We are pleased to announce the new Issue 147.
Archive for October, 2010
“Collaboration Across Borders” – Under this moto the openSUSE Community received in Nuremberg several hundreds of Free Software enthusiasts and contributors. Giving a strong statement to it’s moto, the openSUSE Conference received ambassadors from the Fedora Project and Debian Project as well as people from Mandriva/Mageia, Slackware, Skolelinux and many other distributions. Moreover, many downstream projects presented their work, seeking cooperation with the openSUSE community.
Compared to last year the openSUSE conference grew over 30% from 225 to 290 visitors and we heard many comments about how well organized it was. As Thomas Thym wrote in his blog, it was an event for and by the openSUSE community – not the kind of conference where anyone tells anyone else what to do or what has to happen. Read the Conference impression to get a little taste of the event!
We selected a few exciting things and results from the conference – obviously much more has happened, planet openSUSE and the various mailing lists are currently full of after-conference activity.
For those who couldn’t make it to the actual event, here is a little impression of the openSUSE conference. Of course, the many blogs on planet openSUSE and the cool special conference section in the latest openSUSE Weekly News have already given most of you a taste.
However, there’s always more to be had and videos are a great way to share the atmosphere of a conference. So without further ado, here is a short video showing the hard work by Cornelius Schumacher and Vincent Untz being criticized by Sirko “gnokii” Kemter, Andrew Wafaa and your humble writer; and some walking around at the conference during the break.
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At the openSUSE conference Frank Karlitschek, KDE e.V. board member and well known for his projects like GetHotNewStuff, opendesktop.org, socialdesktop.org announced a new project during his keynote. The title: “From the Developer to the User and Back; or Project Bretzn”. A Bretzn is a kind of pretzel in Germany and what the name means in practice became only clear at the end of the keynote…
A lot of people have been involved with the openSUSE Conference and I’ve heard a lot of people saying thanks for a great conference. This is supported by 290 attendees visiting our conference, listened to a number of talks, enjoyed a high quality program and even more important met people face to face and had a lot of fun. The conference as it took place last week wouldn’t have been possible without our community participating, sending in good talks and a number of folks preparing everything. Of the latter ones let me point out some:
First of all: All the participants (see above for the group that was still there on Saturday afternoon) and the speakers. Special thanks to Frank Karlitschek and Michael Kromer for filling two Saturday slots last minute.
Wednesday at the conference, Smeegol master Andrew “Funkypenguin” Wafaa was given the stage by Michael Meeks who was supposed to talk about MeeGo. Meeks claimed that he’d rather have someone on the stage who actually knew what he was talking about, hence Andrew had to explain himself to the audience.
Frank Karlitschek will show us on Saturday at 9:30 the project he’s working on to simplify the way software gets to users. Frank has deep knowledge in open source communities as member of the KDE e.V. Board of Directors and eg. as driver behind the open-PC project and some more activities he’s doing.
What makes developers and users happy ?
Currently developers create great software solving the user’s problem. But getting the software in a consumable way, simple, fast and efficient to the user nowadays still comes with some challenges. And marketing of the software isn’t covered either yet. So, maybe this situation could be improved.
This is the first public presentation of on ongoing project to radically simplify the work for the developers and make new applications available for end users in just a few minutes.
If you have not registered for the conference yet, please do so here to assure we have enough chairs. Our yearly conference is free of charge, offers interesting talks and gives you the best chance to meet many cool people in person!