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Election season begins for openSUSE Board

December 12th, 2016 by

The openSUSE Project has two seats  for this year’s openSUSE board elections.

Phase 0 has begun and candidates who have an interest in running for the board will need to notify their intent to run by Jan. 1.

Membership Window Open

The window for openSUSE membership is also open. Apply for membership during a three-week window and be a part of directing outcomes in the project.

Only members elect representatives to serve on the openSUSE Board for a 24 months term.

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Announcing openSUSE’s GPG Key Server – keyserver.opensuse.org

December 6th, 2016 by

sks-keyserver logo Does it happen to you, too, that there are moments where you ask yourself why others want something from you that is there already since a while? Exactly this happened with https://keyserver.opensuse.org/: the original machine was set up a long time ago to make it easier for people attending the openSUSE GPG key-signing parties, but it looks like nobody officially announced this “new service” for our users…

…and so here we are:  the openSUSE Heroes team is pleased to announce that keyserver.opensuse.org is up and running as public GPG keyserver. We are of course also part of the official keyserver pool, which means that some people might already noticed us, as they got redirected to our server with their requests. (And for those who are interested to setup their own SKS keyserver: we have also written a nice monitoring plugin that helps you keeping an eye on the pool status of your machine and the ones of your peers.)

The server may be accessed either via it’s Web interface (please ping the Heroes if you want to improve it) or via the openPGP HTTP keyserver protocol (HKP), which is normally used by GPG clients.
Try it out by calling something like:

gpg --keyserver keyserver.opensuse.org --search-keys 0xF62B7584

on the command line, or enhance your personal GPG configuration file ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf with:

keyserver hkp://keyserver.opensuse.org

and work as before with your new, preferred GPG keyserver as standard. What more can we say, except “have fun en-/de-crypting your data!”

openSUSE Leap 42.2 gets 64-bit Raspberry Image

December 5th, 2016 by

Release also includes support for ARMv7

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The latest release from openSUSE has new images available for the Raspberry Pi and joins SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Raspberry Pi in becoming the initial distributions with 64-bit for the Raspberry Pi 3.

The 64-bit image of openSUSE Leap 42.2 for the Raspberry Pi 3 has been out for a couple weeks.

“The ARM and AArch64 Images for openSUSE Leap 42.2 are not a once-only release,” said Dirk Mueller. “They get continuously updated and include fixes as the Leap 42.2 port matures over time. These are the first usable images, and more variants with more fixes will come over time.”

The openSUSE Leap 42.2 images for the Raspberry Pi 3 are regularly rebuilt and constantly improve functionality.

Mueller said having the stable code base of Leap images, which provides fewer updates than the Tumbleweed Raspberry Pi 3 images, give people more stability and expands user opportunities for those who are wanting to use the Raspberry Pi 3 for home automation, mail services or as a small-, low-power server.

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MJ Technology Tablet has openSUSE, Dual Boot

November 22nd, 2016 by

It’s official; the Warrior Tablet made by MJ Technology and powered by openSUSE is ready for the world; now it just needs funding through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

Avid Linux users can reap the benefits of four 10.1” Linux tablets offered by MJ Techology. The specifications of the four tablets vary in power and cost, but all come with the power of Linux and openSUSE at the core.

“MJ Technology, a leader in affordable cutting edge tech, is pleased to introduce the MJ Technology Warrior series tablets powered by openSUSE,” said Mark Jun, CEO for MJ Technology.

The preinstalled image on the Warrior Tablet Series is GNOME on openSUSE Leap, but users are welcome to change/reinstall/use Tumbleweed/etc. Any hardware support will be upstream via the Open Build Service and will not impede different usage patterns, so there is no lock-in, which gives the user choice.

The tablets offer dual boot for Windows 10 or use openSUSE Leap as a sole operating system for personal use. System administrators needing to manage multiple servers remotely can fulfill needs with the World’s First actual Made-for-Linux x86/x64 Tablet.

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openSUSE.Asia Summit | Call for Sponsorships is open

June 29th, 2016 by

The openSUSE.Asia Committee is seeking sponsors for the third edition of openSUSE.Asia Summit. The summit will take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from Sept 30 – Oct 2nd 2016. With over 400 attendees every year, we expect the trend to follow suite. Our attendees are casual, power and business users. Sponsorship covers facility and travel costs.

We aim to provide a free platform for users, contributors, and developers. The summit fosters relationships across open source enthusiasts. Attendees take this opportunity to learn about different modern technologies and share their experiences. Sponsorships show your appreciation for our community. It is also a great way to

  • Promote your products in the community.
  • Business can promote their solutions / services to our community and stakeholders through business tracks.
  • Sponsors can promote their products / services through
    • openSUSE.Asia Summit website.
    • Printed materials advertising the event.
    • Summit welcome package.
    • Promotional advertising visible throughout the event location.
    • Other community events that   to promote openSUSE.Asia summit.
    • Sponsors can also request a booth to highlight their products and businesses.

Contact Estu Fardani (estu@jogja.linux.or.id) no later than 15th of September, 2016. The sponsorship prospectus is available at https://github.com/tuanpembual/Summit2016/blob/master/CFP_V140616.pdf.

 

openSUSE.Asia Summit Call for papers is open

June 27th, 2016 by

Semarang, Indonesia by Yohanes Dicky Yuniar

The openSUSE.Asia Committee are announcing the call for papers for 3rd openSUSE.Asia Summit. Starting today, the Committee is looking forward to your proposals. We are looking for free and open source software advocates. All open source contributors, enthusiasts, and business owners can submit.

Presentations are in the following formats

  • Lightning Talk (10 mins)
  • Short Talk (30 mins)
  • Long Talk (60 mins)
  • Workshop Short (2 hours)
  • Workshop (3 hours)

The openSUSE.Asia committee recommends workshops or hands-on sessions.

The conference website is accepting submissions starting now until 3 August 2016.  Proposals should include a title and an abstract of 150 – 500 words. The committee will announce the accepted proposals on 17th August 2016.

ownCloud Summit at openSUSE Conference Cancelled

June 7th, 2016 by

oscfinalThe openSUSE project announces the immediate cancellation of the ownCloud Summit that was scheduled to take place during the openSUSE Conference in two weeks.

The summit was scheduled for June 22 – 23.

Given the ownCloud community has forked, openSUSE sought an amicable solution so that both communities could take part in the openSUSE conference. As this was found to not be possible, the openSUSE Board made the decision to cancel the summit.

Community members from these communities are welcome to attend the openSUSE conference.

Attendees are expected to behave in accordance to the openSUSE Guiding Principles.

The conference will take place in Nuremberg at the Z Bau June 22 – 26.

openSUSE announces Community Release Team

April 28th, 2016 by

Leap-greenThe openSUSE Board announced today a call to action for a Community Release Team to assist with tasks associated to the development of the next Leap version 42.2.

The announcement was made in an email to the project’s development mailing list opensuse-factory (at) opensuse.org.

“In the past, these tasks were… distributed among the SUSE employed openSUSE team, which tried to incorporate community and in the end made sure that everything gets done,” wrote Tomáš Chvátal, a newly elected board member.

Contributors can help Leap’s new release manager Ludwig Nussel with a variety of tasks associated with the development of 42.2, but the opportunities for contributing are more than just development.

“We would like the community to be directly responsible for ensuring these tasks get carried out,” Chvátal wrote. “To accomplish this we intend to create a full team of people taking care about what needs to be done for the release. We expect the people in this Community Release Team to be the ones responsible for the tasks in their respective areas of responsibility.”

The tasks are split into several areas like marketing, design, infrastructure, documentation, translations and quality assurance.

Tasks for marketing include creating and following a marketing plan and taking care of social media among other things. Design tasks include making sure the desktops are consistently branded and the the look and feel is consistent. Infrastructure tasks include making sure critical infrastructure works.

The documentation tasks include updating content on the wiki and ensuring release notes are updated. Translations for 42.2 will be needed and QA tasks include creating a test plan for milestones, monitoring bugzilla and escalating important regressions to the release manager.

People interested in joining the Community Release Team should contact the board and Nussel.

A link to the action items from the last release can be found at http://tinyurl.com/grg5szf and volunteers are welcomed to expand the tasks.

openSUSE to Mentor Six Google Summer of Code Students

April 25th, 2016 by

Google made an announcement April 22 that 1,206 students were selected for the Google Summer of Code and six of those students will be mentored through the openSUSE Project, which is one of 178 mentoring organizations in this year’s GSoC.

The six university students will spend their summer break writing code and learning about open source developments through six projects with the openSUSE Project while earning money through Google’s international program.

“I believe that one of the most important tasks for a Free Software hacker is to bring new people with new perspectives, backgrounds and fresh ideas into the community,” said Hendrik Vogelsang, who is one of the mentors for the openSUSE Project. “GSoC provides the perfect opportunity for a project like openSUSE to build new relationships with students from all over the world.”

Those new relationships and fresh ideas will develop within six projects for openSUSE, which are titled Alternatives YaST Module, Enhancing visitor experience of OSEM, Implementing Ticket payment feature for OSEM, Improve One-Click Installer, Improve the UI of Portus and Port Jangouts from AngularJS 1.4.

Students wrote more than 20 project proposals to participate with openSUSE as a mentoring organization. A list of available project that were available to students can be viewed at 101.opensuse.org.

The next phase of GSoC will be the Community Bonding phase and the students will begin working on the projects May 23. The students will have a mid-term evaluation between June 20 – 27 and will submit their code for evaluation between August 15 -23.

Google Summer of Code is open to post-secondary students, age 18 and older in most countries.

Call for the Host of openSUSE.Asia Summit 2016

March 8th, 2016 by

The openSUSE.Asia organization committee is inviting proposals to host the openSUSE.Asia Summit during the later half of 2016 (July to the middle of October). The openSUSE.Asia Summit is the largest annual openSUSE conference in Asia and is attended by over 400 contributors, enthusiasts from all over Asia

The event focuses primarily on the openSUSE distribution and its applications for personal and enterprise use. 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.

Past Summits

The last openSUSE.Asia Summit was held in Taipei, Taiwan in 2015. 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. We need individuals and communities to get together and organize a successful openSUSE.Asia Summit. The openSUSE.Asia organization committee assists throughout the  proces. You can learn more about openSUSE.Asia Summit at the following web sites:

Proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2016

For those of you who are interested in hosting the next openSUSE.Asia Summit in 2016, you are invited to submit a formal proposal to the openSUSE.Asia organization committee. The deadlines for the proposals are as the following:

  • March 31th: Registration on the host candidates
  • April 30th: Submission of the proposals

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