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Comedy, tech coming to SCALE

January 20th, 2016 by

The stage is set for the 14th annual Southern California Linux Expo in Pasadena, Calif., this week and openSUSE will be apart of the scheduled entertainment and tech talks.

openSUSE will have a booth at the event with several experts that can answer questions attendees of SCALE have related to open source and openSUSE. Learn about Tumbleweed, Leap, YaST, the Open Build Service and more.

The chameleon enthusiast will also participate in several of the evening events. openSUSE will contribute to the Game Night on Saturday at 8 p.m., so come play games and talk with open-source enthusiast.

Two talks scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. are openSUSE related. Mark Fasheh, a Linux kernel developer for SUSE Labs, will have a talk about de-duplication on btrfs, which is the default file system for openSUSE, and I will talk about automated testing with openQA.

Fasheh will also provide a short introduction on duperemove tool on Thursday. Later that evening, Bryan Lunduke will entertain and fall short of any reasonable thoughts in his Linux Sucks tour. Lunduke will also join his fellow tech pundits from Bad Voltage to have a Live show on Friday at 8 p.m.

There is much more to see at SCALE and tons of entertainment. Cya you there.  Have a lot of fun!!

Call for papers for openSUSE Conference starts tomorrow

January 14th, 2016 by

openSUSE Conference CrowdopenSUSE is pleased to announce a call for papers for the openSUSE Conference 2016 (oSC16) taking place in Nuremberg, Germany.

The dates for submission will be Jan. 15 through April 15. The 90-day plus period is plenty of time to submit a proposal, but don’t wait until the late minute.

Presentations can be submitted in one of the following formats

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

There are tracks listed for the conference. While these tracks might be refined, people should submit proposals even if they don’t think it fits into one of the tracks.

A Program Committee will evaluate the proposals based on the submitted abstracts and the accepted proposals will be announced no later than May 15.

There is also a few summits combined with this years conference schedule that will interest several open-source users, developers, sysadmins and users.

There will be an Own Cloud Summit, Kolab Summit, Kernel Summit (by SUSE Labs) and Salt Stack Summit during the four-day event.

Volunteers who would like to participate on the Program Committee or the Organizing Team for the conference should email ddemaio@suse.de.

Visit events.opensuse.org for more information about oSC16.

openSUSE at FOSDEM 2016

January 11th, 2016 by

Happy New Year Geekos

It is mid-January and in a few days is FOSDEM time again. openSUSE will be there once again to show the entire Free Open Source Software community what openSUSE has achieved this past year. This year FOSDEM will take place at ULB Campus Solbosch on Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31. If you  have some time to contribute at the booth, we would like you to volunteer here

There will be plenty of swag and a specialty German brew from the beer capital of the world at the openSUSE booth to cure your weekend hangover(s).

FOSDEM is free and our openSUSE beer is 1€, so there is no excuse not to come see us and talk shop or talk about beer; we have experts in both at our booth.

For those of you lucky enough to live near Nuremberg, SUSE are sponsoring a coach bus that will be taking as many as they can from SUSE’s HQ in Nuremberg to Brussels. Most of the people on the bus are staying at the NH City Centre or NH Stephanie hotels, so picking a hotel near there will be most convenient you take the bus. The bus will be leaving *promptly* at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, and returning late on Sunday, Jan. 31. (it’s a long drive, but a lot of fun). There are currently 14 seats available,please email Michael Haefner (mhaefner@suse.de) if you’re interested in coming along.

openSUSE builds bonds in Asia summit

December 15th, 2015 by

The openSUSE.Asia Summit brought people from all over Asia together for one purpose; to share knowledge about open source development and to inform attendees of community initiatives and progress with project developments.

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The summit, which took place in Taipei, Taiwan, Dec. 4 – 6, even had a release party for openSUSE Leap 42.1 that was co-hosted with Ubuntu.

Mr. Mohammad Edwin Zakaria, IT and Linux consultant, traveled from Indonesia to present how schools there are using the openSUSE Education project to enhance educational quality and equality.

Kenny Chen, a contributor from Taiwan, provided a hands-on experience at the summit by teaching attendees about using High Availability Clusters with openSUSE.

Ben Chou, a Software Engineer from SUSE’s Quality Assurance team in Taipei, discussed continuous integration and the capabilities of using Jenkins.

Dominique Leuenberger, who traveled from Switzerland, provided a presentation about the complexities of building the fast paced, updated versions of openSUSE Tumbleweed using controls to eliminate the risk of breaking users systems.

Michal Hrusecky, who is on the openSUSE board, traveled from Czech Republic to provide the keynote speech for the second-annual summit and updated the attendees about the progress of the openSUSE project.

Hack Week, Hour of Code start this week

December 7th, 2015 by

Today is the beginning of two week-long events that are both exciting and serve a great purpose.

This week the Hour of Code begins and the lessons of teaching students to write code is a novel idea. Using Star Wars and the soccer ball looking droid BB-8, students are learning the basics of code worldwide. Touché to the technical staff of Star Wars for providing lessons for this good cause.

Students aren’t the only ones this week who are having fun and doing experimental coding.We’re doing a Hack Week this week and there are plenty of projects people can contribute to on the Hack Week website. Maybe students who breeze through their Hour of Code lessons would be interested in learning a few of openSUSE’s Hack Week projects.

One of the projects is learning ruby with betaman submitted by gameboy974. vitezslav_cizek’s project is to unlock locked devices. bamvor’s project is using two ARM 64bit boards and a sensor kit for his project on openSUSE with Linaro 96 board.

One project is even doing some KDE bugzilla cleanup.

Coding is important, but so is documentation. One Hack Week project is also dedicated to reinforcing this point. There are a list of pages on a Mozilla etherpad for the openSUSE wiki that need to be refreshed and refined.

Join us this week for some hacking and use the Hack Week website and IRC for communicating.

Weekly review: openSUSE Leap 42.1 gets new ports, Hack Week scheduled

November 20th, 2015 by

The openSUSE Project has been very busy this week. The project shared a booth with SUSE at the Supercomputing Conference in Austin, Texas, this week.

The theme (see photo above) caught the attention of the attendees and those stopping by the booth could get a lightsaber for watching our presentations or playing a retro Sega Star Wars from 1994 running on openSUSE Leap 42.1.

SC15 really put things into perspective on how scientists, physicists and sysadmins use the Geeko distribution for simulations, Exascale computing and High Performance Computing and system management.

Several attendees expressed interest in ARM and the timing was perfect to let the attendees know that openSUSE released a port of openSUSE Leap 42.1 to AArch64, which is installable on the AMD, APM and Cavium SoCs (Seattle, X-Gene, ThunderX). There is also sharing the SLE12 SP1 ARM enablement for those hardware platforms, but providing the full Leap package set.

Hack Week

In three weeks, openSUSE/SUSE hackers will experiment without limits! That’s right, we will have Hack Week from Dec. 7 – 11. This Hack Week 13, which I’ll nickname Hack Week 7/11, is all about bringing innovation to the project and exploring the possibility of making ideas a reality. Anyone can participate. Just visit https://hackweek.suse.com/, sign up for a project you like or create a new project and recruit participants to hack with you.

Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed is once again finding a rhythm for the release of its snapshots. This week there were three snapshots and its possible there might be a fourth before the end of the week.

The three snapshots this week brought GNOME 3.18.2, KDE Applications 15.08.03 and several other fixes.

In the next snapshot, expect new default system fonts, X.Org 1.18 and Mesa 11.0.5. Ghostscript 9.18 is also expected, but it did cause a few build failures in stagings, so if you’re building anything against it, be forewarned.

There are some projects in Factory staging we need your help with before they will be released in a Tumbleweed snapshot.

Dominique Leuenberger wrote in the Tumbleweed weekly review email that some expect issues with the new Boost version 1.59 and that there are quick a few fixes needed. GStreamer 1.6 has most of the packages ready, but some the critical component Phonon is missing.

With all this, I wish you a great weekend – and always remember: Have a
lot of fun.

We have a logo for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2015

October 2nd, 2015 by

We’re pleased to announce that the logo for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2015. The logo comes from Kukuh Syafaat.

Congratulations, Kukuh Syafaat!!!

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A very big thanks from the openSUSE.Asia community to all the logo designers for their time and effort, as well as the voters who actively voted for the event.  We are able to host this event because of such huge support and contributions. We look forward to see you at the Summit.

Throw a Betafest

September 24th, 2015 by

Prosciutto, anchovy and onion pizza.Yesterday’s release of the first Leap Beta in the 42 series has people excited. Another thing that gets people excited is pizza, so why not combine the two for a Leap Betafest Pizza Party. That’s right; there will be plenty of time before the official release, so why not test the beta and eat some pizza. Have a Betafest 42.1!

Download the Beta…

The latest testing release is available at software.opensuse.org in the development version.

This release is the final release before openSUSE goes into Release Candidate and need feedback. Please install it on a VM, virtualbox or on your hardware. Report and help fix any problems you encounter.
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openSUSE.Asia Summit – More on CFP, deadline approaching!!!

September 17th, 2015 by

Time is running out fast!!! We already have an impressive list of proposals, but hey, it does not hurt to be greedy. Submit your proposals for the openSUSE.Asia Summit 2015, which will be held from Dec’05 – Dec’06 2015 in Taipei City. Every proposal makes our Summit better.

Just to remind you again, we have the following formats. Each proposal has a word limit of 150 words.geeko+

  • Lightning Talk (10 mins)
  • Short Talk (30 mins)
  • Long Talk (60 45 mins)  [If you thought that will take less than 60 minutes but more than 30 minutes, then this is the revised format]
  • Workshop (3 hours)

The openSUSE.Asia committee highly recommends workshops or hands on sessions. Papers can be submitted at the conference website by September 25, 2015.

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