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Conference in The Hague Taking Shape

Conference in The Hague Taking Shape

Indonesia uses Linux, openSUSE for pilot project

May 27th, 2015 by

An estimated 45,000 students from a province in Indonesia have enhanced their education and computer-usage knowledge through a pilot  program using Linux and openSUSE that is expected to become a nationwide educational program.

From 2009 to 2014, the project called “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Utilization for Educational Quality Enhancement in Yogyakarta Province” used openSUSE and created material with Linux to enhance educational quality and equality in Yogyakarta Province schools.

“More and more education people and officials come to Yogyakarta to learn about how to implement information technology in basic education,” said Mr. Mohammad Edwin Zakaria, an IT and Linux consultant for the program.

The program is expected to become a model of ICT utilization in the educational sector of Indonesia, Zakaria said. The pilot’s goal supports teaching and learning activities by providing ICT-based learning facilities, providing equipment, communication and network facilities, creating e-learning systems and developments, and by providing tools and support that are needed for schools activities to improve educational quality.

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Build blockage causing delay for GCC 5 in Tumbleweed

May 21st, 2015 by

vector chameleonThe GCC 5 compiler is gradually making its way to be the default compiler for Tumbleweed, but until then, GCC4 is it. There is a blockage in the build caused by what some believe to be an issue with the signing key and libzypp.

For GCC 5 to move forward, it needs to pass openQA to build. Anyone willing to take a look at the code is more than welcome.

Many other items are being worked on in Tumbleweed and a new kernel is pending, but nothing is problematic and most of the items are easy fixes for the next snapshot, according to an update by Tumbleweed team.

Most of the work taking place these past few days have been bug fixes for the latest release of Plasma 5.3 and GNOME 3.16.2.

Other noteworthy items in the latest snapshot were updates to the libqt5 and LibreOffice. Python-keyring updated from 4.0 to 5.3 and there were some additional updates to YaST’s user experience and network.

Tumbleweed moves to Plasma 5.3 and a new release of KDE Applications

May 16th, 2015 by
Plasma 5.3

The latest and greatest desktop tech from the KDE community

At the time of writing this, the openQA servers were busily running tests and, by the time we publish this article, they should be done. What was being tested? A massive amount of changes, bringing not only the latest Plasma 5.3 and Applications 15.04.1 to Tumbleweed, but also marking the switch to Plasma 5 as the default desktop!

What’s new

You can find an overview of major changes in the announcement of KDE Plasma 5.3 and the announcement of KDE Applications 15.04 two weeks before that.

Some of the biggest improvements in Plasma Desktop include much improved power management and widget handling. New are a touchpad configuration module, Comic widget and some system monitoring applets and improvements to plasma widgets like Clipboard, Recent Documents.

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Jangouts, Bare Metal, other projects make for Hackweek fun

May 12th, 2015 by

t-shirt-motivThe spirit of last month’s Hackweek is still alive and well and it’s about time we review some of the projects from openSUSE’s Hackweek.

The first project I want to highlight is the Google Hangouts killer – https://hackweek.suse.com/12/projects/832. This WebRTC-based video conferencing system is still in its early stages of development and there are tweaks being made to move the project forward. Unlike Google Hangouts’ 10 person limitation, the project currently dubbed Jangouts exceeds that capacity limit. During the testing, 18 people attended the 25-person room limitation of 25. The latest test even worked on a mobile device. If anyone want to get involved with this project, join the #jangouts channel on Freenode. Jangouts is hosted on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), but donations of servers to the openSUSE project are always welcomed. Just email me at ddemaio@suse.de if you are interest is donating a server with 100 gb or more of RAM to the openSUSE project. Read the rest of this entry »

May Madness – The Screenshot Contest Continues!

May 7th, 2015 by

A warm and green hello to all of the geekosphere!

Last month’s screenshot contest was a complete success! Our geeko friends submitted twice the usual amount of screenshots, sporting variying setups, environments and workflows. No two were alike! It was very refreshing to see how GNU/Linux desktops can be modified to suit everyone’s taste. Read the rest of this entry »

Update at oSC15

May 2nd, 2015 by

20150501_133621The community kicked off the first day of the openSUSE Conference in The Hague, Netherlands, with tons of exciting news about project.

Keynote speaker Markus Feilner gave a brief overview of trending topics for this year’s conference.

One of topics was Richard Brown’s “The Future is Unwritten” presentation about building the perfect regular release using new source code from SUSE Linux Enterprise submitted into the Open Build Service. Using this source code, Richard was advocating for a new, more stable and well maintained release with a life cycle of three years or more, which would provide engineering efforts to focus on common elements between SLE and openSUSE.

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Schedule Published for openSUSE Conference, Kolab Summit

April 27th, 2015 by

 

In just a few days, Geekos will kick off the openSUSE Conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

There is much to be excited about for this year’s annual conference. Markus Feilner, a seasoned Linux expert, will open up the conference with a keynote speech in the morning on May 1.

Richard Brown will follow that with a presentation titled “Super Secret SUSE Project”; that’s presentation you’re not going to want to miss.

Later that afternoon, Aaron Seigo will have his keynote speech, which is bound to be equally intriguing.

‎There will be four rooms used during the event and system administrators will have a chance in one of those rooms try out a new systems management toolkit for Linux from Project Machinery.

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OSEM in 10.1 simple steps

April 23rd, 2015 by
osemnewsby Alex Vennos

What is OSEM?

OSEM is an event management web application, tailored to the needs of FOSS conferences. You can visit http://osem.io/ to find out more about it.

You can contribute too!

The guide is based & tested on openSUSE 13.2 and it will help you get started with your development right away!

How to install OSEM

Step 1. Install Ruby & Bundler (version >= ruby 2.1.2)

sudo zypper in ruby rubygem-bundler

Step 2. Install git to your system

sudo zypper in git

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Next Week is Hack Week!

April 10th, 2015 by

Hack Week, a week where openSUSE/SUSE hackers experiment without limits! It’s the opportunity to innovate, collaborate across teams, and learn. The only rule is: Do what you want, but do it!

Hack Week 12

Many openSUSE/SUSE hackers use this opportunity to work on an activity of their passion and judging from the submitted ideas on hackweek.suse.com there is plenty of passion in the community!

Be it porting openSUSE to new and exciting hardware (Firefly-RK3288 or Intel Quark X1000) and architectures (MIPS). Improving our tools like OpenQA, YaST or OSEM. Making the life of openSUSE users more secure with better disk encryption, SSL pinning or a GNOME password manager. Nerding off with improving disassembly in gdb, porting a fake signal optimization to kGraft or diving into functional programming together. Or how about some more earthly passions like improving yourself or simply jamming together to improve Free Software?

We are sure that in the end, the 12th incarnation of this event, will give birth to one of the next big openSUSE/SUSE innovations. Like so many Hack Weeks before have! Just think about zypp and zypper, the openSUSE ARM port or YaST in Ruby.

So when next week is Hack Week, support the openSUSE/SUSE hackers where you can when they explore strange new languages, seek out new tools and new communities, when they boldly go where no hacker has gone before!

Firefox 37, Appstream metadata arrive in Tumbleweed

April 9th, 2015 by

Firefox 37 is in the latest Tumbleweed, but there are plenty of other updates that make this snapshot unique. One update that is eye catching in this snapshot is that in Firefox 37 Yandex is set as default search provider for the Turkish locale. Hmm… This seems to cement Yandex as the leading search engine in Turkey and positioning it above Google.

What is really cool about this snapshot is Appstream metadata http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Distributions/AppStream/ being published in Tumbleweed repos. On the client side, GNOME Software uses that information to display software in a more user friendly way and the availability of this metadata is likely to influence other developments and projects. Everyone is encouraged to fix packages that provide no or incomplete appstream metadata since this is a major improvement. Stats about the current data can be found at http://gs-stats.leuenberger.net/.

For those who are new to Tumbleweed, we recommend you subscribe to the Factory mailing list because we want to keep you aware of Tumbleweed developments. While you can get information on news.opensuse.org, the mailing list will allow you to be informed about the technical details involved with Tumbleweed an fixes they are available for bugs. Currently Tumbleweed suffers from a btrfs bug that leads to a deadlock when booting after a crash. This topic was described on the mailing list yesterday.

To read what in the latest snapshot, visit http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-factory/2015-04/msg00111.html.

Cya at Hackweek next week!