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Plan A Community Release Party for openSUSE Leap 42.3

July 17th, 2017 by

Many people are anxiously awaiting for the release of openSUSE Leap 42.3 next week, but before the release arrives, you can prepare for a Release Party to celebrate the upcoming achievement with members of the open-source and openSUSE community.

Host your own Release Party. If you don’t know how to do this, there is a list of five steps to have a successful release party. Plus more details are listed below on how to have a fantastic party.

Selecting a good date and having some goodies to pass out to the party requires a bit of planning. The checklist below can help with planning the release party. If you plan on having a party, email ddemaio (at) suse.de well before the party to get some goodies to hand out to the party people. Please include “Leap 42.3 Party” in the subject line and include a mailing address and phone number.

checklist:

Find a date

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Join the 3D Design and Printing Workshop

July 11th, 2017 by

Members of the openSUSE will host a 3D Design and Printing Workshop in Nuremberg on Sept. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at SUSE Headquarter.

The workshop, which as 60 spots available, will focus on teaching attendees on how to design and print 3D objects with open source tools like InkScape (easy enough for Kids) and FreeCAD.

“We will have a lot of fun at this workshop,” said Adrian Schroeter, an openSUSE member. “No matter the attendees experience of 3D design and printing, this workshop will give them the tools to make something and be creative. Plus, everybody gets the chance to take their own piece in printed form home.”

Those who are interested  are encouraged to attend the workshop that will teach both beginner and advanced level designing. Kids accompanied by an adult are welcomed to attend.

Attendees will learn about further tools needed for 3D printing and should come with a 3D model or STereoLithography file to modify. Attendees can find existing models at http://www.thingiverse.com.

There will be two LulzBot 3D Printers that were supplied by AlephObjects that people will be able to use for printing their projects.

Attendees should come with a laptop and have an openSUSE distribution installed or could also use openSUSE Leap from the Microsoft store . A list of tools for 3D design and printing can be found at https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Science_Mechanical_engineering.

The workshop will try to support both German or English languages.

Please register at events.opensuse.org with your email address to receive more information before the workshop.

English openSUSE wiki updated and moved home

July 10th, 2017 by

The English openSUSE wiki has been moved and updated  successfully. If you encounter any issue, please let us know by mail to admin(@)opensuse.org.

On July 11, the MediaWiki instance hosted behind en.opensuse.org was set to read only, with some slight downtimes.

The reason for the downtime was the move of the wiki from the old Provo cluster to the new Nuremberg opensuse network.

Together with the move, the wiki was updated from MediaWiki 1.22 to 1.27, and the VM hosting it from an old SLE version to openSUSE Leap 42.3 (yes, we are eating our own dogfood!)

New features are:

–    including files directly from github -> https://en.opensuse.org/Help:GitHub_inclusion

–    namespace-specific boilerplates (page templates) when creating new pages -> https://en.opensuse.org/Help:MultiBoilerplate

–    better search (elasticsearch) – now searching all namespaces, but with different weight

–    login is now done using the Auth_remoteuser extension – but still with your openSUSE login

–    support for several map providers

–    switched extension for RSS feed integration (this needs adjustments on the pages that include RSS feeds) -> https://en.opensuse.org/Help:RSS_feeds

–    watching a category (when pages get added to or removed from it) is now part of MediaWiki core

–    removal of Hermes notifications – MediaWiki’s own notifications work much better

Please be patient while we are doing the update. We’ll update this article and the status.opensuse.org webpage, plus we’ll send a followup mail to the opensuse-announce mailinglist when everything is done.

After updating the English wiki, we will let the dust settle for some days, and plan to update the localized wikis next week.

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 Tokyo: Call for proposals is open

July 7th, 2017 by

 

openSUSE.Asia Committee calls for proposals of talks for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 held at the University of Electro-Communications on October 21 and 22.

Please refer to the following announcement for the detail of openSUSE.Asia Summit:

https://news.opensuse.org/2017/06/30/opensuse-asia-summit-2017-tokyo-japan/

The speakers are eligible to receive sponsorship from openSUSE Travel Support Program (TSP). Even if you live away from Tokyo, please consider applying for the event.

Topics

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 will invite talks relevant to openSUSE and additionally topics like FLOSS security, LibreOffice and Linux desktop since openSUSE is a collection of various FLOSS products. The examples of the topics (not limited to) are as the following:

  1. openSUSE
    • Open Build Service, OpenQA
    • YaST
    • Linux kernel, File system, …
    • Virtualization and container
    • Embedded and IoT
    • Other software running on openSUSE
  2. FLOSS Security
    • Access/Integrity control (e.g., AppArmor, IMA, Audit)
    • Cryptography
    • Vulnerability management
  3. LibreOffice
    • Writer, Calc, Impress, …
    • Open Document Format
  4. Linux Desktop
    • Desktop environments and applications
    • Graphics and multimedia
    • Multilingualization support (e.g., Input methods)

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openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 Tokyo, Japan

June 30th, 2017 by

It is our great pleasure to announce that openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 will take place at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo, Japan on October 21 and 22.

openSUSE.Asia Summit is one of the great events for openSUSE community (i.e., both contributors, and users)  in Asia. Those who usually communicate online can get together from all over the world, talk face to face, and have fun.  Members of the community will share their most recent knowledge, experiences, and learn FLOSS technologies surrounding openSUSE.

This event at Tokyo is the fourth in openSUSE.Asia Summit. Following the first Asia Summit in Beijing 2014, the Asia Summit has been held annually. The second summit was at Taipei in Taiwan, then in Yogyakarta in Indonesia last year. The past Asia Summits have had participants from China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Germany.

Goals

The goals of openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 are

  1. Attracting more attention to openSUSE and developing community in Japan by bringing the enthusiasm of Asian community.
  2. Giving Asian community members opportunity to extend the area of their activities from their country/region to the whole world.
  3. Boosting openSUSE.Asia Summit to be a real Asian/global summit by inviting participants from other countries and regions.

Pre-announcement of call for proposals

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 will soon call for proposals of talks. There will be three kinds of talks: 30 minutes and 15 minutes oral presentations and 2 hours workshops.

  • If you are not good at English, it works in the local language (Japanese).
  • If you don’t live in Tokyo, you still have a chance to participate. The openSUSE Travel Support Program will offer up to 80% of your travel cost.
    https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Travel_Support_Program

We will announce the details at //news.opensuse.org as soon as it is decided. Please prepare for your presentations and wait for it.

At the end

This event is one of  the great opportunities for openSUSE community. See you in Tokyo — a center of Japanese economy and industry, with subcultures including manga and anime.

Have a lot of fun…

Website About People of openSUSE Ends Hiatus

June 19th, 2017 by

Interviews with people involved in the openSUSE Project have returned and new pages will be added in the future highlighting individuals involved in the community project.

The first interview to be posted after a five-year hiatus was posted in November of 2016 and highlights Dominique Leuenberger, who is at VLC contributor and release manager for openSUSE Tumbleweed.

Sarah Julia Kriesch, who is a Working Student at ownCloud and member of the Heroes team at openSUSE, discusses in an interview in published in March how she got started with Linux and openSUSE.

The most recent interview published is from Leap release manager Ludwig Nussel, who is a volunteer for a fire brigade in Germany.

The website has interviews dating back at 2007; when many people involved in the project had less grey hair;-). Current interviews focus on newer project members. Interviews include many people involved in the project who participate and contribute to many other open-source projects like Linux kernel developer and Tumbleweed originator Greg Kroah-Hartman, former openSUSE Release Manager and KDE Release Coordinator Stephan Kulow and more.

Next Leap 42.3 Snapshot Equates to Release Candidate

June 6th, 2017 by

Rolling Development Still needs Testing, Promoters

Since changing to a rolling development version model for the eventual release of openSUSE Leap 42.3, challenges have arisen to get more people testing it.

There is no milestone releases (Alpha or Beta) for openSUSE Leap 42.3, but snapshots of the development version are constantly being released.

“So far I have not seen too many 42.3 bugs,” said Leap Release Manager Luwdig Nussel in his talk at the openSUSE Conference. “I don’t think we are bug free, so I think it just is not tested enough.”

Some Linux users might find a rolling development process for a Linux release to be less appealing for testing, but testing is certainly necessary before the actual release Leap 42.3 at the end of July.

The next minor version of Leap 42.3 is mostly a refresh and hardware enablement release that will have more than 10,000 packages. While the development version of Leap 42.3 it is still considerably stable because it is extremely hardened and shares sources from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 12, the release could still use more testing and people willing to promote openSUSE’s next minor 42 series version.

Nussel said SLE 12 Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Leap 42.3 are developed in parallel to one another and both benefit from mutual bug reports.

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Introducing Kubic Project: a new open-source project

May 29th, 2017 by

Recent years have seen tremendous growth in the container technologies market. From being a non-existent category just a few years ago to being one of the most interesting, fast development and exciting areas.

Containers change the way we think about application architecture and the speed at which we can deliver on business requirements. They provide consistency and portability across environments and allow developers to focus on building a great product, without the distraction of underlying execution details.

Today the entire application delivery supply chain is changing as the age of abstract application creation is upon us. This change is fueled by the adoption of a few key technologies,  including shared code repositories, continuous integration, continuous development, and cloud computing.  However, the ultimate driver of this movement is a software delivery mechanism: containers.

Project Kubic is a generic project for the many new initiatives related to re-designing the operating system around principles of immutable infrastructure and the usage of a stack based on Linux, docker project and Kubernetes.  The primary building block of the Kubic Project is the Container Host OS based on openSUSE Tumbleweed.

In the near future and with your support, we’ll be enabling Kubernetes and many other new features. This will allow you to easily build Container as a Service (CaaS) solutions and run them everywhere…

How can the Kubic Project help me?

  •  Traditional OS are cool and fun to hack on, but the model with a single runtime environment controlled by the OS and shared by all applications does not meet the requirements of modern application-centric IT.
  • Based on a monolithic approach, the traditional OS brings lots of challenges for managing the stacks running on top of it. With Kubic, we would like to rethink the OS by redesigning it for modern IT applications.
  • In agile environments, developers and DevOps engineers are taking responsibilities over their app and seeking control over the runtime underneath their applications, without necessarily owning the entire stack.
  • VMs provide a means for separation among applications, but this model adds resource and management overhead.

Join our Kubic Project and together we will build the next generation of Container OS

Useful information:

(This blog is written by Simona Arsene and was originally published at https://www.suse.com/communities/blog/introducing-kubic-project-new-open-source-project/)

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Conference Talks Uploaded, Stream is Live

May 27th, 2017 by

This year’s openSUSE Conference has so far been a blast and the talks  from Day 1 of the conference have already been uploaded to the openSUSETV YouTube channel.

For the people who couldn’t make it to this year’s conference, they can watch the live stream of the conference at http://streaming.media.ccc.de/osc17/. There are two rooms (Galerie and Saal) being live streamed and recorded.

Starting out the conference, Matthias Kirschner, President of Free Software Foundation Europe, delivered a terrific keynote and gave several thought provoking questions about who will be the torchbearer for open-source software and questioned whether it is necessary to have a torchbearer since there are so many examples of success of open-source software.

Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of SaltStack, Thomas Hatch, gave a great keynote today and yesterday gave a talk about “My Move to SUSE.”

Thorsten Kukuk introduced openSUSE Kubic as a project under the openSUSE Project and Leap release manager Ludwig Nussel touched on the status of Leap; past, present and future.

Another great talk recommended for system administrators and developers from the  open-source community is Wolfgang Engel’s talk about SUSE Package Hub and how SUSE is bringing community packages to enterprise users.