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Dezember 20th, 2010 von buergermeister

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  • Event review 2010

    Dezember 14th, 2010 von buergermeister

    2010 is nearly over now, time to look backwards what I did this year.The year begun for me with one of the greatest events arround IT the Cebit. I wasnt the whole week in Hanover, I missed the first day because I had an appointment on this day. The next day, I missed my train then but I arrived right at the point. I had a invitation to a press conference so had only enough time for changing the shirt. Btw there was deliciuos apples served at the conference ;) The rest of the week we had a lot of interviews and press conferences, most of them not so interesting for the people. But with the openPandora project our stage was really filled up.

    Only a week after that there was the next event, the second greatest Linux event in Germany. This time, no train to miss can that way make by foot. Yeah its in my hometown. I felt not so well there, was part of the organization once and you know like it is. But many friends said always, meet you there so I had to come on the end. And I met many old friends and mad new one, Petr you can remember the Ouzo :D

    At this time I worked a lot on FLISOL. Some of you maybe remember the comics [1],[2] from that time, that I did. I did the proxy job for AJ, I got all requests for material. Most we tried to set up a local distribution system and we had really efforts in Nicuragua or Venezuela. Maybe you remember the Navidad story. But I also did the april broadcast from RadioTux this time, and of course the topic was FLISOL. So I made some phone interviews. With Julio Vannini in Nicuragua, with Jose Oramas from Ecuador, with the famous Maria Leandro aka tatica. Think it was a nice broadcast. But wasnt enough for me so I tried to make a video connection between FLISOL in Latin America and Graz in Austria where at the same day Grazer Linux-Tage was.

    After that I spent a week in Vienna for the LinuxWochen, its a really small event. The folks it so easy, its really hard for them to find always a place for the event. This year it was in the old city hall and we made a booth there but had also talks about the main features of the upcoming 11.3, Gamestore there and did also 3 workshops, one about using OBS it was nice because fedora (greetings to Fabian from Swiss and Zoltan from Hungary) made a RPM packaging workshop there. Of course I did workshops for using Inkscape and Gimp there too. Between the days I had a conversation with Daniel jahre and he said to me that the LinuxWochen team from Vienna would like to host a Launch Party again, and it happend so thanks to Michl and Gerald Pfeifer for helping me with this and make it happen.

    Then the biggest event of the year arrived, LinuxTag in Berlin. For me that means in the months before a lot of work because the live streams for RadioTux have to be planned. Means really a lot of work and this time even more work, because we had our studio and a stage and every day a slot in the Open Source Arena to fill with content. We had really a lot of guests some are well known like Stormy Peters, Larry Augustin, Stefano Zaccharoli the debian project leader or Mark Shuttleworth. But we had also a lot of interviews with openSUSE/SUSE folks. For me it begins always a day before with preparing the booth, but this year I had also an appointment with Mitchell Baker and a lot of other Mozilla folks on the evening before LinuxTag started. I wish often at this event I can fork me, but I cant. Of course had a talk (german) there also.

    After LinuxTag is normally always a summer break, for doing events but this year openSUSE 11.3 arrived and so there was a Launch Party to make. Also we did one again, we had a nice little barbecue and of course some talks about openSUSE and this time of KDE because we combined it as KDE & openSUSE. So we had Tobias König aka tokoe as guest and he did a nice review&preview talk for KDE. But we had of course more guests there. The whole KDE gang from Dresden showed up. I didnt shoot a lot of photos, because had coffee to cook, talk to give or prepare the brabecue.

    End of august then the next larger event was, this year the 5th edition of it the FrOSCon. We had not so lot of talks this time there, only Jan Weber had one about OBS on sunday. I missed my chance for the kids program, should remember that for next year and Thomas talks was rejected. But FrOSCon gives also away rooms for projects to make there own program or hackfests. And so I stepped to the Boosters and made an proposal for using that offer. They decided to use it for HackMeck and working on openSUSE Connect. Not exactly what I had in mind, I thaught more on workshops using OBS and Studio, but was also a nice idea to showing people we are not an company driven thing we are an open project. So on the end, there was a lot of openSUSE folks at FrOSCon, nearly the whole Boosters team was there. And of course at social event we had some Koelsch together.

    After that I did a long journey to Switzerland for an event who weares a name that sound like the event before – FrOSCamp. It was the first event there and the organizers made some experiments there. The event had only progress because they get the FUDCon for the EMEA region there otherwise not a lot of people hadnt showed up there. But we was there, we was together with Bruno Friedman (that was nice because he is french speaking), Alexander Naumov, Pavol Rusnak and Michal HruÅ¡ecký (wow I did 4 events together with them this year). One of the things they happend there was, we had a lot of conversations with folks from the Fedora project and I was a spy in the Fedora Design Team meeting.

    Then the main event for openSUSE self take his place the openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg. I think most of us can remember that week. We had a lot of fun the whole week, I helped to organize the Conference and made the movie evening at the venue (slides and the films I showed there). Hope all had fun there too. I also did there some interviews, I cutted them but my “co-moderator”  has since them no time to produce it to an end. But it would be to hear once I promise ;)

    Next event is since the last 6 years always a dayride for me. In the morning I drive ther (last 3 years with train) and in the evening back, mostly arrive next morning then – the Brandenburger Linux-Infotag. This year also in the morning to the event and evening back. This year also Thomas was with me, he had an talk there. I had an talk and an workshop (I published the content of it as 2 parted screencast after it, but is german) like all the years before also. So not much time to spend on other booths or listening to other talks.

    Wow, the year last event arrives Open Rhein Ruhr, a pott full free software. It was the second edition of this event and I have to say to change the event place from Bottrop city hall to Oberhausen industry museum was definitly the best thing to do. There was a lot of space for the booths, and of course the exhibition grown up since last year. There is also space for more booths for next year. Marcel Richter and Jan Krings did the event mostly with me, Sebastian Siebert also showed up for some hours, on the first day it was his birthday. We had a last conversations with people there, I think  you can read it directly in Jans blog that  it doesnt matter that you speaking about an openSUSE topic. Every topic brings guests to the booth and humans are herd beings, so if there others they go there too ;) But we had a nice social event also with pizza and mate, no not beer had to drive :D

    So, my little event review for the whole year is done, the counter shows 11 events. Will see what happend next year, the first invites are there and I plan for some events right now. :D

    P.S. I was also on Latinoware or better a shirt design from me was it. ;)

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  • Let us bring home the Award

    Dezember 9th, 2010 von buergermeister

    Yearly the LinuxNewMedia give away an Award for some Free and Open software projects. A jury give away some prizes for  organizations, companies, and individuals who performed exceptional feats in the Linux and open source scene in the past year. That prizes are given from a jury with well know people from the FLOSS world. Normally there is no choice for the readers, but this year is different. The best Linux distribution can be choosen from the people.

    Its definitly so that openSUSE made in the last year big steps forward not only the distribution himself even the tools that come from the project, like the Buildservice or such tools like SUSE Studio makes the distribution of one of them the move the Open Source world forward. So when you think also, then get out and vote. to the vote

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  • openSUSE pic paste

    Dezember 4th, 2010 von buergermeister

    As some of you know, we have our own paste service – susepaste.org. Miska is responsible for that service and some time ago we had a little conversation, that for me and the other artists is more useful to pasting pictures. But not only for us, some times is a screenshot helpful for others too. So Miska take care of my feature wish and implemented pasting of pictures. He wrote already a blogpost for it. You can use the picture pasting if you select “Image File” at susepast or go directly to http://img.susepaste.org. So nothing new until yet, why then a blogpost again. Its simple today, I tried to use the service and failed. I simple did a screenshot and tried to paste it, and the service told me, its only allowed to past images not bigger then 300k. A simple screenshot, depending from the resolution is bigger as that. So I spoke with Miska again, the problem for the file size is that he have not so lot of space for the service. But he had immediatly a great solution for this and implemented it. You can paste greater pictures now, it depends from the time, the pic should be kept. So for me that works excellent, because mostly I need it for seconds or better until the opposite told me thats what I want or something like that. So now it works really fine for me, thx to Miska.

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  • Give openSUSE & projects a face

    Dezember 4th, 2010 von buergermeister

    I working since a few weeks on a series, that can represent openSUSE and they other software from us in the future. They are still not all ready yet only what I have in mind, nearly all need some improvements. So what yout think, I am on the right way with this?
    Dont look at the text on them, thats then really up to the marketing guys.
    What I want to show is, that openSUSE is more as a distribution we have cool tools for creating software and some cool derivates too. I try to show some of cool feature that openSUSE have. So what u think?

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  • OpenRheinRuhr 2010

    November 15th, 2010 von buergermeister

    Time to write a small report about the last weekend, another event happend there. I was at OpenRheinRuhr in Oberhausen. It was the second edition of this event. Last year it was in Bottrop, some maybe remember the sexy openSUSE booth girls ;) So this year the organizers changed the location and it was deifinitly a good decision, there was definitly more visitors because of that. The location was a museum for the industry there once was, so the social event had a really geeky style between really big gearwheels and such stuff. The hall was this year really big and a lot of place for the projects.
    For the booth I had one of the big HP touchscreens, they are always good for events. People like to play “Numpty Physics” and when there stay some people others become curious and stop at the booth. But we played not only on the booth, thanks Jan we showed WebYasT on his machine at home, of course we had some conversations about and showings of SUSE Studio. Not many people asked for the openSUSE Buildservice, but thats ok there, it was an more user oriented event. For me I made an test there, we had some days ago a little discussion on the marketing mailinglist to market more such things like OBS and I began to make a new poster serie for that, so I tested with an beamer some of the new posters on a side wall. I think I prepare an slideshow with the motifes, when I have all posters have done, so that all ambassadors can do the same. Its an action thing and that does always make people curious.
    On saturday I had an spontaneously talk about openSUSE (they rejected my proposals with this topics), one of the organizers came to the booths and asked me if I can make on the quick an talk. So I used my slides for the openSUSE A-Z Guide talk. Thats a thing all of us can do, I load them to my space and you need only a browser and a little bit knowledge about the points on it. Even you dont know for everything on it some things, that doesnt matter. For me I had on impulse no idea what I can say to “User Experience” so I asked simple the audience. So whenever you have the chance to make spontaneously an talk, remember this slides and use them. On sunday morning I had my demonstration for Inkscape and so on this day we had a lot of visitors with questions for making graphics and such stuff. So but now enough talking, I show better some pictures.

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  • openSUSE A-Z Guide at BLIT 2010

    November 7th, 2010 von buergermeister

    Yesterday I was in Potsdam at Brandenburger Linux-Infotag, it was my 7th visit at this event. Its one of the smaller events in Germany. They started with the event in the city Brandenburg and moved 3 years ago to Potsdam at the university there, since then the event grows up a little bit.
    This year they had a bigger program with workshops, 3 tracks and 3 tracks with talks.
    For me it was as I said my 7th visit and I had every year a talk or/and a workshop there. This year I had a talk “The openSUSE A-Z guide” there and of course an workshop about Inkscape. For my talk the worst case scenario did happen. I prepared my talk and put him on an usb stick, the stick crashed. I can be lucky that Pavol load up a older version of them to prezi, so I had some slides to show.

    The questions I got after the talk was very heavy, they liked to know about our strategy and what happend when Novell would be saled. Another question was about about our education spin, L-i-f-e and how often its used in Germany. So the first question earned the give away really, I gave him a openSUSE beer.
    I wasnt the only openSUSE presenter Ralf Danner from Novell had an talk about SUSE Studio and the openSUSE buildservice, hop his talk was also good filled with listeners then mine. Look to that talk I hadnt time because my workshop started at the same time.

    The A-Z Guide is a great thing for giving a nice overview about our project. It can be easy reused from all our Ambassadors, because the points have to filled with life from them self, because of that its multilingual. I load up the sources on my space, so it can be reused. I linked it also on the presentation page in the wiki (I cant upload it there because the wiki dont accept the source with the javascript in the SVG). Its done with JessyInk so the SVG is the presentation, it can be showed simple in the browser. You can show it directly from the server when you use this link.
    If you like to change some points, I used as font Dman Noisy Kids from Blambot.com but dont forget to make a path from the font ;)

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  • Slides & Links from the MovieNight at openSUSE Conference

    Oktober 28th, 2010 von buergermeister

    As I promised in my blogposts about openSUSE Conference before, I publish my slides from the first evening with the movies and of course I give the URLs to the movies. First the slides its svg and so you can use your browser to see them.

    In the first round I showed some movies as example that movies can be done on a collaborative way, and that normal personal computers can be used for the production of high quality movies.

    Filmtrip was a experiment from students of the Fachhochschule Mittweida about the web2.0 or better what is called “user generated content”. The user had the chance to vote for all parts of the movie, story, actors, music everything. But he isnt free :( But an example that movies can also be done in a collaborative way.

    OpenMuffin is also such an project for an movie created in a collaborative way but isnt done yet so you can participate on it if you want.

    The Morevna Project tries also to do an movie in a collaborative way, the keep all sources in a SVN repository and you can also participate in the production. The movie is an anime movie and is done with SynfigStudio and some Blender scenes.

    Connected is a short funny movie and also done in a collaborative way and you can find the results on the webpage also the sources for the figures. But it is done with maya :(

    Star Wars Revelation is a movie from the genre what is call Fan Fiction, its not free becaus George Lucas owns the rights on the stories and figurs and that stuff what is called “Star Wars universum”. Buts an great example what can be done with home computers.

    In the next round I showed some movies they are longer, so I cutted out some scenes.

    I showed the scene from New York from “Route 66 – an bad american dream” This film was one of the first open movies, its a kind of documentary what 3 guys from Saxony and there experiences on a trip along the Route 66. The movie is available in german and english. The VEB Film has some other movies on her webpages.

    From Valkaama I showed the scene at the train station with the maker of the movie himself. Tim Baumann did that movie for his examina, you can also find the papers for this on the pages. The movie is complete in english

    CH7 was really one of the first Creative Commons licensed program filling movies. It tells a story about the situation with the private TV stations and there program. The movie is available in swiss german but there exists subtitles ;)

    One of the famost movies in that sector is Star Wreck in the Pirkening” Its an Star Trek parodie from Finland, so its in suomi but there exists subtitles.

    Sita sings the Blues von Nina Paley is one of the famost movies in the open movie sector, a lot of people know that movie. Nina had some troubles with give it for free away because the music was on the end not Public Domain, but the fans helped her to collect the money to give it free.

    But I showed also some other short movie as examples:

    The Way of the Mantis” a really nice short movie about an chinese monk learning from a mantis.
    Gone With the Spurt a very short animation movie what happend when you forget to get out with your dog.
    From Mirko Horstmann I showed one of his really cool short animation films “Remake”.


    The next video was only a studie for a story but I think there are cool pictures in Materia
    One of my favorites is Brother Can You Spare a Job von Tom Neely the story is simple what happend in America under George W. Bush and how it can be changed ;)

    There exists round 5.000 copies on youtube from Alan Beckers Animator vs. Animation. On his page you can find more from them.

    I also showed “Doljer” a short story from a bear alone in the wood, the movie is from Adam Procter and you can find it in his vimeo profile.

    Raffaella Traniello is normally a school teacher and she use free software for doing lessons in her classes about animation art. This year at FrOSCon she had a little workshop for kids how to make animations with free software. I showed one of the results called “Freedom” and “Pesci” more movies from her you can find on her vimeo profile.

    Must I really say something to Sintel? I showed the trailer, the full version was then showed in KommKino 2 days later, so it was thaught as an appetizer. The KommKino showed then other movies on her MovieNight

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  • openSUSE Conference 2010

    Oktober 24th, 2010 von buergermeister

    I am finally home from openSUSE Conference v2.0 and now I have time to write an article about it. Conference started for me on tuesday with my arrival. I have only 240km ride to Nuremberg but with train you need nearly 4 hours. For the first evening I joined one of the planned social dinners. So I went with some others to a chinese restaurant nearby.
    I was not really happy about the situation to have two of them but Will saw not my announcement on the project mailinglist and planned a second one. But some of the KDE people from the other dinner joined us later. Personnally I like such things so I think we should plan such a thing next conference from the beginning on.
    Next day the conference started with Hennes kicking ass keynote and ended with my talk about free and open movies and of course I showed some of them. I write an second article about that and of course I load up my slides and give the URLs to the movies I showed there. Between that I attend only a few talks and sessions, one of them was the session about the foundation.
    Second day I had also not a lot of time to attend sessions, but that means not I did nothing, I had a lot of conversations with people I do work and thats more important for me. I load up some photos and did some tweets and thats what I tried to do, give the part of our community the not can attend the conference a view whats going on there. The day ended with the Lizard Lounge the social event of the openSUSE Conference.

    We got “Drunken Lizards” and “Bleeding Edge” and a special beer “Old Toad” labeled with an Geeko, food and drinks was served from the openSUSE Boosters Team, they looked nice in ther aprons. The conversation I remember the most on that day was one with Christoph Wickert, he was ther for a talk about Kolab but he is also one of Fedoras Ambassadors and works on LXDE in Fedora. He said to me he is really impressed that openSUSE is really a “project” who works the community on and not only Novell. Thats really true especially here in Germany whenever I go to an event people think that, so we have definitly work on changing that.
    So openSUSE Ambassadors dont think you can do your job from your chair go out, go to events and show we are an community driven project!
    But Christoph was also happy to meet Andrea the LXDE in openSUSE fighter, so they had some time to work on some things for LXDE and talk to each other.
    On friday then was the second movie night and with all I spoke about it they are really had fun there. We had a little quiz there about how to earn money with free movies, and the answers was given on tuesday in my talk. Actually I think about to add the showed movies to my article about my talk. But before we went there I had a session about artwork. We have a big problem with that, right now we use 3 different color palettes and often is marketing stuff from Novell reused and things like that. We have definitly after the strategy is made to develop an “cooperate identity” that not an so easy task, the marketing and the art team has to work on that. Nuno and me tried to explain there what for us a guideline is, thats really a hard thing to do. I hope we made some things to the marketing team clear and thats really important to begin with the development, maybe paralell to the strategy discussion! The ambassadors needs really material like banners, flyers and such stuff!!! I also had an nice conversation with Sebas that day and he showed me what happend when I style an wallpaper in the wrong way. The air theme looks in an “Windows 95″ grey style and that really sucks. So I have to rethink a little bit what I plan for 11.4
    Saturday was the last day on openSUSE Conference and I attend more talks, so it was quieter on the openSUSE twitter account, sorry for that. I heard Nelsons talk about marketing and I attend Hennes session about the sucking information situation. We have to many of that lizards, planet, spotlight, own and so on. But we dont really use them, some have an lizard blog since years I didnt do one post in them! So we have definitly to rethink our communication system!
    The last day ended with an really cool wipeout session – Wine is (not) only an emulator. Marcus Meissner and Christian Boltz did that. So we had information about the emulator there and had some information about the wine for drinking is made and Christian served some wines from his wineyard.
    I also got an nice gift from Nelson, he brought me an nice wine. I think I bring the bottle with me to the Desktop Summit next year and share it with some friends.
    As one of the organizers of the openSUSE Conference I think it was a great event for all of us. But I have also to say we did some failures and we have to correct them for the next conference. But we do that, discussion started directly on openSUSE Conference and I have some mails in my account from the cfp-team. So hope and think see most of you again next year at openSUSE Conference or hopefully on an other event before.

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  • May I introduce you …..

    Oktober 17th, 2010 von buergermeister

    Marya Morevna, she is one of the attendees of openSUSE Conference. She helps me with my presentation on wednesday evening. She comes from Russia, she likes free software because she earned her live from a tool which is free software – SynfigStudio.

    She have a boyfriend Ivan Tsarevich and together with him she plays a role in a movie. That movie is done with a lot or only with free software like SynfigStudio, a little bit Blender, Gimp and Cinepaint and the best is, it would be a free movie. So you can download not only the movie himself even the sources and can change it and make your own movie from it. But the movie isnt published yet. They work hard on it since more then 2 years but they have done a lot.
    So when you attend the openSUSE Conference and interested in whats going on with free/open movies or like to know what exactly what an “open movie” is you can attend my “presetnation” on wednesday evening. I try there to clarify what such a movie is, and whats going on with open/free movies and of course show some of them.
    For all they cant bee there, I load up after that my slides and of course I give you the links to the movies I showed. So see you at “Movie Night” on wednesday at openSUSE Conference and btw. there is an second edition on KommKino on friday, they show e.g Sintel on a big screen, its open no entry fee.

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  • Sintel is out but not only

    September 30th, 2010 von buergermeister

    Today was “Sintel” released the newest movie of the Blender Foundation. You can download it here but please use the torrent, share! You can also watch it at Youtube. When u watch it so look in the Gold-Sponsor Section, there you can found KommKino Nuremberg. Visitors of last years openSUSE Conference maybe remember the Open Movie Night in this cinema. On the end of the night they asked for donations and now you can see for what the money was used.

    This year at conference would be also Open Movie Nights, I doing my talk from LinuxTag about Open Movies again (this time in english) and on thursday and friday is Open Movie Night in KommKino again.

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  • FrOSCamp Zurich

    September 19th, 2010 von buergermeister

    Finally I am home from FrOSCamp now, it was a hard weekend and I slept not much. I started thursday in the evening and picked Alex in Nuremberg arround 9pm adn after another 500km ride we arrived in the morning in Zurich. Then begun an hopeless search for an parking ground. Zurich is definitly an tourist/car driver unfriendly city. Its not that you cant find a place for you car its more that you cant find a place without paying. So on the end I used a parking place I search in the net before I started to Zurich, it was the cheapest I can find, only problem you had the right to park there for 15 hours. The funny thing was, you can pay for more there :D The machine took Euro money, but the automat for the tram doesnt take Euro or paper money. So if you plan a trip to Zurich is definitly the better choice to take the train or plane and make sure you have some coins for the tram.

    On the end we arrived at the event place short after 8 in the morning and Bruno had prepared the booth very well. Short after us arrived Michal and Pavol from Czech, they brought an HP touch screen from the Prague office. We showed mostly the GNOME 3 preview on that machine, with the touchscreen its a cool thing. And we promised Stormy that we represent in Zurich the GNOME Project, Bruno printed a nice banner for that. On the end we had a lot of conversations about GNOME Shell more then we had showed the KDE side of openSUSE. But this we did also Bruno prepared a machine with some different virtual machines, that showed factory or KDE or the KDE netbook style. That we had some things to show brought us more visitors then our neighbors had, ubuntu prepared her booth like an selling point. There was CDs, shirts and cups on that table and behind that some guys sitting behind her notebooks.
    At FrOSCamp was also FUDCon EMEA and I visited Máirín Duffys talk about Inkscape and GIMP and visited as an spy the Fedora Design Team Meeting too. The FrOSCamp had not a lot of visitors, so we had enough time for conversations with friends from other projects. On the first evening there was the Wired Dreams party as an kind of social event, I stayed with Bruno not a long time there. We went to a pasta place directly opposit the event place and after a few minutes most of the fedora guys joined us. We had nice conversations there.
    For the next day we hoped ther are more visitors but on the end there wasnt more as the day before. So we had enough time for conversations again. On the evening there was FUDPub, we went there and had some fun with the Fedora people. It was nice, but I had to drive home. So it was a nice weekend in Zurich and we had a lot of fun at this event.

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  • openSUSE T-Shirt motive

    August 29th, 2010 von buergermeister

    A week ago asked michl on opensuse-artwork list for a design for the next genereation of tshirts. Interesting since then the most doing t-shirt motive for the openSUSE Conference. Javier had a nice idea putting the shape of Nuremberg in the background. And thats what I have in mind right now as shirt for openSUSE Conference.

    For the next generation of tshirts I working on a graffiti-styled serie but they are not really ready for showing yet. When you have some ideas for the shirts? Join the discussion on artwork-list.

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  • FrOSCon 2010

    August 23rd, 2010 von buergermeister

    Last weekend took FrOSCon place and openSUSE had a great presentation there. It was the 5th FroSCon and I was there since the second. FrOSCon addresses more developer and so its the best way to make a simple booth there for presenting openSUSE. FrOSCon offers projects rooms for making ther own program in there.  Projects like PHP, Django, Perl, Geany and some others used the offer. After LinuxTag I said to Henne let us take an developer room too, we can make what we want in there, we have only what we do in it.

    So the famous Boosters decided to take that offer and work on elgg for the connect application in there. Will did two blogposts [1 , 2] about the HackMeck.

    Events beginning always with the ride to it, last year I had the traffic jam this year the Boosters had. So we cant go all together in a restaurant, for this I reserved a table in Brauhaus Siegburg. But the Boosters arrived later on so we decided to go to the chinese restaurant directly in St.Augustin and we had a prominent guest at our table. John Maddog Hall joined as later there.

    The first day was already filled up and Thomas had the whole day to answer a lot of questions and so he cant setup our cluster we showed at the booth. Later we visited the FrOSCon social event, a barbecue wit ha lot of “Kölsch” and we enjoyed the birthday cake there. Second day was a little bit quieter and we hadnt so much conversations at booth. So on the end we give out 2 packages on DVD directly to persons and with some other packages we helped KDE again. From my side it was a good descission to take the developer room offer and hack something in it. Yes not a lot of people joined or visited the room, but we had some attention for doing this. I had some conversations with people from debian, they was interested what going on in our project and how “open” it is. With such things like the HackMeck we show that we are an open project – we should do this more.

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  • Graphical improvements for 11.4

    August 18th, 2010 von buergermeister

    Some days ago, I showed some of the wallpaper proposals they Ivan Cukic made for openSUSE 11.4. I think they are not the final version but we got good feedback for them and I think they will happen in 11.4. So I played a little bit with them how it could look in generally with the installer, splash and so on. I choosed the grey version because grey is neutral color. And when u come from splash to the windowmanager there changes not the green and it looks very different. So look and tell me what u think. And of course its not final and I have, to make some things better.

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  • Improve artwork openSUSE 11.4

    August 16th, 2010 von buergermeister

    It was a little bit quiet about that topic last days, thats because I had a little bit other work to do. The only thing I did now for the installer is, to make deliberations which pages are needed and helpful in the slideshow. More I cant do at this time. A generally background is needed first.  I did some wallpaper but I found no really idea, one of them looke like a commercial for lemonade, there was some the liked it but me self not.

    The greatest problem here is, you have to find a theme, that fixes GNOME and KDE installations. Remember 11.2 splash in Jimmacs solar theme and after that followed Nunos KDE styled wallpaper looked very different. For 11.3 we tried to avoid that and all became same looking artwork. But her for my opinion on GNOME it looks not so good with Jimmacs great solar theme.

    Some days ago I read a blogpost from Ivan Cukic and I had the feeling that could it be and so I asked him to do as openSUSE version of his wallpaper. And he did and her are they so take a look and say what you think could they work in next version of openSUSE?

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  • Launch party Vienna

    August 12th, 2010 von buergermeister

    I have only a few words to this event. The pic is taken at Museumsquartier downtown Vienna at Launch Party. Thx go to Michl for helping me find a speaker for the event, Gerald Pfeifer for be that speaker and make the journey to Vienna and thx goes to quintessenz e.V. for organizing the rooms and the party himself.

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  • Launch Party openSUSE 11.3 & KDE 4.5

    August 8th, 2010 von buergermeister

    Yesterday, we had the Launch Party for 11.3 here in Chemnitz. It was interesting, how we do it we do it wron. For the last Launch Party we rented a room in a near cultural center, after that we thaught we can do it in the conference rooms of my company. And this time it was filled up :D We had a lot of guests. Some of them came really early and so it was time for an coffee and smalltalk. This time we prepared 3 talks, I started with the “openSUSE A-Z contribution guide” after that Tobias Koenig followed with “KDE yesterday – today and tomorrow, that was a really intersting presentation. He talked about how KDE started and he showed how KDE looked in earlier versions and on the end how showed some things what comes in future. Michl send me some books and I gived them away for the first questions (in Tobias case it was a nasty question about backuping akonadi). The last talk was a special topic, we had Kai-Uwe he talked about his Oyranos project, thats a server for color managment.

    For number fetischists, I cooked arround 200 cups of coffee and on the barbecue after the talks I grilled 40 sausages and 25 steaks. So on the end I had not a lot of time for take pictures but I know some of the guests did. I hop I get them. On the end it was I cool event and we make next release a Launch Party again.

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  • openSUSE A-Z Contribution Guide

    August 4th, 2010 von buergermeister

    A few hours ago asked Pavol me if I have a openSUSE graffiti with an geeko. Of course I have one, he said he needs it for some slides for his Launch Party on friday and I said I have slides with such an graffiti on it and send it to him. After a few minutes he said, thats exactly what he working on. We both had the same idea, we reusing Hennes and Vuntz talk from LinuxTag 2010. And here it is “The ultimate A-Z openSUSE Contribution Guide” in graffiti style.

    So maybe some other are interested in that, its possible to translate it in other languages, the slides are a cool introducion for openSUSE. That are only the picture slides for every picture is another slide with some points for it.

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  • Improve the distribution design 2

    Juli 20th, 2010 von buergermeister

    A few days ago I wrote about improving the design of the installer for the next version. First I have to say thx to all they commented the article and gave me her ideas and opinions. I think I should work and the changings furthermore. In the last days I cant do not much things on this topic, I changed only the map for the time zone selection from a photo realistic map to an bi-colored graphical. So it looks simpler now (but here is a little bit work to do). Take a look.

    On the end I can only develop ideas, what can changed to look better. Because on the end the work must be done with the colors of the next openSUSE wallpaper. But there is a lot of work to do until then. Today I made snapshots from the diashow during the installation process. Such things like the diashow helps that the user think the installation process going very fast, you know the feeling when you wait for something and have nothing what deflect you, the time is endless long.
    Today our installation is very fast, and the slides would not long showed. The whole installation process is done (depending on machine power and choosed software) in arround 20 minutes. The slide show isnt the longest part of it, it makes round 6-7 minutes of the process. I made snapshots from 11 slides that means every picture would be showed arround 70 seconds, some longer and some not so long.
    Have u ever tried to keep 7 different web adresses in your mind, when you have sort it out from a text? One thing is sure you keep not much from the information that is given in that process. So you have to keep the information so simple as possible, when you like to have a effect.
    So now let us take a look of the slide show.

    1. Slide: Short introducion what openSUSE is and that it is made from volunteers, URL www.opensuse.org/How_to_Participate (the only not translated URL and remember you have to keep in mind the correctly capitalization) btw. that slide show is showed longer time as the other.
    2. Slide: remember me that openSUSE is translated to many different languages. URL http://i18n.opensuse.org
    3.-9. Slide: I call it short product information and there are no URL on it :D
    10. Slide: that slide is really the worst case of all slides. It informs the user where he can find more information first I would pointed on a URL http://de.opensuse.org/Documentation, then I got the information about the wiki http://de.opensuse.org, then I become the URL of the official forums http://forums.opensuse.org and last but not least I be informed a little bit about OBS. (I hope I am not the only one who questioning here what have OBS with Documentation in common)
    11. Slide Information about Novells Linux products, URL http://www.novell.com/de-de/linux/

    So now let us speak a little bit about it. I saw a hint for the OBS of course is a really interesting thing for a developer and for the user? Maybe for them is openFATE more from interest, think you not? Saw you something about it?
    7 of the 11 slides inform about what I can do with the distribution they I install right now. Has something from I bought a cat in a bag, all the information given on that slides like that there is a complete office or which browser should given before I install it or not? Its more interesting for how start I this, how can I make the first steps with my new openSUSE or not?
    To change the situation with the to many URL is really simple. Most of them are the default bookmarks, so instead of writing the URL there should be written “the bookmarks of your browser shows you the way” or something.
    For the other things I need a little bit help. I like to improve the section about the project and how to participate a little bit, give that mor place and add openFATE. For the slides I call “product” information (3-9) I would like give more help “how to find and start the browser” and such things as only to say there is one and it is Firefox and btw. Flash isnt installed as the slide right now say! So there is a lot of work to do, maybe you have some ideas how we can improve the slide show during the installation.

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