUSE Conference today and Chief Executive Officer of SoftIron, Norman Fraser, Ph.D., made a big announcement about the release of a new powerful ARM server that comes with essential tools to get the 64-bit ARM development up and running, out-of-the-box.
Fraser announced the availability of the affordable, feature rich Overdrive 1000, which is an entry level 64-bit ARM® developer system, powered by the AMD Opteron A1100™ series processor.
“Many developers want more than what the DIY boards can offer but only need specific parts of the functionality delivered by full on enterprise systems,” Fraser said.
The Overdrive 1000 will run openSUSE Leap and comes with Apache webserver, MySQL, PHP, Xen, KVM Hypervisor, Docker and OpenJDK pre-installed so developers can get to work and see results straight out-of-the-box, according to Fraser.