Introduce my self
My name is Athanasios-Ilias Rousinopoulos. I am an openSUSE Ambassador and an active member of openSUSE Community. This year i participate in Google Summer of Code with openSUSE .. My project is called “Ambassador/Event plugin for openSUSE Connect”.
Introduce my project
As an openSUSE Ambassador  i participate in conferences , make presentations and promote openSUSE to the people. openSUSE Connect is the social network of openSUSE Project (based on Elgg ). In my opinion openSUSE Connect it is more than a useful tool. Ambassadors , members of openSUSE community do use it in order to communicate , form groups , follow other people, create events ,create polls etc. Although it is a useful tool , it does suffer from some deficiencies. As an ambassador i found using the wiki in order to manage the community events not a good idea at all. As mentioned before openSUSE Connect is based on Elgg. Elgg is an open source social networking engine that provides a robust framework on which to build all kinds of social environments. . Elgg provides well-organized documentation  for developers. Furthermore Bug tracker is also available  . Besides Elgg has its own API Reference  which developers can use it. Finally he goal of my project is to create a plugin (developed in Elgg) which allows the users planning of events in openSUSE Connect , instead of using the wiki pages so as to create an event. Using this plugin by the community can be more beneficial
Event #1 (23/04-07/05) [Community Bonding period begins]
What did i do
Until now i did made my “Contact first steps”  which means i talked with my mentor , informed him about my plan. Furthermore i started using Trello as a project management tool. Focusing more on the project i read openSUSE connect’s main features and Installed it as well  ,  , . openSUSE Connect allows create and develop new widgets , plugins and new themes by using the Elgg platform. During installing openSUSE Connect i did face some problems , so i edited the documentation  in order to make the installation process easier and more successful. After the installation process i read Elgg’s Wiki Main page  , how Elgg’s Engine works , and made my firsts steps with Elgg Plugin Development.  ,, . Elgg’s offers some introduction tutorials so as to begin developing your plugin. In addition Elgg offers about 1500 plugins which you can download them and install them as well. Finally i installed PHP plugin for Eclipse and started using it.
What i am going to do
This week i will focus more on Elgg’s Plugin Development and try to implement the first tutorials  . Furthermore i am going to focus on Elgg Plugin Development and read upon the current used event plugin.
Problems & Solutions
After the installation process i wasn’t able to access Elgg due to an Error message. Also while configuring “System settings” i had to add a folder which is not placed in Connect’s installation folder. These problems are already solved and descibed more detailed here 
These are my first 14 days in the project. I feel very happy about participating in Google Summer of Code with openSUSE Project. In my opinion this project would be beneficial for members of openSUSE Community and Open Source community as well. Finally my reports about my progress will be posted in weekly basis and will be called “Event # “.
This is my blog post for “How-to Install Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo SR1) in openSUSE 12.1 (GNOME 3) only within 9 Steps ”
In my case i installed Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo SR1) due to i have to use the Eclipse Marketplace. Eclipse Marketplace offers a thousand of plug-ins and extra features available for Eclipse platform. It is a truth that i searched a lot in order to find a package or a “one-click install” file but the result was an installation of 3.6.2 version. As we all know in FLOSS always there is a way to overcome problems and also fix them. Furthermore as a developer i have to use the “Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers“. Here are the instructions on how-to install (via terminal) this edition of Eclipse. (Some images are in greek language , due to the fact that i use the greek language as System language)
2st Step : We download the .tar.gz file and i suggest saving it at /home/your-user-name/Downloads.
3st Step : We open the terminal and then type
tar -xvf eclipse-jee-indigo-SR1-linux-gtk.tar.gz
In order to un-compress the file which have been downloaded.
4st Step : We search the “Alacarte”
5st Step : We click on it , so as to open the application.
6th Step : After the 5st Step we click at right so as to add a new ” Application launcher” .
7th Step : We fill the fields and add the Eclipse image (we have to search in ~/Downloads/eclipse/icon.xpm by using the “Browse” button). Here is shown the “result of this process “ .
8th Step : Then we click on “Activities -> Applications” , and we see the “Eclipse” so as to access it.
9th Step : Just enjoy Eclipse!
This How-to is formed by 9 steps , 1 less than the KDE’s how to :).
I would like to thank Sascha Manns for the addition of the report in the Weekly news Issue 175.
The report from FOSSCOM Conference about Medical Team is now available in Weekly News Issue 175.
Available in :
Just enjoy it!
Have a lot fun!
As a distro tester and openSUSE Ambassador, I ‘m very happy to
report what took place in the conference (it was my first conference as
So the conference lasted 2 days
1st Day : Booth and presentation
We set up the booth as an openSUSE Community. All the related stuff
Furthermore me and Stathis Iosifidis we presented the openSUSE Medical
project as well as the applications which are available via the
openSUSE Medical Distro.
I would like to note that we presented the following applications :
And finally we presented the new application for diabetics (which is
available in the medical repository) ” plasmoid-glucose ”
The presentation is available at :
The presentation was really interesting, people (doctors) during the
presentation asked us about the distro, the project and how to setup
and use the applications in general.
2nd Day : Feedback and Booth support
During the second day , we informed the people (via the booth) about
the openSUSE Medical project and it’s applications and features.
In addition with the questions people were surprised with the whole
idea of the project and that are able to use this kind of applications
as FOSS software.
According to me it’s very important to present and show the openSUSE
Medical project to doctors and students, because this project will be
alive only with the collaboration of developers and medical
Something new for a FOSS conference , many people are interested in
You can take a look at the photos of the presentation and the booth as well :
(Me and Stathis , you can take a look and in the other photos as well)
Have a lot of fun!
Yesterday night i received an e-mail , asking me how to install the glucose application in KDE GUI.
So these are the steps (via command line, until tonight i will post the guide with images)
1) Open the terminal and type, and add the repository
sudo zypper ar -c http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Extra/openSUSE_11.4/ diabetic
diabetic is the alias of the repository , you can write your own alias as well.
Type the root password where needeed!!
2) You search the application package:
sudo zypper se plasmoid-glucose
A table with applications and packages will appear
3) Then you install the package you just found :
sudo zypper install plasmoid-glucose
Press y in the question ‘Continue’
And the application has just installed!!
4) To launch it :
Just press Alt+D,A and left click on “Add graphical…” and then you will find applet called “Glucose”.
Now you are able to store the bloodglucose testings!
Have a lot of fun , wherever are you diabetic or not!