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Volunteers needed for the conference

August 1st, 2011 by

Brave enough?As you know, the third international openSUSE Conference is happening in a couple of weeks from now, you already should be registered! For the organization team this means that we are really picking up pace now and start to feel dizzy. One of the reasons for that is that we are short on helping hands. We especially miss “boots on the ground“, we need your help!

Being a boot on the ground means we need people to help us at the conference in September. There is no special knowledge about the location or other details needed. So far we have 5 tasks where we desperately need people to help out. Venue setup, Registration Desk, Session Chairs and the Snack Bar. Read on to learn how you can contribute to the success of the conference.

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Conference travel sponsorship program

July 23rd, 2011 by
The openSUSE conference team is starting the travel sponsorship program to financially support community members to attend the conference.
Apply now online until August 5th!

Travel round the globe but first see RWX³The openSUSE conference “RWX³” is the place to be for anyone using, working on or taking advantage of the openSUSE Project. No matter if you use our technology such as the Open Build Service, contribute packages to 12.1 or evangelize the world as an Ambassador, this is your conference. You can also meet a lot of your friends from other projects like KDE, GNOME, Linux, Samba, LibreOffice and, of course many people from other GNU/Linux distributions with whom we collaborate on technologies like packaging, appstores or low-level tools like systemd.

The conference takes place from September 11th to 14th in Nuremberg, Germany. Nürnberg is quite easy and cheap to reach from nearly everywhere in Europe but it happens to be that the world is slightly bigger than that. We have contributors from India, Taiwan, the US, Brazil, Australia and many other countries around the globe. A trip to the conference might be affordable to most, but we also have contributors at the beginning of their career where money is usually tight. No matter the reason why, if you need financial assistance to be able to attend the openSUSE conference we have something for you: The travel sponsorship program. And while the conference organization team is relentlessly looking for more sponsors for it, the team has enough commitments by now to start the program today. Hooray! If you want to come to the conference in September but need assistance with the travel costs, you can apply to be sponsored via email now. Read on to learn how!

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Last Call for openSUSE Conference Papers!

July 22nd, 2011 by

With the days closing in on us before the next great openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Germany 11-14 September, 2011, we’re seeing a lot of awesome papers being submitted to the Conference Program Committee.  But there’s still time for you to submit that awesome session you’ve dreamed of. The deadline to submit your paper is midnight July 25th.

What We Are Looking For:

This year’s Conference theme is RWX³.  That means its an open conference in which we all get to roll up our sleeves and get rwx3 logoinvolved!  We’re looking for that great session that talks about FOSS projects, openSUSE Community growth, and  workshops that empower our users and contributors to do more awesome stuff.

Types of Sessions you can apply for

As you can see, the possibilities are endless.  And this year’s conference, which is always free, is extra special because we’ll be moving to our new location, Zentrifuge, and co-hosting with the SUSE Labs Conerence.  That’s two for the price of one and one is FREE!

What’s Next

  1. Submit your proposal here
  2. The Program Committee will be reviewing all submissions and making their votes before August 1.
  3. After August 5, we will announce the accepted proposals and contact you with the status of your proposal.

Remember, the deadline is this Sunday, July 24th!

All play and no work makes Geeko a peppy lizard!

October 14th, 2010 by

The conference social event takes place at the 21. Octover, 19:00 in the Lizard Lounge at Maxfeldstrasse 5, 90409 Nürnberg

Deadline for travel and hotel sponsorship requests for openSUSE conference

September 29th, 2010 by

Hi all!

Friday the 1st of October will be the deadline for requesting travel and hotel sponsorship requests for the openSUSE conference. We will notify those who will receive support next week, some have already had mail about their hotel. Please note that our budget is limited, we’d like to help those who need it most!

Greetings,
Your Friendly Conference Team

OSC2010 Sneak Peaks – Vincent Untz: Explaining GNOME 3

September 15th, 2010 by
The openSUSE Conference brings together users, contributors and friends of the openSUSE project from 20th to 23rd October in Nuremberg, Germany. Over four days, more than seventy talks and workshops explore the theme of ‘Collaboration Across Borders‘ in Free and Open Source software communities, administration and development. The conference is the yearly get-together of  the openSUSE project to give its people a chance to meet face to face, talk to and inspire each other. It takes place in the Berufsförderungswerk Nuremberg in the beautiful surroundings of the Franconian metropole. Everybody interested is welcome to join and enjoy the program which starts each day at 9am, the admission is free. The openSUSE Conference 2010 Sneak Peaks will introduce some speakers and talks to you.

Today we feature the talk “Explaining GNOME 3″ from Vincent Untz.


Hey Vincent, glad to have you on this series. Let’s talk (about) the talk. First of all I would like you to introduce yourself to the, likely, small crowd of people who don’t know you yet. Who are you and what do you do?

For the very few people who don’t know me (I estimate there are only a few billions out there), I’m Vincent. The two important things to know about me are that I’m French and I love ice cream. And when I’m not eating ice cream, I also contribute to free software! I work on openSUSE and on GNOME, and apparently, I can also work on both at the same time, when I work on GNOME in openSUSE :-) Thanks to Novell, I can contribute on my work time since I’m a member of the openSUSE Boosters.

… and here we are, thinking you only eat baguettes!

So, obviously, I don’t know if your baguette comment will end up in the interview. But if it does, I have to mention that ice cream and baguettes do not mix well.

Everything will end up in the interview, so behave! :) Okay given the title of your talk, Explaining GNOME 3, i take it it will be about explaining gnome 3 right? What needs explaining there?

Ah, I guess, one thing to know about me too is that I submit talks with titles, without knowing what I’ll talk about ;-) So it could well be that “Explaining GNOME 3″ turns out to be about something completely different. That being said, I might keep the submitted topic since GNOME 3 is a big step for the GNOME project, and what we are trying to achieve is not always crystal clear from the outside. There are at least two parts of the talks that I can think of right now, which will likely be of interest to the audience:

  1. Why does the GNOME project need to do GNOME 3, instead of keeping the 2.x way forever? After all, GNOME 2.x is all about evolutionary steps, and that’s something we could keep doing.
  2. The vision of what we want GNOME 3 to be. People do not always see the long-term vision of a project, and clarifying it does help understand the changes we’re implementing.

A third part that we feel is important is explaining GNOME Shell: it’s a big move where people feel it will directly affect their interaction with the computer

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openSUSE Conference 2010 – Collaborate Across Borders

September 13th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Conference brings together users, contributors and friends of the openSUSE project from 20th to 23rd October in Nuremberg, Germany. Over four days, more than seventy talks and workshops explore the theme of ‘Collaboration Across Borders‘ in Free and Open Source software communities, administration and development. The conference is the yearly get-together of  the openSUSE project to give its people a chance to meet face to face, talk to and inspire each other. It takes place in the Berufsförderungswerk Nuremberg in the beautiful surroundings of the Franconian metropole. Everybody interested is welcome to join and enjoy the program which starts each day at 9am, the admission is free.

Read on to learn more about details of the program, involved people and the event in general.

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openSUSE@LinuxTag 2010

May 4th, 2010 by

LinuxTag 2010 is around the corner. There will be openSUSE Rock ‘N’ Roll from June 9 to 12 at the Berlin 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.

Conference Programm

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 moreWith 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 für GTK- Mike Krüger

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 РWith Adrian Schr̦ter 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.

Booth Setup


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.

openSUSE @ FOSDEM 2010

January 19th, 2010 by

It is that time of the year again!

FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting

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. Of  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!

openSUSE Conference is Over – Some Wrap Up

September 24th, 2009 by

On Sunday the first openSUSE conference (osc09) finished in Nuernberg, Germany. Overall it was great success and brought people face to face together. Participants were motivated and enthusiastic and we’d like to just show some comments on twitter/blog:

  • “Folks! I’m hoooome! #oSC09 was a blast! More details to come BryenY”
  • “Back from the #opensuse conference #osc09, back to work. Had a great time”
  • “Back from the _awesome_ openSUSE #osc09 conference. Learnt a lot. Huge kudos to @zonker !”
  • “On the train back home from #osc09 was a great event, really nice to meet so many people from the #openSUSE community in person”
  • “In the train back to Stuttgart after 4 great days at the openSUSE conference. Great progress on all fronts. #osc09″
  • “great #osc09 event. I’ve decided to give #openSUSE the whole disk on my laptop! And i want to contribute, contribute, contribute!”

We had overall around 225 persons from all over the world attending. For those who couldn’t make it to the conference we’ll try to publish all presentations and videos if available. A lot of people from Novell’s Nuernberg and Prague offices showed up -  sometimes only for a few hours – which shows that Nuernberg was the  right location for this event.  Novell VPs and Directors that showed up include Carlos Montero-Luque, Ralf Flaxa, Gerald Pfeifer and Roland Haidl.

The whole four days we had two tracks of talks and two tracks of ad-hoc conference sessions on a variety of topics incl. moblin, appliances, desktop, quality, community, toolchain and system, and legal. Some sessions to point out where:

  • team meetings of GNOME and KDE developers, incl. a common meeting
  • the governance sessions (see below)
  • Keynotes by Lenz Grimmer on “working in a virtual community” and Gianugo Rabellino on “Open Development in the trenches: a decade at the Apache Software Foundation”
  • Stefan Werden announcing that he’s taking over the openSUSE retail Box business

Thursday evening we had a great party at the Novell offices and Friday and Saturday night a local cinema was presenting the “Creative Common Film night”.

We were impressed by the many discussions that formed and the ad-hoc conference sessions set up and the many groups gathered in the hall ways and pretty productively covered a certain topic. We’d like also point out a night time session on Friday night (until 3:30am) where more than 10 people triaged through GNOME bugs for openSUSE (incl. checking whether they are still valid) and hacked on GNOME features like Bacon (banshee UI for Moblin) and Zeitgeist (GNOME 3.0).

Governance
We had two sessions on how governance in the project does work today and what needs to be changed. Currently most of the decisions are done by experts in their area, the open question is what kind of process is needed in case area experts cannot make a decision. We have decided to move forward in the following way: A small group will now discuss this further together with the board, create a first proposal for public comments and once we have a good proposal, the openSUSE members will vote on this change.

RPM Summit
We had an RPM summit which Florian Festi (upstream RPM developer emplyoed by Red Hat) joined. Goal was to work on RPM itself to unify RPM usage between openSUSE and Fedora – the end goal is that a valid spec file for openSUSE or SLE is also valid for Fedora/Red Hat and vice versa.

Software Freedom
Saturday we had a track in German as part of the world wide Software Freedom day which was targeted to people new to Linux. We had pretty many interesting and supporting conversation with some participants that came just for this day. Most interesting to AJ was an incident at the rather big local farmer market in the morning where a person said “Today I go to Software Freedom day”. And AJ recognized this person later that day at the conference.

Journalists & Media

Ulrike Beringer made it happen that 11 journalists attended the conference and had several interviews at the conference with Joe Brockmeier, Michael Meeks and Andreas Jaeger.

Comment from our PR agency was: “The feedback of the journalists was very positive, as you can see in the report some of them even published several articles at once. Hence from our PR perspective the event was a big success!” RadioTux interviewed various participants for podcasts of more than 90 minutes.

Thanks to Ulrike for setting this up!

Photos
If you like to see some photos, check either of these two galleries:

Twitter
The flickr photos are also shown on the osc09 twitterwall that was created by gnokii.  #osc09 was the hashmark used for twittering about the conference.