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Mesa updates in Tumbleweed, OpenSSL security issue fixed

December 17th, 2015 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenTumbleweed had two snapshot this week and Mesa updated two new minor versions since Saturday’s 20151209 snapshot.

The biggest package update for the week was to autofs in the 20151214 snapshot. Autofs, which is a program for automatically mounting directories, had several fixes and upstream patches.

Libraries for the Qt Cryptographic Architecture, libqca2, updated from version 2.0.3 to 2.1.1. There were several Perl updates, and Python-Cryptography updated to 1.1 and fixed an OpenSSL security issue reported by Emilia Käsper from the Google Security Team.

Other packages updated in the Tumbleweed snapshots were Mozilla Thunderbird updated to 38.4, Gimp updated to version 2.8.16 and Squid had a major version update to 4.0.3.

Plasma 5.5 is going through staging and users of Tumbleweed might see the update in an upcoming snapshot. However, systemd and the Kernel are blocked due to some issues that need to be resolved, so users should not expect these two in a snapshots until the issues are resolved.

openSUSE builds bonds in Asia summit

December 15th, 2015 by

The openSUSE.Asia Summit brought people from all over Asia together for one purpose; to share knowledge about open source development and to inform attendees of community initiatives and progress with project developments.

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The summit, which took place in Taipei, Taiwan, Dec. 4 – 6, even had a release party for openSUSE Leap 42.1 that was co-hosted with Ubuntu.

Mr. Mohammad Edwin Zakaria, IT and Linux consultant, traveled from Indonesia to present how schools there are using the openSUSE Education project to enhance educational quality and equality.

Kenny Chen, a contributor from Taiwan, provided a hands-on experience at the summit by teaching attendees about using High Availability Clusters with openSUSE.

Ben Chou, a Software Engineer from SUSE’s Quality Assurance team in Taipei, discussed continuous integration and the capabilities of using Jenkins.

Dominique Leuenberger, who traveled from Switzerland, provided a presentation about the complexities of building the fast paced, updated versions of openSUSE Tumbleweed using controls to eliminate the risk of breaking users systems.

Michal Hrusecky, who is on the openSUSE board, traveled from Czech Republic to provide the keynote speech for the second-annual summit and updated the attendees about the progress of the openSUSE project.

Membership window opens, three seats available for openSUSE Board

December 8th, 2015 by

Contributors of openSUSE that are not currently members can now apply for membership during a three-week window and can be a part of the changes to come in the project.

Three seats are open for this year’s openSUSE board elections and only members will elect representatives to serve on the openSUSE Board for a 24 months term.

openSUSE board members influence the future direction of the project, so if any openSUSE member knows a member they would like to serve on the board, they should contact the election officials to propose the candidate.

The three seats that currently held by Andrew Wafaa, Bruno Friedman and Robert Schweikert are available.

Richard Brown, the openSUSE Board chairman, the current board and the openSUSE Election Committee extended all current board member terms by one month due to scheduling, but the process for electing openSUSE representatives to serve on the board has officially begun.

Election Committee

The committee for this election is Andrew Wafaa and Martin Pluskal.

Only openSUSE members have the right to run for a board seat, except if they are on the Election Committee. To stand for a position on the openSUSE board, please send a mail to opensuse-project@opensuse.org and election-officials@opensuse.org.

Election Phases

Phase 0 (Dec. 7) Initial

  • Announcement of the openSUSE Board elections for 2016.
  • Three-week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote or candidate).
  • Three-week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board.
  • On Dec. 27, interested persons who qualify must give notification of intent to run and application for an openSUSE membership close.

Phase 1 (Dec. 28) Campaign

  • Start of 4 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign might be done until ballots close).

Phase 2 (Jan. 18) Elections

  • Ballots open: Please cast your vote!
  • Ballots close on Jan. 30 (end of phase 2)

Results (Jan. 31)

  • Announcement of the results

To learn more about the election details and applying for membership, visit the following wiki pages:
http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election
http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election#Phase_0:_Notification_of_Intent_to_Run_or_nomination
http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Members
http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Membership_officials#Process

Hack Week, Hour of Code start this week

December 7th, 2015 by

Today is the beginning of two week-long events that are both exciting and serve a great purpose.

This week the Hour of Code begins and the lessons of teaching students to write code is a novel idea. Using Star Wars and the soccer ball looking droid BB-8, students are learning the basics of code worldwide. Touché to the technical staff of Star Wars for providing lessons for this good cause.

Students aren’t the only ones this week who are having fun and doing experimental coding.We’re doing a Hack Week this week and there are plenty of projects people can contribute to on the Hack Week website. Maybe students who breeze through their Hour of Code lessons would be interested in learning a few of openSUSE’s Hack Week projects.

One of the projects is learning ruby with betaman submitted by gameboy974. vitezslav_cizek’s project is to unlock locked devices. bamvor’s project is using two ARM 64bit boards and a sensor kit for his project on openSUSE with Linaro 96 board.

One project is even doing some KDE bugzilla cleanup.

Coding is important, but so is documentation. One Hack Week project is also dedicated to reinforcing this point. There are a list of pages on a Mozilla etherpad for the openSUSE wiki that need to be refreshed and refined.

Join us this week for some hacking and use the Hack Week website and IRC for communicating.

openSUSE seeks ideas for Google Summer of Code

December 2nd, 2015 by

google summer of codeIn recent years, many open source people have gravitated away from Google, but while Google’s history may have some shady areas that conflict with open source ideals and philosophy, not all parts of the abc.xyz conglomerate are bad.

It’s open source projects prove it has a genuine interest in contributing to and emboldening open source.

The most encouraging of its projects that embolden open source is its Google Summer of Code.

GSoC 2014 had the highest amount of open source organizations selected with 190. A concerning statistic that stands out in last year’s GSoC is that it accepted the fewest amount of open source projects since 2007. Let us hope a lowering trend like this does not continue and that it is not from the lack of open source projects submitting fewer GSoC applications.

Why? Because the world needs mentors and open source needs more code.

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