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Keynote Update: Lenz Grimmer to Keynote openSUSE Conference

September 3rd, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is happy to announce that Lenz Grimmer will be delivering the opening keynote for the first-ever openSUSE Conference. The openSUSE Conference will be held September 17 through September 20 in Nürnberg, Germany. Register today!

Grimmer’s keynote, “Working in a Virtual Community,” This session will talk about the pros and cons of working in a virtual organization, some proven best practices and tools, and how everyone can benefit from this working environment. Grimmer will discuss how to build trust, passion, and self-motivation, and how communities can work in distributed environments.

Leslie Hawthorn, Google’s Program Manager for open source, was originally scheduled to deliver the opening keynote. Due to a schedule conflict, Hawthorn won’t be able to attend the openSUSE Conference. She sends her regrets and hopes to attend an openSUSE event in the near future.

Our closing keynote will be delivered by Gianugo Rabellino, Chief Executive Officer of Sourcesense and member of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

The openSUSE Conference is an opportunity for openSUSE contributors to attend talks, workshops, Birds of a Feather sessions, and collaborate together face to face. The conference will be held from September 17 through September 20 in Nürnberg, Germany. Register today to reserve your spot!

The conference will have two daily tracks of pre-planned talks, plus “BarCamp” style tracks for attendees to plan and provide their own content. Scheduled talks include:

  • Insights into openSUSE Infrastructure: Klaas Freitag
  • News from the GNOME Zoo: Vincent Untz
  • Samba @ openSUSE: Lars Müller


The openSUSE Conference will also have a major “unconference” component, where talks and sessions can be scheduled in BarCamp format. We’ll have plenty of time for contributors to discuss and work on topics they’re interested in face to face.

Unconference planning is being done on the openSUSE wiki. Want to lead a session? Jump in and edit the wiki!

Register Today!

The conference is less than two weeks away. If you haven’t registered yet, you need to do so today! Registration is at conference.opensuse.org/registration. We’ll accept registrations up to the conference, but space is limited. We also have a limited number of t-shirts on hand. Registered attendees will get preference over unregistered attendees.

Hotels and Getting There

Time is running out to book your hotel for the openSUSE Conference. Limited space is still available in the venue. All registrants should have received information on booking hotel. Registrations are being made through Alexia Henrie (ahenrie at novell.com). More information on hotels and directions can be found on the Web site.

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4 Responses to “Keynote Update: Lenz Grimmer to Keynote openSUSE Conference”

  1. Nikanth

    Some description about “Lenz Grimmer” would be good.

  2. michl

    Lenz Grimmer works for the Database Group at Sun Microsystems as a MySQL Community Relations Manager for the EMEA region.

  3. Nadeem

    Lenz is used to work for SuSE (not SUSE) before Novell bought it and openSUSE was born. All in all, a great guy.

  4. I look forward to being there, thanks for the invitation! For the curious, here’s my bio:

    Lenz is a member of the MySQL Community Relations Team at Sun Microsystems. He
    lives in Hamburg, Germany and has worked for MySQL since April, 2002. Before
    joining the Community Relations team in December 2005, he was a member of the
    Release Engineering team that is in charge of creating the official release
    builds of the MySQL server. Prior to working for MySQL, Lenz was an engineer
    in the distribution development team of SuSE Linux in Nuremberg for four
    years. His first work experiences with LAMP environments date back to 1995,
    when he took his first job as a systems administrator and web developer for a
    small web company. He has a degree in Computer Science and has been involved
    in Linux and Open Source since 1994. In his spare time, Lenz enjoys playing
    with his daughter Lena and spending time in the garden.

    See you soon!