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Communty and Outreach tasks

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Contact Ambassadors and determine their response time

  • The problem: Write report about openSUSE Ambassadors availability.
  • Background: Contact list is not always accurate. When we have some action it is good to know that all ambassadors are responsive. Students should contact openSUSE Ambassadors, for instance by sending a polite email giving them 2 weeks to respond. After 2 weeks compile list with response times or remark "not responded" if there is no answer. Also, note all difficulties that you encountered and solutions you applied.
Note: We consider that most of the time in this task will be spent waiting responses so with this task participant can take some other task.
  • Time to complete: 2 weeks, or shorter if all ambassador answer earlier.
  • Completed when: Student submits report.
  • Mentor: Kostas Koudaras
  • Status: OPEN
  • Difficulty: Easy.

Assess and recommend improvements to workflow of online shop

Review the current path for visitors determining how to purchase and request openSUSE materials. Recommend and demonstrate a workflow that reduces barriers and increases visibility to reach those relevant pages.

Investigate online resellers for online openSUSE Shop

Research and create recommendations for best online shops to resell openSUSE materials, such as t-shirts and mugs, etc. Take into consideration costs of service, service areas (what parts of the Globe are covered by services), items that can be sold, and possible use of multiple shop sites to fit global needs.

Create Geeko Plushie Campaign

We intend to have a special one-time campaign to distribute and sell large-sized Geeko plushies (similar to what is at openSUSE Conferences). The task here will be to investigate the feasibility cost of the production/shipping and design a marketing campaign that promotes the Plushie as well as promotes the message of openSUSE Project. This will be an interesting project for a student interested in developing marketing experience from start to finish.

Write in-depth review of openSUSE 12.1 for tech website

  • The problem: Reaching out to media is important way to let people know about new openSUSE version.
  • Background: openSUSE 12.1 could use a nice, in-depth review. Something which goes deeper than the usual "it looks nice". Go into things like YaST and it's functionality, the available software on http://software.opensuse.org and one-click-install, the several desktops, things like that...

You will have to install openSUSE 12.1 and give it a serious work-out; test many of the tools in YaST, play with all desktops (including taking screenshots) and go over at least some of the major features. You will need to describe the process, your thoughts and difficulties you encounter.

You will learn how to write a technical articles and get some in-depth coaching on how to keep a text interesting and how to keep your audience in mind.

Write review of OBS for tech website

OBS could always use a good write-up. Something like a commented step-by-step of how to build a package. There are plenty of how-to's which can be used to write an article like that so it's not even that hard...

You will need to use OBS to build a reasonably complicated package, do a submit request and some of the other functions of OBS. You can of course use the documentation and ask people for help! You will need to describe the process, your thoughts and difficulties you encounter.

You will learn how to write a technical articles and get some in-depth coaching on how to keep a text interesting and how to keep your audience in mind.

Write review of Studio & KIWI for tech website

SUSE Studio and KIWI are awesome tools, allowing you to build your own operating system from a browser or customizing and building images on your own computer. Studio is like a GUI for KIWI and allows you to export an KIWI xml file for further fine tuning or automated building. An article about how to do these things would be great!

You will need to use SUSE Studio to build an image, then export the KIWI XML file and play with it on your own system including building the same image. You will need to describe the process, your thoughts and difficulties you encounter.

You will learn how to write a technical articles and get some in-depth coaching on how to keep a text interesting and how to keep your audience in mind.

Create Marketing Materials Artwork

Description of idea goes here, try and be as detailed as possible.

  • Mentor:
  • Status: OPEN
  • Difficulty Hard

Review marketing and ambassador wiki pages (moved to melnage)

  • The problem: The openSUSE wiki has a lot of pages related to ambassadors and marketing that contain many useful information. Some of them are old and need to be renewed and some of the are not linked anywhere so it is almost impossible to be found while you navigate though the wiki pages.
  • Background: From time to time many useful ambassador and marketing pages have been created by people not so experienced with the wiki.


Review the marketing and ambassador wiki pages and see if there is something that needs to be renewed, Locate any duplicated pages or any related pages that are not linked anywhere and make a report

  • Time to complete: 1 week
  • Completed when: The student submits the report and the mentor reviews it.
  • Mentor: Kostas Koudaras
  • Status: OPEN
  • Difficulty Medium

Make a presentation in a school about 12.1

The student will make a presentation about 12.1, probably in his school or other. He or she will have to study the existing slides and even make changes expanding them. Finally, the actual presentation will be made and feedback will be given to the community in the form of a written report. The student will learn how to organize and perform to Presentations, also how to give reports on such events back to the community

Mentor:Kostas Koudaras

Status: OPEN

Difficulty: Medium