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openSUSE 12.1 distribution will be released on 11 November, 2011. With many of us attending the openSUSE Conference, let's use the opportunity to gather after the conference and do our awesome hacking work.

  • Who: Anyone who cares about openSUSE
  • When: 2011 - September 15 and 16
  • Where: SUSE Offices in Nuremberg
    • Also online via IRC and wiki for those who wish to participate remotely.
    • If you are attending remotely, please log into our #opensuse-marketing and #opensuse-artwork channels during these days
  • Time: 9 a.m. (0700 UTC) to 6 p.m. (1600 UTC) (or whenever anyone passes out)

Hotel sponsorship:

While anyone can attend the hackfest, hotel rooms will only be reimbursed for active Marketing and Artwork team members. If approved, you will be reimbursed for 14th and 15th of September, and possibly 16th if you live far away.

Do not assume you are approved for hotel until you are contacted. If you have any questions, contact suseROCKs.

As of Friday August 26 applications for hotel sponsorship is now closed and all accepted individuals have been contacted. If you have not applied you can still attend the hackfest, but your hotel costs will not be covered.


Please indicate if you are interested in attending the hackest. All are welcome, but remember that lodging assistance must be pre-approved. Fill in all information below!

Name Nickname Travel from: Attending openSUSE Conf? Need Hotel Assistance?
Bryen Yunashko suseROCKS Chicago, Il, USA Yes Yes
Jos Poortvliet jospoortvliet Utrecht, Netherlands Yes No
Bruno Friedmann tigerfoot Basel, Switzerland Yes Yes
Françoise Wybrecht Morgane Marquis Basel, Switzerland Yes Yes
Izabel Valverde izabelvalverde SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil Yes Yes
Kostas Koudaras Warlordfff Thessaloniki, Greece Yes Yes
George Bratsos Etern4L Larisa, Greece Yes Yes
Stella Rouzi differentreality Thessaloniki, Greece Yes Yes
Andreas Jaeger AJaeger FĂźrth, Germany Yes No
Alan Clark AlanClark SLC, Utah Yes No
Manu Gupta manugupt1 Manipal,India Yes Yes
N B Prashanth nbprashanth Manipal,India Yes Yes
Jean-Daniel Dodin jdd Toulouse, France Yes Yes

How to Get There

SUSE Offices is located at Maxfeldstraße 5, 3rd Floor Nuremberg, Germany

Public Transportation

From Best Western take Underground line 1 (or 11) to Plärrer, then use the opposite platform to take train number 3 (direction of Maxfeldstr) and go until Maxfeldstraße. At the underground station take the exit behind the end of the train and walk up to the office.


  • Switch at Hauptbahnhof (longer and more complicated to switch)
  • use Underground line 2 (or 21) or 3 until Rathenauplatz and walk from there

to the office (slightly longer walk and a tiny bit more complicated to walk out of the station)


  • We will use the All--Hands room in SUSE Offices for full gatherings.
  • This hackfest is specifically for 12.1 tasks. General marketing and artwork topics should be discussed during the Conference itself.
  • Kickoff session will prioritize tasks we want to address during hackfest, based on who is present and what their desired contributions will be.
  • We will break out into small groups, using small rooms, to focus on tasks
  • We will have one review period with everyone together each morning and afternoon. Each review session will last 20 minutes.

Break times are as you need. You are not in prison.  :-)

Food will be provided during the hackfest. We want you alive and well after the hackfest!

You are required to bring your own laptop. Wireless access will be provided. Please bring any materials you may have which are not already up on our wiki or other openSUSE-related web site.

You can stay late in the SUSE offices if you are a night owl



Time Session
9:00 a.m. Kickoff and organization of tasks
9:30 a.m. Breakout Session
11:40 a.m. Review
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Return from Lunch/Breakout Sessions
3:40 p.m. Review
4:00 p.m. Breakout
6:00 p.m. Break for Dinner / Offices open late if you wish to continue hacking


Time Session
9:00 a.m. Review of Previous Day - What's left for today?
9:30 a.m. Breakout Session
11:40 a.m. Review
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Return from Lunch/Breakout Sessions
3:40 p.m. Review
4:00 p.m. Breakout
5:40 p.m. Final review of hackfest / Determine what's left to do before November.

Suggested Topics

The following are suggested topics/tasks to focus on during the hackfest. Feel free to add more. If you have completed a topic or task, please make a note of it in the next section titled "Results"

Topics or Tasks
Name Notes Links, etc.
New Tech Eduction We have two major new technologies that will be introduced in 12.1. GNOME 3 (first shipping) and systemD. We need to prepare our ambassadors to be able to answer questions about them.
Launch Parties
  • Review current documentation for great launch parties
  • Make strategy for reaching out to people to plan their parties
  • PromoDVD Jacket
  • Slide Presentation Templates
  • 12.1 Countdown Banner (needs to be ready immediately after Conference)
  • 12.1 sticker (to be printed locally for early launch parties)
Release Notes This was one of the most important items in 11.4 Release
Editorial Schedule
  • Create editorial Schedule for news.o.o
  • Create editorial schedule for Social Media
  • Reach out to community to blog about 12.1
Events Schedule

Build list of events for next 5 months (September-February)

Talking Points Review and improve our current talking points list
Presentations Create presentations for different target audeiences Upload to GIT when done
Press Relations Prepare Press kit and reach out to journalists


Please record tasks completed here.

Name Notes Links, etc.
News.o.o Editorial Schedule Need to line up writers and technical reviewers
OpenQA Writeups and conference review Needs to be reviewed