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oSC 2015 – Call for Team Members

December 22nd, 2014 by


Before the dawn of 2015 and as announced at oSC14  work has already started for yet another awesome openSUSE Conference. For 2015 the city of The Hague in theNetherlands will host our Annual Conference. This year the openSUSE community is gearing up and is ready to accept people from everywhere to a 4 day conference where there will be a lot of Learning and Hacking and Partying. The organizing team needs YOUR HELP to make this happen. So starting today you can sign up to join forces!Hans2

Whatever your skill level you are welcome to participate. We are looking for people willing to help out with A/V, Design, Networking, Promotion, Software, finding Speakers and helping out with the Venue itself. Join us for an awesome ride, with a fantastic destination. Make it your own event!

We use the openSUSE progresstracker in this project to keep track of the tasks. The documents are used to suggest announcements. Every two weeks we have project meetings on the opensuse-project channel on freenode.

Anyone is welcome to participate! To do so:

Sign up for an openSUSE account and sign into this tool
Assign an existing issue to yourself or create an issue with a task

If you need help with this tool (Redmine) have a look at the user guide .

What to expect from Btrfs on openSUSE 13.2?

November 12th, 2014 by

As the first major Linux distribution to have Btrfs as the default file system, what can users and developers expect from openSUSE 13.2?

How is the systems capabilities enhanced?

Btrfs has different performance characteristics; it’s a logging-style file system that provides fault tolerance, repair, and easy management features.

The most well known advantage of Btrfs is the rollback capability with the open-source tool Snapper.

“Btrfs is mature,” said George Shi, who helped rollbacks become a reality for openSUSE users. “It works with Snapper to implement snapshot and rollback, the killer function of Btrfs. You can pick any date you saved to rollback your full system.”


openSUSE project creates buzz in Italy

November 6th, 2014 by

IMG_1484NUREMBERG, Germany (5-Nov.-2014) –  Many Linux user groups throughout Italy met at separate, but collectively themed events on Oct. 25 for Linux Day to promote the use of GNU/Linux and free software.
Alexjan Carraturo, a openSUSE advocate, used this year’s Linux Day, which is sponsored by the Italian Linux Society, to promote participation in the openSUSE Project in both Tuscany and Umbria.
“openSUSE offers something different and intriguing,” Carraturo said.
Not everyone appreciates the value of free software, Carraturo said. One of the greatest satisfactions with promoting free software is the look of surprise people have when they realize that they are not forced to choose only between Microsoft and Apple.
“The free software is an alternative that people need, but they don’t yet know they have,” he said. (more…)

openSUSE Conference Workshop preregistration of attendees

July 17th, 2013 by

We at openSUSE team have been faced with one slight difficulty. We need to track people interested in the workshops so we can assure you can fit in beforehand, tell you some info from the workshop authors where they tell you what you should have with you or what is the workshop plan, and lastly even collect your suggestions.

For this purpose we created

ad-hoc-hacky google docs file.

Where you are interested in the parts “Attendees list” which is obviously list of interested people (green is done by  Tomáš Chvátal to the amount of expected people to be there, it is NOT a hard limit, on the registration later on there will be printed sheet with the workshops which have the hardlimit, so you can write in even if you are not sure right now). Other list is  “Atendees suggestions” which is just field where you can express your ideas what you expect from the event or what you wish from the author to do.

We would also like to apologise that we didn’t do this up-front during your registration, which we simply forgot (mea culpa) but for the next conference it is on the list and will be implemented in the OSEM tool which handles our sweet conference management.

See you all on the conference!

openSUSE Ambassadors rocking around the world!

September 29th, 2010 by

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 Zürich are in the form of a nice presentation (very much worth a look).


People of openSUSE: Andrew Wafaa

April 19th, 2010 by

People of openSUSE

Your Full Name: Andrew Wafaa

IRC Nick: FunkyPenguin, FunkyPenguin_mob

Favorite Season: Whichever one my favorite team wins.


Personal: Be true to yourself and learn from your mistakes

For openSUSE: Green the original distro colour, accept no imitations

Please Introduce Yourself:

Aloha, I’m Andrew Wafaa.  Most people call me Andy or Wafaa.  I’m a married, father of three living in the UK.  I’m a Scotsman born and bred in Aberdeen (The Granite City), but have some Egyptian blood in me, this led to my old General Manager calling me a “Camel Herder With A Skirt”, which stuck with me ever since.

Professionally I’m a Solutions Architect mainly dealing with SLES for one of the big service providers.  The title is all grand but I basically pen push now and do a load of documentation which is really boring.  Thankfully openSUSE is there to keep me alive and interested in life ;-)

What made you choose this IRC nick ?
To be honest I forget why I chose it.  I think at the time it seemed sensible, in hindsight I’d probably choose something simpler. Depending on which machine I’m on depends which nick is in use.

Tell us about your first computer usage and the machines that you currently own
The first computer I used was the family’s BBC B machine.  The first machine that was truly my own was a Gateway 486DX2 66MHz, I then replaced it with a P3 550MHz machine which limped on until a few years ago.  Currently my main machine is my netbook (eeePC 1000HE), I also use a Dell (D820) and Vaio (AR11S). I also have a pile of old Dells under my desk (Latitude CS & C600) which I’m most likely going to get rid of.

When and why did you start using openSUSE ?
I first started with 6.2 which for some reason came free with a magazine.  I didn’t really know what I was holding in my hand at the time, just that it said it was “New, exciting, and feature packed!”.  Duh OK, lets roll with it.  So I blew my Win98 install away without thinking (more to the point realising :-D) and had fun.  I’ve been on it ever since.

Which areas of openSUSE are you involved with currently and in the past ?
I originally started out as an ordinary user, I wasn’t interested in programming or anything else. I was just after something different and cool, and you cant get much cooler then the Geeko ;-)  As part of my involvement with the Hula project at the time, I started packaging.  I then got more involved with openSUSE, mainly the GNOME Team but to a lesser extent KDE (I like to see what’s going on around).  I slowly started to be more active generally throughout openSUSE.  I started creating easy install custom images for netbooks when I got my eeePC 701, which is how I got involved with Moblin/Goblin.  I’ve been a member of the Board Election Committee for the last two years too.

Tell us about Goblin. What are the areas we as openSUSE contribute to the upstream moblin project ?
Well for those that don’t know Goblin is just Moblin sitting on top of openSUSE.  It is very similar to what Novell offer for sale, and is close to upstream.  Basically openSUSE as the base OS and Moblin as the environment sitting on top, you have access to all the great stuff that your regular openSUSE machine can get.  As for contributions to upstream, we provide a lot of things.  One of the big things we contribute upstream is the OBS, yes they use an instance of OBS to build all the packages just like we do. We also provide code, a lot of the stuff that goes into the SLE version also goes into openSUSE – Kernel optimisations, application improvements (like banshee), etc.  Other parts of openSUSE’s toolset are also under consideration by upstream.

Will it be possible for us to see Moblin as a Desktop option with the openSUSE 11.3 Installer ?
That is my hope, although I may have missed the boat on this :-(  I’m hoping to see it show up in the installer but we’ll just have to wait and see.  Unfortunately work hasn’t been too kind with timing, and we were a bit late to the Factory party – there were too many blockers in the way before we could get things submitted.

Are there any areas where it will be immensely helpful for Goblin to get some community contributions ?
In general Goblin would benefit from the same contributions as any other openSUSE project – packaging, testing, translation, etc.  Currently I think the biggest ones are packaging and testing.

If someone asks you why they should use openSUSE, what will you suggest ?
First I’d ask what they use currently, and how they use it.  Try and get a feel for the issues they run into.  Then I would highlight how openSUSE can help resolve their issues and also improve their usage experience.  If they couldn’t answer any of those and just wanted and out right why it would be along the lines of – openSUSE provides a stable platform with some of the latest and greatest on offer from the wider open source community.  It is a Swiss Army Knife or Leathermans of operating systems; perfectly happy with whatever task you throw at it be it on netbook, laptop, desktop, server.  We are open by name and open by nature, all walks of life are welcome to use and contribute.

Share the most memorable moment(s) in your openSUSE community involvement ?
To be honest I struggle to pick out particular moments, I’ve had and continue to have a blast.  I really enjoyed going to the SUSE offices in Nuremberg for HackWeek II, where I did a few video interviews with people.  Going to the likes of FOSDEM is great, meeting people from all over the globe and catching up.  I think the best bit from my involvement in openSUSE is either going to events or logging on online and getting a good honest warm greeting from people.  I think from a historical point of view, my involvement with the first elected Board stands out a bit – it’s kind of nice to reminisce and say “I had a part to play in that”.

What application/feature do you think should be invented soon ?
I’d love to see a Troll Muting function.  Not just for e-mail but for IRC and also real life :-)

Favorite Movie Scene
Just basing on recently watch movies as I genuinely couldn’t choose and all time favourite – I’d have to say the trailer scene in Sex Drive.  I loved watching my wife and mother inlaw cringe!  I generally love all of Monty Python’s work and most animated films, especially Dreamworks & Pixar.

Favorite Food
I’d say most Mediterranean food, especially from Egypt.  Although I love a good curry too.

Which place/city would you like to visit ?
I would love to go to South America, there’s just so many places there I’d like to visit.

What do you think is missing or underrated in the distribution or the project?
The community is vastly underrated by outsiders to openSUSE.  Sure we may not be as viral and prolific as some of the other distributions but we are sincere and passionate about the Geeko, and I think some of the older hands are just sick fed up of the constant FUD bashing that they see and hear on IRC.  Relative to other distros our community is fairly young (in regards to influence/contribution) but that gives us more scope to grow and influence things.

You get 10 Million US dollars. What will you do ?
First I’d be boring and settle all my debts etc and put a couple of million into savings for me and my family’s future.  Then I’d buy every gadget I wanted (maybe twice in case I break one).  After that I’d probably travel, I’d try and meet all the people I’ve met online in person and buy them a drink :-)

Any other questions that you wished we ask you ?
Do you prefer Star Wars or Star Trek?  Personally I prefer Babylon5 :-D

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 Weekly News, Issue 31

July 17th, 2008 by

Issue #31 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • Next Helping Hands Event
  • www.opensuse-tutorials.com
  • Hubert Mantel: openSUSE Gets the JeOS
  • People of openSUSE: Bryen Yunashko
  • Pascal Bleser: Reporting Packman package bugs
  • Jigish Gohil: New Compiz plugins

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 30

July 10th, 2008 by

Issue #30 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE Build Service 1.0 Released
  • Announcing openSUSE Day at LinuxWorld Expo
  • People of openSUSE: Joe Brockmeier
  • openSUSE Build Service Trust concept
  • John Anderson: Get build dependencies with zypper
  • Michal Zugec: Network Documentation

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 29

July 3rd, 2008 by

Issue #29 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

In this week’s issue:

  • openSUSE 11.1 Roadmap
  • Novell Client for Linux Public Beta for openSUSE 10.3
  • People of openSUSE: Jan-Simon Möller
  • John Anderson: Find duplicate files by content not name
  • Lukas Ocilka: Package Search and One Click Install in YaST
  • Miguel de Icaza: Moonlight 0.7 is now Available