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Attending oSC15? Find out the visa requirements

March 5th, 2015 by

For people planning on attending the openSUSE Conference in The Hague, Netherlands from May 1 – 4 who are not citizen of the European Union, it’s a good idea to start thinking about getting your visa, which is why I’m going to summarize the requirements here and give you the resources to help you get the process started.

The Travel Support Program has no provisions to cover the cost of a visa, so it’s the travelers responsibility for covering the additional cost.

Alphabet Nation

You must apply for a Schengen visa through the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country if you are from one of the following countries: (more…)

oSC15 Travel Support Request

February 24th, 2015 by

openSUSE Conference 2015

Link to oSC15 webpage

 

As you may already know, the Travel Support Program (TSP) provides travel sponsorships to openSUSE community who want to attend the openSUSE conference and need financial assistance. The openSUSE conference 2015 will held in the city of The Hague – Netherlands, from May 1st to May 5th.

 

 

The goal of the TSP is to help everybody in and around openSUSE to be able to go to the openSUSE Conference!

 

When and how

The application period will be opened from February 24th to March 5th. The approval results will be done by TSP App on March 9th and the sponsoship acception must to be done until March 12th. In case the requester doesn’t Approve the sponsorship the amount will be given for the next on the waiting list.

Remember: All requests will be managed through the TSP application at http://connect.opensuse.org/travel-support.

You will need an openSUSE Connect account in order to log in the application and apply for sponsorship. Please be sure to fullfil all of your personal details at openSUSE connect account to avoid delays or negative request. A good application with good information will be processed faster. (more…)

Conference in The Hague Taking Shape

February 4th, 2015 by

From retro gaming to Linux Professional Institute exams, this year’s openSUSE Conference is shaping up to be full of fun, knowledge and entertainment.

Security

Lock picking workshops designed to address the importance of security is one of a few security-related topics for oSC15. Security is a topic affecting people and businesses on a global scale. Radically Open Security will do a talk about their open source business model.

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Submit you proposal for oSC15

January 27th, 2015 by

flowRootosc15iconWe are making another call for papers for this year’s openSUSE Conference in The Hague, the Netherlands between 1 and 4th May 2015.

Now is your chance to submit your proposal for oSC15. The conference is just 93 days from today. Share your interests and projects with the openSUSE community.

We are looking for speakers on a wide range of topics, ranging from hacking to open-source idealism. If you have an interest in contributing, please don’t hesitate to register before 14th February 2015 at https://events.opensuse.org/conference/osc15/proposal

Today we will have a project meeting at 13 UTC on the openSUSE-project channel on Freenode IRC.

Join us at FOSDEM for a meeting at Café Belga this Saturday at 7 p.m. if you want to talk more about oSC15.

Cya at FOSDEM!

And the keynote speaker for OSC 15 is…

January 15th, 2015 by

flowRootosc15iconCanadian…

Who is it?

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oSC15 Venue Change

January 14th, 2015 by

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Hello Westvliet, goodbye BINK36, in with the new, out with the old. For the second time, Dutch legislation is impacting oSC15; we are obviously very important!

What Happened?

The initial impact was felt way back when we were investigating the dates for oSC15. At the time a holiday was moved to match with the King’s birthday and thus took one of our options for dates for oSC15 out of the equation.

Now a new legislation that effects the housing authority is effecting our location. BINK36 is currently owned and managed by a housing authority, but as we can all see from the pictures BINK36 certainly has nothing to do with housing. The legislation passed forces the housing authority to focus on, well, housing and thus BINK36 is up for sale.

The good news for the housing authority is that they already have a potential buyer. The bad news for us is that neither the housing authority (present owner,) nor the potential new owner are willing to enter into a contract for the venue at this point.

New Location

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oSC15 – Call for papers

December 30th, 2014 by

Hans1Make your voice heard! Do you have something interesting to share with the dynamic openSUSE community? Now is your chance. The conference will be held in the beautiful city of The Hague, the Netherlands between 1 and 4th May 2015.Starting today, the oSC15 Paper Committee is ready to receive your proposals for sessions!

We are looking for speakers on a wide range of subjects,Talk, Workshop and Birds of a Feather, ranging from hacking and open source idealisim to software, security and development. If you feel you have something interesting to contribute, please don’t hesitate to register before 14th February 2015 at https://events.opensuse.org/conference/osc15/proposal

Dates: from 1 until 4 may 2015
Location:  The Hague Netherlands

Session owners will be notified no later than April 2nd, 2015.

oSC 2015 – Call for Team Members

December 22nd, 2014 by

Together

Before the dawn of 2015 and as announced at oSC14  work has already started for yet another awesome openSUSE Conference. For 2015 the city of The Hague in theNetherlands will host our Annual Conference. This year the openSUSE community is gearing up and is ready to accept people from everywhere to a 4 day conference where there will be a lot of Learning and Hacking and Partying. The organizing team needs YOUR HELP to make this happen. So starting today you can sign up to join forces!Hans2

Whatever your skill level you are welcome to participate. We are looking for people willing to help out with A/V, Design, Networking, Promotion, Software, finding Speakers and helping out with the Venue itself. Join us for an awesome ride, with a fantastic destination. Make it your own event!

We use the openSUSE progresstracker in this project to keep track of the tasks. The documents are used to suggest announcements. Every two weeks we have project meetings on the opensuse-project channel on freenode.

Anyone is welcome to participate! To do so:

Sign up for an openSUSE account and sign into this tool
Assign an existing issue to yourself or create an issue with a task

If you need help with this tool (Redmine) have a look at the user guide .

Conference kicks into high gear

December 11th, 2014 by
oSC15

Register for OSC15 at http://bit.ly/1wC7qdX

We are ready to get this year’s Geeko-hack party started in The Hague, Netherlands, from May 1 to May 5.
Before the learning, hacking and partying begins at the four-day openSUSE Conference, the community needs to know what’s happening with oSC15 or better yet, help with the event planning.
This year’s theme “Flexibility through Diversity” offers much for the community to discuss. With openSUSE’s worldwide ecosystem, communicating and collaborating with open-source peers requires flexibility. The diversity of openSUSE creates an environment filled with opportune, learning and fun.

The following tracks that have been proposed for OSC15:

  • Collaboration and Cooperation
  • Business and Outcome track
  • Project & OSS Leadership
  • Technology & Development

A logo for oSC15 has already been selected and the website is taking shape leading up to the conference. Visitors will be able to submit papers, register for the conference and view the schedule at http://conference.opensuse.org.
More details will be annouced about the Call for Papers, which will close Feb. 14.

Know the location before you go

Here is a little info about The Hague before you plan your trip. The Hague is located between Amsterdam (69km) and Rotterdam (26km). The conference will be at a time when the city gets the most sunshine hours. Rotterdam The Hague airport receives flights from several European destinations and Amsterdam’s airport (Schiphol) is a major hub for flights coming to Europe from all over the world. The Hague is not the capital of the Netherlands, but is the seat of the Dutch government, parliament, Supreme Court and Council of the State. It’s one of eight major cities hosting the United Nations. Attendees can see the windmills, wooden shoes, the best soccer team never to be crowned the world champions, cheese, cows, farms and more cheese. The country is well below sea level, but don’t worry because chameleons can walk on water. Cya at oSC15.

The openSUSE Conference

The openSUSE Conference is the annual gathering of the openSUSE Community and other Free and Open Source contributors and enthusiasts. This year will be the 7th event where the talks, workshops and discussions provide the framework to exchange knowledge, collaborate and create lasting connections and incredible memories. Last year our event took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia – read reports on day one, day two and day three. Before we’ve had a smashing time in Prague and in a old factory hall in Nuremberg. It’s going to be off the chain in The Hague.

Want to help with oSC15?

Please join our team mailing list (subscribe)and our regular #opensuse-project IRC meetings. We can use help with working on the program, promotions and local organization. Tasks range from keeping our news outlets up to date and designing artwork to laying cables at the venue. There is much to do and we need you!

Sign up today to join forces or volunteer at http://conference.opensuse.org.

Aufbruchstimmung…..Here is what you missed at oSC14

May 2nd, 2014 by

oSC14 took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, attracting a large number of Geekos to give and attend talks, organize and attend workshops and have fun at the parties. Compared to previous conferences the attendance at oSC14 was unfortunately on the lighter side of things but never the less we all had a great time. Since oSC13 we certainly had our trials and tribulations which we have left behind us and the mood was extremely positive with everyone being ready to move forward. The many hallway discussions had people discussing the new booth boxes, the progress on openQA and the staging model for Factory development. We shared articles on the event already, had 13K viewers on Bambuser and here we try to provide a bit of a closing overview! (more…)