My Contributions to openSUSE
As a long time GNOME user (early adopter since the first days), it's somehow obvious that this would be an area in which I would place some contributions. Currently I try to help the GNOME Team in several tasks:
- Help other openSUSE GNOME users in the openSUSE Forums and IRC;
- Do some bug triage / fixing (those I can help with);
- Update a few packages here and there;
- Maintain a few packages for openSUSE GNOME:
- Notify OSD - An alternative notification agent developed by Canonical;
- Banshee - One of the best multi-platform Free Media Players;
- GPick - An advanced color picker;
- GEdit LaTeX Plugin;
I've started the GNOME:Ayatana Project which aims to provide some of the most popular software from Ubuntu for openSUSE Linux platforms. Currently this repository serves the following:
- Ayatana Panel Indicators - A set of panel applets for GNOME2 and Unity (currently) designed to provide an elegant alternative GNOME Panel Applets.
- Unity 2D - a Desktop Environment which aims for functionality and space saving for machines without 3D support.
Currently this software is available for the following platforms:
- openSUSE 11.4;
- openSUSE Factory.
There is a strong possibility that I'll make Unity available during the openSUSE 12.1 cycle. Time will tell...
I have attended openSUSE Conference 2010 in Nürnberg (Germany) where I presented a small talk about the importance of the fundamental concepts of Marketing for communities such as openSUSE.
The openSUSE Conference is the most important event for the openSUSE Community and it's a place where members, supporters, users and enthusiasts meet up to discuss their favorite subjects about Free Software and openSUSE Linux.