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openSUSE Summit Geeko-ing Up: Website up, Call for Papers out!

March 29th, 2012 by

We’re happy to announce that starting March 29 the openSUSE Summit team will accept session proposals for the openSUSE Summit. The openSUSE Summit will take place from September 21-23, 2012 in Orlando Florida at the Caribe Royale Hotel. The proposal submission period ends on June 15, 2012 at midnight EDT. Final announcement of the program will occur on or before July 23, 2012.


software.openSUSE.org calling for Ruby Hackers!

March 27th, 2012 by

About 2 weeks ago Thomas “digitaltom” Schmidt of the openSUSE Boosters started working on a refresh of the software.opensuse.org search interface. In that time, he has transformed the quite technical search UI into one which is a lot more modern and far easier to use. But there’s quite a bit of work in designing and building a new way of searching the whole buildservice repository with its 170.000+ packages in an userfriendly and logical way. If you’re up for it, we could use your help!

openSUSE 12.2 Milestone 2 is out

March 20th, 2012 by

screenshot of M2 on openSUSE download site

Those following openSUSE development closely probably know that the 2nd milestone on the way to openSUSE 12.2 was planned for the beginning of this week. And indeed you can now download it from software.opensuse.org/developer. As usual, a list of the most annoying bugs is being maintained and you can see the list of bugs and/or file a new one in Bugzilla. Read on for some details on the release and how to help! (more…)

openSUSE to be part of GSOC 2012!

March 19th, 2012 by

GSOC 12 logo with openSUSE Geeko

Good news! As followers of our openSUSE Google+ account already know, openSUSE will be part of GSOC 2012. That means it is now time for the students to take the openSUSE GSOC ideas, find a mentor and start creating proposals to be submitted to Google. We’ve got until April 6th for this, at which point openSUSE and Google will start to look at the proposals.


So what does a good proposal look like? There is plenty of advice to be found:

As is being said above, the proposal has to be technically sound and realistic. For this, make sure you write it in cooperation with the potential mentor(s). They know what can and can’t be done and what makes sense! In the end, you have to convince both GOOGLE and the openSUSE GSOC team and they heavily rely on the mentors’ opinions. Work with them!

For openSUSE GSOC proposals We’d like you to include at least the following items:

  • Background
  • Use Cases
  • Benefits
  • Caveats
  • Technical Details
  • Why Me
  • Contact Information

Now go to our GSOC 2012 page and write a kick-ass proposal!

What Next?

Once the proposals are selected and Google has given us a share, May 21st coding will start and it will continue (with a mid term evaluation on July 13th) until August 13.

But now, first order of the day is for students to talk to their mentors and flesh (not flush) out those ideas!

You can find all information about our GSOC program on our wiki and you can always ask the openSUSE GSOC team if you have any questions:

  • Vincent “vuntz” Untz
  • Matt Barringer

They hang out on IRC in our #opensuse-project channel on Freenode!

Join FLISOL 2012!

March 16th, 2012 by

It’s that time of the year again – FLISOL, the “Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre” (Latin American free software install fest) will start in about 6 weeks! If you live in Latin America, you can join one of the hundreds of install fests happening all over the continent on April 28th. And if there is nothing close by, there is no reason you can’t organize it yourself… (more…)

openSUSE Stable Maintenance Process Now Fully Open

March 13th, 2012 by

The new patchesA while ago, we wrote about the work on moving maintenance support into the Open Build Service. Since then announcement, some of the internal maintenance scripts have been running in parallel to the Open Build Service but the Security, Maintenance and OBS teams are now convinced things are ready for a switch. Soon, to be exact Thursday, March 15 2012, your updates will be delivered exclusively by OBS via an open workflow!

OSC12 is coming to Prague in fall

March 7th, 2012 by

The openSUSE Conference (oSC) is the yearly get-together of  our community to give its people a chance to meet face to face, talk to and inspire each other. Being together in one room, even in this day and age, beats every other collaboration method and is what forges cohesion and friendships. That is why the openSUSE Project tries to get together this conference every year for its contributors. But not only for them, the conference is also for anyone using, working with or taking advantage of the project. No matter if you use our technology, if you are one of our many friends from free and open source upstream projects or if you contribute to another GNU/Linux distribution this conference is for you.