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Polls close for the openSUSE Board elections

January 27th, 2015 by

drawingThe votes have been cast and the results are in for the openSUSE elections.

There were three seats to be fill this election for a standard two-year (24-month) term :
– Robert Schweikert and Kosta Koudaras’ terms were coming to expiration.
– Peter Linnell’s seat was up for election as he was appointed to the board as a replacement for Richard Brown when he became chairman.

There were 148 people voting.


Submit you proposal for oSC15

January 27th, 2015 by

flowRootosc15iconWe are making another call for papers for this year’s openSUSE Conference in The Hague, the Netherlands between 1 and 4th May 2015.

Now is your chance to submit your proposal for oSC15. The conference is just 93 days from today. Share your interests and projects with the openSUSE community.

We are looking for speakers on a wide range of topics, ranging from hacking to open-source idealism. If you have an interest in contributing, please don’t hesitate to register before 14th February 2015 at https://events.opensuse.org/conference/osc15/proposal

Today we will have a project meeting at 13 UTC on the openSUSE-project channel on Freenode IRC.

Join us at FOSDEM for a meeting at Café Belga this Saturday at 7 p.m. if you want to talk more about oSC15.

Cya at FOSDEM!

Visit openSUSE at FOSDEM

January 23rd, 2015 by

label_for-printFOSDEM is here once again and openSUSE will be there for all the madness that will take place next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Geekos will discuss everything you want to know about Tumbleweed, Factory, YaST, Open Build Service, openQA and more. The openSUSE community will be there in full force to present to and develop with the open-source community.

On Sunday, Feb. 1 between 10:35 and 11:25 a.m., come see Stephan Kulow explain the development process and tools used to turn openSUSE Factory into Tumbleweed; if you are a distribution integrators, you won’t want to miss it.


Tumbleweed Highlights ‘KDE Applications 14.12 snapshot’

January 22nd, 2015 by

The latest snapshot release of Tumbleweed has several updates. We dub this as the ‘KDE Applications 14.12 snapshot‘ for Tumbleweed since many are related to 14.12.

Here are a few other updates:

Bison version updated to 3.0.2. This is a major update with deep overhaul improvements of the diagnostics.

IceWM added a fix for shutdown and reboot commands that didn’t work and changed the shutdown and reboot command in preference.

AppStream-Glib, which makes it easy to read and write AppStream metadata, updated to version 0.3.2 adds more non-applications to the blacklist and added Blacklist KDE3 KCM components.

Britty updated to 5.2 and removes obsolete patches and adds a dependency to python3 for building.

Read more details about the latest update at bit.ly/1wpLlLo

Voting for board begins

January 16th, 2015 by

drawingThe voting polls are open. The openSUSE board election has started and all openSUSE members are eligible to cast their vote.

The board consist of one appointed chairperson and five elected members who may serve up to two consecutive terms on the board.

In this election, three seats are to be elected or a standard two-year (24 months) term.
– Terms for both Robert Schweikert and Kosta Koudaras are set to expire.
– Peter Linnell’s seat is up for election since he was appointed to the board as a replacement for chairman Richard Brown.

The candidates running for an openSUSE board seat are (by alphabetical order):
Craig Gardner **
Kostas Koudaras
Michal Hrusecky
Peter Linnell * **
Robert Schweikert * **

* Candidate is eligible for since only first term was served.

** Candidate is a SUSE employee. (Note that no single organization or company can control more than 40 percent of the electable board seats.)

Each openSUSE member has only three votes.

Rules for the election process are available at http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election_rules

The election period ends at January 26th 2015 (23:00 UTC). All candidates have put their agenda on the wiki[2], linked as “Platform” after the candidates’ name.

To cast your vote, go to: https://connect.opensuse.org/pg/polls/read/RBrownSUSE/46342/opensuse-board-election-20142015

If you have any questions, please contact the election officials election-officials@opensuse.org.

And the keynote speaker for OSC 15 is…

January 15th, 2015 by


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oSC15 Venue Change

January 14th, 2015 by


Hello Westvliet, goodbye BINK36, in with the new, out with the old. For the second time, Dutch legislation is impacting oSC15; we are obviously very important!

What Happened?

The initial impact was felt way back when we were investigating the dates for oSC15. At the time a holiday was moved to match with the King’s birthday and thus took one of our options for dates for oSC15 out of the equation.

Now a new legislation that effects the housing authority is effecting our location. BINK36 is currently owned and managed by a housing authority, but as we can all see from the pictures BINK36 certainly has nothing to do with housing. The legislation passed forces the housing authority to focus on, well, housing and thus BINK36 is up for sale.

The good news for the housing authority is that they already have a potential buyer. The bad news for us is that neither the housing authority (present owner,) nor the potential new owner are willing to enter into a contract for the venue at this point.

New Location


Geekos heading to SoCal

January 13th, 2015 by

IMG_20150103_152215Geekos are kicking off 2015 events in Southern California with an openSUSE Mini Summit @ SCALE. To attend the free openSUSE Mini Summit, you must buy a SCALE ticket; registering on the openSUSE events page is not enough.

Several popular open source software projects along with openSUSE will be joined at the hip at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel from February 19-22. Besides gaming with Linux, demonstrations on openSUSE capabilities and having a Human Resources representative from SUSE to discuss job opportunities, there will be a drawing for some  Raspberry Pi openSUSE branded


Xfce and openSUSE – Five Steps to Perfection

January 12th, 2015 by

Hi there, geekos!

You’ve probably read about openSUSE being touted as a “king of KDE distros”, with reviewers and journalists emphasizing the projects commitment to a unique KDE experience. There also seems to be a little more buzz concerning GNOME, since its 3.14 iteration – I, personally, haven’t read so many praises for the GNOME project since the Gnome 3 Shell introduction some threeish years ago. Also, the 13.2 version has seen the addition of MATE desktop. But, alongside the two big players and a somewhat nostalgic emerging project, we have the crowd’s favorite little big project – Xfce. So, how does the mouse compare to the sole and the dragon?


New Year Highlights in Tumbleweed

January 7th, 2015 by

AppArmor updated to version 2.9.1 and has numerous improvements and bug fixes made to python tools. It has a fix log parsing for 3.16 kernels and syslog-style logs.

Digikam update to 4.6.0 provides fixes to the image editor canvas port and has improved support of removable media. Tags that were randomly lost when converting a TIFF to PNG are fixed. After crop magnification is better. Speed for auto-rotation and flip options are improved. Many other functions and actions were improved in the update.