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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.
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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.
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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?

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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…)

oSC15 Travel Support Request

February 24th, 2015 by

openSUSE Conference 2015

Link to oSC15 webpage

 

As you may already know, 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 2015 will held in the city of The Hague – Netherlands, from May 1st to May 5th.

 

 

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

 

When and how

The application period will be opened from February 24th to March 5th. The approval results will be done by TSP App on March 9th and the sponsoship acception must to be done until March 12th. In case the requester doesn’t Approve the sponsorship the amount will be given for the next on the waiting list.

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 log in the application and apply for sponsorship. Please be sure to fullfil 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. (more…)

oSC 2015 – Call for Team Members

December 22nd, 2014 by

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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 .

Hour of Code reinforces need for project mentors

December 8th, 2014 by

Administrators, mentors needed for Google Summer of Code

In the words of will.i.am, “great coders are today’s rock stars,” but unfortunately there are not enough of these rock stars in the world to fulfill the demand.

Since this week is the Hour of Code, it’s a good time emphasize the need for the Open Source Software community to participate in outreach programs.

Besides doing what you can to participate in this weeks Hour of Code, its important to point out the need to have administrators and mentors from openSUSE’s community for the annual Google Summer of Code.

Google Summer of Code, which openSUSE has participatied in for several years, offers post-secondary student developers a stipends to write code for various open source software projects. Students are matched with a mentoring organization like openSUSE and given projects to work on over a three-month period. Last year there were 1,300 students with 190 mentoring organizations that took part in the program. Administrators get the process started and mentors help future developers understand real-world software development scenarios.

Administrators start the GSOC process and submit proposals for the mentoring organization by filling out some forms. Administrators submit the application to Google between Feb. 9 and Feb. 20. Project ideas are discussed with potential mentoring organization and mentors are paired with students in the spring.

To participate in this project, visit our GSOC portal or learn more at GSOC.

Learn more about the Hour of Code campaign.

This weeks highlights in Tumbleweed

December 5th, 2014 by

Here are some highlights from this week’s Tumbleweed snapshot.

The default kernel has upgraded from 3.17.2 to 3.17.4 and several enhancements have been made to the Btrfs command-line tools.

AutoYaST import initializes now the correct FTP server used for configuration. The file package-manager.desktop has been moved from the package desktop-data-OpenSUSE to YaST2-packager.

Updates to the ebook management program Calibre has bugfixes and improves the search and replace function mode; a new function is able to process multiple files better while performing a Replace All.

The free open-source anti-virus software ClamAV now works with OpenSSL in FIPS compliant
mode. It supports the XDP file format and extracting, decoding, and scanning PDF files within XDP files.

DigiKam has several updates to include optional features for face detection (kface) and geotagging (kmap). Improvements for the white balance and auto-rotation of images were implemented as well.

Wine updated to a 1.7.32 development snapshot and has a new version of the Mono engine.

LXSession added the ESCAPE key to close the lxsession-logout menu and has created a lock file to prevent more than one log-out dialog.

Thai fonts have an updated version from 0.6.0 to 0.6.1 and provide a new Laksaman font.

For more highlights, visit http://bit.ly/1FSmSFC.