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oSC14 CfP and Registration Open!

January 29th, 2014 by

oSC14 Logo_FinalStarting today, the oSC14 Program Committee is ready to accept your proposals for sessions!We’re also ready to register visitors interested in joining us. Your talk and workshop submissions should be fit in one of the four main tracks: end users, business, community and project, technology and development.

You can submit your abstracts in our conference submission tool. The submission period begins today, 29 January, and closes 28 February. Note that we will start accepting talks before the deadline.
First acceptance emails will be sent 14th February, allowing you to start planning your trip already. And –of course– First come, first served! So, be in time!

The four tracks

The openSUSE conference traditionally has a theme. This year, the theme is: “The Strength to Change“.

Change has been a constant in Free Software. With the rise of mobile devices and the associated operating systems like Android and Chromebooks, we have to adopt as a project. We discussed strategy again on our mailing lists and by the time of the conference, we can hopefully all talk together and come to some conclusions. Change is never easy, but it is important!

Session proposals that connect in a meaningful way with change and strength would be appreciated!

End user track (Geeko Enthusiast):
The user track provides the opportunity for the power users of any application to share their knowledge and share tricks they apply to get the most out of the applications they use. Know of a non-obvious but very useful feature, present it’s usage to fellow Geekos and users in this track. Topics include, but not limited to, applications, desktop environments, multimedia solutions and games.

Business track (Geeko for suits):
The business track provides the opportunity for those that use openSUSE and/or FOSS in their business to describe the unique challenges they face. This includes, but not limited to, issues and solutions of interfacing with regulatory institutions, other business, staff training, and changing technology course.

Community and Project (Geekos around the world):
Sessions in this area should focus on project and community activities,
including, but not limited to, project governance, marketing, artwork and advocate reports. In many cases, this sessions bring a strong sense of unity to the project as a whole as we discuss some of the unique challenges that an Open Source Community confronts. If you have ideas that can help a community be stronger, join this track.

Technology & Development (Geeko tech):
Sessions in this area should focus on system technology and distribution development. Including, but not limited to, software packaging, development/testing/debugging tools/practices/methods. Infrastructure
software, deployment strategies and monitoring. These sessions will help a few of our members gain understanding of the many tools they can use when working in development for the distribution and other exciting projects.

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We will have four types of sessions:

  • Short talk (30 min)
  • Long Talk (60 min)
  • Lightning Talk (15 min)
  • Workshop (2 – 4 hours)

You can send in proposals until February 28 but the sooner the better as we will start accepting submissions on February 14.

Find our speaker guidelines here. This page also has tips on how to create smashing presentations and we ave some articles about organizing workshops and BoF sessions at this site.

Registration for oSC14

In other great news: registration has opened! That means you can now visit the conference site and register yourself for oSC14.

The openSUSE Travel Support Team wishes you a Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2014 by

Great News!!!

For almost 2 years Izabel Valverde and Kostas Koudaras run the Travel Support Program Team with the openSUSE Board & SUSE support.

After a great job done into TSP, Kostas is now member of the openSUSE Board so we have have 2 new members on TSP filling his spot and giving us an extra help. At the dawn of the new year we are pleased to announce the current openSUSE Travel Support Team: Efstathios Iosifidis a.k.a Diamond_gr, Izabel Valverde and Marcel Kühlhorn a.k.a. Tux93.

The new TSP Team wishes to Kostas good luck on his new journey and is thankful for all the work done.

Happy 2014 to everyone in the openSUSE Project!

Your TSP Team

Announcing openSUSE Education Li-f-e 13.1

December 18th, 2013 by

Get Li-f-e from here : Direct Download | Torrents | Metalinks | md5sum

openSUSE Education community is proud to bring you an early Christmas and New Year’s present: openSUSE Education Li-f-e. It is based on the recently released openSUSE 13.1 with all the official online updates applied.

We have put together a nice set of tools for everyone including teachers, students, parents and IT administrators. It covers quite a lot of territory: from chemistry, mathematics to astronomy and Geography. Whether you are into software development or just someone looking for Linux distribution that comes with everything working out of the box, your search ends here. (more…)

We’re Ready For The Release, Are You?!

November 18th, 2013 by

Release Geeko
Dear Geekos!

We’re sure you are all anxiously awaiting the release of openSUSE 13.1, coming in 24 hours. Yes, just around the corner! So we want to remind you that you can help us promote the release, plan release parties and of course read the many articles we’ve written! So much to do both before and after the release…

Before the release

There is still preparation to do: a lot to read about the release -so you can tell your friends about it- and some work in order to promote the release. You are very welcome in helping us to spread the word in your blog and other places!

Learn about the release

As a preparation for the release we wrote bunch of sneak peaks so you can learn about what is so cool in new openSUSE. Let’s start from the most visible parts – as always we have new versions of desktops environments. We write articles about both major ones – GNOME and KDE. Changes in these two are probably the most visible to the end user. We hope exactly the opposite happening with YaST. There were really big changes under the hood of YaST this release as we wrote. The interface and functionality are both the same, so users will barely notice, but we hope an horde of new developers attracted by the new code.

We also wrote about more hardcore/geeky stuff. "Cloud" is still a magical and cool word and we have everything you need to create your own cloud in openSUSE. Check out what is new in this area! And as this is more sysadmins cup of tea, let’s mention yet another article that we prepared. This one is full of useful tips and tricks. Even if you are skilled sysadmin, you might learn a thing or two there that will make your everyday life easier.

And last but not least, don’t forget about all the love and attention that have been put into Btrfs. Even whether is not the default option for new installations, openSUSE 13.1 looks like the best choice for everybody wanting to try this next generation filesystem.

Promote the release

You might have seen that we created some cool materials to promote the release. There are banners, backgrounds for social media accounts and more in this article and we have this cool “Release Geeko” background for you:

ReleaseIsComingBackground

Release Geeko background

Find more related artwork in our github repository.

During the release day

For the release itself, we created both Facebook event and G+ event to be sure that no one forgets (like if it is possible to forget the release date of your favorite Linux distribution). But more important, there will be public hangout on G+ as part of the G+ event, so you can join and share your excitement about the new release. Apart from that, we will be updating all our social channels all day long, so don’t worry, you will not miss anything… and you are also welcome to help in these tasks.

After the release

In the party department, there have been people planning launch parties already. At the moment of writing, we are already aware of parties in:

  • Orlando FL, just a couple of days ago
  • Nuremberg, punctually at the release day
  • Copenhagen, the day after
  • SUSE offices in Prague, next week
  • Zacatecas, during Free Software Lab-COZCyT
  • Taipei, in the near future (stay tuned, more information coming)

If you would like to attend a launch party in your neighborhood, check the Launch Party wiki and if there’s no party yet, read this article with some tips on solving that problem ;-)

We hope you are now a little more prepared for the release. And, of course, not forget to…

have a lot of fun!

Get Ready to Party: Release is Around the Corner!

November 11th, 2013 by

release is comingIn just a little over a week, openSUSE 13.1 will be released! As we’ve all put in serious work to make this happen, it is certainly a good cause for celebration. Time to organize Launch Parties!

Launch Parties

A launch parties are to celebrate an openSUSE release. To start with the celebration part, as we all enjoy hanging out with fellow geekos, just having a space where you can talk and perhaps drink a beverage of choice should do the trick just fine. Of course, conversation starts easier if there is a subject to discuss – and that is where the release comes in! By the time the release is out, there is plenty of information on the openSUSE 13.1 Portal page that can be discussed.

Release parties are part of openSUSE. That means: they should be open, cool and featuring lots of fun! That doesn’t mean just following a ‘code of conduct‘, no, it means going out to people and being inviting! We’re all geekos, we’re all the same and we’re in this together, so we’re all responsible for each others fun.
Party time

Organizing

Organizing a release party requires the following three simple steps:

      1. Find a space. Simple is good: perhaps a room in your university, office or a cafe or restaurant.
      2. Register your launchparty on this wiki page
      3. Invite people: create a facebook and G+ event page, and send a mail to relevant mailing lists
        - like your local translation list or the project list… A blog can be helpful, too.

    Finally, Have a lot of fun! Welcome every new geeko and remind them that we’re all here for fun: talk to everybody you don’t know first! Perhaps a quick presentation on what is new is nice but not mandatory. Just remember: people are what makes openSUSE, so bringing them together is all that really counts.

    See this how-to for more info and tips!

    If you want to party on the release date, consider joining our G+ release day hangout!

    Have a lot of fun!

openSUSE Conference 2015 (oSC15) Location Search

October 9th, 2013 by

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We as a community are still abuzz from the success of the first community organized openSUSE conference in Thessaloniki this past July and many are already looking forward to the openSUSE Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia next year (oSC14.) As we all know the wheels of time never stop turning and time flies when you’re having fun. Therefore, before we know it it will be time to announce the location for oSC15. However, before a new location can be announced it has to be found.

The openSUSE board invites you to consider organizing and hosting the openSUSE conference in 2015. The openSUSE Conference (oSC) is the primary yearly gathering of Geekos from around the world. The conference venue requirements can be found on the openSUSE wiki. This is your chance to show the world of Geekos the hospitality and culture of your country. One member of the organizing team will be invited to attend oSC14 at the end of April, 2014 in Dubrovnik and present the location of oSC15.

Please submit your proposals to either opensuse-project@opensuse.org or board@opensuse.org. We are happy to consider proposals from teams that would like to organize the event but are currently not actively involved with the openSUSE community. Proposals are accepted starting now until the end of the year (2013). The board will make a decision about the 2015 location early in 2014 with an announcement to be made at oSC14.

oSC15 should take place in the March-May time frame in 2015, roughly 1 year after oSC14. Your proposal should include a description of the location (city/town and venue) and provide information about your organization team and any experience you may have had organizing other events. Items to consider are cost of lodging around the venue, access to public transportation to and from the airport/train station and hotels to venue, and proximity to a venue for a party.

Help promote openSUSE 13.1!

October 7th, 2013 by

Making noise

We’re not at the release, but the beta is out, according to the roadmap RC1 is coming Thursday and our artists have been hard at work preparing artwork. We’ve got badges, backgrounds, counters and banners for you to put on your social media or blog pages, on your desktop or even on your wall! Let’s make sure everybody knows what’s coming. (more…)

Ambassadors & Event Merchandise – All Change!

May 10th, 2013 by

Over the last few years, we’ve seen openSUSE grow into an international project consisting of a large number of volunteer contributors from around the world. These contributors have a wide range of skill sets and interests such as software development, systems engineering, artwork & marketing, in addition to more general enthusiasts. This diversity of contributors and their geographically distributed nature leads to some interesting challenges and questions for the project. For example:

  1. How do we as a project ensure we’re listening to and addressing the needs of our contributor base?
  2. How do we ensure openSUSE is represented and visible at important FLOSS events around the world? How do we ensure we have a good show at these events?
  3. How do we try and attract new users, and ideally new contributors to help the project and our products grow and improve?

(more…)

openSUSE G(r)eekos @Fosscomm 2013

May 2nd, 2013 by

openSUSE Release Party Athens
Fosscomm (Free and Open Source Software Communities Meeting) is an annual conference for Free and Open Software. It’s organized from the Greek open source community for the Greek open source community in a different city of Greece each year. It’s an annual meeting for people who love open source technology, beers and party!

Of course the Greek openSUSE Community couldn’t miss this chance for having fun, drink beers, meet new people and talk about the technologies that openSUSE 12.3 has and the magnificent openSUSE Conference at Thessaloniki. (more…)

openSUSE 12.3 Launch Feedback: we’re still awesome!

March 18th, 2013 by

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Last week we let openSUSE 12.3 out of the gate. Like always, it was exciting and fun to see the result of so much preparation get to our users! So, how did it go and what did we learn? (more…)