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Thursday 26 April 2012

Looking for a cool job?

SUSE is hiring people for the Boosters team! This is the team I've been involved in in the last few years, so I thought I'd share with you a few words on this...

The Boosters are working on enabling openSUSE contributors to reach their goals. This can involve technical diving, an artistic vision (not required, obviously, or I woulnd't be in the team ;-)), marketing fun, talking at events, discussing issues, etc.: all skills are welcome in our team, as all skills are welcome and needed in the community! It's really an amazing job where you're simply part of the community and your goal is to help the community move in the right direction. On top of that, I have to mention that the Boosters team is full of great minds, and we're enjoying every day working on something we love!

Dream job, some might say :-)

Help wanted: rockstars

Are you interested? Check out the details and apply! You can also check the other open positions at SUSE, there might be the one you're looking for... ­Oh, and as we keep hiring, remember to check out the careers page every now and then to see the latest openings!

Friday 13 April 2012

Submit your talk for GUADEC 2012 now!

If you want to give a talk at GUADEC 2012 in A Coruña (Spain), hurry up: the deadline for the GUADEC CfP is tomorrow. Don't think twice, just go ahead and submit your talk!

Friday 30 March 2012

GNOME 3.4 is out, time to think about GUADEC!

GNOME 3.4: The web at your fingertips

The web at your fingertips (GNOME 3.4 banner)

One year ago, the release of GNOME 3.0 was laying solid foundations for the new design of our software. Fast forward to this week: our project is reaching the 3.4 milestone. It comes with a new flow of improvements for our users, and I believe it highlights our commitment to the GNOME 3 vision to offer a modern and innovative environment: revamped look of applications, the application menus, the many small annoyances we fixed, etc. But this is not all: the community is also preparing for the next level with behind the scenes work such as smooth scrolling and support for touch events.

Now that 3.4 is out, I know a lot of people are looking forward to the 3.6 release! Cool stuff is coming in the next six months, and there will an amazing opportunity before September to share what you believe will matter: GUADEC at the end of July!

So now that you're all done with the 3.4 release, it's time to go read again the GUADEC CfP and submit your awesome talk!

Port of A Coruña

Port of A Coruña, where you will join us for GUADEC 2012!

Oh, and I cannot avoid a mention about GNOME 3.4 in the openSUSE land :-) The openSUSE GNOME team quickly got 3.4.0 packaged: it was in GNOME:Factory on Wednesday already, and the late tarballs were integrated yesterday. All of this has been submitted to Factory so it will be in the next 12.2 milestone. And some people are starting to look at building GNOME 3.4 for openSUSE 12.1 too, if you prefer to stay on a stable distribution.

Tuesday 28 February 2012

Call for Participation for GUADEC 2012

In case someone missed this information, in 2012, GUADEC is coming to A Coruña in Spain. This is a city that several members of our community already know well, thanks to various great hackfests. The core conference will be held from July 26th to 29th, with a few more days afterwards for BoF sessions, meetings, hackfests, etc.

I'm taking some time this year to help organize GUADEC, by joining the program committee. I feel we managed to gather a nice group of people (and also a group of nice people) in this committee, with contributors from various areas of the project: Andre, Allan, Ryan, Michael, Lennart, Christian, and myself.

And the call for participation for GUADEC 2012 is now open!

There are the usual topics for this CfP (design, web integration, plumbing, outreach, etc.), but 2012 is also a special year: GNOME will turn 15 in August, just a few days after GUADEC! That's a good opportunity for all kinds of crazy talks about what we did in the past, about looking back at our progress, but also about imagining the next 15 years. For instance, I'd really love to see someone demo old releases, like October GNOME or GNOME 2.0...

So go read the CfP, then go wild and submit a wonderful talk!

Note that there will be a later call for lightning talks, likely in April or May. We're looking for volunteers to help organize the lightning talks; feel free to ping me if you're willing to step up.

Monday 24 October 2011

openSUSE 12.1 RC1 is out, with GNOME 3.2.1

At the end of last week, we unleashed RC1 of our next openSUSE release (12.1, scheduled for November 16th), and it comes with GNOME 3.2.1, which went out only a couple of days before RC1. Go grab a live image if you want to play with either openSUSE or GNOME 3 :-) There are still a few bugs here and there to iron out, but overall, the experience is very solid!

Anonymous openSUSE 12.1 user

"I upgraded to openSUSE 12.1, and this dramatically improved my life!" — Anonymous

It really feels good to have this openSUSE release nearing, as we missed the GNOME 3.0 boat (openSUSE 11.4 was released one month before GNOME 3.0): I, and I assume a few others, felt that we were stuck in the past with GNOME 2 in our world for so long. Sure, the work on backporting GNOME 3.0 and then 3.2 to openSUSE 11.4 helped, but we really wanted to share what was in Factory... Especially as there was really a lot of work to properly integrate this new GNOME.

I'm obviously really glad to see the GNOME 3 love in openSUSE, but looking back at the last few months, what is even greater to me is that we got many amazing people contribute to the GNOME team through-out this cycle. I'm sure I'll forget some of them (apologies for that, let me know so I add your name!), but here's a quick list:

  • Atri Bhattacharya
  • Bjørn Lie
  • Casual J. Programmer
  • Dominique Leuenberger
  • Frédéric Crozat
  • Gary Lin
  • Guido Berhörster
  • Joey Zheng
  • Kirill Kirillov
  • Malcolm Lewis
  • Nelson Marques
  • Richard Brown
  • Sankar P
  • Scott Reeves
  • Stephen Shaw

Their various contributions include updating packages, fixing bugs, testing, polishing the experience, supporting users, providing ideas, and more! Go ahead and thank those people when you meet them (virtually or in the real life): they all make the GNOME team rock! And who knows, maybe next time you'll also be one of those rock stars?

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by Vincent