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openSUSE project @ FOSDEM 2007

The seventh Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (commonly known as FOSDEM) took place during the last week-end (24&25) of February 2007 in the city of Brussels, Belgium. It's an annual 2-day event hosting talks, tutorials, and booth for the free software/open source community. It is organized by volunteers at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. Access to all parts of FOSDEM is free of charge (but donations and sponsors are welcome to help fund the event).

The openSUSE project participated at FOSDEM with the openSUSE 'DevRoom' (Developer Room) and a small booth. For videos of the talks at FOSDEM, see below.

Talks from the openSUSE DevRoom

Saturday, February 24th

Time Topic Description Presenter Slides
14:15 The openSUSE project Why did Novell start the openSUSE project? What is different from other projects? Get a short overview of our motivations and plans for the future of the openSUSE project as well as tell us your opinions and discuss with us where openSUSE can go in the future. Martin Lasarsch, Michael Loeffler Slides
14:45 Looking ahead to openSUSE 10.3 openSUSE 10.3 will be the next openSUSE distribution release.

We like to discuss what major features will be in it and how to deliver a stable with lots of new software.

Andreas Jaeger Slides
15:30 openSUSE Build Service Overview Introduction into the openSUSE Build Service, why it was created, what are the goals it wants to achieve and a brief overview about its components. Adrian Schroeter Slides
15:45 Packaging made easy How the openSUSE build service makes building packages easy for developers who don't care about packaging. Cornelius Schumacher Slides
16:30 The build service backend The gory details of the openSUSE build service backend. Michael Schröder Slides
17:15 Participating in creating the openSUSE distribution The talk will present the way how the openSUSE distribution will get opened for contributions. What requirements need to be fulfilled by the software and the packager. The talk makes also a proposal about the used rules to identify software to become part of openSUSE Factory distribution. Hendrik Vogelsang, Adrian Schroeter Slides
18:00 Build Kernel packages with the OBS The talk shows how to build Kernel packages in the openSUSE build service. Jan Blunck
18:30 Testing the openSUSE distribution Testing of openSUSE from an internal perspective and how the community can engage. Holger Sickenberg Slides

Sunday, February 25th

Time Topic Description Presenter Slides
10:00 Suspend to disk and to RAM The openSUSE project is a worldwide community program sponsored by Novell that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. The openSUSE project gives Linux developers and enthusiasts everything they need to get started with Linux. Stefan Seyfried, Pavel Machek Slides s2ram page pm-utils page
10:30 OpenSync OpenSync is a Synchronization Framework. The framework is a desktop independent synchronization solution for all kind of mobile device and application. The plugin based architecture allows to enhance the support of new devices/protocols with providing a simple plugin. There are so far OpenSync frontends for the command line, KDE and GNOME. At the moment framework supports: SyncML, IrMC and many other protocols and the KDE PIM and Evolution environment. Daniel Gollub Slides
11:15 ThinkFinger ThinkFinger - Don't bother if you lose your password, but please keep your finger safe.

Introduction on ThinkFinger, a driver for the UPEK/STM fingerprint reader. The device is being found either as a standalone USB device, built into USB keyboards or built into laptops (Dell, IBM/Lenovo, Toshiba).

Timo Hoenig Timo's Slides, Pavel's Slides
12:00 openSUSE Community A talk from an openSUSE Community member on Community history, ongoings, problems, challenges, and plans for the future. Francis Giannaros Slides
12:45 Documentation: Lessons for Lizards A New Open Source Documentation Project: Lessons for Lizards

Lessons for Lizards (LfL) is a community cookbook-style book project for the openSUSE distribution licensed under the GFDL.

Frank Sundermeyer Slides
13:30 OpenOffice - OpenXML A talk about the OpenXML integration in OpenOffice Michael Meeks Slides
14:30 Usability research of KDE at openSUSE The KDE team at SUSE has been applying usability research principles to the user interfaces they design. This talk presents their research methodology and the resulting applications. Stephan Binner, Will Stephenson Slides
15:30 Mono Workshop The Mono workshop gives more details on how to work with mono. Miguel de Icaza
16:30 Common package and patch management for SUSE Linux Zypp - SUSE package management Duncan Mac-Vicar Prett Slides

openSUSE @ FOSDEM 2007 call for papers/speakers/participants

Audio / Videos

You can download the audio or videos of all the talks by going to one of the mirrors below. The available formats are:

  • Audio, OGG Vorbis
  • 320x Video (small)
  • 640x Video (medium)
  • 1200x Video (large)

Available locations for download are:


There are images from FOSDEM '07 in the gallery:

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