Hacking around with the Geekos (openSUSE 12.3 Marketing Hackathon)
From 31st of January to 10th of February I participated in openSUSE 12.3 Marketing Hackathon. The Hackathon took place in SUSE Headquarters [Nuremberg,Germany] from 4/02 to 10/02. Before that we participated in FOSDEM by promoting to the crowd the openSUSE Project and the oSC13 as well. Our participation in FOSDEM was really successful cause people asked a lot of questions around the upcoming release of openSUSE and expressed their interest for this year’s openSUSE Conference. Thanks to Carlos we spread out and informed a lot of people about the oSC13.
Apart from that this year I spent more time in joining presentations. I admit that I liked more FOSDEM 2013 than FOSDEM 2012 because I found the presentations (Developer rooms especially) more interesting.
After FOSDEM we travelled to Nuremberg for the Marketing Hackathon . On the way back to Nuremberg I was impressed by the fact that openSUSE development continued even on the bus with various hackers (SUSE Employees) sitting behind their laptops, building packages. Apart from software development we drunk a lot of openSUSE beers. 🙂
Arriving to Nuremberg , after FOSDEM , we begun to work in the 12.3 RC1 release. SUSE Employees helped us by providing all the necessary equiqment [ok , coffee , meeting rooms etc] since we worked in the SUSE offices. Interacting with people from the company was really interesting , and i admit that during a release there is a lot of work to be done (bug fixing , artwork, ,writing , promotion , etc) .
Apart from the release we enjoyed a presentation by the SUSE Documentation team , where we tested a demo of the new ActiveDoc tool.ActiveDoc is used for the documentation of openSUSE and SUSE as well. Furthermore we had visits from company management , from Ralf Flaxa, VP of engineering, and Roland Haidl. During these meetings we discussed about issues around openSUSE Project , and how the project can be improved. Ralf Flaxa and Roland Haidl thanked us for our work and they confirmed their willing to help the openSUSE Project as much as they can.
As the KDE 4.10 released during the Marketing Hackathon we all joined the KDE 4.10 release party (in Wednesday). KDE president Cornelius Schumacher and Klaas Freitag, (ownCloud Senior Developer) joined us to the party. We had really interesting discussions about various aspects (KDE , ownCloud ,oSC13 etc).
Here i give a brief summary of my work
– 12.3 Screenshots (Screenshots and related wiki page) [although my laptop was broken for a while]
– 12.3 Package list and Feature (the last days)
– 12.3 Social Media messages for RC1 (and the final release as well)
– 12.3 “We are Hispanohablantes” , a new project begun , willing to centralize the Spanish speaking communities in openSUSE. Here you can find the English  and Spanish  version of the wiki page. [if you come from a Spanish spoken country , you can add stuff in the “Information Table”.]
I could blog about this experience for years , but i prefered to write a resume of what i have in my mind 🙂
. Obviously i would like to thank the following people (participants and SUSE Employees) :
Kostas , Bruno (tigerfoot – “Champignon”) , Carlos (victorck), Carlos (CarlosRibeiro), Izabel (IzabelleValverde), Marcel (tux93 or “Silent Power”), Richard (ilmehtar), Michal (|miska|).
Jos, Henne , Ralf, Roland, James, Jan, Ludwig, Cornelius, Suzanne Augustin, Will, Christopher, Adrian, , Jurgen, Kenneth, Cassio, Alberto,
(if I forget someone ,please let me know 😉 )
And yes we all love Vietnam 🙂
And don’t forget!!
A lot of Geekings to everybody,
“Power to the Geeko”