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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…)

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.

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.

Jangouts, Bare Metal, other projects make for Hackweek fun

May 12th, 2015 by

t-shirt-motivThe spirit of last month’s Hackweek is still alive and well and it’s about time we review some of the projects from openSUSE’s Hackweek.

The first project I want to highlight is the Google Hangouts killer – https://hackweek.suse.com/12/projects/832. This WebRTC-based video conferencing system is still in its early stages of development and there are tweaks being made to move the project forward. Unlike Google Hangouts’ 10 person limitation, the project currently dubbed Jangouts exceeds that capacity limit. During the testing, 18 people attended the 25-person room limitation of 25. The latest test even worked on a mobile device. If anyone want to get involved with this project, join the #jangouts channel on Freenode. Jangouts is hosted on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), but donations of servers to the openSUSE project are always welcomed. Just email me at ddemaio@suse.de if you are interest is donating a server with 100 gb or more of RAM to the openSUSE project. (more…)

Next Week is Hack Week!

April 10th, 2015 by

Hack Week, a week where openSUSE/SUSE hackers experiment without limits! It’s the opportunity to innovate, collaborate across teams, and learn. The only rule is: Do what you want, but do it!

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Many openSUSE/SUSE hackers use this opportunity to work on an activity of their passion and judging from the submitted ideas on hackweek.suse.com there is plenty of passion in the community!

Be it porting openSUSE to new and exciting hardware (Firefly-RK3288 or Intel Quark X1000) and architectures (MIPS). Improving our tools like OpenQA, YaST or OSEM. Making the life of openSUSE users more secure with better disk encryption, SSL pinning or a GNOME password manager. Nerding off with improving disassembly in gdb, porting a fake signal optimization to kGraft or diving into functional programming together. Or how about some more earthly passions like improving yourself or simply jamming together to improve Free Software?

We are sure that in the end, the 12th incarnation of this event, will give birth to one of the next big openSUSE/SUSE innovations. Like so many Hack Weeks before have! Just think about zypp and zypper, the openSUSE ARM port or YaST in Ruby.

So when next week is Hack Week, support the openSUSE/SUSE hackers where you can when they explore strange new languages, seek out new tools and new communities, when they boldly go where no hacker has gone before!

Hackweek is back with Black-on-Black

March 24th, 2015 by

Gt-shirt-motivet ready for a good time in April and a flashback to old times. openSUSE will have Hackweek April 13 – 17 and everyone is welcome to participate.

All participant will receive the “” openSUSE Hackweek T-Shirt. All participants can sign up on http://hackweek.suse.com to participate in openSUSE’s Hackweek.

Hackerspace will be available for anyone who wants to hack at our locations in Nuremberg, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Provo, Utah (USA); Taipei, Taiwan; and Beijing, China, but hackers can always participate in this event remotely.

To use hackerspace during Hackweek, contact the following people based on location by April 10: Provo – Craig Gardner cgardner@suse.com, Prague – Thomas Chvatal tchvatal@suse.cz, Beijing – Yan Sun ysun@suse.com,  Taipei – Max Lin mlin@suse.com and Nuremberg – Douglas DeMaio ddemaio@suse.de.

Join a team working on a project during Hackweek or create your own new project at https://hackweek.suse.com/projects/new.

To help promote your project and the event, use hashtag #hackit when tweeting about your project. Media are welcome to attend the event; openSUSE encourages people participating in Hackweek to blog about it and to contact local media to provide coverage on the event.

Hack Week Event Inspires Innovation, Creativity, Fun

October 21st, 2014 by

hack weekHi everyone, I’m Doug! This is the beginning of my third week at openSUSE contributing to marketing and communications. It is great to be of the community. Everything here is new, and during my first week, I kept hearing people here talk about Hack Week.

Several thoughts of what Hack Week could be crossed my mind.

Having worked in government for several years, I associated hacking with bad people and bad intentions, which is why I thought I should visit the website and see what the hype was all about.

The ideas running through my head were way off.

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Hackweek 9 is coming!

March 26th, 2013 by

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The week starting on April 8 will be Hack Week 9 at SUSE! The SUSE engineers will be free to work on projects of their passion for a week. They work in teams or alone on projects, personal, upstream or new. Hackweek takes place both on-line and at SUSE offices all over the world. Each location has a program for the week itself but right now we’re in preparation mode. As always, we try to make the event as open as possible (that’s why we use github) so you can see what we’re planning and can join in the fun! (more…)

Hackweek 8 at SUSE

August 24th, 2012 by

What have the boot speed of openSUSE, a sandbox for KVM development, OpenStack, CUPS, Linux UEFI support and Enlightenment 17 to do with each other? They’re among the projects SUSE engineers worked on at Hackweek 8! From the 23rd to the 27th of July, the ‘normal’ development and maintenance tasks at SUSE took a backseat and the developers turned their attention to the various Open Source projects they fancied working on. Past projects have resulted in awesome tools like SUSE Paste, Debian support in OBS and of course Hackweek 7 brought us ARM in OBS! Read on to find out a some projects which were worked on and a bit about the results. (more…)