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We’re almost there, ladies and gents.
Again there was quite some feedback on the strategy doc. We have worked to shorten the document – a difficult thing with something which is the result of many thoughts and ideas. We tried to bring the piece on our target users back to it’s essentials and now have a short and a long version – input on what to do with either of those is very much welcome. In the other area’s, shortening was even harder – we appreciate input there as well.Â The plan is to do this one last round of feedback before we will try and finish it all off at the openSUSE conference next week.
Last week our Ambassadors did what they do every week: promote openSUSE. They went to meetings, conferences and tradeshows for a talk or staffing a booth. And they organized meetings, gave students lessons in using openSUSE, handed out DVD’s and valuable knowledge.
Many visitors of this site have no idea how active our ambassadors really are. The amount of work they do is amazing and they deserve a bit more of a spotlight on what they do! Their reports are usually highlighted in our weekly news, be sure to check their work out each week.
Read on for a short selection of reports which came in over the last week by the openSUSE ambassadors. And note that we get reports like this almost every day! Some come in the form of text, others like this one by Bruno about attending FrOSCamp 2010 in ZÃ¼rich are in the form of a nice presentation (very much worth a look).
Over the last week you have all given input on the new strategy document describing the target users of openSUSE. It saw quite a bit of rewriting and rephrasing but it seems the description fitted most of your perceptions. We have incorporated all the comments into the document and a new iteration can be found on co-ment.
LinuxTag 2010 is around the corner. There will be openSUSE Rock ‘N’ Roll from June 9Â to 12 at theÂ BerlinÂ Fairgrounds! We just received word that our project got accepted for a booth and that we have 13 talks in the program of the free conference.
The talks with openSUSE people involved range from SUSE Studio to HA for openVPN and spread from Wednesday to the very crowded Saturday. Here is a complete list.
SUSE Studio – Easily create software appliances for the cloud and more – With James Tan.
In this presentation, James will show how quick and easy it is to create, test, and deploy appliances using SUSE Studio.
Libyui – Universal User Interface Development Library – With Katarina Machalkova.
This talk will introduce libyui internals and guide the user from developing a very simple “Hello World” program to creating a complex application in one of the language bindings.
MonoDevelop – Eine freie IDE fÃ¼r GTK– Mike KrÃ¼ger
This talk will introduce to Monodevelop and GTK#. You will see some demonstrations of the concepts of an IDE.
High availability setup of openVPN – With Lars Vogdt and Martin Caj
This paper starts with a short overview of the involved Services (DRBD, Pacermaker, openVPN, LDAP) and shows the detailed dependencies and configuration options of those services to make the openVPN access a high availability service.
Ruby on Rails in der openSUSE.org Infrastruktur – With Thomas Schmidt
This talk will give you an insight into the methods of development and maintenance of the openSUSE systems based on Ruby on Rails.
RANSRID – Redundant Array of Non- Striped Really Independent Disks – With Matthias Hopf
How to store low frequency accessed files with lower power consumption and lower failure rate than RAID.
Open Source und Film – das Kino wird frei – With Sirko Kemter
This talk gives an overview about the world of open source movies and shows the different chances to finance such projects.
Kernel Mode Setting – a Change in Paradigms for the Graphics Driver Stack – With Egbert Eich
This talk is to give an overview over KMS, it’s benefits and it’s implementation both from the kernel and from the user space point of view.
The road to GNOME 3.0 – With Vincent Untz and Johannes Schmid
In this talk, we will explain the successes and limitations of GNOME 2.x that lead to the decision to start the new 3.0 effort, and we will study the planning methods that are used to release GNOME 3.0 in a way as painless as possible — both for distributors and users.
Distribution Image building with KIWI – With Christopher Hofmann
This talk briefly introduces the KIWI image system and shows how to create images based on openSUSE.
The live A-Z Guide to openSUSE Contribution – With Henne Vogelsang and Vincent Untz
From A like Artwork (we guess you already heard of Vincents ninjaesque GIMP techniques) to Z like ZYPP, the linux software management engine. If you always wanted to know how you contribute back to a distribution, this is your chance to learn how.
The Free Software Hell And How To Escape It – With Adrian SchrÃ¶ter and Henne Vogelsang
After it is possible for users of software to easily escape the famous dependency hell with smart and user-friendly package managers this talk will show you how free and open source software developers can escape the next circle – The Free Software Distribution Hell.
WebYaST – remote Web based system management – With Ladislav Slezak
This talk presents WebYaST which is the Web interface for the YaST system management tool.
We are currently working on a Booth setup which includes a showroom of the latest developments in our beloved distribution which will be around release candidate one (RC1) during that time and we plan to release and show the next generation Build Service. The booth will also feature hack sessions for contributors, or people who want to become one, lead by the openSUSE Boosters. In these up and close hack sessions, with a small number of participants, a Booster will teach you all about a way to contribute to openSUSE and/or open source in general. Topics include hacking your first plasmoid, rolling your first package in the build service, fixing your first openSUSE bug or building your first distribution with KIWI.
So grab your laptop and make yourself ready to go to Berlin! Oh and if you are interested in helping to plan or man our booth, have ideas for a hack-session we could do or in general want to get in touch with us about LinuxTag don’t miss the openSUSE Project Meetings every other Wednesday on IRC. Looking forward to see you there.
It is that time of the year again!
FOSDEM will take place at the first weekend in February (6th/7th) in Brussels and we’re going to attend. There is a buttload of tracks, devrooms and lightning talks to visit. Including, but not limited to: Security, Scalability, Monitoring, Distributions, KDE, GNOME, Ruby on Rails, X.org, LiMux, csync, GeeXboX and so on and so on. You should check the Schedule. Of course also the famous exhibition exhaust pipe hallway will be back once more with project booths ranging from CAcert to Zarafa Community.
Our project will attend mostly in the individual project’s devrooms and together with CentOS, Debian, Fedora and Mandriva in the distribution mini-conference that will happen. OfÂ course we also have a booth to show off and hand out promo DVD”s of the greatest distribution on this planet. We hope you seize this opportunity to meet, learn from, get inspired by and shape the community that will gather at the the best Free Software and Open Source event in Europe!
The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the launch of forums.opensuse.org, a merger of the openSUSE Novell support forums, suseforums.net, and suselinuxsupport.de – the three largest English-language dedicated support forums for openSUSE. The merged forums at forums.opensuse.org will provide a single forum for the openSUSE community to find support and discuss openSUSE.
The forums went live on June 9th, a result of the combined effort between the staffs of the suseforums.net, suselinuxsupport.de, and the Novell forums. The project team has been working since early 2008 to merge the forums and provide a unified forum for all English-speaking openSUSE users. The openSUSE Project will be looking at adding other languages to the forums in the very near future.
The new infrastructure is hosted by Novell to provide the highest possible quality of service, as part of Novell’s support of the openSUSE Project.
The forums hosted at forums.opensuse.org are available immediately. Users with an openSUSE account for the wiki, bugzilla, and other services wil be able to use their existing username for the forums. Users of suseforums.net and suselinuxsupport.de will be able to create new accounts on forums.opensuse.org.
With the launch, the forum team won’t stop working to add new features to support the openSUSE community. The merged forum is just the first step in bringing all openSUSE users and contributors better ways to communicate and support one another.
If you have questions or comments about the forums, the forums staff can be found in IRC on Freenode in the #opensuse-forums channel.
(Please digg this link to help get the word out. Thanks!)
A year’s research on Novell and the openSUSE project is now published as a master’s thesis at the University of Oslo. “Managing Firm-Sponsored Open Source Communities” details the collaboration between Novell and the openSUSE community. Community members and employees in Novell have participated in the study.
The study deals with the tension between openness and control often found in projects that mesh corporate entities with the open source community. On the one hand, Novell wants to enable participation and contributions from external contributors, but cannot turn over full
control to the community because it produces its enterprise product from openSUSE.
The study finds that the relationship between the community and Novell is evolving rapidly, and how the relationship works and where it may go.
A summary of the study, the full thesis, and pictures are available at Jan Fredrik’s Weblog.