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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


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.


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.


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.