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oSC15 – Call for papers

December 30th, 2014 by

Hans1Make your voice heard! Do you have something interesting to share with the dynamic openSUSE community? Now is your chance. The conference will be held in the beautiful city of The Hague, the Netherlands between 1 and 4th May 2015.Starting today, the oSC15 Paper Committee is ready to receive your proposals for sessions!

We are looking for speakers on a wide range of subjects,Talk, Workshop and Birds of a Feather, ranging from hacking and open source idealisim to software, security and development. If you feel you have something interesting to contribute, please don’t hesitate to register before 14th February 2015 at https://events.opensuse.org/conference/osc15/proposal

Dates: from 1 until 4 may 2015
Location:  The Hague Netherlands

Session owners will be notified no later than April 2nd, 2015.

oSC 2015 – Call for Team Members

December 22nd, 2014 by

Together

Before the dawn of 2015 and as announced at oSC14  work has already started for yet another awesome openSUSE Conference. For 2015 the city of The Hague in theNetherlands will host our Annual Conference. This year the openSUSE community is gearing up and is ready to accept people from everywhere to a 4 day conference where there will be a lot of Learning and Hacking and Partying. The organizing team needs YOUR HELP to make this happen. So starting today you can sign up to join forces!Hans2

Whatever your skill level you are welcome to participate. We are looking for people willing to help out with A/V, Design, Networking, Promotion, Software, finding Speakers and helping out with the Venue itself. Join us for an awesome ride, with a fantastic destination. Make it your own event!

We use the openSUSE progresstracker in this project to keep track of the tasks. The documents are used to suggest announcements. Every two weeks we have project meetings on the opensuse-project channel on freenode.

Anyone is welcome to participate! To do so:

Sign up for an openSUSE account and sign into this tool
Assign an existing issue to yourself or create an issue with a task

If you need help with this tool (Redmine) have a look at the user guide .

Roundup of recent Tumbleweed highlights

December 15th, 2014 by

Here are some highlights from the most recent Tumbleweed snapshot.

Mozilla Firefox updated to 34.0.5 from 33.1. The default search engine changed to Yahoo for North America and Yandex for Belarusian, Kazakh, and Russian locations. The update improved the search bar for English only in the U.S. and improved the Firefox Hello real-time communication client.

Mozilla Thunderbird also updataed to 31.3.0 from 31.2.0. It now requests crashes with some input streams and fixed memory safety problems and crashes.

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Geeko holiday gift ideas

December 11th, 2014 by
Geeko Xmas

Tis the season for Geeko hacking – Fa la la la la, la la la la! Whom wouldn’t get excited about this time of year? And as Christmas is about giving here is our selection of gift ideas for the jolly Geeko holidays.

A RepRap 3D Printer

The Prusa i3 is a dream for every Geeko that wants to explore 3D printing. Print your own toys, spareparts or christmas decoration. And best of all the RepRaps not only work well with openSUSE, but they are open source! The 700€ price tag might not come with a red bow, but a RepRap will have a Geeko feeling like a child.
Prusa i3

A Kodi Media Center

WeTek could have Geekos vegging on the couch after tweaking with configurations to get the latest entertainment system. WeTek Play support booting of Linux XBMC or OpenELEC directly from Micro SD card. Keep WeTek Android running while Linux XBMC or OpenELEC run directly from Micro SD. Geekos can expand the usability of the system. The price has yet to be announced and the product has yet to be released, but Geekos won’t mind waiting to be the first to get a WeTek when it does come out, which should be next week according to our inside sources. (more…)

Conference kicks into high gear

December 11th, 2014 by
oSC15

Register for OSC15 at http://bit.ly/1wC7qdX

We are ready to get this year’s Geeko-hack party started in The Hague, Netherlands, from May 1 to May 5.
Before the learning, hacking and partying begins at the four-day openSUSE Conference, the community needs to know what’s happening with oSC15 or better yet, help with the event planning.
This year’s theme “Flexibility through Diversity” offers much for the community to discuss. With openSUSE’s worldwide ecosystem, communicating and collaborating with open-source peers requires flexibility. The diversity of openSUSE creates an environment filled with opportune, learning and fun.

The following tracks that have been proposed for OSC15:

  • Collaboration and Cooperation
  • Business and Outcome track
  • Project & OSS Leadership
  • Technology & Development

A logo for oSC15 has already been selected and the website is taking shape leading up to the conference. Visitors will be able to submit papers, register for the conference and view the schedule at http://conference.opensuse.org.
More details will be annouced about the Call for Papers, which will close Feb. 14.

Know the location before you go

Here is a little info about The Hague before you plan your trip. The Hague is located between Amsterdam (69km) and Rotterdam (26km). The conference will be at a time when the city gets the most sunshine hours. Rotterdam The Hague airport receives flights from several European destinations and Amsterdam’s airport (Schiphol) is a major hub for flights coming to Europe from all over the world. The Hague is not the capital of the Netherlands, but is the seat of the Dutch government, parliament, Supreme Court and Council of the State. It’s one of eight major cities hosting the United Nations. Attendees can see the windmills, wooden shoes, the best soccer team never to be crowned the world champions, cheese, cows, farms and more cheese. The country is well below sea level, but don’t worry because chameleons can walk on water. Cya at oSC15.

The openSUSE Conference

The openSUSE Conference is the annual gathering of the openSUSE Community and other Free and Open Source contributors and enthusiasts. This year will be the 7th event where the talks, workshops and discussions provide the framework to exchange knowledge, collaborate and create lasting connections and incredible memories. Last year our event took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia – read reports on day one, day two and day three. Before we’ve had a smashing time in Prague and in a old factory hall in Nuremberg. It’s going to be off the chain in The Hague.

Want to help with oSC15?

Please join our team mailing list (subscribe)and our regular #opensuse-project IRC meetings. We can use help with working on the program, promotions and local organization. Tasks range from keeping our news outlets up to date and designing artwork to laying cables at the venue. There is much to do and we need you!

Sign up today to join forces or volunteer at http://conference.opensuse.org.

Hour of Code reinforces need for project mentors

December 8th, 2014 by

Administrators, mentors needed for Google Summer of Code

In the words of will.i.am, “great coders are today’s rock stars,” but unfortunately there are not enough of these rock stars in the world to fulfill the demand.

Since this week is the Hour of Code, it’s a good time emphasize the need for the Open Source Software community to participate in outreach programs.

Besides doing what you can to participate in this weeks Hour of Code, its important to point out the need to have administrators and mentors from openSUSE’s community for the annual Google Summer of Code.

Google Summer of Code, which openSUSE has participatied in for several years, offers post-secondary student developers a stipends to write code for various open source software projects. Students are matched with a mentoring organization like openSUSE and given projects to work on over a three-month period. Last year there were 1,300 students with 190 mentoring organizations that took part in the program. Administrators get the process started and mentors help future developers understand real-world software development scenarios.

Administrators start the GSOC process and submit proposals for the mentoring organization by filling out some forms. Administrators submit the application to Google between Feb. 9 and Feb. 20. Project ideas are discussed with potential mentoring organization and mentors are paired with students in the spring.

To participate in this project, visit our GSOC portal or learn more at GSOC.

Learn more about the Hour of Code campaign.

This weeks highlights in Tumbleweed

December 5th, 2014 by

Here are some highlights from this week’s Tumbleweed snapshot.

The default kernel has upgraded from 3.17.2 to 3.17.4 and several enhancements have been made to the Btrfs command-line tools.

AutoYaST import initializes now the correct FTP server used for configuration. The file package-manager.desktop has been moved from the package desktop-data-OpenSUSE to YaST2-packager.

Updates to the ebook management program Calibre has bugfixes and improves the search and replace function mode; a new function is able to process multiple files better while performing a Replace All.

The free open-source anti-virus software ClamAV now works with OpenSSL in FIPS compliant
mode. It supports the XDP file format and extracting, decoding, and scanning PDF files within XDP files.

DigiKam has several updates to include optional features for face detection (kface) and geotagging (kmap). Improvements for the white balance and auto-rotation of images were implemented as well.

Wine updated to a 1.7.32 development snapshot and has a new version of the Mono engine.

LXSession added the ESCAPE key to close the lxsession-logout menu and has created a lock file to prevent more than one log-out dialog.

Thai fonts have an updated version from 0.6.0 to 0.6.1 and provide a new Laksaman font.

For more highlights, visit http://bit.ly/1FSmSFC.

 

openSUSE-Education 13.2 released

December 4th, 2014 by

openSUSE-Education Li-f-e CDThis time others are faster than the original source: Softpedia as well as Distrowatch already announced the new openSUSE-Education release 13.2.1, which is based on openSUSE 13.2.

While openSUSE-Education 13.1 had over 20,000 downloads alone via Souceforge (which is one of our largest mirrors) and the fact that many people seem to watch our activities so actively that they even know before any official announcement that there is “something new” is heartwarming crazy. To use marketing speak, openSUSE-Education is the most comprehensive Linux distribution for Education and Home use right now. …and now you can even download the most current release based on one of the best Open Source Distributions in the world!

This time we also provide 32bit and 64bit based Li-f-e ISO images – just have a look at our wiki page and choose the one you like most. Download and spread this awesomeness around this festive season.

Both ISOs contain the greatest and latest software available for openSUSE – including not only educational but also multimedia and many other useful software.

 

Three seats available for openSUSE board elections

December 4th, 2014 by

Elections to fill three seats on the openSUSE Board are set to begin in the coming weeks and candidates are needed to fill these three positions.

Individuals who apply for an openSUSE Membership will be able to vote during elections and run for candidacy

Candidates elected to the position will serve a 24-month term. The terms of Robert Schweikert and Kosta Koudaras’ will expire and the seat of Peter Linnell, who was appointed as a replacement for chairman Richard Brown, will need to be filled.

Members of the openSUSE board help to influence the future direction of the project. Members are encouraged to learn the election process, run for the board or propose a candidate.

Election Committee

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What to expect from Btrfs on openSUSE 13.2?

November 12th, 2014 by

As the first major Linux distribution to have Btrfs as the default file system, what can users and developers expect from openSUSE 13.2?

How is the systems capabilities enhanced?

Btrfs has different performance characteristics; it’s a logging-style file system that provides fault tolerance, repair, and easy management features.

The most well known advantage of Btrfs is the rollback capability with the open-source tool Snapper.

“Btrfs is mature,” said George Shi, who helped rollbacks become a reality for openSUSE users. “It works with Snapper to implement snapshot and rollback, the killer function of Btrfs. You can pick any date you saved to rollback your full system.”

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