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Schedule Published for openSUSE Conference, Kolab Summit

April 27th, 2015 by


In just a few days, Geekos will kick off the openSUSE Conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

There is much to be excited about for this year’s annual conference. Markus Feilner, a seasoned Linux expert, will open up the conference with a keynote speech in the morning on May 1.

Richard Brown will follow that with a presentation titled “Super Secret SUSE Project”; that’s presentation you’re not going to want to miss.

Later that afternoon, Aaron Seigo will have his keynote speech, which is bound to be equally intriguing.

‎There will be four rooms used during the event and system administrators will have a chance in one of those rooms try out a new systems management toolkit for Linux from Project Machinery.


OSEM in 10.1 simple steps

April 23rd, 2015 by
osemnewsby Alex Vennos

What is OSEM?

OSEM is an event management web application, tailored to the needs of FOSS conferences. You can visit http://osem.io/ to find out more about it.

You can contribute too!

The guide is based & tested on openSUSE 13.2 and it will help you get started with your development right away!

How to install OSEM

Step 1. Install Ruby & Bundler (version >= ruby 2.1.2)

sudo zypper in ruby rubygem-bundler

Step 2. Install git to your system

sudo zypper in git

Step 3. Clone the repository locally to your machine (more…)

Next Week is Hack Week!

April 10th, 2015 by

Hack Week, a week where openSUSE/SUSE hackers experiment without limits! It’s the opportunity to innovate, collaborate across teams, and learn. The only rule is: Do what you want, but do it!

Hack Week 12

Many openSUSE/SUSE hackers use this opportunity to work on an activity of their passion and judging from the submitted ideas on hackweek.suse.com there is plenty of passion in the community!

Be it porting openSUSE to new and exciting hardware (Firefly-RK3288 or Intel Quark X1000) and architectures (MIPS). Improving our tools like OpenQA, YaST or OSEM. Making the life of openSUSE users more secure with better disk encryption, SSL pinning or a GNOME password manager. Nerding off with improving disassembly in gdb, porting a fake signal optimization to kGraft or diving into functional programming together. Or how about some more earthly passions like improving yourself or simply jamming together to improve Free Software?

We are sure that in the end, the 12th incarnation of this event, will give birth to one of the next big openSUSE/SUSE innovations. Like so many Hack Weeks before have! Just think about zypp and zypper, the openSUSE ARM port or YaST in Ruby.

So when next week is Hack Week, support the openSUSE/SUSE hackers where you can when they explore strange new languages, seek out new tools and new communities, when they boldly go where no hacker has gone before!

Firefox 37, Appstream metadata arrive in Tumbleweed

April 9th, 2015 by

Firefox 37 is in the latest Tumbleweed, but there are plenty of other updates that make this snapshot unique. One update that is eye catching in this snapshot is that in Firefox 37 Yandex is set as default search provider for the Turkish locale. Hmm… This seems to cement Yandex as the leading search engine in Turkey and positioning it above Google.

What is really cool about this snapshot is Appstream metadata http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Distributions/AppStream/ being published in Tumbleweed repos. On the client side, GNOME Software uses that information to display software in a more user friendly way and the availability of this metadata is likely to influence other developments and projects. Everyone is encouraged to fix packages that provide no or incomplete appstream metadata since this is a major improvement. Stats about the current data can be found at http://gs-stats.leuenberger.net/.

For those who are new to Tumbleweed, we recommend you subscribe to the Factory mailing list because we want to keep you aware of Tumbleweed developments. While you can get information on news.opensuse.org, the mailing list will allow you to be informed about the technical details involved with Tumbleweed an fixes they are available for bugs. Currently Tumbleweed suffers from a btrfs bug that leads to a deadlock when booting after a crash. This topic was described on the mailing list yesterday.

To read what in the latest snapshot, visit http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-factory/2015-04/msg00111.html.

Cya at Hackweek next week!

Gnome 3.16, systemd-journal coming in next Tumbleweed snapshot

April 2nd, 2015 by

It’s official, Gnome will be in the next Tumbleweed snapshot and the development experience is highly anticipated. A clean installation works, but the guys are working on one last test before its released. We’re not promising an early Easter gift, but Tumbleweed users won’t have to wait long for Gnome’s latest upgrade.

A small change to Linux can be seen in Tumbleweed with a change from the syslog to systemd-journal; the systemd-journal as a binary file needs special tools to look at it. The topic was discussed on how to provides the ability to import structured log messages from systemd journal to syslog and you can read more about this discussion at http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-factory/2015-04/.

App Armor service is causing a longer delay on startup, but the solution is on the mailing list link above.

FireFox 37 should make it into an upcoming snapshot and this Mozilla update is considered its most revolutionary release; HTML5 playback on YouTube, a new rating system called Heartbeat and other implementations have the media buzzing about this latest release.
Another topic that is buzzing is KDE’s transition from KDE4 to Plasma 5 at the default Desktop Environment. On the mailing list at http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-project/2015-04/msg00002.html, the end of April appears to be a point where KDE will remove  KDE4 from repository and transition to its latest and greatest Desktop Environment.

Call for hosts for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2015

April 2nd, 2015 by
openSUSE Asia Summit 2014

Submit proposals for the openSUSE Asia Summit 2015

The openSUSE.Asia organization committee is inviting proposals to host the openSUSE.Asia Summit during the later half of 2015. The openSUSE.Asia Summit is the featured annual openSUSE conference in Asia.

The event focuses primarily on the openSUSE distribution, and also covers desktop environments, applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the openSUSE community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss both the present technology and future developments.

Last Summit

The first openSUSE.Asia Summit was held in Beijing in 2014. The Summit’s preference is to find new locations each year as we spread openSUSE throughout Asia, and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent openSUSE event. The openSUSE.Asia organization committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and delivery of the event.

You can learn more about openSUSE.Asia Summit at our official website: https://events.opensuse.org/conference/summitasia14


Saving time on your oSC15 presentation

April 1st, 2015 by

The openSUSE Conference starts in The Hague in one month, and for those who are planning their presentations, we thought we would save you a little bit of time by providing you a template.

Just download the template and POW! A magic chameleon.

For those who want to use their own template for the presentation, we kindly ask you to use the first and last slide in your presentation.

A list of presentations that have been accepted and confirmed can be found at https://events.opensuse.org/conference/osc15/schedule

Cheers and auf Wiedersehen in Den Haag.