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openSUSE and World IPv6 Day

May 31st, 2011 by

IPv6 Badge
In a little over a week it will be World IPv6 day. This day is meant to call attention to the fact that IPv4 addresses have run out and the web has to move on to IPv6. openSUSE will be part of this initiative, joining the ranks of Google, Yahoo and Facebook in making sure its infrastructure is IPv6 capable on June 8th. (more…)

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 177 is out!

May 28th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News 177!

People of openSUSE: Jeff Mahoney

May 27th, 2011 by


Homepage: http://www.jeffreymahoney.com/


Favorite season:



Appreciate the little victories



May 27th, 2011 by

FOSSCOMM 2011 was held in Patras on the 7 to 8 May from Patras Linux User Group (PLUG) and the Department of Computer Engineering & Information Technology (Computer Laboratory / Computer Center), University of Patras. The conference was very interesting with several  additional speeches, several parallel events (booths from communities and projects, parallel talks, workshops) and live streaming.

The Greek openSUSE community has united to present this two-day conference in Patras. There, we met people from other communities, discussed and promoted openSUSE and FOSS.


openSUSE renames OBS

May 26th, 2011 by

logo OBSThe openSUSE Build Service Team has decided to rename its cutting-edge packaging- and distribution build technology to Open Build Service. The new name, while maintaining the well-known OBS acronym, signals its open and cross-distribution nature. (more…)

Mailinglist and Features Server down for filesystem check

May 26th, 2011 by

Sorry, but we expect our main mailing-lists server (lists.opensuse.org) and our features server (features.opensuse.org) to stay down for some more minutes than expected: the systems reported a file system corruption and running a file system check right now.

Expected recovery time: Thu May 26 12:00:00 CEST 2011

We apologize for any inconvenience.


May 25th, 2011 by

Yesterday marked the official start of Google Summer of Code’s Coding Period.  And openSUSE mentors are right in the thick of it working with 16 students seeking to make a better world in FOSS.

openSUSE can take particular pride in GSoC further supporting the openSUSE goal of creating an environment that  supports not only openSUSE but FOSS in general.  Indeed we are mentoring several projects that directly benefit openSUSE, but there’s also several projects that support other projects, like the Arch Linux backend for our Open Build Service, a test suite for btrfs, ext4 snapshots in snapper, PackageKit backend in Software Center, and ICC device profile repository. (more…)

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 176 is out!

May 21st, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce the Issue 176 of the openSUSE Weekly News.

openSUSE Conference 2011 to be creative and open!

May 16th, 2011 by

rwx3 logo

Time to get ready for the openSUSE Conference 2011

On Sunday the 11th of September it will be that time again: the openSUSE Conference starts. And of course we want an exciting program. Today, the proposal submission time starts and you have until July 11th to let us know what you want to discuss at the conference!

The openSUSE Conference

The openSUSE conference is where Free Software people meet. And a meeting of so many developers, artists, translators, documentation writers and others leads to great things! The latest Free Software technologies will be showcased, cool projects initiated and great ideas discussed. Last year, the conference was awesome and resulted in many new projects and collaborative efforts. This year, the conference will be combined with the SUSE Labs conference to bring even more brilliant minds together! The SUSE Labs conference has traditionally been about advancing low-level technology like the kernel and surrounding infrastructure as well as server related, deployment and management tools.

The openSUSE Conference 2011 will happen from Sunday 11th to Wednesday 14th of September in Nuremberg, Germany. This date shouldn’t conflict with too many other conferences. We’ll be open for registration and a pre-party on Saturday night! The website on conference.opensuse.org is being updated still and we’ll let you know once you can register.

We expect about 500 visitors this year and hence had to find a new location. A perfect spot was found in a previous industrial complex from AEG named ‘Zentrifuge. This cultural center might not be the ‘usual’ space for an IT conference but offers a very creative and open space, currently used for art and music. Exactly right for the openSUSE Free Software gathering!

The group hug 2010

The group hug 2010

This year: read AND write

Last year, the conference had the motto ‘Collaboration Across Borders’ and brought together an international crowd from many communities in one place. This year we’ll be shifting our attention a bit deeper, aiming for hands-on discussions to get work done. Smaller, more focused meetings with a strong “read-write” attitude are at the core of the openSUSE Conference 2011.

Hence the subtitle of rwx³, commonly known as the UNIX acronym for “Read, Write, Execute” – three times, for you, your community and the rest of the world!

Does that make sense to you? If so, join us and submit your proposal on what you want to do on the conference. Focus on activity, try to engage the people into your idea, pull the ideas out of them, make them get their hands dirty and their brains droopy.

We will accept workshops, brainstorm sessions, design meetings, question and answer sessions, hands on happenings and every activity where people get into interaction for the openSUSE project and the distribution of Free Software, Free content or Free culture in general. Yes, and we will accept traditional presentations as well…

The Lizzard Lounge 2010

About what

The committee is looking for a wide range of talks and sessions from Free Software contributors, however openSUSE related topics are obviously very important. Some areas we are interested in include:

  • Cloud, virtualization and appliances
  • (multi) touch screens, new form factors and architectures like ARM
  • OBS, packaging, Studio, KIWI
  • Educational software
  • Upstream and across project borders collaboration
  • upcoming and hot technologies
  • Google Summer of Code results
  • Upstream project collaboration

We’d also like to give the local community a chance to join us on the evening of the first day (Sunday) and we look forward to a few generic ‘what is Free Software’ and ‘Installing openSUSE’ type workshops.

Types of sessions

To simplify the wide range of activities one could plan, we have created four different sessions following the Read/Write/Execute theme. For Read-Only there are talks with the traditional slides and 5-10 minutes Q&A at the end. For Write there are the BOF sessions where discussions can take place. Finally, in Workshops and Hacking sessions the Execute bit can be set!

Each session will last 40 minutes but for complicated subjects it is perfectly OK to ask for 2 consecutive or non-consecutive discussion or workshop slots! For more information about the format and how to give a talk, organize a Discussion/BOF or give a workshop, please refer to our guidelines for speakers. Authors are also advised to consult the code of conduct before submitting their paper.


The proposals can be submitted via the conference website.

Deadline for the submission is July 11th 2011.

EDIT: the deadline has been extended to July 24th 2011!

We look forward to your proposals. Have a lot of fun!

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 175 is out!

May 14th, 2011 by

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News 175.