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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.

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5 Responses to “Announcing Hack Week III”

  1. ryan

    Question from hacker hobbiest and concerned N shareholder: What scripting languages are most important/common in this distribution? My knowledge mostly pertains to Windows.

    Also, SUSE needs a hardware compatibility program to run before installation. How much of it could be scripted??

    Embracing the GNU GPL…

    Why not exclusively sell box sets containing a licensed proprietary package (let’s say $100) with manuals, disks, stickers… When entering the PID, it would then be combined with a hardware ID and stored in N’s database so that the license (for the proprietary software) could only be installed on 3 machines. Everything else covered under the GNU GPL will be respected.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t the whole POINT of ‘OpenSource’ to NOT be locked in to Licensing? (As in NOT Proprietory?) — Also, Apple already does exactly what you’re proposing, and they only have

      5% of the market. — I believe SuSE do better than that, if they don’t fall into the trap of trying to be another Apple Computer Co.

      • ryan

        No, don’t misunderstand me.

        The biggest problem with openSOURCE: buy a subscription for one computer and install 20 computers at no additional cost. No profit :(.

        openSUSE could still be freely downloaded by anyone! But, there are desktop solutions, peer-to-peer networking solutions, that Novell already has that could be licensed and would allow only for one install on each computer. This would take Microsoft’s business model to Linux – truly the next business model for Linux.

        Think about it. If two companies had this kind of offering, but each had a different offering, they could partner and generate more revenue. The result could potentially be a better desktop that people would be willing to pay for.

        Or they could download the version without the proprietary software. What ever they want.

        Just don’t be a slave to anyone. Feed your family and let Linux and proprietary software thrive!

      • ryan

        The point about Apple…you have to buy their hardware. SUSE is better than that. You can’t buy MacOSX on a retail shelf yet, but Linux remains a possibility.

  2. robin

    UUH, ryan, I am sorry to say this but you obviously have no clue about why/how OpenSuSe works. The reason why all this is opensource, is so that they don’t become another monopoly like Microsoft. These people, these developer’s are doing all this for us. So that when we want our computer to work, without having to buy a new version of windows every ten days, we just install these operating systems, and get to have a wonderful system. If openSuSE were out to get money (“profit”) then they would have done that YEARS ago, and would be doing exactly what the other monopoles are doing.