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The openSUSE Conference Program and Keynote Speakers

August 19th, 2011 by

With our conference, osc11, fast approaching (Have you registered yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!), the excitement is building all over the project.

Its quite some work to get to create a reasonable schedule for a conference. For osc we want to have a program with talks that interest all our visitors. And as visitors have a wide rage of skill levels we also want to balance the depth of the talks. Another thing we wanted to create are “gravitation centers” for our key topics within the program. Oh and we also seek out for new contributors with our conference. And all that needs to be sorted between rooms with different sizes, within the tracks you think are useful, with breaks, time to change rooms and so on and son on. Quite some parameters to take into account. That said, we are very happy that we can announce the schedule for the openSUSE Conference 2011 today!


We have scheduled more than 100 contributions in the four days of the conference. More than 50% of those are interactive like birds of a feather sessions (BoFs) and workshops, that is along with our motto RWX³ which basically means that people should not only just listen, but also do things.

So as the schedule is done, speakers are working on their presentations and evening events are being planned in full swing. And to top it all off, each day we have an awesome keynote speaker to get us psyched up for the rest of the conference. Let’s introduce you to some of our speakers.


Last Call for openSUSE Conference Papers!

July 22nd, 2011 by

With the days closing in on us before the next great openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Germany 11-14 September, 2011, we’re seeing a lot of awesome papers being submitted to the Conference Program Committee.  But there’s still time for you to submit that awesome session you’ve dreamed of. The deadline to submit your paper is midnight July 25th.

What We Are Looking For:

This year’s Conference theme is RWX³.  That means its an open conference in which we all get to roll up our sleeves and get rwx3 logoinvolved!  We’re looking for that great session that talks about FOSS projects, openSUSE Community growth, and  workshops that empower our users and contributors to do more awesome stuff.

Types of Sessions you can apply for

As you can see, the possibilities are endless.  And this year’s conference, which is always free, is extra special because we’ll be moving to our new location, Zentrifuge, and co-hosting with the SUSE Labs Conerence.  That’s two for the price of one and one is FREE!

What’s Next

  1. Submit your proposal here
  2. The Program Committee will be reviewing all submissions and making their votes before August 1.
  3. After August 5, we will announce the accepted proposals and contact you with the status of your proposal.

Remember, the deadline is this Sunday, July 24th!

openSUSE and RW Sessions — The Workshop

July 13th, 2011 by

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In our last article focusing on openSUSE Conference sessions, we discussed the BoF. In today’s article, we’ll explore the why, what and how of a workshop.

Teach Them To Fish

Remember how it is better to teach a man to fish than to bring him food? This is exactly what a workshop is all about. You can choose to be a one-man show doing all the work yourself, or you can teach others to join in with you and make your particular software project even stronger. And with our RWX³ theme, the openSUSE Conference is the perfect host for your workshop.


openSUSE Continues Brazilian Blaze!

June 29th, 2011 by

Continuing the great work of our Ambassadors of the Southern Hemisphere, our Brazilian openSUSE team once again gets ready for a strong openSUSE presence in Brazil beginning today at FISL 12-Software Livre in beautiful Porto Alegre.  A major FOSS event in South America, FISL 12 is expecting 8,000 attendees this year.


openSUSE Conference CFP going strong!

June 2nd, 2011 by

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The openSUSE Conference 2011 has been announced and already we’re getting some strong proposals for topics to cover during our conference.  It’s not too late for you to send in your proposal or even suggest ideas that others can take on! (more…)


May 25th, 2011 by

Yesterday marked the official start of Google Summer of Code’s Coding Period.  And openSUSE mentors are right in the thick of it working with 16 students seeking to make a better world in FOSS.

openSUSE can take particular pride in GSoC further supporting the openSUSE goal of creating an environment that  supports not only openSUSE but FOSS in general.  Indeed we are mentoring several projects that directly benefit openSUSE, but there’s also several projects that support other projects, like the Arch Linux backend for our Open Build Service, a test suite for btrfs, ext4 snapshots in snapper, PackageKit backend in Software Center, and ICC device profile repository. (more…)

openSUSE Coming to LFNW

April 25th, 2011 by

LinuxFest Northwest Totem logoFollowing in the growing list of appearances we’re making worldwide, openSUSE will land in Bellingham, Washington for the LinuxFest Northwest conference ( LFNW ) on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the Bellingham Technical College. We’re excited to be joining in the festivities there, along with an exxpected attendance of over 1,000 visitors, running a booth and 3 presentations, doing our best to help make the event interesting and successful for everyone. (more…)

Welcome GNOME 3! We have a present for you…

April 8th, 2011 by

Front of Live DVD cover

Dear GNOME 3,

So, you’re born, and we here at openSUSE Project are very excited to welcome you into the world.  We’ve been watching with anticipation and excitement as the many thousands of developers and contributors mobilized around the world to make your first steps into this world a reality. The videos and plethora of information shown on gnome3.org make clear that you’re very welcome! (more…)

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…

April 6th, 2011 by

Or in other words, “The more things change, the more they stay the same…”

openSUSE does not ship major/minor releases, but our numbering/naming scheme – NN.X – has led to a common misperception that a .0 release was major and a .x  release was an update. This created a number of issues, including lack of media attention for .x releases, and user misconceptions about stability of .0 releases.

We have traditionally released versions as 11.0, 11.1, 11.2 and so on up to .3.  (The exception was 11.4 because the Project wasn’t sure what to number the next release.)

The only really clear thing was our release cycle timing, as follows:

“openSUSE releases on a fixed schedule every 8 months no matter what.  Therefore, all releases occur in November, July and March.”

There has been a lot of discussion over time within our community about our versioning scheme for distribution releases. We want to ensure our growing community, including users and media, have a clear and correct understanding of our release cycle – so naming or numbering needed to reflect that, and not cause misunderstanding.

Recently, the Project took these discussions to a poll, to gauge community feeling about the different options.  Generally, the community expressed that they wanted a scheme that was uniquely openSUSE’s and reflected our release methodology.  We looked at other distros for examples, and while we felt many had come up with excellent versioning schemes for their distros, none properly reflected our own cycle.

From this discussion and results of the poll, we have come up with the following scheme:

  • The .x shall henceforth reflect the month of release
    • 1 = November
    • 2 = July
    • 3 = March
  • We will no longer ship a .0 version.

This solution brings a meaningful rationale to the scheme, without completely revising the look.  And thus, our next release in November will be 12.1.  In July 2012, we will ship 12.2 and in March 2013, we will ship 12.3.  Then in November 2013, we will ship 13.1.

So as you can see… same great versioning look, now with explanation.
screenshot of terminal declaring openSUSE versioning scheme is now implemented!

Putting our Accessibility Heads Together

January 6th, 2011 by

Accessibility has become an important selling point in getting computing solutions into many organizations. Organizations are faced with legislations and regulations that require their environments be accessible and they take it into account when looking for a solution that fits their needs. For government organizations, software that doesn’t live up to certain accessibility standards is simply not an option.

Let’s just be frank here. While the openSUSE community cares about accessibility as much as anyone else does in FOSS, we haven’t done that well in delivering the best accessible solution. There are various people who look at the situation in their own corners and try to make the best of it. Andrew Wafaa highlighted some of the challenges in two recent articles.
Orca-A powerful Linux screenreader
Meanwhile openSUSE presents a very unique advantage that hasn’t been leveraged yet. With DBUS, the GNOME and KDE communities have worked together to leverage GNOME’s long-standing applications to work well on KDE. As openSUSE is a major distribution that provides support equally to GNOME and KDE, we have a distinct opportunity to provide the best integration of KDE and GNOME with accessibility. Thus offering prospective users and organizations a real choice on a distro that is known for its stability and support.