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Request Travel Support for openSUSE Conference 2018

April 24th, 2018 by

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 2018 will be in Prague, Czech Republic from May 25 to May 27.

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

When and how

Requests for the TSP for this year’s openSUSE Conference have until April 29 to submit their request.

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 login to the application and apply for sponsorship. Please be sure to fulfill 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.

A few reminders

  • Please read the TSP page carefully before you apply.
  • Any information you send to the Travel Committee will be private.
  • We want everybody there! Even if you think you would not qualify for the travel support, just submit and make it worth! If you don’t try you won’t get!tips
  • If you submitted an abstract to be presented you should mention it in your application.
  • The Travel Committee can reimburse up to 80% of travel and/or lodging costs. That includes hotel, hostel, plane,train, bus, even gas for those willing to drive. Remember, no taxi!
    • Important: Food and all local expenses are on you!
  • We want to sponsor as many people as possible so please check the best deal.
  • The Travel Committee won’t be able to book or pay anything in advance. The reimbursement will be done after the event finishes and based on your expenses receipts.
  • no receipts = no money It is the rule! (Original receipts are required from German residences.)

If you have any question regarding your trip to the conference do not hesitate to ask the TSP or oSC18 organizers.

We hope to see you there!

openSUSE.Asia Summit 2018: Call for Host

March 13th, 2018 by

The openSUSE.Asia organization committee is accepting proposals to host the openSUSE.Asia Summit during the second half of 2018. The openSUSE.Asia Summit is the largest annual openSUSE conference in Asia, attended by contributors and enthusiasts from all over Asia.

The event focuses primarily on the openSUSE distribution, its applications for personal and enterprise use, and open source culture. It brings together the openSUSE community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss the present technology and future developments.

The Summit’s preference is to find new locations each year as we spread openSUSE throughout Asia, and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent openSUSE event. We need individuals and communities to get together and organize a successful openSUSE.Asia Summit. The openSUSE.Asia organization committee assists throughout the process.

Past Summits

The last openSUSE.Asia Summit was held in Tokyo, Japan. You can learn more about openSUSE.Asia Summit at the following websites:

Proposals for openSUSE.Asia Summit 2018

For those of you who are interested in hosting the next openSUSE.Asia Summit in 2018, you are invited to submit a formal proposal to the openSUSE.Asia organization committee. The deadlines for the proposals are as the following:

  • March 31th: Registration on the host candidates
  • April 15th: Submission of the proposals

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Where to Stay, Getting Around Prague for oSC18

February 7th, 2018 by

Prague is a beautiful city and you can bet that the city will be crowded during the openSUSE Conference. Hotels are already starting to fill up, so it’s best to take a look at the hotels we recommend now before all the hotels are booked out.

There are six hotels that are recommended, but feel free to book at other hotels in the city. The section for recommended lodging on the openSUSE Conference 2018 webpage gives options for hotels as low as 40 EUR a night to above 120 EUR. Each listing on the section gives a little info about the hotel.

Prague is a big city with excellent public transportation. With the exception of one hotel listed on the web page, which is the Vienna House Diplomat Prague, all other hotels are a few kilometers from the event location at the Faculty of Information Technologies of Czech Technical University in Prague.

Getting to the event with public transportation is inexpensive. A one-way ticket, which is good for 30 minutes, costs about 1 EUR. People can use the transportation map to figure out how to take public transportation from the hotel to the event. The transportation map offers an interactive map to help with planning.

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Find Out the Visa Requirements to Attend oSC18

January 29th, 2018 by

For people planning on attending the openSUSE Conference 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic, from May 25 – 27, there are certain requirements necessary to receive a visa for those who are not a citizen of a Schengen country.

It’s a good idea to start thinking about getting your visa and this post summarizes the requirements.

Please note: 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 Czech embassy or consulate in your country if you are from one of the following countries:

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openSUSE Conference Registration, Call For Papers Opens Today

January 11th, 2018 by

openSUSE is pleased to announce that registration and the call for papers for the openSUSE Conference 2018 (oSC18), which takes place in Prague, Czech Republic, are open.

The dates for this year’s conference will be May 25 through May 27 at Faculty of Information Technologies of Czech Technical University in Prague. Submission for the call for papers will be open until April 20. There are 99 day from today to submit a proposal, but don’t wait until the late minute. Registration will be open from today until the day oSC18 begins; make sure to answer the survey question regarding the T-Shirt size.

Presentations can be submitted in one of the following formats:

  • Lightning Talks (15 mins)
  • Short Talks (30 mins)
  • Normal Talks (45 mins)
  • Long Workshop (3 hours)
  • Short Workshop (90 mins)

The tracks listed for the conference are:

  • openSUSE
  • Open Source Software
  • Cloud and Containers
  • Embedded Systems
  • Desktop and Applications

While these tracks might be refined to better categorize or consolidate topics, people should submit proposals even if they don’t think it fits into one of the tracks.

A Program Committee will evaluate the proposals based on the submitted abstracts and the accepted proposals will be announced no later than April 21.

Volunteers who would like to participate on the Program Committee or the Organizing Team for the conference should email ddemaio (@) suse.de and phodac (@) suse.cz.

Visit events.opensuse.org for more information about oSC18.

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…

Excited about oSC17? Volunteer to experience another aspect of it!

May 8th, 2017 by

oSC17 is just around the corner, and if you want to be part of making it awesome you can now sign up to become a volunteer!

Volunteers are invaluable to conferences, and they play a major role in creating a pleasant conference atmosphere for attendees.

We need volunteers to help out with various things throughout the conference, such as:

  • Help at the registration desk, which involves:
    • welcoming people at the conference and marking them as attended
    • help people find what they are looking for (rooms, toilet, bus stop, etc.)
    • assist people with the schedule, and direct them to the next available session (keynote, workshop, etc)
    • provide people with a t-shirt and urge them to put on a name tag
    • handle incidents that might come up
  • Help with speakers by making sure that:
    • speakers know where they need to be before their talk
    • there is a bottle of water and glasses at the speaker desk
    • speakers upload their presentation and make the link public in OSEM
  • Help setup everything on Friday morning, and tear down on Sunday evening

Volunteers will receive an instructions sheet, as well as a short briefing. Please be available at the registration desk 15-30 minutes prior to the time you are scheduled to volunteer.

Make sure to fill out the volunteers form, so that we know we can count on your help!

See you soon at oSC17, 26-28 May 2017!

Conference to have Daily Keynote Speakers

April 5th, 2017 by

The openSUSE Conference is about seven weeks away and this year will again have high-quality keynote speakers.

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference at the Z-Bau in Nuremberg, Germany, from May 26 – 28 will be from SaltStack, KDE and Free Software Foundation Europe.

Matthias Kirschner, President of FSFE, will take the stage on May 26 at 10 a.m. and provide attendees an exorbitant amount of information about governance and open source.

Later that evening, there will be entertainment and a Brazilian style barbecue, so stick around for the Friday night fun.

The following day (May 27) at 10 a.m., we welcome back the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of SaltStack, Thomas Hatch. Hatch will be discussing how to control modern data center complexity, and turn it to a competitive advantage, using SaltStack and SUSE technologies.

This year vice-president of the KDE e.V., Aleix Pol, will discuss the development process, and then will go over what the KDE community has been up to in terms of Quality Assurance. Pol’s keynote, which is at 10 a.m. on May 28, will present ideas to collaborate and create better solutions together across the open-source ecosystem.

If you have not registered for the openSUSE Conference, now would be a good time. Look for the schedule to be released in the coming weeks.

openSUSE Heroes December meeting – final results

February 25th, 2017 by

While we had some fun and good food and drinks, we also managed to discuss a lot during the three days in the Nuremberg headquarter. This was needed because this was the first time that the Heroes came together in their current form. In the end, we managed to do no coding and even (nearly) no administration – but instead we started to discuss our (internal and external) policies and work flows – and did some decisions regarding the next steps and the future of the openSUSE infrastructure.

openSUSE Heroes meeting

So what are our results – and how does the prioritized action item list look like?

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openSUSE Conference 2016 Day 1

June 22nd, 2016 by
SaltStack Chief Technical Officer and technical founder Thomas Hatch talks about the evolution of Salt and IT automation at the openSUSE Conference on June 22.

SaltStack Chief Technical Officer and technical founder Thomas Hatch talks about the evolution of Salt and IT automation at the openSUSE Conference on June 22.

The first day of this year’s openSUSE Conference went well and the  keynote speaker team of SaltStack Chief Technical Officer and technical founder Thomas Hatch along with Senior SaltStack Engineer David Boucha and SUSE’s Joe Werner showed how powerful Salt is for IT automation.

Boucha gave a live demo and Hatch talked about the evolution of Salt and even talked a little about Salt’s Thorium Reactor, which was added to Salt as an experimental feature in the 2016.3.0 release. Werner discussed how SUSE uses Salt with SUSE Manager.

Frank Sundermeyer, from SUSE’s Documentation Team, gave his impressions of the first day of the conference and details a litte more information about Salt in this blog entry.

The SaltStack Summit was standing room only and the talks will be available in the next few weeks for those who are interested is seeing all the convincing arguments for why developers should use Salt for automation.

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