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openSUSE at FOSDEM 2016

January 11th, 2016 by

Happy New Year Geekos

It is mid-January and in a few days is FOSDEM time again. openSUSE will be there once again to show the entire Free Open Source Software community what openSUSE has achieved this past year. This year FOSDEM will take place at ULB Campus Solbosch on Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31. If you  have some time to contribute at the booth, we would like you to volunteer here

There will be plenty of swag and a specialty German brew from the beer capital of the world at the openSUSE booth to cure your weekend hangover(s).

FOSDEM is free and our openSUSE beer is 1€, so there is no excuse not to come see us and talk shop or talk about beer; we have experts in both at our booth.

For those of you lucky enough to live near Nuremberg, SUSE are sponsoring a coach bus that will be taking as many as they can from SUSE’s HQ in Nuremberg to Brussels. Most of the people on the bus are staying at the NH City Centre or NH Stephanie hotels, so picking a hotel near there will be most convenient you take the bus. The bus will be leaving *promptly* at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, and returning late on Sunday, Jan. 31. (it’s a long drive, but a lot of fun). There are currently 14 seats available,please email Michael Haefner (mhaefner@suse.de) if you’re interested in coming along.

Planned downtime 2015-06-09: Mailing Lists

June 5th, 2015 by

Update: The migration of the openSUSE Mailing Lists has been finished successfully. If you encounter any issues, please let us know by mail to admin@opensuse.org.

On Tuesday 2015-06-09, from 09:00 to 11:00 UTC, the machine that hosts the
openSUSE Mailing Lists will be offline. During that
time, sending or receiving mails to the  openSUSE mailing lists, or viewing
their archives will not be possible.  All the mails that will be sent during
the downtime will be  delayed.
Failgeeko
The  reason is that the old machine is on an old distribution, and running  out
of resources. We will migrate the service to a new virtual machine,  that will
integrate it to a new configuration management infrastructure.

We’ll send a followup announcement with the final status as soon as we finish
the migration.

On behalf of the openSUSE Administration team

oSC15 – Call for papers

December 30th, 2014 by

Hans1Make your voice heard! Do you have something interesting to share with the dynamic openSUSE community? Now is your chance. The conference will be held in the beautiful city of The Hague, the Netherlands between 1 and 4th May 2015.Starting today, the oSC15 Paper Committee is ready to receive your proposals for sessions!

We are looking for speakers on a wide range of subjects,Talk, Workshop and Birds of a Feather, ranging from hacking and open source idealisim to software, security and development. If you feel you have something interesting to contribute, please don’t hesitate to register before 14th February 2015 at https://events.opensuse.org/conference/osc15/proposal

Dates: from 1 until 4 may 2015
Location:  The Hague Netherlands

Session owners will be notified no later than April 2nd, 2015.

oSC 2015 – Call for Team Members

December 22nd, 2014 by

Together

Before the dawn of 2015 and as announced at oSC14  work has already started for yet another awesome openSUSE Conference. For 2015 the city of The Hague in theNetherlands will host our Annual Conference. This year the openSUSE community is gearing up and is ready to accept people from everywhere to a 4 day conference where there will be a lot of Learning and Hacking and Partying. The organizing team needs YOUR HELP to make this happen. So starting today you can sign up to join forces!Hans2

Whatever your skill level you are welcome to participate. We are looking for people willing to help out with A/V, Design, Networking, Promotion, Software, finding Speakers and helping out with the Venue itself. Join us for an awesome ride, with a fantastic destination. Make it your own event!

We use the openSUSE progresstracker in this project to keep track of the tasks. The documents are used to suggest announcements. Every two weeks we have project meetings on the opensuse-project channel on freenode.

Anyone is welcome to participate! To do so:

Sign up for an openSUSE account and sign into this tool
Assign an existing issue to yourself or create an issue with a task

If you need help with this tool (Redmine) have a look at the user guide .

Sneak Peek into GNOME on openSUSE 13.2

October 23rd, 2014 by

openSUSE 13.2 comes with the latest and greatest that the GNOME desktop has to offer — GNOME 3.14. At the time of the release 13.2 offers GNOME 3.14.1, which improves upon the user-experience of GNOME 3.10, that came with openSUSE 13.1, several notches, featuring notably a much improved gnome-shell with pretty-but-subtle animations and multi-touch gestures for the first time. The core applications have all seen remarkable activity during the development of 3.14 (and earlier, 3.12), focused on exciting features but also to make the desktop experience more unified and consistent.

Activities overview

Video player

Evince, Notes, Font viewer

 

 

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openSUSE 13.2 RC1 is now out, hands on

October 9th, 2014 by

openSUSE 13.2 RC1 is baked and ready to serve!. This previous Beta release was a blast with almost 10.000 downloads. The community responded to the call and we had lot of eyes looking for bugs in openSUSE 13.2 Beta1. Many of them have been already squashed and openSUSE 13.2 Release Candidate 1 is here to prove it.

But don’t fear the boredness, there are more things to test and enjoy than just bugfixes, the release candidate also brings an important updates to the desktop experience. This release includes GNOME 3.14, which brings new animations, better handling of WiFi hotspots, improvements in some applications like Weather and Photos and much more. Another highlight is the brand new Firefox 32, with new HTTP cache for improved performance and public key pinning support. The KDE applications have been updated from version 4.14.0 to 4.14.1 and Plymouth (from 0.8.8 to 0.9.0) should also help to boost stability and to smooth the end user experience.

So if you missed the Beta but still want to help, don’t hesitate to grab one of the available ISOs. If you are already using openSUSE 13.2 Beta, it’s time to update! In either case, make sure to give GNOME a try and report any found bug. It’s the biggest change and we need as many geekos as possible trying to break it in creative ways.

With less than a month from the release of 13.2 the only thing that last to be said is:

Hands on Geekos

openSUSE users and the new Linux Foundation Certification Programs

October 8th, 2014 by

Hello Geekos,

You may be aware the Linux Foundation recently launched two
Certification programs

– Linux Foundation Certified Sysadmin (LFCS) covering basic system
administration
– Linux Foundation Certified Engineers (LFCE) covering advanced
system administration and engineering skills

Full details on the programs is at http://bit.ly/1yKRjxp

Unlike other Linux Certification programs the exams for these are
offered on several community distributions, Ubuntu, CentOS, and our
very own openSUSE 13.1!

The Linux Foundation would like to offer openSUSE users a special $100
discount off the price of LFCS or LFCE examinations (33% off the usual
$300 price)

To get your discount, all you need to do is visit this URL
http://bit.ly/1yKRjxp and register for an Exam using the Coupon code:
LFopenSUSE100

This Coupon code expires on 7th November and is limited to the first
500 registrations, so I’d recommend registering quickly if you’re
interested.

After registering for the exam, you have 12 months schedule and
actually take the exam, so your can register your discount and worry
about taking the exam after you’ve had some time to study.

Have a lot of fun!

The certification value and the LPIC 1 – SUSE Certified Linux Administrator connection

July 2nd, 2013 by

By derivative work: Wondigoma (Tux-gnu-dynamic-duo.jpg) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/), GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or GPL (www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
More than twenty years have passed since GNU/Linux was born, and more than twenty five since the GNU manifesto by Richard Stallman. Free Software has become widely used in the industry and has been successfully introduced in many Computer Science Department syllabi’s all over the globe. But the Bachelor degree achieved by studying Computer Science not the one of Linux Administrator or Free Software Programmer. While Free Software specific MSc programmes exist, scientific research with its focus on publication, study and review is rather different than the required skills of application of technical knowledge in the business world.

Meanwhile, Free Software communities, born from the ashes of late 80s hacker communities, had the character of social movement. They attracted people from various social, economic, science sectors. Many of them, realizing the potential of Linux and its momentum, created a new generation of university dropouts. But their skills, even if they had tremendous knowledge of computer systems and networks, were undocumented and hard to prove in a ‘HR department-compattible‘ way.
LPI logo

Introducing the Linux Professional Institute

These were the reasons creating the need of certification in GNU/Linux. In 1999, in the midst of dot com bubble and just eight years after the first Linux Kernel came out, the Linux Professional Institute was founded to fill this gap in Free Software and networking professionalism. The great adoption of the LAMP stack by web servers during the dot com run led to high demand for Linux technicians, no matter if they were graduated or not. But employers are always happy having someone with proven knowledge of her skills, if not for them, than to prove to their customers that they employ skilled workers.

Having the LPI as vendor-neutral GNU/Linux certification helped make this proof of knowledge widely available. No matter what distribution the corporate server room runs or what is available in on the desktops in the cubicles, the LPI Certified professional is always capable of offering a solution fitting to the requirements.
Geeko cleans up the library.

LPI collaboration with SUSE

Regardless of how fanatic we in the Free and Open Source world can be, calling-writing-arguing on terms like Free Software, Open Source, Linux or GNU/Linux, the painful truth is that there are not many widely used distributions which sport an enterprise solution besides the ‘community version‘, a place in computer history and the resulting reputation – bringing a certification to the table.

Actually, there are only two, one of them being SUSE. With roots in Slackware, SUSE has a dominant place in Linux distribution market but also a large piece of Linux Desktop & Server pies. For this reasons, LPI and then-Novell committed in 2010 on a still on-going partnership for granting SUSE Certified Linux Administrator (CLA) certification at no additional cost or exams to holders of LPIC-1. To further support this initiative SUSE Training Services has formally agreed to include the required LPIC-1 learning objectives in its CLA course training material, making this process work the other way around as well.

LPIC-1 SUSE CLA

Many people, after using SUSE and openSUSE, became dedicated users and later determined to continue this path professionally. In this context the LPIC 1 – SUSE CLA partnership is very important because is the first step of the certification path at SUSE. Having a full certification from LPI and one of the main Linux vendors, be it SUSE or Red Hat, is an important mark in the market place as professional specialization is what market needs today.

LPI at oSC

If you are a dedicated SUSE or openSUSE user – power user – admin – magician, you should consider getting LPIC 1 certified. It might be the first step to a more successful career in Free Software. The upcoming openSUSE Conference in Greece will feature a LPI Exam room, where you can take your test and get going with these professional certifications. See the oSC LPI page for more details. There will also be a session by Konstantinos Boukouvalas on the subject of Linux certification. Be there, it’s a great place to start your Linux career!

Article contributed by Konstantinos Boukouvalas, Operations Manager LPI MA Greece

Be a volunteer at oSC13, it matters

May 20th, 2013 by

Volunteer and make a difference!
Master oSC13 Kostas just published his “only 58 days to go” blog in his series of daily how are we doing posts and it should be clear that with less than two months to go, we’re getting close! openSUSE conference 2013 is already just around the corner… And starting today, you can sign up to volunteer and help out at the venue!

Join the Team

Many people are already helping with the organization in trello.com/osc13 – if you have not seen where we are yet, just follow the link and check it out! We want to organize our event as openly as possible, and Trello is a great way of doing that.
Join the Greeko Team!
But there is more than preparation. We also need an ‘army on the ground’: the people who make it happen on the conference days! If you want to get more involved and help out during the conference days, you can apply to be a volunteer for oSC13 by filling out the form at http://bit.ly/10s5HDJ. We need you!

Training

One important thing to have in mind is that ALL Volunteers must attend the Volunteers Training, which means that you have to be at the venue on the 18th of July at noon. This year the training of the volunteers will be something you have never seen before. Beyond the regular volunteer training you will be able to get some basic knowledge on First Aid and how to react on-site in case of emergency or disaster (such as a fire or an earthquake). All the training will be conducted by professionals. Our purpose is for volunteers to acquire knowledge that can be used basically everywhere.

The Awesome Greeko's at oSC12 in Prague

The Awesome Greeko’s at oSC12 in Prague

About oSC13

As a quick refresher of your memory, this year the openSUSE Conference takes place in the beautiful city of Thessaloniki, Greece. The to-be-awesome event is organized by our Greekos, an elite team of Greek contributors to openSUSE.

The event is shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind, bringing together the beautiful beaches with the incredible history of Greece in one inspiring place. And you can be a part of it!

openSUSE in Fosscomm 2012

May 22nd, 2012 by

Once again, the Greek openSUSE community was present and rocked in the Free open source software communities meeting, which took place this year in the beautiful town of Serres. We had 5 talks and 1 workshop.

  • The openSUSE Project-talk (Kostas Koudaras)
  • Yast-talk (Kostas Koudaras-Stathis Agrapidis)
  • openSUSE Medical-talk (Stathis Iosifidis)
  • OwnCloud-talk (Stathis Iosifidis but originally registered from Chris Loukas)
  • OBS-workshop (Stathis Agrapidis)
  • Gnome Extensions-talk (Stathis Iosifidis)
  • Animal Shelter Manager-talk (Stathis Iosifidis) (more…)