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Introducing: openSUSE heroes

July 25th, 2016 by

openSUSE-Heroes LogoDuring 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!

If you first want to know more about the status, read on what the openSUSE Heroes discussed in their first meeting on 2016-06-26 (Participants: cboltz, orangecms, adalovelace, ganglia, wnereiz, mcaj, lrupp):

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Tumbleweed updates bash, KDE, new Kernel coming soon

July 20th, 2016 by

There is a lot of excitement around the latest openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots because of new KDE features and the newest stable Linux Kernel, which is expected in the next snapshot.

Snapshot 20160715 brought all those KDE updates Tumbleweed users were looking forward to like Framework 5.24.0, Plasma 5.7.0 and Applications 16.04.3. Breeze icons have a new feature and there is now jump list actions for tasks within an application available with KRunner thanks to the new Plasma. There is plenty of other new features with Plasma 5.7, so check out the video to see what is new.

Another snapshot expected today will likely update the kernel to 4.6.4.

The 20160716 snapshot brought updates in the repositories for bash, glibc and GNU Compiler Collection 6, which fixes compile-time issues in the C++ front end.

There was also updates to autoyast2 and python-requests in the 20160716 snapshot and three libraries were also updated. Read the rest of this entry »

Google Summer of Code Mid-Term

July 19th, 2016 by

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.

new-schedule-tablet

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:
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Systemd updates in Tumbleweed, Leap to have GNOME 3.20

July 14th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-blackThe 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.

Recent snapshots brought LibreOffice 5.2, Mesa 12.0, Kernel 4.6.3 and PulseAudio 9 to Tumbleweed.

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.

The planned release in November of the next openSUSE Leap version will have GNOME 3.20, Plasma 5.6.4 and KDE Framework 5.23. The Linux Kernel will be 4.4.

Google Summer of Code student focuses on next steps

July 11th, 2016 by

Embedded below is the midterm blog entry of Google Summer of Code student Martin Garcia. Martin is assisting with openSUSE’s Jangouts during the Google Summer of Code.

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2016 | Logo competition announced

June 30th, 2016 by

 

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:

  1. Design should be original and not copied.
  2. Both monochromes and color formats are essential for submission.
  3. Submissions must be in SVG format.
  4. Design should reflect the openSUSE community in Asia.
  5. 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
    • Religious, political, or nationalist imagery.
  6. The logo should follow “openSUSE Project Trademark Guidelines” published at https://en.opensuse.org/File:OpenSUSE_Trademark_Guidelines.pdf
  7. The logo should be licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Please send your design to medwin@opensuse.org 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.

Your name.

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.

 

openSUSE.Asia Summit | Call for Sponsorships is open

June 29th, 2016 by

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.

Contact Estu Fardani (estu@jogja.linux.or.id) no later than 15th of September, 2016. The sponsorship prospectus is available at https://github.com/tuanpembual/Summit2016/blob/master/CFP_V140616.pdf.

 

openSUSE.Asia Summit Call for papers is open

June 27th, 2016 by

Semarang, Indonesia by Yohanes Dicky Yuniar

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.

openSUSE Conference to end with Docker Meetup, Live Project Meeting

June 26th, 2016 by

DSC_0007_1The openSUSE Conference ended today and people who were not able to travel to Bavaria for the conference can view most of the conference on the openSUSETV channel on YouTube.

The conference had several high-level talks. A few that people are recommended to view are Owen Synge’s talk about ceph. Tony Jones talked about performance analysis on openSUSE using Perf and Nitin Madhok talked about managing VMware infrastructure using salt-cloud.

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SoftIron CEO announces new ARM server running openSUSE Leap

June 24th, 2016 by
Chief Executive Officer of SoftIron, Norman Fraser, Ph.D., provides the keynote talk at the openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 24.

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.

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