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Archive:Conference FAQ 2013

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Event Details - Registration and payment

Q: What time does the event start/end?

A: You can find the exact schedule in our website conference.opensuse.org. The detailed conference schedule will be available in printed format at the registration desk.

Q: Will there be any parties?

You bet there will be! Stay tuned for details about our Partys!

Q: Can I see if I am properly registered?

A: Yes and you should, because we only reserve food, badges, party places etc for those registered. You can check and edit your registration details from the Registration Page.

Q: I added that I'd support the conference/forgot to add that I want to support the conference, can I change that??

Absolutely. Your support is very important for us.
Visit the Registration Page again and choose to support us.

Q: I registered to support the conference, how do I pay?

Thank you for supporting us!
Please follow the link from the Registration Page. If you have any trouble at all, please contact us at the visitors' Mailing List (opensuse-conference-visitors@opensuse.org).

Alternatively, if it's too late for that, you can pay during the conference at the registration desk.

Q: I am a speaker, should I register?

Yes, please! We only reserve food, badges, party places etc for those registered so if you're, like most of us, human, and need to feed sometimes it is advisable to register.

Q: I registered but I can't come, can you remove me?

A: You can unregister yourself from the Registration Page. In the unfortunate event that you cannot make it to the conference, please unregister or let us know so that we can have a better estimation of the number of attendees.

Travelling Information

oSC 13 takes place in Thessaloniki, Greece - the second largest city of Greece.

Q: What is Thessaloniki's timezone

Thessaloniki's timezone is UTC/GMT +2 hours.

Q: Where can I book my air tickets from?

A: We can recommend the following websites:

Airport code: SKG
Airport name: Macedonia Airport (in Thessaloniki, Greece) - That's an international airport

Q: Do I need a passport?

A: Greece is a member of the European Union and belongs to the Schengen Area. This means that you can enter the country with your European ID if you come from an European country, otherwise you need a valid passport and possibly a VISA.

Q: How much money would I need per day?

You need about 15-20€ per day.

Q: How hard is it to find English speaking people there?

A: Not hard at all, Greek people speak English and will be happy to help you. Emergency numbers, including the number from a conference staff member, are also printed on your badge.

Q: What happens if I get lost or if I get in trouble, or if I get hit, or if I get drunk?

A: Emergency numbers will be printed on your badge. Apart from the police/ambulance, there is also a number from a Greek person that will be able to provide you with assistance in case of emergency (please only use in case of real emergency).

Police: 100
Ambulance: 166
Fire: 199

Q: I'm thinking of buying a Greek SIM card, how much does it cost?

To validate the SIM card, you need to have your passport or your ID (EU citizen).

You can buy a SIM card for 5€ from OTE shops.

You can buy renewal talktime for 5€ or 10€, from kiosks.
They have the reload it program that give you bonus extra SMS or MB or talktime (it's valid for a week).

You can buy a SIM card for 5€ from Vodafone stores.
You can also find some Vodafone kiosks around the city, where you can get the SIM card for free.

You can buy renewal talktime for 5€ or 10€, from kiosks.

You have 2 options.
1. Choose Vodafone CU if you surf a lot (they give you MB bonus).
2. Choose Vodafone International if you want to call back home. Ask country rates at the Vodafone stores.

You can buy a SIM card for 5€ from wind stores.
You can also find some WIND kiosks around the city, where you can get the SIM card for free.

You can buy renewal talktime for 5€ or 10€, from kiosks.

You have 2 options:
1. F2G. Buy 500MB for 5€.
2. Q. Pay 1€ for 300 mins talktime or 300SMS.

Q: What is the country code for Greece

Country code is 0030
If you want to call abroad, you just use your country's code.

Q: Could you give us a summary of available android applications?

  • http://goo.gl/8rtZ6 This app is an unofficial way to access the (open)SUSE conferences schedule. It currently lists the sessions for the openSUSE Summit as well as the openSUSE Conference.

It supports the basic things one expects: listing the conference schedule, showing the abstracts for the sessions, creating a custom schedule, and setting alerts.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marinet.thessaloniki Online Guide
  • http://bybus.gr/en/index.php Thessaloniki ByBus: Android app that offers the urban bus passenger of Thessaloniki a better experience of transportation within the city.
  • http://goo.gl/hsYtW The Municipality of Thessaloniki during the upgrading of services to its citizens, provides an application for mobile divices (smart phones), which diffuses the cartographic and descriptive information of the portal http://gis.thessaloniki.gr, in mobile telephony
  • http://goo.gl/LFGnf Find taxi in Thessaloníki fast and easy.You will have access in the company with the largest fleet in Thessaloniki.Call your taxi and watch it as it is approaching to pick you up.You can cancel your call if something happens.There is also the option for direct call if you don't have network access.
  • http://goo.gl/XBzfd Since 2009, ThessBook provides timely and accurate information on a wide range of utility and entertainment categories for Thessaloniki, Greece, including:

'Currently open' Pharmacies, Gas Stations (including recent prices), Open Public Services, Hospitals, Restaurants, ATMs and Banks, Wine Cellars and Patisseries, Museums and Archæological sites (including admission fees!), and Super Markets

Getting Around Thessaloniki & Tourist Info

General Information

You can move around Thessaloniki using the bus or a taxi.
Find your bus-route: http://oasth.gr/#en/bestroute/ Taxis can be stopped at anytime you see one passing from the street.

Q: Taxi Info

A taxi in Thessaloniki is not an expensive solution. They operate 24 hours/day and you can find one quite easily. There are special locations where taxis gather, or you can just get one from the street.

You call a taxi, with extra charge of around 2 euro, at 0030 2310 866866.
You can order and prepay a taxi online from http://travel.viva.gr/en/taxi
You can use the android application called Taxibeat.

  • Minimum charge is 3.2 euro
  • From/To Airport/port/train station has an extra charge of around 2 euro
  • There is also extra charge of 0.40 euro for every piece of luggage that is over 10kg.
  • A taxi from Aristotle Square in the city center to the venue, costs around 5 euro and up to 4 persons can board
  • A taxi from the Airport of Thessaloniki to the city center costs less than 25 euro

Drivers don't accept credit cards.

Q: Ticket Information - Where do I get a transportation ticket and how much does it cost?

A: You can buy a ticket from: I) Kiosks II) Ticket Houses or III) inside the bus.

Ticket Options:

  • 1-way Ticket for 0.80 euro (or 0.90 euro if bought inside the bus)
  • 2-way ticket for 0.90 euro (or 1 euro if bought inside the bus).

How to use the 2-way ticket: With the 2-way ticket you can use 2 different buses (any buses) towards any direction, within 90 minutes. When you board the second bus you must validate your ticket and this validation must happen before the 90 minutes from the first validation elapse. Once you validate your ticket within the 90-minute time frame, you can stay on the bus until it completes its route.

  • 24-hour ticket for 4 euro
  • 30-day ticket for 30 euro, must be obtained from a ticket house providing 2 small color-photographs and ID

For the hop-on/hop-off Bus Line No50, which does a historic tour of Thessaloniki, the ticket costs 2 euro and can be bought only from inside the bus.

Check out the OASTH FAQ

Q: At what time does the public transportation start/end?

A: Public Buses operate roughly from 5:30 to midnight, every 5-10 minutes. Most bus stops have a real-time indicator of next arrival.

Useful locations & places

  • Venue (Olympic Museum)
- Nearest bus stop: "Foitiki Estia", No 17, 24 & 37
- Nearest taxi point: You can easily find a cab right outside of the venue, at the intersection.

Q: Sightseeing - What *not* to miss?

You can find all these locations pinpointed in the conference's GoogleMap

Directions between airport / venue / hotels / center

Bus: Remember that you should have exactly 0.90€ to buy one way ticket on the bus. The ticket machine DOES NOT return change.

Airport to Venue/hotels

Airport to Venue: Check route.
Bus number 78 from Macedonia Airport to YMCA (HANTH).
Walk back and find the bus stop ETAIRIA MAKEDONIKON SPOUDON (check the map).
Bus number 15 from ETAIRIA MAKEDONIKON SPOUDON to terminal 40 EKKLISIES.
Walk from terminal 40 EKKLISIES to 3is Septemvriou & Agiou Dimitriou (the map shows end bus stop KAFTATZOGLION. Ignor it).

Airport to QUEEN OLGA Hotel: Check route.
Bus number 78 from Macedonia Airport to SXOLI TIFLON.
Walk towards your point of destination.

Airport to Metropolitan Hotel: Check route.
Bus number 78 from Macedonia Airport to LAOGRAFIKO MOUSIO.
Walk towards your point point of destination.

Airport to Kinissi Hotel: Check route.
2-way ticket for 0.90 euro (or 1 euro if bought inside the bus).
Bus number 78 from Macedonia Airport to Railway station.
Bus number 8 from Railway station to ANTIGONIDON
Walk towards your point of destination.

Airport to Egnatia Palace Hotel: Check route.
2-way ticket for 0.90 euro (or 1 euro if bought inside the bus).
Bus number 78 from Macedonia Airport to DIMARHIAKO MEGARO.
Walk from DIMARHIAKO MEGARO to STRATIGIO (check the map).
Bus number 10 or 31 from STRATIGIO to ALKAZAR.
Walk towards your point of destination.

Airport to Egnatia Hotel: Check route
2-way ticket for 0.90 euro (or 1 euro if bought inside the bus).
Bus number 78 from Macedonia Airport to Railway station.
Bus number 8 from Railway station to ANTIGONIDON
Walk towards your point of destination (check map).

Airport to Aegeon Hotel: Check route
2-way ticket for 0.90 euro (or 1 euro if bought inside the bus).
Bus number 78 from Macedonia Airport to Railway station.
Bus number 8 from Railway station to KOLOMVOU
Walk towards your point of destination (check map).

Airport to Tourist Hotel: Check route
Bus number 78 from Macedonia Airport to PLATIA ARISTOTELOUS.
Walk towards your point of destination (map)

Hotel -> Venue

QUEEN OLGA Hotel to VENUE: Check route.
Walk from your hotel towards bus stop LAOGRAFIKO MOUSIO.
Bus number 8 from LAOGRAFIKO MOUSIO to University of Macedonia.
Walk from University of Macedonia to venue (map).

Metropolitan Hotel to VENUE: Check route.
Walk from your hotel towards bus stop LAOGRAFIKO MOUSIO.
Bus number 8 from LAOGRAFIKO MOUSIO to University of Macedonia.
Walk from University of Macedonia to venue (map).

Kinissi Hotel: Check route.
Walk from your hotel towards bus stop ANTIGONIDON (check map).
Bus number 17 or 37 from ANTIGONIDON to KAFTATZOGLION.
Walk from bus stop to VENUE (check map).

Egnatia Palace Hotel to VENUE: Check route.
Walk from your hotel towards bus stop MITROPOLITOY GENNADIOY (check map).
Bus number 17 or 37 from MITROPOLITOY GENNDIOY to KAFTATZOGLION.
Walk from bus stop to VENUE (check map).

Egnatia Hotel to VENUE: Check route
Walk from your hotel towards bus stop ANTIGONIDON (check map).
Bus number 17 or 37 from ANTIGONIDON to KAFTATZOGLION.
Walk from bus stop to VENUE (check map).

Aegeon Hotel to VENUE: Check route Walk from your hotel towards bus stop KOLOMVOU (check map).
Bus number 17 or 37 from ANTIGONIDON to KAFTATZOGLION.
Walk from bus stop to VENUE (check map).

Tourist Hotel to VENUE: Check route. Walk from your hotel towards terminal VENIZELOU (check map)
Bus number 24 from terminal VENIZELOU to FOITITIKI LESHI.
Walk from bus stop to VENUE (check map).

Hotel -> City Center

  • QUEEN OLGA Hotel

QUEEN OLGA Hotel to White Tower:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO (check map).
Bus number 3, 5, 6, 33, 39 from LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO to HANTH (check map).
Walk back to roundabaout and you'll find Nikolaou Germanou str. Walk towards White tower.

QUEEN OLGA Hotel to Rotonta-Kamara:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO (check map).
Bus number 8 from LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO to KAMARA.
You'll see both Rotonta and Kamara there.

QUEEN OLGA Hotel to Aristotelous Sqare:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO (check map).
Bus number 3, 5, 6, 33, 39 from LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO to PLATIA ARISTOTELOYS (check map).

QUEEN OLGA Hotel to OTE Tower-Archeological museum:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO (check map).
Bus number 3, 5, 6, 33, 39 from LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO to HANTH (check map).
Walk back to your point of destination.

  • Metropolitan Hotel

Metropolitan Hotel to White Tower:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO (check map).
Bus number 3, 5, 6, 33, 39 from LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO to HANTH (check map).
Walk back to roundabaout and you'll find Nikolaou Germanou str. Walk towards White tower.

Metropolitan Hotel to Rotonta-Kamara:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO (check map).
Bus number 8 from LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO to KAMARA.
You'll see both Rotonta and Kamara there.

Metropolitan Hotel to Aristotelous Sqare:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO (check map).
Bus number 3, 5, 6, 33, 39 from LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO to PLATIA ARISTOTELOYS (check map).

Metropolitan Hotel to OTE Tower-Archeological museum:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO (check map).
Bus number 3, 5, 6, 33, 39 from LAOGRAFIKO MOYSIO to HANTH (check map).
Walk back to your point of destination.

  • Kinissi Hotel

Kinissi Hotel to White Tower:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop ANTIGONIDON (check map).
Bus number 11 or 12 from ANTIGONIDON to ETAIRIA MAKEDONIKON SPOYDON (check map).
Walk towards White tower.

Kinissi Hotel to Rotonta-Kamara:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop ANTIGONIDON (check map).
Bus number 2, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 31 from ANTIGONIDON to KAMARA.
You'll see both Rotonta and Kamara there.

Kinissi Hotel to Aristotelous Sqare:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop ANTIGONIDON (check map).
Bus number 2, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 31 from ANTIGONIDON to ARISTOTELOUS (check map).
Alternative you can walk the distance. It's one stop only.

Kinissi Hotel to OTE Tower-Archeological museum:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop ANTIGONIDON.
Bus number 11 from ANTIGONIDON to MOYSEIA.

  • Egnatia Palace Hotel

Egnatia Palace Hotel to White Tower:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop MITROPOLITOU GENADIOU (check map ).
Bus number 11 from MITROPOLITOU GENADIOU to ETAIRIA MAKEDONIKON SPOYDON (check map).
Walk towards White tower.

Egnatia Palace Hotel to Rotonta-Kamara:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop MITROPOLITOU GENADIOU (check map).
Bus number 2, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 24, 27, 28, 31, 37, 58, 70A, 71A from MITROPOLITOU GENADIOU to KAMARA.
You'll see both Rotonta and Kamara there.

Egnatia Palace Hotel to Aristotelous Sqare:

You can walk the distance.

Egnatia Palace Hotel to OTE Tower-Archeological museum:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop MITROPOLITOU GENADIOU (check map)..
Bus number 11 from MITROPOLITOU GENADIOU to MOYSEIA.(check map).

  • Egnatia Hotel Hotel

Egnatia Hotel to White Tower:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop ANTIGONIDON (check map).
Bus number 11 or 12 from ANTIGONIDON to ETAIRIA MAKEDONIKON SPOYDON (check map).
Walk towards White tower.

Egnatia Hotel to Rotonta-Kamara:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop ANTIGONIDON (check map).
Bus number 2, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 31 from ANTIGONIDON to KAMARA.
You'll see both Rotonta and Kamara there.

Egnatia Hotel to Aristotelous Sqare:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop ANTIGONIDON (check map).
Bus number 2, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 31 from ANTIGONIDON to ARISTOTELOUS (check map).
Alternative you can walk the distance. It's one stop only.

Egnatia Hotel to OTE Tower-Archeological museum:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop ANTIGONIDON.
Bus number 11 from ANTIGONIDON to MOYSEIA.

  • Aegeon Hotel

Aegeon Hotel to White Tower:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop KOLOMBOU (check map).
Bus number 11 or 12 from KOLOMBOU to ETAIRIA MAKEDONIKON SPOYDON (check map).
Walk towards White tower.

Aegeon Hotel to Rotonta-Kamara:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop KOLOMBOU (check map).
Bus number 2, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 27, 37, 45, 83 from KOLOMBOU to KAMARA.
You'll see both Rotonta and Kamara there.

Aegeon Hotel to Aristotelous Sqare:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop KOLOMBOU (check map).
Bus number 02, 08, 10, 11, 14 , 17, 21, 27, 29, 31, 34, 37, 45, 83 from KOLOMBOU to PLATEIA ARISTOTELOUS (check map).

Aegeon Hotel to OTE Tower-Archeological museum:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop KOLOMBOU (check map).
Bus number 11 or 12 from KOLOMBOU to MOUSIO (check map).

  • Tourist Hotel

Tourist Hotel to White Tower:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop BENIZELOU (check map).
Bus number 11 or 12 from BENIZELOU to ETAIRIA MAKEDONIKON SPOYDON (check map).
Walk towards White tower.

Tourist Hotel to Rotonta-Kamara:
Walk is easier than take a bus. Walk east on Mitropoleos str. You'll pass Aristotelous square (on your right).
Turn left on Agias Sofias str.
Turn right on Tsimiski str.
Turn left on Palaion Patron Germanou.
Turn right on Egnatia Str and walk for a few meters.
Kamara and Rotonta are over there.

Tourist Hotel to Aristotelous Sqare:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop KOLOMBOU (check map).
Bus number 02, 08, 10, 11, 14 , 17, 21, 27, 29, 31, 34, 37, 45, 83 from KOLOMBOU to PLATEIA ARISTOTELOUS (check map).

Tourist Hotel to OTE Tower-Archeological museum:
Walk towards from your hotel to bus stop KOLOMBOU (check map).
Bus number 11 or 12 from KOLOMBOU to MOUSIO (check map).