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openSUSE Conference Proposals Accepted, Tracks Listed

May 9th, 2016 by

oscfinalAll proposals accepted for the openSUSE Conference, which takes place in Nuremberg, Germany, from June 22 – 26, have been selected and people selected to give the presentations need to confirm their proposal by May 30.

People submitting accepted proposals were notified by email, but will need to confirm their talk before it is listed in the schedule by clicking on the confirm button once logged on to events.opensuse.org.

The total conference, which includes Kolab, SaltStack, ownCloud and SUSE Labs summits, features more than  40 long talks, 40 short talks, 7 workshops, an IndieWeb Hack Day and a program for kids. There are several openSUSE tracks and community and technology tracks.

Organizers of the conference learned today that SaltStack’s Chief Technology Officer and co-founder Thomas Hatch will give a live demo along with Dave Boucha about SaltStack advanced features.

The tracks taking place are listed on the conference website, which also includes the dates for the keynote speakers.

The schedule is being developed, but it won’t fully be complete until all the proposals are confirmed. Attendees should also confirm that they registered for the conference.

As a reminder, today, May 9, is the last day to submit a Travel Support Program request.

openSUSE announces first round of accepted proposals

May 2nd, 2016 by

oscfinalThe first round of proposals for the openSUSE Conference have been accepted and people who submitted a call for papers should log-in to events.opensuse.org and check to see if their talk has been accepted as part of the first round of proposals.

For proposals that have been accepted, users should confirm their proposal as soon as possible and also register for the conference if they had not done so already.

About 20 proposals have been confirmed, but there are about 45 proposals from the first round proposals that need to be confirmed.

There will be a second round of accepted proposals announced next week.

Planning on attending the openSUSE Conference?

April 20th, 2016 by

What to know

openSUSE Conference CrowdThe openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Germany, June 22 – 26 is just nine weeks away and attendee might want to start planning their trip to this year’s conference.

With a pre-conference party planned for June 21 at the Kater Murr at 7 p.m., attendees might want to consider arriving on June 21; arriving a day before the conference is a good idea.

The conference will begin at 10 a.m. on June 22, which should give people time to recovery either jet lag or the pre-conference party.

People who take the train will arrive in downtown Nuremberg. People coming in on a flight can go downtown using the subway (U-Bahn) from the airport. U2 is the train that goes too and from downtown (Hauptbahnhof).

People who plan on driving to Nuremberg will find plenty of parking garages around the city. Parking at the Z Bau is free.

Travel Support Program

People who plan on using the Travel Support Program can start submitting their requests now via Connect and need to have it submitted six weeks before the start of oSC16. (May 9 at the latest).

Learn more about the Travel Support Program and be informed of the policies to make your process easy and to understand the requirements for receiving support funds.

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Update on Tumbleweed, Conference

April 6th, 2016 by


Plasma 5.6  and Qt 5.6 have yet to make it in a Tumbleweed snapshot, but the packages are are in staging and the latter will likely arrive after Plasma 5.6. Until then, there are four snapshots the have been released since the last update.

Snapshot 20160405 provided and update to gtk3 to 3.20.2, which provided a fix for a blue background in emacs. Wine updated to 1.9.7 providing improvements to the WebServices reader and drag and drop. Xf86-video-intel was also in the snapshot and backported several patches.

Snapshot 20160404 provided a Btrfsprogs update to 4.5.1 from 4.4.1 and perl-bootloader updated to .911 with the subpackage YAML. Mercurial updated to it’s latest version 3.7.3 and yast2-sound updated to 3.1.9 fixing a dependency on yast2.

Snapshot 20160401 Updates to freetype2 and dolphin and the 20160331 snapshot made an update to GCC 5 and xfsprogs updated to 4.5.

openSUSE Conference

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Update on openSUSE Conference

March 31st, 2016 by

oscfinalThere are 15 more days to submit a proposal for the openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg June 22 – 26, so I would like to provide an update to the community about the conference.

As you might already be aware, there will be SaltStack, ownCloud, Kolab and SUSE Labs summits during the conference and we also plan on having a program for kids on Saturday, June 25.

The planning of the conference is coming along well. There will be a pre-conference party at the Kater Murr starting at 7 p.m. June 21. There will be plenty of entertainment during the week as well.

Everyday, there will be a keynote. The keynote speakers who have confirmed are Norman Fraser, Ph.D., who is the CEO of SoftIron, Frank Karlitschek from ownCloud, and Michael Miller, President of Strategy, Alliances & Marketing for SUSE. We will have one more keynote as well, but we have not confirmed it yet.

The conference page has a list of hotels that are recommended, so if you haven’t booked your hotel, take a look at the list.

The T-Shirt Design Contest ends on April 2 and during our next organizing meeting, we will announce the winner of the contest and start getting the T-Shirts printed for the conference. Thank you to all the people who have submitted a design. There is still two days left to submit a design.

We have several sponsors for this year’s conference and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

openSUSE will have HackWeek the week following the conference, but it will kick off on Friday, June 24 and continue into the next week, so if you feel like hanging around Nuremberg for HackWeek, we will have a place for you to Hack at the SUSE Headquarters from June 27 to July 1. Participate in one of the projects listed or make one on the website.

Visas

If you plan on attending the conference from a non-European Union country, please view the requirements for entering the country.

You may be required to visit an embassy and have a formed signed to receive a travel visa. Email ddemaio@suse.com if you need about attending oSC16.

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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Hostel or hotel? Where to stay during the openSUSE Conference

March 7th, 2016 by

Nuremberg offers several places to stay during the openSUSE Conference, but don’t wait too long to book a hotel room or a hostel because there will be a race car event in Nuremberg June 24 – 26.

The NorisRing races are an annual event that started in 1947, so many people from all over Europe will be coming to Nuremberg during the week of the conference and getting a hotel in the area you want might become more difficult the longer you wait.

Hotel rooms and hostels are already filling up, but there are some hotels that have reserved rooms available for people coming to the openSUSE Conference.

Hotel Marienbad and the Duerer Hotel have rooms reserved for Geekos, which is the keyword to reserve your hotel room for the conference. The prices the rooms are 75 € and 89 € respectively and they both include breakfast, but if you’re looking for a less expensive place, contact the one of the two hostels  listed on the conference page.

A&O Nuremberg Hauptbahnhof cost between 23 € – 35 € a night and Pension Hostel Nuremberg is about 55€ a night.

If you desire to stay at a different accommodations than the ones recommended, be aware that the location of the Z-Bau, where the conference will take place, is just two subway stops from the Nuremberg Hauptbahnhof using the U1.

There are plenty of hotels downtown near the Bahnhof and the Kater Murr where the pre-conference party will take place in Nuremberg on June 21. The Kater Murr and many of the local hot spots are just a short walk from the Bahnhof.

Don’t forget about the Travel Support Program.

There are only 39 days left to submit your proposal for the openSUSE Conference, so submit a proposal, book your travel and register for the conference today.

Organizing Team seeks input for planning conference

February 29th, 2016 by

oscfinalPlanning for the openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg is moving along well.

Each day brings more progress toward having a successful conference and this year the Organizing Team for oSC16 is looking for your input to make this year’s conference one to remember.

The Organizing Team has planned a pre-conference party in Nuremberg on June 21 at the Kater Murr. More details about the pre-conference party will become available in the next few weeks.

Besides that event, there are many things to do in Nuremberg and we need your opinion about what you might be interesting in doing when the conference is not taking place. From Go Karting to beer tasting, Nuremberg offers several choices for entertainment before, during and after the event. The more information attendees share about the things they would like to do at oSC16, the Organizing Team will be better able to plan group discounts and other items for the event.

Please take the time to answer the survey questions.

Two other entertainment options not list are a car race that will take place from June 24 – 26 in Nuremberg and a 90-minute Segway tour through the city.

openSUSE T-Shirts for Leap Day

February 24th, 2016 by

To celebrate Leap Day, openSUSE will ship you a Leap 42 T-Shirt when you submit a proposal for this year’s openSUSE Conference by Leap Day (Feb. 29, 2016). *Due to a technical problem with OSEM, the deadline for the T-Shirt offering is extended until March 1.

That’s right, if you have already submitted a proposal, you’re in luck. Anyone who submits a proposal on or before Leap Day 2016 for the openSUSE Conference will get an openSUSE Leap 42 T-Shirt; it can be either shipped to them or picked up at the conference. After you submit your proposal, don’t forget to register for the conference. There is a section in the registration that allows you to select your T-Shirt size. Those you who have registered can update the registration to select your size T-Shirt. Contact ddemaio@suse.de if you need your T-Shirt shipped to you.

This year’s openSUSE Conference will also include a SaltStack Summit, Kolab Summit, SUSE Labs Summit and OwnCloud Summit, and it will be a conference you will not want to miss.

T-Shirt Design Contest

There is more than just the Leap 42 T-Shirt. Between Leap Day and April 2, 2016, there will be a T-Shirt Design Contest for the openSUSE Conference.

We are calling on the talent and creativity of the Open Source community to create a T-Shirt design for oSC16. The images of the T-Shirt designs should be uploaded to the wiki and linked to the “Submit your designs” section of the wiki page.

The Organizing Team for oSC16 will select the winning design on April 5, 2016. The winner of the T-Shirt design contest will receive a T-Shirt in the mail.

openSUSE Conference returns to Nuremberg

February 18th, 2016 by

oscfinalThe openSUSE Conference will return to Nuremberg June 22 – 26 and have its conference at a cultural center in the heart of the Bavarian city.

This year’s oSC will take place at the Z Bau, which was a former military barracks before being converted into a cultural center in 2014.

Planning is taking place for a social event the date before the conference begins on June 21. The conference will run from June 22 – 26 and June 26 will be a half-day program ending the conference at 2 p.m.

The venue for this year’s oSC offers several rooms for hacking, socializing and learning new things about Open Source software. System administrators, developers, Information Technology managers, startups, IT students and professors are expected to attend this year’s conference, which will include a SaltStack Summit, OwnCloud Summit, SUSE Labs Summit and a Kolab Summit.

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