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Software Freedom Day is Coming!

August 30th, 2010 by

On September 18, it is international Software Freedom Day. Software Freedom Day aims to celebrate Free Software and the people behind it. It wants to spread the word about Free Software and help people find each other.
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We, the openSUSE community, of course need to be part of this! So this is a call to you all: mark september 18 in your agenda. Check the Software Freedom Day website and find the meeting in your neighboorhood.

If there is none, how about setting one up? Go to the Start Guide and get to work. You can organize your own event!

Of course, openSUSE will help you. If you plan to go to an event or organize one, get in contact with us at marketing@opensuse.org ! If you mail us your information we can send you a package with openSUSE Promo DVD’s, a poster and some stickers so you can be an ambassador for openSUSE at your local event.

Help us spread the word!


The openSUSE marketing team

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 138 is out!

August 28th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 138!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 137 is out!

August 22nd, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 137.

Server maintenance next Saturday, the 21 August

August 18th, 2010 by

We will have a service outage this saturday (21 August) due to work on power supply in one of our server rooms. This means the following services will not be accessable on that day:

  • build.opensuse.org
  • api.opensuse.org
  • software.opensuse.org
  • stage.opensuse.org
  • hermes.opensuse.org
  • users.opensuse.org
  • board.opensuse.org

The content on download.opensuse.org will come from a fall back system and will not get updated during saturday.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 136 is out!

August 14th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 136!

KDE bug team asks for help on Friday 13th

August 11th, 2010 by

Javier sent us the following announcement:

It’s my pleasure to announce the next KDE Bug triage :-)

It will begin next Friday (13th) and end on Monday (16th).

The aim of this bug triage is to help make KDE a bit better. You don’t need to have any special skills. The most important thing is that you’re interested in helping us to clean the bug list so developers can focus on fixing the bugs!

So, let’s squash bugs together! Join us in the #opensuse-kde IRC channel on Freenode :-)

For more info on bug squashing KDE, take a look here!

To see a list of open bugs is here (automatically generated).

Happy KDE bug squashing!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 135 is out!

August 10th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 135.

openSUSE Connect hacking session at FrOSCon 2010

August 9th, 2010 by

Join the HackMeck!

HackMeck is the weekend hack retreat of the openSUSE Boosters team in the openSUSE development room @ FrosCON. The aim of HackMeck is to advance Connect, the social networking framework the project is using to connect its users with each other. This is a great opportunity for new contributors to participate together with experienced members on some specific objective.

Connect is built on top of the Elgg plattform and most of the features we want are already available as Elgg plugins. We will evaluate and enhance those in order to match our expectations. However, some additional features will also require the creation of new plugins. Connect runs on a combination of a web server and the MySQL database and is written in the PHP scripting language. If you already posses knowledge about this very popular web server environment we encourage you to join HackMeck! But even if you don’t there are plenty of cool things to do and this weekend will give you the opportunity to learn and further yourself.

The features that will be worked on during HackMeck include:

  • OAuth and OpenID support for the login procedure
  • An Event Calendaring System with CalDAV support
  • Support for location based services like geotagging of people/events
  • Enhance the ”play factor” by engaging the users with badges and awards
  • Support for generation of business cards and other representative supplies

If you are interested in social networking, hacking and shaping the future of this project and want to discover the inner workings of openSUSE make sure to come to HackMeck @ FrosCON 2010, August 21st and 22nd at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. Don’t forget to register using the following form so it will be easier for us to plan the event.

Canning the Spam

August 6th, 2010 by

The new wiki has attracted a lot of attention from users and contributors of openSUSE.  Unfortunately, it has also gained the attention of spammers, as the wiki team has been noticing over the last week or so.  In large part, this activity has come from dummy Novell/openSUSE accounts created by spammers.  While the wiki team can block these users, it is just as easy for the spammers to create new ones.

To curb this abuse of the wiki, the decision has been made to require all wiki editors to verify their email address.  Most openSUSE users have already done this while creating their account and should not be affected.  Users who have not validated their email address yet can do so at https://secure-www.novell.com/selfreg/jsp/protected/validateEmail.jsp.

Starting early next week, unvalidated users who are logged in to an opensuse.org site and attempt to visit the wiki will be redirected to this page, which provides more detail about the process.  This redirect is designed to happen only once per browser session, as a reminder to unvalidated users as to why they cannot log into the wiki.

While email validation is hardly fun (what form of spam control is?), this is one of the very best ways to keep the wiki free of spam.  Thank you for doing your part!

We’re a happy family – The Boosters are hiring!

August 5th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Boosters are a team of people helping developers of the openSUSE project to take off. It consists of people with skills ranging from low level C hackery over Ruby on Rails mastering to graphical design or project management. The team picks milestones and works on them in a agile fashion. They always follow their mantra: Grow community by enabling community

The openSUSE Boosters team is looking for an experienced software engineer to join their efforts.