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Call for Papers, Registration Opens for openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference

February 14th, 2020 by

Planning for the openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference has begun and members of the open-source communities can now register for the conference. The Call for Papers is open and people can submit their talks until July 21.

The following tracks can be selected when submitting talks related to openSUSE:

  1. a) openSUSE
  2. b) Open Source
  3. c) Cloud and Containers
  4. d) Embedded.

The following tracks can be selected when submitting talks related to LibreOffice:

  1. a) Development, APIs, Extensions, Future Technology
  2. b) Quality Assurance
  3. c) Localization, Documentation and Native Language Projects
  4. d) Appealing Libreoffice: Ease of Use, Design and Accessibility
  5. e) Open Document Format, Document Liberation and Interoperability
  6. f) Advocating, Promoting, Marketing LibreOffice

Talks can range from easy to difficult and there are 15 minute, 30 minute and 45 minute slots available. Workshops and workgroup sessions are also available and are planned to take place on the first day of the conference.

Both openSUSE and LibreOffice are combining their conferences (openSUSE Conference and LibOcon) in 2020 to celebrate LibreOffice’s 10-year anniversary and openSUSE’s 15-year anniversary. The conference will take place in Nuremberg, Germany, at the Z-Bau from Oct. 13 to 16.

How to submit a proposal

Please submit your proposal to the following website: https://events.opensuse.org/conferences/oSLO

Guide to write your proposal

Please write your proposal so that it is related to one or more topics. For example, if your talk is on security or desktop, it is better that it contains how to install that applications or demo on openSUSE. Please clarify what the participants will learn from your talk.

  •     The introduction of main technology or software in your talk
  •     The main topic of your talk

Only workshop: please write how to use your time and what you need.

  •     We recommend writing a simple timetable on your proposal
  •     Please write the necessary equipment (laptops, internet access) to the Requirement field

Travel Support

The speakers are eligible to receive sponsorship from either the openSUSE Travel Support Program (TSP) or the LibreOffice’s Travel Policy process. Those who wish to use travel support should request the support well in advance. The last possible date to submit a request from openSUSE’s TSP is Sept. 1.

Visa

For citizens who are not a citizen of a Schengen country in Europe, you may need a formal invitation letter that fully explains the nature of your visit. An overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany can be found at the Federal Foreign Office website. If you fall into one of the categories requiring an invitation letter, please email ddemaio (@) opensuse.org with the email subject “openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference Visa”.

Other requirements for a visa state you must:

  •     Have a valid passport
  •     Have enough money for each day of their stay)
  •     Be able to demonstrate the purpose of your stay to border officials
  •     Pose no threat to public order, national security or international relations

openSUSE Develops Legal Review System

November 8th, 2018 by

The open-source community has a new project designed to help Linux/GNU distributions with the legal review process of licenses.

The new project called Cavil is legal review system that is collectively beneficial not only for the  openSUSE Project, but distributions and projects that want to use it.

The project provides an add-on service for the Open Build Service.

Every OBS request for openSUSE Factory goes through a legal review process to ensure licenses are compatible. Cavil indexes these and creates a legal report for every single request. Bot comments in OBS are made through the legal-auto python script, but the entire project is much larger than the script and bots.

Sebastian Riedel and Stephan Kulow have been developing the project for two years and it has been used in production for more than a year and half. The Cavil legal review system replaces an older system and provides much more efficiency. Cavil can automatically accept more than 90 percent of all new requests based on data from previous reviews, so packages are much more streamlined into openSUSE Factory.

The project has been so efficient that two lawyers who do all the legal reviews with the system, which is also used by SUSE, had reviewed about 110,000 packages this past year. The same lawyers curated a library with 27.000 license patterns for 600 licenses and 20 license patterns for 100 of the  most common licenses that are used to create legal reports. Riedel said there is a desire hope to expand that in the future with the hope of collecting new patterns with the open-source community.

The legal Data Base used by SUSE to generate reports with new license patterns  is about 2TB and has about 68.433.436 pattern matches in 27.319.682 individual files.

Like openQA, Cavil is written in Perl, with Mojolicious/Minion and PostgreSQL.

A quick look at the statistics about the content of the legal database showed the most popular open source licenses were GPL-2.0, BSD-3-Clause, GPL-Unspecified and MIT respectively.