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Google Summer of Code 2018

December 21st, 2018 by

One more year, Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a mentoring program in which openSUSE helps university students contribute to open source project, has come to an end. So, before 2018 ends as well and we start preparing for the new edition of GSoC, it is time to speak about all the great things that happened this year. :sparkles:

GSoC 2018

Let’s start by the most important part, our students’ work. Our successful students, Ankush Malik and Liana Xu, have spent 3 months hacking on openSUSE projects, during which they have written a lot of impressive code. But GSoC is much more than code, it is about learning, having fun and becoming part of the openSUSE community. Both Ankush and Liana claim that it has been an inspiring experience and are really thankful for the support they received from their mentors.

Ankush’s improvements in the Hackweek tool are noticeable. In his last weeks of work, he focused on giving all projects the chance to be viewed and on implementing a mailer. Check the last chapter of his GSoC journey: https://medium.com/@ankushmalik631/gsoc-wrap-up-86bba25bbb6d

Liana has been working on integrating Cloud Input in ibus-libpinyin and she has learnt ton about GNOME developer libraries and functions. Read about her project from her own words in her last blog post: https://liana.hillwoodhome.net/2018/08/13/about-programming-life-during-gsoc

It is also worthwhile mentioning the great collaboration which makes me particularly proud of the openSUSE community. Thanks to the help of contributors all around the world, the blog posts about GSoC were shared, republished and translated to languages like Japanese, Spanish and Indonesian. We also had the help of the openSUSE Indonesian community to design “Thank you” mugs to send to our mentors. Look how cute they are: :cupid:

GSoC "Trhank you" mug, thanks for mentoring GSoc "Thank you" mug", made with love

Last but not least, I would like to thank our passionate mentors and admins who took out time from their busy schedules to guide the students, our motivated students for their willingness to learn and good work, Douglas DeMaio who helped with shipping packages and organization, Google and specifically its open source team not only for the program itself but also for the well organized conference, SUSE for their support (especially economically), TSP which allows our students to attend the openSUSE conference every year, the blog post translators, Pramasta Ramadha and the rest of the designers who helped with the mugs design and everybody else who made this year GSoC amazing. Because of people like you, openSUSE is much more than just software. :green_heart:

GSoC 2019

Now let’s get ready for next year to keep helping new passionate students becoming part of openSUSE! Google has already announced Google Summer of Code 2019 and openSUSE is looking for mentors and organization admins who would like to help bringing new programmers to our community. We need at least one more organization admin and several openSUSE related projects to be able to participate. The application period for organizations is open from January 15 to February 6, so if you would like to participate as an organization admin please get in touch with HernánChristian or me by January 20. For mentors, the deadline to create an issue with your project(s) in the mentoring page is January 31. If you want more information about the program and what openSUSE has been doing, check out last blog posts, our mentoring pageGoogle’s Mentor Guide and the following video:

See you next year! :wave:

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Request Travel Support for openSUSE Conference 2019

December 18th, 2018 by

The Travel Support Program (TSP) provides travel sponsorships to openSUSE community who want to attend the openSUSE conference and need financial assistance. The openSUSE conference 2019 will be in Nuremberg, Germany, from May 24 to May 26.

The goal of the TSP is to help everybody in and around openSUSE to be able to attend the openSUSE Conference!

When and how

Requests for the TSP for this year’s openSUSE Conference have until April 12 to submit their request.

Remember: All requests will be managed through the TSP application at http://connect.opensuse.org/travel-support.

You will need an openSUSE Connect account in order to login to the application and apply for sponsorship. Please be sure to fulfill all of your personal details at openSUSE connect account to avoid delays or negative request. A good application with good information will be processed faster.

A few reminders

  • Please read the TSP page carefully before you apply.
  • Any information you send to the Travel Committee will be private.
  • We want everybody there! Even if you think you would not qualify for the travel support, just submit and make it worth! If you don’t try you won’t get!tips
  • If you submitted an abstract to be presented you should mention it in your application.
  • The Travel Committee can reimburse up to 80% of travel and/or lodging costs. That includes hotel, hostel, plane,train, bus, even gas for those willing to drive. Remember, no taxi!
    • Important: Food and all local expenses are on you!
  • We want to sponsor as many people as possible so please check the best deal.
  • The Travel Committee won’t be able to book or pay anything in advance. The reimbursement will be done after the event finishes and based on your expenses receipts.
  • no receipts = no money It is the rule! (Original receipts are required from German residences.)

If you have any question regarding your trip to the conference do not hesitate to ask the TSP or oSC19 organizers.

We hope to see you there!

openSUSE Enthusiast Creates Board Elections Poster to Encourage Participation

December 18th, 2018 by

One of the growing community of openSUSE enthusiasts in Indonesia has contributed a poster he designed for the 2018-2019 Board Elections and Membership Drive.

Aris Winardi

Aris Winardi giving a presentation at the openSUSE Asia Summit 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Aris Winardi, from Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, wants to inspire the openSUSE Community and Members to get involved in the Elections process and make it the best one yet.

The goal is to encourage all from the Community who are Contributors to the Project to apply for and get their openSUSE Membership, which will give them the right to vote in the upcoming elections and also some extra recognition of the work they do to keep the Project alive.

A developer by day, mostly working in JavaScript/Android/Flutter, Aris loves to help create artwork for open source communities. You can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/winardiaris and as twitter user @winardiaris.

 

Three of Six Board Seats to be Decided

There are currently three of the six seats up for election to the openSUSE Board, with no declared Candidates at this time, giving the opportunity to help guide the current and future path of the organization.

Last spring, the elections included an impressive list of quality candidates in an election that was the longest election period in the history of the project elections, with 237 out of 400 Members voting: A record participation in percentage and actual numbers.

2018-2019 Election Poster contributed by Aris Winardi

2018-2019 Election Poster contributed by Aris Winardi

This year, the Elections Committee wants to exceed that record, and has announced an eight-week Membership Drive to coincide with the first five weeks of the Candidate Nomination phase, continuing through the three-week Campaign phase that follows.

openSUSE Users are Asked to Pitch In

With that in mind, the Elections Committee, along with the help of enthusiasts such as Aris, would like all openSUSE Users who appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into the creation of such an awesome Operating System to prompt everyone they know who is contributing to apply for their Membership.

A healthy Membership leads to a healthy openSUSE Project.

How many contributors do you know?

Have you asked them if they are openSUSE Members?

Are you encouraging them to take out their Membership, if they are not, or are you suggesting they run as Candidates in the upcoming Board Elections, if they are Members?

That is a quick contribution you can easily make to openSUSE starting right now, so you can do your part to pay it forward.

Asian Community Contribution Challenge

The growing Asian Community, including the Indonesian region, is showing great enthusiasm for openSUSE and would like to encourage even more contributions and participation in the Project.

There are many ways to contribute, just check the Membership page for a quick list of some of the ways, and check out the contributor portal for more.

2018-2019 Elections Underway with Calls for Candidates and New Members

December 13th, 2018 by

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, the Elections Committee posted the Schedule for the 2018-2019 openSUSE Board Elections, along with the announcement of a Membership Drive and a call for nominations and applications for Candidates to fill three vacant seats on the openSUSE Board.

The annual Board Elections are normally expected to run in November and December, with ballots cast and results published in time for the newly-elected Board Members to take their seats on the Board at the beginning of January. However, some additional work needed to be completed for this election, and the elections were delayed in part to accommodate the additional work.

A healthy Project requires a healthy and energetic Board, and that especially requires a healthy and energetic Membership composed of openSUSE Contributors, both to provide a slate of quality candidates and an enthusiastic group of engaged Contributors, to vote for candidates who best reflect their views for the future and the drive forward of the Project.

With that in mind, the current openSUSE Board — at the urging and with the full co-operation of the Elections Committee — clarified and updated the requirements for openSUSE Membership based on earlier engagements with the Community and a subsequent Board vote, as officially required under the Membership Rules, conducted at the annual Face to Face Board meeting earlier this year.

The changes to the rules are meant to ensure that all openSUSE Contributors have the opportunity to become a Member and to participate in the Guidance of the Project, as potential Board Candidates and as voters.

To encourage more participation in the Project, the Elections Committee announced the start of an eight-week Membership Drive in conjunction with the Call for Candidates. All Contributors who are not already Members are urged to apply for Membership, and all Members and Contributors are urged to encourage fellow Contributors and their associates to apply for Membership. More Members will also mean more Contributors, and more Contributors mean a healthier, stronger Project.

The Elections Committee would like to see the entire Community get behind this Membership Drive and participate in this Elections process.

Links for Board Candidate Nominations, applications for Candidacy, and applications for Community Membership, along with links to eligibility, can be found on the official 2018-2019 openSUSE Board Elections page at https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election

Tumbleweed Rolls with Package Updates of Git, Virtualbox, OpenSSH

December 6th, 2018 by

openSUSE’s rolling release Tumbleweed had a total of five snapshots this week and is preparing for an update to the KDE Plasma 5.14.4 packages in forthcoming snapshots.

The five Tumbleweed snapshots this week brought the 5.19.5 Linux Kernel, which was the only package updated in the 20181130 snapshot. The kernel-source 4.19.5 package added a force option for the pciserial device for x86 architecture and fixed HiperSockets sniffer for s390 architecture.

The most recently released snapshot, 20181204, had more than a dozen packages updated. GNOME’s application for manage their Flickr image hosting accounts, frogr 1.5, fixed issues with the content and installation of the AppData file and moved the functionality menu. GNOME’s goffice had a version bump to 0.10.44. Various rubygem packages were updated and the most significant change was of the packages was that rubygem-pry 0.12.2 dropped support for Rubinius. Both python-boto3 1.9.57 and python-botocore 1.12.57 had multiple application programming interface (API) changes. The obs-service-set_version 0.5.11 package needed “python suff” and now allow running tests with python3.

The first snapshot to arrive in December was snapshot 20181203. Among the package changes were an update to checkmedia 4.1, which fixed digest calculation in tagmedia, GNOME’s framework for media discovery grilo 0.3.7, and distributed compiler icecream 1.2, which made load calculations better and also cleaned up the general code. A python-docutils build dependency was added with cifs-utils 6.8 and elfutils 0.175 fixed three Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures issues. Major changes came with the man 2.8.4 package. One of the changes relies on decompressors reading from their standard input rather than redundantly passing them the input file on their command line; this works better with downstream AppArmor confinement of decompressors. Virtualbox 5.2.22 fixed a regression in the Core Audio backend causing a hang when returning from host sleep when processing input buffers and webkit2gtk3 2.22.4 fixed serval crashes and rendering issues and Fix a crash when using graphics library Cairo versions between 1.15 and 1.16.0.

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Thunderbird, YaST, Sudo Updates Arrive in Tumbleweed

November 29th, 2018 by

Three openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots were released since the last blog.

The three Tumbleweed snapshots this week brought a newer Linux Kernel, several rubygem package updates and improvements for an Xfce support library.

Snapshot 20181126 brought the 4.19.4 Linux Kernel, which fixed accelerated VLAN handling and fixed a memory leak with the Nouveau secure boot. Yet another Setup Tool (YaST) had some updates with yast2-fonts 4.0.2 that changes the desktop file fonts to system-wide fonts and multiple translations were also updated with the yast2-trans package. The support library for Xfce desktop environment, exo, updated to version 0.12.3; it improved layout spacing and alignment and hides the exo launchers from GNOME Software. The package for Integrated Development Environment cross-platform, kdevelop5 5.3.0, brought improved language support for php, python and c++; it also offers a new clazy analyzer plugin. Multiple other libraries were updated including libjansson 2.11, libsemanage 2.8, libsepol 2.8, libzypp 17.9.0 and more. Several rubygem packages were updated in the snapshot and rubygem-bundler 1.17.1 had a significant amount of additions and improvements including an add config option to disable platform warnings. The mailutils 3.5 package for the handling of email fixed a bug in the base64 encoder. Parser generator bison 3.2.2 brought massive improvements to the deterministic C++ skeleton, lalr1.cc and the library for manipulation of TIFF images, tiff 4.0.10, added a few patches that address the 10 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) patches that were removed.

Eight packages were updated in the 20181122 snapshot; three of them were YaST associated packages like yast2-ntp-client 4.1.6, which aligned a  “Synchronize Now” button and “NTP Server Address” box, which doesn’t break the previous fix and does not hide the manual checkbox in TextMode. The fourth release candidate of the free implementation of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) freerdp 2.0.0,  added support to set the Transport Layer Security (TLS) security level for openssl 1.1.0 and also added smartcard support for substring filters. Sudo now treats the LOGNAME and USER environment variables (as well as the LOGIN variable on AIX) as a single unit with the update to sudo 1.8.26, which also added support for the OpenLDAP TLS_REQCERT setting in the ldap.conf. The xapian-core 1.4.9 package fixed a bug to efficiently handle insertion of a batch of extra positions in ascending order, which could lead to missing positions and corrupted encoded positional data, according to the changelog.

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openSUSE to Have Poster, T-Shirt Design Contest for oSC19

November 28th, 2018 by

openSUSE will have a t-shirt image and poster design contest for the openSUSE Conference 2019. Both contests are separate contests and have to meet certain requirements. Designers are encouraged to use open-source graphic editing software like Inkscape, Gimp or Krita. 

Design submitted should be licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0 and allow everyone to use it without attribution. Design submitted must be original and should not include any third party materials conflicting with CC-BY-SA 4.0 with the attribution exception.

The poster design contest has the following requirements:

  1. The poster design must be designed for a DIN-A2-size poster. The size of the poster is (width X height) 420 x 594 mm and should include a 2 mm margin on all sides.
  2. Posters should include the openSUSE Conference name, the date (May 24 – 26) and the location (Nuremberg, Germany) of the conference.
  3. The poster design must be an .svg, .png or .pdf format.
  4. The poster needs to be emailed to ddemaio (@) opensuse.org.
  5. The posters should be added to the Poster contest wiki page as a .png so people can view the design.

The T-Shirt Design Contest has the following requirements:

  1. The image(s) design for the t-shirt must be an .svg format.
  2. The image(s) needs to be emailed to ddemaio (@) opensuse.org.
  3. The image(s) should be added to the T-Shirt contest wiki page along with an example, which should show the image on a t-shirt. The color of the t-shirt for the example is the designer’s choice.
  4. The image(s) design must be a size that is able to be printed at the same size on small and 3XL tshirt. This means that designs can not be printed at the bottom, top or edges of the t-shirt and can not wrap around the t-shirt.
  5. Each design should not have more than two images, front and back.
  6. Must include the words openSUSE Conference in the design.

The contests begin Dec. 1 and have a deadline of Jan. 15. The winning design will be announced the week after the Jan. 15 deadline.

Find Out the Visa Requirements to Attend oSC19

November 20th, 2018 by

For people planning on attending the openSUSE Conference 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany, from May 24 – 26, there are certain requirements necessary to receive a visa for those who are not a citizen of a Schengen country.

It’s a good idea to start thinking about getting your visa and this post summarizes the requirements.

Please note: the Travel Support Program has no provisions to cover the cost of a visa, so it’s the travelers responsibility for covering the additional cost.

For citizens who are not a citizen of a Schengen country, you may need a formal invitation letter that fully explains the nature of your visit.

An overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany can be found at the Federal Foreign Office website.

Alphabet Nation

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openSUSE Develops Legal Review System

November 8th, 2018 by

The open-source community has a new project designed to help Linux/GNU distributions with the legal review process of licenses.

The new project called Cavil is legal review system that is collectively beneficial not only for the  openSUSE Project, but distributions and projects that want to use it.

The project provides an add-on service for the Open Build Service.

Every OBS request for openSUSE Factory goes through a legal review process to ensure licenses are compatible. Cavil indexes these and creates a legal report for every single request. Bot comments in OBS are made through the legal-auto python script, but the entire project is much larger than the script and bots.

Sebastian Riedel and Stephan Kulow have been developing the project for two years and it has been used in production for more than a year and half. The Cavil legal review system replaces an older system and provides much more efficiency. Cavil can automatically accept more than 90 percent of all new requests based on data from previous reviews, so packages are much more streamlined into openSUSE Factory.

The project has been so efficient that two lawyers who do all the legal reviews with the system, which is also used by SUSE, had reviewed about 110,000 packages this past year. The same lawyers curated a library with 27.000 license patterns for 600 licenses and 20 license patterns for 100 of the  most common licenses that are used to create legal reports. Riedel said there is a desire hope to expand that in the future with the hope of collecting new patterns with the open-source community.

The legal Data Base used by SUSE to generate reports with new license patterns  is about 2TB and has about 68.433.436 pattern matches in 27.319.682 individual files.

Like openQA, Cavil is written in Perl, with Mojolicious/Minion and PostgreSQL.

A quick look at the statistics about the content of the legal database showed the most popular open source licenses were GPL-2.0, BSD-3-Clause, GPL-Unspecified and MIT respectively.