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The third openSUSE Conference Keynote

October 18th, 2010 by

This Wednesday the 2nd openSUSE Conference 2010 opens its doors and we are very happy to announce the third keynote today.

The Desktop and the Cloud – Thoughts about Freedom on Thursday morning at 9:30 am. How relevant is the desktop in a world where computing is happening in the cloud?

The motto for our conference is one of the basic ideas of openSUSE: Collaboration across borders. This is why we are especially proud to have this subject addressed in a keynote by two key people from the free desktop world: Cornelius Schumacher, president of KDE e.V., and Vincent Untz, former president of the GNOME Foundation.

They’ll show how KDE and GNOME evolved on their mission to bring user-friendly Free Software to users, where they stand today, and why the Free Desktop is needed to protect our freedoms in a cloudy world.

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!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 145 is out!

October 17th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News.

Finalizing who we are…

October 15th, 2010 by

We’re almost there, ladies and gents.Future Lizard!\

Again there was quite some feedback on the strategy doc. We have worked to shorten the document – a difficult thing with something which is the result of many thoughts and ideas. We tried to bring the piece on our target users back to it’s essentials and now have a short and a long version – input on what to do with either of those is very much welcome. In the other area’s, shortening was even harder – we appreciate input there as well.  The plan is to do this one last round of feedback before we will try and finish it all off at the openSUSE conference next week.


All play and no work makes Geeko a peppy lizard!

October 14th, 2010 by

The conference social event takes place at the 21. Octover, 19:00 in the Lizard Lounge at Maxfeldstrasse 5, 90409 Nürnberg

OSC2010 Sneak Peaks – Fill up Birds of a Feather sessions

October 12th, 2010 by

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Just one week to go untill the openSUSE conference opens its doors. We moved all Birds of a Feather (Bof) sessions and workshops out of the conference tool into the wiki.

Put your slides, descriptions etc. up there, add new BoF sessions off your own.

Take the chance to get your topic covered and discuss it with the right people during the conference. During the conference we’ll have white boards where we/you schedule more BoFs ad hoc.

And, if you have not registered for the conference yet, please do so here to assure we have enough chairs. And remember the conference is free of charge, offers interesting talks and gives you the best chance to meet people in person.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 144 is out!

October 9th, 2010 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News.

OSC2010 Sneak Peaks – Conference keynotes you shouldn’t miss!

October 8th, 2010 by

12 days from now it will be the 20th of October – the day the openSUSE Conference will start in Nuremberg, Germany. The conference will be kicked of by keynotes on Wednesday and Friday. With the keynotes we aim to inspire and energize our visitors, sharing some insights or a look at things they haven’t seen before. Henne talks in his opening keynote about how openSUSE has become more open – and how you should take advantage of that if you want to change things. On Friday, Gerald talks about the place of Novell in the openSUSE community and how and why it supports us.

Kick Ass
The opening key note on Wednesday will be given by Henne Vogelsang, openSUSE Board Member and active in various open source projects. His key note is titled “Get your ass up!”. The idea is that he’ll then kick it – or rather, we should get of our collective asses. Henne wants to talk about the heart and soul of Free Software Communities: how we work, how things change. Influence in a community is based on doing. Everyone is equal and if you want to change things, speak up and influence the project. And how: you need to release early, release often. Everything! Not only code but your frustrations, ideas and plans also. That means that people will see your early errors. People will spot your inconsistencies. People will get on your nerves with their own ideas about your stuff. But it also means you don’t have be 100% correct, don’t have to be 100% ready and you don’t have to do 100% yourself. Put everything out there, KICK ASS!
More on his vision of the openSUSE project you find in Henne’s blog

openSUSE & Novell – an odd couple?
On Friday October 22, 9:30am Gerald Pfeifer, director of product management in Novell and a long time free and open source contributor will open the 3rd day of this year’s openSUSE conference with his view on the relationship between Novell and it’s development teams and the wider openSUSE community. He will elaborate on the reasons why Novell is supporting openSUSE and working with and within the community. He will further discuss how the project is an open community and how there are almost limitless possibilities to contribute and influence things in openSUSE, changing the future for one of the major Free Software products in the world.

We’re looking forward welcoming you at the openSUSE conference. Meanwhile check the program, register and spread the word about the conference. We just created a new conference poster to print out ;-)

openSUSE Strategy: the third and fourth part of the trilogy!

October 7th, 2010 by

Hi all,Future Lizard!\

The last week we again received over 100 comments on the first and second part of our strategy. A few refinements came in on our description of our target users, but most of the input was on the second part about what we offer. We have again incorporated all the comments into the document and a new iteration can be found on co-ment.


Keysigning Party @ openSUSE Conference

October 7th, 2010 by

Extend the web of trust! Take part at the Keysigning Party during openSUSE Conference.

There will be one Keysigning Party session during the openSUSE Conference: Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 5pm

If you want to participate, follow the instructions in the openSUSE wiki now!  The deadline for key submissions is Monday,  October 18th at 12:00 UTC.

openSUSE Announces Second 11.4 Development Milestone With New Kernel, OpenOffice, Mesa

October 7th, 2010 by

Today, Thursday October 7, the openSUSE project announces Milestone 2 of openSUSE 11.4.  Milestone 2 (M2) is the second of six periodic development snapshots of openSUSE 11.4 and includes updates to major components across the breadth of the distribution.

Horse chestnuts forming the digit 2 on a black and white stripted background

Autumn's seeds; Spring's release

Starting at the bottom of the stack, Linux Kernel 2.6.36rc4 made it into M2. This is accompanied by the OpenGL implementation Mesa 7.9, which provides a new shader compiler and support for newer Radeon chips. The cronie crontab manager replaces the Vixie cron used until now and adds the flexible anacron, which allows cronjobs to happen even if the machine was powered down at the scheduled time. D-Bus 1.4 adds support for systemd and fixes the threading issues which gave KDE 4.5 problems.

Productivity users can get a taste of the future with OpenOffice 3.3alpha, including the user interface redesign resulting from Project Renaissance. Developers will enjoy Python 2.7, the latest, and last in the Python 2 line, as well as the new D language support in gdb 7.2, and the newly released Qt 4.7 and boost 1.44 libraries.

Rounding out the milestone are point release updates galore to GNOME 2.31.92, KDE 4.5.1, Inkscape 0.48, KOffice 2.2.2, and Firefox 3.6.10.

We look forward to your bug reports and test experiences. As usual, automated testing and the openSUSE Factory team have been taking hits for you to ensure that your download of  M2 will be at least minimally functional.

The next milestone is scheduled to for November 5.  openSUSE 11.4 is planned to be released in March 2011.

Edit: Eagle-eyed heise picked up that the announcement only came out today, whereas M2 was scheduled for September 30.  We’d like to point out that M2 was released on schedule on September 30; this announcement was late.