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openSUSE Conference Day 2

June 23rd, 2016 by
Frank Karlitschek, founder of Nextcloud and ownCloud, talks about a Global User Directory for Cloud and other services and applications.

Frank Karlitschek, founder of Nextcloud and ownCloud, talks about a Global User Directory for Cloud and other services and applications.

The second day of this year’s openSUSE Conference had two keynote speakers.

Frank Karlitschek, founder of Nextcloud and ownCloud, talked about the importance of federation infrastructure and reaching the critical mass. He pointed out that Free Open Source Software projects that offer similar applications to those that are proprietary fail to gain mainstream acceptance. One of the reasons he gave was trying to balance the balance between privacy and openness. He suggested that more projects should work with one another on a cloud-sharing standard and perhaps there should be a Global User Directory. Users could manage their privacy data that is shared or visible on a GUD as an answer to sharing personal cloud-based content with users running different applications or services.

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New compiler expected in next Tumbleweed snapshot

June 15th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-blackA new GNU Compiler Collection for openSUSE‘s rolling release Tumbleweed is scheduled to arrive soon.

Tumbleweed 20160613 snapshot will be the last snapshot to be based on GCC 5, according to the openSUSE Project’s Dominique Leuenberger.

GCC 6 will become the new default compiler, but the release date of the snapshot is difficult to predict right now because Tumbleweed is competing with builds allocated for the next Alpha 2 release of openSUSE Leap 42.2, which is scheduled to be release next week before the openSUSE Conference.

Some fixes in the GCC 6 snapshot will likely be needed, so users should pay attention to the openSUSE Factory Mailing List for any fixes that might be necessary.

Previous snapshots this week also brought some goodies in the repositories for users. Snapshot 20160612 provided Mozilla Firefox 47.0, kernel-firmware 20160609 and AppStream 0.9.6.

The 20160611 snapshot provided git 2.8.4 and several updated YaST packages in the repositories while snapshot 20160609 brought updates to gstreamer, Wayland (1.11.0) and autoyast2.

Help Test Alpha 2 Release

As for Leap 42.2, a lot of focus was made on systemd and GNOME for the Alpha 2 release. Once Alpha 2 is released, we encourage people to test it and get involved with the development on the openSUSE Factory Mailing List.

View the road map for Leap 42.2 releases at https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Roadmap.

openSUSE @ LFNW – wrapup

June 15th, 2016 by

Thank you to everyone who came out to LinuxFest Northwest 2016 April 23 and 24! The Geeko crew had a lot of fun in our newly-expanded openSUSE Lounge, where we were able to seat more than a dozen people and have some great conversations.

The openSUSE Lounge at LFNW2016

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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 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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