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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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Geekos heading to SoCal

January 13th, 2015 by

IMG_20150103_152215Geekos are kicking off 2015 events in Southern California with an openSUSE Mini Summit @ SCALE. To attend the free openSUSE Mini Summit, you must buy a SCALE ticket; registering on the openSUSE events page is not enough.

Several popular open source software projects along with openSUSE will be joined at the hip at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel from February 19-22. Besides gaming with Linux, demonstrations on openSUSE capabilities and having a Human Resources representative from SUSE to discuss job opportunities, there will be a drawing for some  Raspberry Pi openSUSE branded

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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

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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.

openSUSE project creates buzz in Italy

November 6th, 2014 by

IMG_1484NUREMBERG, Germany (5-Nov.-2014) –  Many Linux user groups throughout Italy met at separate, but collectively themed events on Oct. 25 for Linux Day to promote the use of GNU/Linux and free software.
Alexjan Carraturo, a openSUSE advocate, used this year’s Linux Day, which is sponsored by the Italian Linux Society, to promote participation in the openSUSE Project in both Tuscany and Umbria.
“openSUSE offers something different and intriguing,” Carraturo said.
Not everyone appreciates the value of free software, Carraturo said. One of the greatest satisfactions with promoting free software is the look of surprise people have when they realize that they are not forced to choose only between Microsoft and Apple.
“The free software is an alternative that people need, but they don’t yet know they have,” he said. (more…)

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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Asia Summit Highlights Growing Open Source Community in Asia

October 16th, 2014 by

opensuseasiasummitThis weekend is the start of openSUSE’s first Asia Summit in Beijing.

The summit, which is a follow on to an open source summit SUSE sponsored in May, is expected to increase awareness in Asia about openSUSE and other Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

Students, professors and computer technologists attending the summit will listen to several keynote speakers like Dr. Qiu Shanqin, Chairman of China Open Source Software Promotion Union, and Ralf Flaxa, Vice President of SUSE. Richard Brown, President of the openSUSE board, will also provide a keynote speech to attendees.

Noteable workshops scheduled for the conference on Day 1 are SUSE’s project manager Anja Stock’s about Bugzilla, FOSS community member Eleanor Chen, about Hands-on into Open Source Community, and Saurabh Sood, an engineer working with Unisys Corporation, about Programming with the Qt Framework.

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openSUSE Asia – Register and book your dates!!!

September 22nd, 2014 by

The openSUSE Asia Summit committee has been working hard and is finally prepared to welcome you and give a taste of rich Chinese history and hospitality.

You may register in our CONFERENCE SUBMISSION TOOL before Sep 30th. We are looking forward to having you with us on this Oct in Beijing.

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openSUSE.Asia Summit 2014 – We have a Logo now

September 12th, 2014 by

We are pleased to announce that the winner of our Logo Design contest is the No.8 candidate authored by *W.H*!

Congratulations, *W.H*! W.H’s logo has been chosen as the official logo.

openSUSE Asia Summit 2014

openSUSE Asia Summit 2014

 

A heartfelt thanks from the openSUSE Asia community to all the logo designers for their time and effort, as well as the voters who took care of the active voting! You made this happened!

 

Results of the voting contest can be seen here.