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Conference in The Hague Taking Shape

Conference in The Hague Taking Shape

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!

Gnome 3.16, systemd-journal coming in next Tumbleweed snapshot

April 2nd, 2015 by

It’s official, Gnome will be in the next Tumbleweed snapshot and the development experience is highly anticipated. A clean installation works, but the guys are working on one last test before its released. We’re not promising an early Easter gift, but Tumbleweed users won’t have to wait long for Gnome’s latest upgrade.

A small change to Linux can be seen in Tumbleweed with a change from the syslog to systemd-journal; the systemd-journal as a binary file needs special tools to look at it. The topic was discussed on how to provides the ability to import structured log messages from systemd journal to syslog and you can read more about this discussion at http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-factory/2015-04/.

App Armor service is causing a longer delay on startup, but the solution is on the mailing list link above.

FireFox 37 should make it into an upcoming snapshot and this Mozilla update is considered its most revolutionary release; HTML5 playback on YouTube, a new rating system called Heartbeat and other implementations have the media buzzing about this latest release.
Another topic that is buzzing is KDE’s transition from KDE4 to Plasma 5 at the default Desktop Environment. On the mailing list at http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-project/2015-04/msg00002.html, the end of April appears to be a point where KDE will remove  KDE4 from repository and transition to its latest and greatest Desktop Environment.

Call for hosts for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2015

April 2nd, 2015 by
openSUSE Asia Summit 2014

Submit proposals for the openSUSE Asia Summit 2015

The openSUSE.Asia organization committee is inviting proposals to host the openSUSE.Asia Summit during the later half of 2015. The openSUSE.Asia Summit is the featured annual openSUSE conference in Asia.

The event focuses primarily on the openSUSE distribution, and also covers desktop environments, applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the openSUSE community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss both the present technology and future developments.

Last Summit

The first openSUSE.Asia Summit was held in Beijing in 2014. The Summit’s preference is to find new locations each year as we spread openSUSE throughout Asia, and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent openSUSE event. The openSUSE.Asia organization committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and delivery of the event.

You can learn more about openSUSE.Asia Summit at our official website: https://events.opensuse.org/conference/summitasia14

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Saving time on your oSC15 presentation

April 1st, 2015 by

The openSUSE Conference starts in The Hague in one month, and for those who are planning their presentations, we thought we would save you a little bit of time by providing you a template.

Just download the template and POW! A magic chameleon.

For those who want to use their own template for the presentation, we kindly ask you to use the first and last slide in your presentation.

A list of presentations that have been accepted and confirmed can be found at https://events.opensuse.org/conference/osc15/schedule

Cheers and auf Wiedersehen in Den Haag.

Gear Up For The Screenshot Contest!

March 31st, 2015 by

Greetings, green portion of the GNU/Linux web! It’s been a while since you last heard from us, so let’s say we give you something special this time around.

Wanna Play a Game?All of us users of open and free operating systems tend to celebrate the flexibility of our systems and desktop environments so we can tailor our systems to work best with our specific workflows. Often, we like to show off our desktops to the web vastness. So, how about we play a little game? How about we fill up the web with the best, most innovative desktops, and show off the power and flexibility of our geeko-powered mean machines?

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TSP – oSC15 Second Call

March 27th, 2015 by

oSC15The conference date is right around the corner. Part of schedule is out and the organization is running to have everything settled to host visitors and organize the best openSUSE conference ever.

You can still register to be part of the conference also apply for presentation.

 

But did you miss the first call of TSP? Are you still in dilemma? Go to the conference or not? Do you contribute to openSUSE and want to join the awesome community but money is an issue for you? Don’t worry because TSP is here to help you. Read the rest of this entry »

Where are you staying for oSC15?

March 24th, 2015 by

For those of you attending the openSUSE Conference in The Hague, we recommend these affordable lodging accommodations for your visit.

Hotel

Van der Valk Hotel Den Haag – Nootdorp

The Hotel is a short distances from Westvliet.

Double rooms with breakfast are 105 € per night
Single rooms with breakfast are 95 € per night

Sleepover

There is also a sleepover in one of the sport halls at the venue. For 12.50€,  you get a bed, blanket and access to a shower. You can reserve your place during our registration process. This offer is limited to 50 people, so its is on a first come, first serve basis.

Hackweek is back with Black-on-Black

March 24th, 2015 by

Gt-shirt-motivet ready for a good time in April and a flashback to old times. openSUSE will have Hackweek April 13 – 17 and everyone is welcome to participate.

All participant will receive the “” openSUSE Hackweek T-Shirt. All participants can sign up on http://hackweek.suse.com to participate in openSUSE’s Hackweek.

Hackerspace will be available for anyone who wants to hack at our locations in Nuremberg, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Provo, Utah (USA); Taipei, Taiwan; and Beijing, China, but hackers can always participate in this event remotely.

To use hackerspace during Hackweek, contact the following people based on location by April 10: Provo – Craig Gardner cgardner@suse.com, Prague – Thomas Chvatal tchvatal@suse.cz, Beijing – Yan Sun ysun@suse.com,  Taipei – Max Lin mlin@suse.com and Nuremberg – Douglas DeMaio ddemaio@suse.de.

Join a team working on a project during Hackweek or create your own new project at https://hackweek.suse.com/projects/new.

To help promote your project and the event, use hashtag #hackit when tweeting about your project. Media are welcome to attend the event; openSUSE encourages people participating in Hackweek to blog about it and to contact local media to provide coverage on the event.

Attending oSC15? Find out the visa requirements

March 5th, 2015 by

For people planning on attending the openSUSE Conference in The Hague, Netherlands from May 1 – 4 who are not citizen of the European Union, it’s a good idea to start thinking about getting your visa, which is why I’m going to summarize the requirements here and give you the resources to help you get the process started.

The Travel Support Program has no provisions to cover the cost of a visa, so it’s the travelers responsibility for covering the additional cost.

Alphabet Nation

You must apply for a Schengen visa through the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country if you are from one of the following countries: Read the rest of this entry »