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openSUSE.Asia Summit expands with Study Area

September 8th, 2015 by


The openSUSE.Asia Summit aims to promote Linux in Asia region. This year
we are hosting the summit in Taipei Terry Crews YellingCity, Taiwan. Study Area, a non-commercial community, aims to educate about Linux, its eco system and other areas of computing, has joined us in our mission to co-host the event. This collaboration will expand the frontiers of both the communities into one single mission of promoting both openSUSE and FOSS.

About Study Area

Study Area (SA) was co-founded by lman, V.Bird and Netman in 1999.  SA is aimed at an online IT Learning Center so that novices have a place to find the answers and experts have a place to share knowledge, ranged from networking, programming, web development, database knowledge, Linux, etc.

Study Area has spends a lot of time to promote free and open source software in the country by holding events every month in Taipei and Tainan. Enthusiasts gather members from every corner to meet, learn and share experience and knowledge.

SA related online information

(1) Study-Area http://study-area.org/menu2.htm

(2) SA Forum http://phorum.study-area.org/

(3) SA IRC Channel + irc.freenode.net /#study-area


openSUSE Asia Summit 2015 Call for Sponsorship

August 28th, 2015 by

The openSUSE.Asia Committee seeks sponsors for the second edition of openSUSE.Asia Summit that will take place in Taipei city, Taiwan from 5th and 6th of December 2015. We expect about 200 attendees ranging from developers, regular users and power users to attend the summit. The sponsorship amount will cover travel costs for speakers and some attendees, as well as the cost of facilities.


openSUSE.Asia Summit – Call for Papers

August 25th, 2015 by

The openSUSE.Asia Committee is happy to announce the call for papers upcoming second openSUSE.Asia Summit. Starting today, the Committee is looking forward to see your proposals. The committee is looking for speakers from different avenues representing and advocating Free and Open Source Software.

Presentations can be submitted in any of the four formats

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

The openSUSE.Asia committee highly recommends workshops or hands on sessions. Papers can be submitted at the conference website.


Papers can be submitted until 25th of September. The openSUSE.Asia Committee will evaluate the proposals based on the submitted abstracts and available time in the schedule, and, the accepted proposals will be announced on 9th October.

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2015 – Logo design contest is back

August 24th, 2015 by

Preparations for the openSUSE.Asia Summit are rolling. As we are busy prepping ourselves for this big event, we realized that we need a logo for our very own Summit. Following tradition, we are back with the logo contest. We are looking for a logo which best reflects openSUSE and its community in Asia. The contest is open now and ends on 19 September 2015. We will send a “Geeko Mystery Box” as an appreciation for the best logo designed.

The Rules of the Contest are as follows:

  1. We will accept only SVG format for original design.

  2. Both color and monochrome(black and white) version are required as part of your submission.

  3. The elements of your design should reflect the openSUSE community in Asia.

  4. The logo should avoid the following things:

    • No brand names or trademarks of any kind.

    • No illustrations that may consider inappropriate, offensive, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.

    • No sexually explicit or provocative images.

    • No images of weapons or violence.

    • No alcohol, tobacco, or drug use imagery.

    • No designs which promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against groups or individuals; or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

    • No religious, political, or nationalist imagery.

  5. The logo should comply with “openSUSE Project Trademark Guidelines” published at: https://en.opensuse.org/File:OpenSUSE_Trademark_Guidelines.pdf

  6. You should also agree that the openSUSE community have right to interpret the usage of the artwork.

  7. All your artwork will be licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.


The second openSUSE.Asia Summit is arriving!!!

August 20th, 2015 by

We are happy to announce the second openSUSE.Asia Summit following a glorious successful first edition. The conference will take place in Taiwan at National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan on December 5th and 6th, 2015.

The summit is a great way for both openSUSE contributors, and, users to meet each other and have fun. The openSUSE community will get together, share their experiences, and, learn free and open source technologies.
The goals of the Summit are

1. To promote openSUSE, its tools, and, other free open source software in Asia.
2. To introduce people to the openSUSE Project, through a series of talks, discussions and workshops.
3. To show prospective contributors, different various ways of contributing to the openSUSE Project and provide a platform for them to engage with contributors and find different avenues in the project that match their interests.

Normally, the openSUSE contributors and users communicated with each other online, thus it is a great opportunity to meet and talk face to face.  In addition, we have chance to learn free and open technologies, to share experiences with each other, and most of all, have fun at the Summit, and, in Taipei city.

Stay tuned!!!!

Release Engineer job offers unique challenge

July 22nd, 2015 by

t-shirt-motiv1A job announcement for a Release Engineer for openSUSE was published today and it offers a unique challenge, which sounds pretty cool. The optional bonus challenges to be included in the candidates’ application are:

1. Being a regular contributor to a community distribution? Point us to your work!

2. Using a programming language of your choice, write a small program that extracts all CVE identifiers from a given set of RPMs, and creates a sort index mapping CVEs to packages.

Bonus points if you can do it in 10 lines of perl. Extra bonus points if our perl experts scratch their head and ask “how does he do that?!” :)

3. Find out what changed in the minimal text installation between 13.2 and current TW and try to find the reasoning behind the changes.

Providing answers to the challenge really give people applying for the position an opportunity to stand out among other candidates.

There are many smart people in the openSUSE Community and taking part in the openSUSE Project every day constantly reminds me of how many brilliant people I work with here in Germany and elsewhere.

If you are going to apply for this position, be sure to bring your “A Game” because to make our perl experts scratch their head is quite the challenge.

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.
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

May Madness – The Screenshot Contest Continues!

May 7th, 2015 by

A warm and green hello to all of the geekosphere!

Last month’s screenshot contest was a complete success! Our geeko friends submitted twice the usual amount of screenshots, sporting variying setups, environments and workflows. No two were alike! It was very refreshing to see how GNU/Linux desktops can be modified to suit everyone’s taste. (more…)

Gear Up For The Screenshot Contest!

March 31st, 2015 by

Greetings, green portion of the GNU/Linux web! It’s been a while since you last heard from us, so let’s say we give you something special this time around.

Wanna Play a Game?All of us users of open and free operating systems tend to celebrate the flexibility of our systems and desktop environments so we can tailor our systems to work best with our specific workflows. Often, we like to show off our desktops to the web vastness. So, how about we play a little game? How about we fill up the web with the best, most innovative desktops, and show off the power and flexibility of our geeko-powered mean machines?


TSP – oSC15 Second Call

March 27th, 2015 by

oSC15The conference date is right around the corner. Part of schedule is out and the organization is running to have everything settled to host visitors and organize the best openSUSE conference ever.

You can still register to be part of the conference also apply for presentation.


But did you miss the first call of TSP? Are you still in dilemma? Go to the conference or not? Do you contribute to openSUSE and want to join the awesome community but money is an issue for you? Don’t worry because TSP is here to help you. (more…)