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Bird Watching: An openSUSE Maker Project

April 18th, 2017 by

Creating cool projects is what makes openSUSE so much fun and a recent project by an openSUSE member highlights just how creative and fun one can be using openSUSE.

Adrian Schröter took a Raspberry Pi 3 using openSUSE to create a 3D-printed foldable tripod and took the idea even further by using the Raspberry Pi 3 used to build the tripod to take interval photographs of a Storch and it’s nest with a Sony A5100 camera.

The nest appeared in 2016 and Schröter has been taking pictures of the Storch and it’s nest for a few months.

To print the foldable tripod, Schröter made the design using FreeCAD, which is a general purpose 3D Computer-Aided Design program that he packages for openSUSE’s distributions. Sony A5100 support for Gphoto from another community member, Marcus Meissner, helped to get the camera functioning to take photos roughly every 30 seconds.

Schröter has a blog about that updates pictures about the Storch and it’s nest at http://www.storch-bleckmar.de. The blog is in German, so brush up on your Deutsch or just enjoy the photos.

Conference to have Daily Keynote Speakers

April 5th, 2017 by

The openSUSE Conference is about seven weeks away and this year will again have high-quality keynote speakers.

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference at the Z-Bau in Nuremberg, Germany, from May 26 – 28 will be from SaltStack, KDE and Free Software Foundation Europe.

Matthias Kirschner, President of FSFE, will take the stage on May 26 at 10 a.m. and provide attendees an exorbitant amount of information about governance and open source.

Later that evening, there will be entertainment and a Brazilian style barbecue, so stick around for the Friday night fun.

The following day (May 27) at 10 a.m., we welcome back the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of SaltStack, Thomas Hatch. Hatch will be discussing how to control modern data center complexity, and turn it to a competitive advantage, using SaltStack and SUSE technologies.

This year vice-president of the KDE e.V., Aleix Pol, will discuss the development process, and then will go over what the KDE community has been up to in terms of Quality Assurance. Pol’s keynote, which is at 10 a.m. on May 28, will present ideas to collaborate and create better solutions together across the open-source ecosystem.

If you have not registered for the openSUSE Conference, now would be a good time. Look for the schedule to be released in the coming weeks.

Google Summer of Code 2017

March 23rd, 2017 by

We’re very happy to announce that openSUSE has been accepted as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2017 edition!

Google Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code is an annual program which awards stipends to university students to write code and learn about open source development in their summer break! Accepted students work with a mentor and become a part of the open source community.

In last year’s edition, Ana Maria worked on a project to improve the schedule of the Open Source Event Manager. We’re proud to announce that Ana Maria will participate as a mentor again. If you’re interested in web development and Ruby on Rails, check out the projects around OSEM.

One of our all-time favorite projects participating in GSoC is YaST. openSUSE’s default setup and configuration tool offers a project about rewriting keyboard management in a proper object-oriented way.

Compared to YaST, Jangouts is still a new project in the openSUSE family. Jangouts (for “Janus Hangouts”) is a solution for videoconferencing based on WebRTC and AngularJS. While Jangouts participated the first time with only one project, we’re happy that this year they offer three new projects.

The application period already started this Monday (March 20), and runs through April 4. Interested students should get in touch with the mentors and the community before starting to write an application proposal. Google will announce accepted students on May 4, and the official coding period will be from May 30 – August 29.

If you’re interested in participating in Google Summer of Code, please visit our openSUSE 101 mentoring website for more information about projects and application.

Committee Accepting Proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit

March 3rd, 2017 by

The openSUSE.Asia organization committee is accepting proposals to host the openSUSE.Asia Summit during the second half of 2017. The openSUSE.Asia Summit is the largest annual openSUSE conference in Asia and is attended by contributors and 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 the present technology and future developments.

Past Summits

The last openSUSE.Asia Summit was in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 2016. 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  process. You can learn more about openSUSE.Asia Summit at the following web sites:

Proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017

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Tumbleweed Gets Kernel 4.10.1, Mesa 17, Python 3.6

March 2nd, 2017 by

The joy and experimentation of Hack Week didn’t keep openSUSE Tumbleweed from continuing to roll.

Since the last news article on Tumbleweed two weeks ago, there have been eight snapshots featuring new software packages.

The most recent snapshot to land in the repositories was snapshot 20170228, which provided less than a handful of packages.

Snapshots 20170227 delivered the latest stable Linux Kernel 4.10.1. GStreamer 1.10.4 provided various fixes for crashes, assertions, deadlocks and memory leaks in the snapshot, and python-setuptools 34.2.0 had a lengthy list of changes, which also dropped support for python 2.6 and 3.2.

In snapshots 20170226,  Speex, a patent-free audio compression format that aims to lower the barrier of entry for voice applications by providing a free alternative to expensive proprietary speech codecs, officially released its 1.2 version in Tumbleweed. Flatpak 0.8.3 version included backports of the updated OpenGL support from master and in combination with the work in the runtime allows Flatpak to work out of the box with out-of-tree OpenGL drivers, including the nvidia driver. (more…)

openSUSE at LinuxFest Northwest 2017

February 27th, 2017 by

LinuxFest Northwest 2017, coming up the first weekend in May, promises to continue its tradition of providing a unique, active, fun experience for open-source enthusiasts at all experience levels. openSUSE continues its long-term sponsorship of the event, and we are looking forward to having a lot of fun! Submit your session proposals by March 1, 2017!

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openSUSE Heroes December meeting – final results

February 25th, 2017 by

While we had some fun and good food and drinks, we also managed to discuss a lot during the three days in the Nuremberg headquarter. This was needed because this was the first time that the Heroes came together in their current form. In the end, we managed to do no coding and even (nearly) no administration – but instead we started to discuss our (internal and external) policies and work flows – and did some decisions regarding the next steps and the future of the openSUSE infrastructure.

openSUSE Heroes meeting

So what are our results – and how does the prioritized action item list look like?

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Election season begins for openSUSE Board

December 12th, 2016 by

The openSUSE Project has two seats  for this year’s openSUSE board elections.

Phase 0 has begun and candidates who have an interest in running for the board will need to notify their intent to run by Jan. 1.

Membership Window Open

The window for openSUSE membership is also open. Apply for membership during a three-week window and be a part of directing outcomes in the project.

Only members elect representatives to serve on the openSUSE Board for a 24 months term.

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openSUSE Heroes meeting, day 2

December 3rd, 2016 by

After a long, but exciting first day, we even managed to get some sleep before we started again and discussed the whole morning about our policies and other stuff that is now updated in the openSUSE wiki. After that, we went out for a nice lunch…

openSUSE Heroes out for lunch.

openSUSE Heroes out for lunch.

…before we started the discussion about some other topics on our list.

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openSUSE Heroes meeting, day 1

December 2nd, 2016 by

Some of the openSUSE Heroes decided during the last openSUSE Conference that it’s time for more face to face meetings to “get things done” and “work together”…

Picture from the meeting with some openSUSE Heroes discussing

Picture from the meeting with some openSUSE Heroes discussing

So starting today, some openSUSE Heroes started to spend the first December weekend in the SUSE Headquarter in Nuremberg. And they really have a lot to do, as you might imagine! That might be the reason why some of them started at 02:00 in the night to arrive at 07:00 in Nuremberg…

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