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openSUSE 13.1 Release Party [Austria]

This Monday 24.03, I will make a Release Party in Austria (Klagenfurt am Wörthersee) [1] , in collaboration with the local IEEE Student
Branch. Here you can find all the relevant information [2], [3],[4]  and also download the poster of the event [5].

If you are in Austria or close to Klagenfurt , feel free to pass by the Party! 😉

Have fun!

Ilias R.

Interview with Jos Poortvliet

Jos Poortvliet , tell us about yourself. Who are you?

Hey, I’m a Dutch Free Software enthusiast living in Berlin with my Brazilian
wife Camila. I’ve been around Free and Open Source for over 10 years, mostly
active around marketing and community related things.

Which are your main responsibilities and roles inside the openSUSE Project as a community manager?

I’m active in marketing, helping the project communicate to the outside
world. But also internally and between SUSE and openSUSE. I am also active
on the governance side of the project, with strategy or board related things
and helping to handle conflicts if they arise.

How do people from the community understand (or perceive) your role inside the openSUSE Project ?

He, good question. In the beginning, many people expected me to take charge
and play a leadership role. As that is clearly something which does fit
neither openSUSE nor me, I did not do that and made very clear that I did
not see that as my job. Instead, I presented myself as a contributor who had
to earn his place like everybody else. I think I did that, in the last
years, and today people come to me for advice mostly in the areas of
communication, marketing and conflicts – and I happily stay out of
especially technical decisions.

Imagine that you have to build and manage a new community , inside the openSUSE Project. Which are the steps you gonna follow so as to assure that this community will not affect the openSUSE Project? How are you gonna attract  people from the openSUSE Project to participate in the this new community?

Depends on what you are looking for, what you want to create. If it is
something like the ARM project or a new openSUSE derivative, it SHOULD
affect the project – ARM is adding something to openSUSE, so are the
derivatives. That is good!

So, just announce it as that – a cool, new thing in openSUSE. That is not
particularly hard to communicate. I would not communicate it before it has
something to show for and in most cases that means first gathering some
people who want to work on it and making a ‘first release’, then announcing
where you plan to take it and inviting people to join.

Of course, it would be possible to create a project which might not be
naturally seen as an addition. Say, you want to ‘fork’ openSUSE into a more
stable (or more bleeding edge) version. That is an entirely different thing
and should be handled with a little more care: one can imagine that this
takes up resources which otherwise might be put in openSUSE Factory, for
example. But here, too, I think it is important to first talk to some core
people, get a team up, create a ‘proof of concept’ and simply have a clear
plan. Then, based on what objections you expect, make sure to communicate it
in a non-threatening way.

Do you use any tool to manage the information inside the community (e.g bugzilla , statistics in mailing lists,repositories etc) and how?

We have some statistics but these focus around the release, marketing and
user base (number of downloads, page views to our sites, number of active
installations, things like that). And we have some idea about development
(number of commits to Factory, amount of work in devel projects). We have
very little, if any, info on communication related things.

One of the tasks of the community manager is the volunteer management. In terms of measurement and success can you give a percentage of
 “assigned” tasks per volunteer and successfully finished task per volunteer?

I have very little idea here. First of all, because I am restricting myself
to a subset of the community: the marketing area. Second, because my work
frequently shifts and I don’t always interact with the same people. And
last, because I don’t keep metrics like that – I work very much on a one-on-
one base. I’m not saying that that is the best way to do it but I’m not much
of a number man 😉

According to your experience ,  how many months approximately needs a volunteer to be “productive”?

It depends quite a bit in what area and what skills he/she brings. But you
are often looking at quite a long time – a minimum of a month but easily
half a year.

Would you call yourself a mentor? And why?

Sometimes, when I’m actually mentoring new people…

If a project , a task or an idea “assigned” to a volunteer fails, how do you manage this kind failure?
I try to catch it myself but often, I delegate based on trust. So if a
volunteer doesn’t do something, well, it doesn’t get done. That is
responsibility, yes?

Finally tell us , why openSUSE and openSUSE Community rocks?

There are a lot of reasons – but for me, the most important part is the open
mind. Every project has people angry at the world, every project has
friendly and unfriendly people. But overall, openSUSE as a community is very
open to both newcomers and working with others. We’re not such a navel-
gazing community, we pragmatic and willing to look outside our borders,
adopting technologies from other communities and working with them on it.
That is maybe not totally unique, but certainly rare.

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 [1] and Spanish [2] 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) :

Participants :

Kostas , Bruno (tigerfoot – “Champignon”) , Carlos (victorck), Carlos (CarlosRibeiro), Izabel (IzabelleValverde), Marcel (tux93 or “Silent Power”), Richard (ilmehtar), Michal (|miska|).

SUSE Employees:

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 🙂

You can find the photos of the event here and here as well.

And don’t forget!!

See you in oSC13 [18-22 July , Thessaloniki , Greece]  . As the Cfp is open don’t forget to register yourself and why not submit your presentation [or workshop]!!

A lot of Geekings to everybody,

“Power to the Geeko”



Installing Gummi in openSUSE 12.2

Since yesterday i started using LaTeX. So i was searching which LateX editor fix better in my needs. After searching and testing i use Gummi. Let’s see what is going on :

What is Gummi?

Gummi is a LaTeX editor for the Linux platform, written in C/GTK+. It was designed with simplicity in mind, but hopes to appeal to both novice and more advanced LaTeX writers. Gummi was released as free opensource software under the MIT license. [1]

Installing Gummi

In order to install Gummi in openSUSE you have to install the following packages :

– gummi (by typing sudo zypper in gummi , in the terminal)


After installing the gummi package , i couldn’t execute gummi and saw the follwoing  error message

“Failed to execute child process “enchant-lsmod” (No such file or directory)”


The solution to this problem is to install the following packages  :

– enchant (and 5 sub-packages)  [2]

– enchant-devel

– libenchant1 [3]

After installing them , Gummi will work fine!




Geeko @ Madrid Airport

What about creating  an airline company called “Geeko Air”? Is an awesome idea , isn’t it?

Well , this post is neither a thought about creating a new company nor a new way to make money. 🙂

So let’s see what it is. Before 10 days i had to travel from Madrid to Paris for my Practicum. At this case casual dress is a mandatory , so i wore a Geeko shirt (thanks Bruno :)). While passing the security control , the security guy (named Josue) saw the openSUSE badge (the front one) on my shirt and asked me ” Do you work for openSUSE?” my response was “No i contribute to the openSUSE Project”. The security control stopped and an interesting conversation begun. Josue told me that he was an Ubuntu user , but now  uses openSUSE and he is very satisfied. Without any thought i gave him the only openSUSE Promo DVD i had.

So Geekos , we have to know that our Project is great and also please make the Geeko Shirt available at openSUSE Shop (for more info ask Bruno)


Zoumpis @ oSC2012


A few days after  the openSUSE conference is over, it is the right moment to write my report.

For me it was the first openSUSE Conference which i attended to. It was the first time that i was surrounded by hundred of Geekos during 4 days and interacted with people from the openSUSE Community , SUSE  other distribution and other FOSS projects as well. People from openSUSE , Gentoo , Ubuntu , Fedora have been there to collaborate, make a presentation , discuss about FOSS and at the end of the day have a beer (pivo, in Czech). So what did i do during the oSC2012?

What did i do

First of all , at Day Zero, the whole Greek community went to the Venue so as to help with the setup up and explore the Venue as well. It is a truth that i I was amazed by the infrastructure, the coordination and the high level of education provided by the University. I had the opportunity to get into a laboratory and  saw that the students do make their own experiments there. At the end of the day we drunk a couple of beers and personally  discussed with the Spanish spoken guys. We had fun by expressing our ideas and interact with people who live far away from European continental .

Actually the first day i  helped at the registration desk  by giving swag ,all the necessary staff and piece of information to the recently (or not) registered attendees. By the second day and until the end of the conference i worked at the Social Media team with Kostas Koudaras and Jos Poortvliet. Our goal was to spread to the social media (twitter,google+,facebook) the presentations,talks,workshops and what was going on during the conference. In that way people who attended to the conference were up-to-date for what is going on and people who didn’t attend had  also the opportunity to enjoy the conference by watching the live streaming. Finally i did translate some of the tweets in Spanish , so the Spanish spoken people be up-to-date as well.


Apart from what did i do , i attended to some presentations. So here i list the presentations:

1) Agustin Benito Bethencourt: SME as target for GNU/Linux distributions

2) Jos Poortvliet: openSUSE Around the World

3) Lightning talks

4) Prof. Joe Doupnik: A complete server to assist charities

5) openSUSE Project meeting

6) Izabel Valverde: The openSUSE Travel Support Program

7) Kostas Koudaras: Ambassadors 2.0

8) Michal Hrušecký: Whats new in openSUSE Connect

9) Kostas Koudaras: oSC13 The Spirit and the City

I admit that i would like to attend the following presentations but finally it wasn’t possible :

1) Henne Vogelsang: Building RPMs for starters…

2) Stephan Kulow: Packaging of perl/python/ruby/java

My presentation

Apart from attending at some presentations i did make my own. Actually my presentation was related to my failure  in GSOC 2012 with openSUSE Project. I explained to the crowd [ok i admit i was a bit nervous , it was my first presentation in an international conference] who am i , which are my plans and encouraged people to participate at the next Google Summer of Code with openSUSE Project. Finally i mentioned that what a failure does mean and what doesn’t mean in that case. My presentation  is available here.


In my opinion it’s very important to interact with people during a conference. Apart from the presentations you gain experience, you discuss with other people about an idea that you have in common. So my interaction was :

a) Met people from Latin America (Sebastian, Axel) and discuss with them about the community there.

b) Met Baltasar Ortega who owns the and become collaborator of the blog. Now my spanish posts  appear also at

c) Discussed with my mentor of GSOC 2012 about my next steps at the project

d) Discuss about participation of openSUSE Project @ LinuxCon with Jos Poortvliet and met Ralf Flaxa as well

d) My openSUSE Member application was accepted. Also i became member of openSUSE Member Officials Team

e) Met Ramon Roca and discuss with him about his project

f) Joined the conference by another point of view : as a volunteer who worked on a group.

g) Beers,beers,beers 😛


According to some people, FOSS conferences are dominated by corporate representatives promoting their products.I disagree with that  because in my point of view FOSS conference are dominated by participants , volunteers , FOSS communities and FOSS companies. The main point is the interaction between all of these parts .

See you at the next openSUSE Conference!

Fiesta de lanzamiento del openSUSE 12.2 [Barcelona] – openSUSE 12.2 Release Party


Despues de la fiesta de lanzamiento del openSUSE 12.2 que tuvo lugar en Madrid , el Martes que viene [06/11] tendrá lugar fiesta de lanzamiento en Barcelona! Mas información podéis encontrar aqui.


After the openSUSE 12.2 Release Party took place in Madrid , the next Tuesday [06/11]  the openSUSE 12.2 Release Party will take place in Barcelona! More info can be found here.

Informe de la fiesta de lanzamiento del openSUSE 12.2 [Madrid] – Report from openSUSE 12.2 Release Party [Madrid]

openSUSE Release Party 12.2 @ Madrid , Group photo


Recién llegado del openSUSE Conference, el viernes pasado (26/10/2012, 21:00) tuvo lugar la fiesta del lanzamiento del openSUSE 12.2. Después de mis clases del Máster [URJC] profesores y estudiantes fuimos a un pub para tomar unas cervezas y hablar del openSUSE. Algunos de mis colegas me preguntaron cosas como “Qué entornos gráficos incluyen el DVD” y “Los dvd’s son de 64 bits”, “Cómo se puede contribuir en el proyecto openSUSE como desarrollador”.

Además profesores y colegas cogieron unos DVD’S promo y uno de ellos, que utiliza otra distribución con XFCE, probará el openSUSE con XFCE. Finalmente tuvo lugar un sorteo y dos participantes ganaron materiales de openSUSE Conference.Al final adjunto el código fuente de sorteo. El código fuente está debajo de la licencia GPL y podéis utilizarlo en su sorteo también.Aquí están algunas fotos de la fiesta.


After arriving from openSUSE Conference , the last Friday (26/10/2012, 21:00) the openSUSE 12.2 Release Party took place in Madrid. When my Master classes [URJC] finished professors and students we went to an Irish Pub to drink a beer and discuss about openSUSE Project. Some of my classmates asked me questions like “How many GUI does the DVD include?” , “The DVD’s are 64-bits version?” , “How can i contribute to the openSUSE Project as a developer?”.

Furthermore professors and classmates took some openSUSE DVD’s and one of my classmate who uses Xubuntu is gonna try openSUSE with XFCE. Finally a draw took place  and two of the participants won material stuff from the openSUSE Conference. I submit the source code of the “draw”. You can use the source code for free [for your draw as well 😉 ] it is under GPL License. Here you can find the Release Party photos.

Participation in the second openSUSE Collaboration Summer Camp

Do you feel hot?

The time has come to arrange your summer getaways!

The 2nd openSUSE Collaboration Summer Camp has almost arrived this year in the familiar place (hotel Grand Platon in Katerini beach) at 20-22 July 2012!

Like last summer we will all meet together and we will combine our baths and beers by the pool with presentations and workshops (don’t forget to bring your laptop with you!)

The event is not only about openSUSE users!

The goal of the event is the collaboration between people who enjoy to contribute to FOSS and the acquaintance with the different ways they can do it.

We look forward to seeing all of you no matter the distro you use, to discuss, exchange opinions and of course we wait for your own presentations and/or workshops on the topics that interest you!
Like last summer there will be a variety of topics that are going to be presented, that will be interesting to everyone, even to the new and not so experienced users.
Everyone can actively contribute, attend the presentations and host their own workshops!

You have to know:
1.[CfP] Submission of presentations and workshops is open! We are looking forward for your ideas. Please fill the form , by clicking on the link below :

2. Participation & room reservation : (It would be a good idea to do it as early as you can , so we can check the availability of the rooms with the hotel. Please send us an e-mail with your details at )

(In order to reserve a room you have to pay the 50 % of the total cost – You will receive more info about the bank deposit via e-mail.)

The cost for the rooms is (including breakfast & dinner):

* Single room – 35 euros/per night

* Double room – 45 euros/per night

* Triple room – 60 euros/per night

3. For more information & registration form:
— Send us an e-mail at :
— Get into our IRC Channel #openSUSE-el in Freenode

Coordinates (Hotel):  40.249513,22.585809
Map (Directions from Thessaloniki) ->
Map (Directions from Athens) ->
Map (Directions from Railway station of Katerini to the Hotel)->

Because we love what we do, we are having fun contributing to FOSS and we hate doing it alone in our rooms during Summer time.


Goolge Summer of Code 2012 – Ambassador/Event plugin for openSUSE Connect – Event#3

Event #3 (25/05-06/06)

What did i do

This period of time was the continuity of the last one (ok i suffered from fever for 3 days). So the hacking is on and new features are already added. As i promised on my last post , i had to add some new useful features in the Event Calendar Plugin (while creating a new event). So i added some new fields which are useful for the ambassadors and also requested from users. These fields are :

Material ,Arrival,Departure ,Booth ,Travel,Talks [1] .

Adding these fields means that ambassadors can add more information while creating a new event. But what is going on when an ambassador or a new user wish to add extra info on these fields? In openSUSE Connect you can make comments as a general instance in a page , but by default you cannot make comments into fields. Μore detailed i made annotations for the ElggObject ($event) and then printed their value (annotation value is a comment for a example). [2] . In order to make the comments visible during “View Event” i created new fields (Material Comment,Arrival Comment, Departure Comment , Booth Comment , Travel Cmment , Talks Comment) where the annotation from the user are available [3].

Problems and Solutions

During this period i faced problems with annotation. Elgg only allows annotating ElggObject but not metadata (our fields are metadata of the object $event) . I made a lot of tries and tried many thoughts so as to reach my goal. Creating a new Object would be a disaster and with no sense. So annotating the $event and add the annotations as a new StdClass was the solution in the problem [4].

What i am going to do

This period of time i will add a map locator for the each event. Furthermore i will  find out if other fields are requested from users and try to add them to event calendar plugin.

Goolge Summer of Code 2012 – Ambassador/Event plugin for openSUSE Connect – Event#2

Event #2 (07/05-25/05) [Community Bonding period begins]

What did i do

This period was a bit hard than the last one. I had a twist on my right hand so some days i was not available to carry on to fast with the project. Furthermore i participated in KDE Akademy Es and presented openSUSE Project to people there. So now let’s focus on my progress. The coding st started at 21 of May so until the “Community perod” took place. So i focused on the current documentation. My first step was to read “getting Started with Development” . Getting involved Development means to understand better the Elgg’s event system. Talking about Elgg’s event system means to focus on the “events” and “plugin hooks” that Elgg provides. Furthermore Elgg has a “Views” system. Views are creating a section of presentation code from input data , in other words view  is the templating system of Elgg.

Elgg’s documentation provides useful information about how the Elgg’s Engine works.

More detailed Elgg’s Data Engine is formed by the following parts :

a) Entities , where ElggEntity is the base class for the Elgg data model.

b) Metadata, where you  can add extra data on your entity

c) Annotations, which are pieces of data attached to your  entity that allow users to leave comments, ratings, or other relevant feedback.

d) Relationships

e) Access controls , where you define the accessibility of annotations, entities and metadata.

f) Database schema

Plugin structure

Event calendar plugins structure is simple. Let’s have a look inside :

Actions – Where the actions of event calndar are stored into files (add_to_group , add_to_calendar, killrequest , manage , remove_from_group , request_personal_calendar, toggle_personal_calendar)

Images – Where images used by the plugin are stored here

Languages – All the available languages for the plugin

Models – Where is stored the Elgg event model

Pages – Where review_request.php file is placed.

Views – Where the views are divided into two categories , “rss” and “default”.

In “default” folder appear the “widgets” , “objects” , “input” , “settings” folders and others as well. This view contains many folders and files , so as to be editable .

Many of us we use rss , so as to be up to date . openSUSE Connect and Event calendar. provides “rss” view which is also can be configured.

Furthermore there are some other files , which are very important. These files are “start.php” , “show_event.php” , “show_events.php”. I have to mention that the “model.php” file (from models  folder) is being called on those 3 files above.

My first hacks and feelings

Begin hacking is very interesting. In other words start writing source code and make the first “hacks” , is the first step for the contribution. First you plan the process and then you begin to implement your thoughts and your plan. Moreover “hacking” for an open source project means that all your “hacks” will interact  with the community. So my first hacks for Google Summer of Code are more than interesting for me.

So focusing more on the hacks , my first hack was to read the start.php file of the plugin and understand how it works. For that reason i add comments on how functions and the source code works.

Furthermore i followed all the changes shown on event_calendar_submenu_css.patch file.

Making hacks means that you have also fix the bugs on the source code. After creating a new event , and try to show it you see like this [1]. So you can see that the bullet point which calendar plugin adds to the navigation box  (“View all events”) miss the css layout. In order to solve it and be like this [2] , i had to search for the appropiate css file. After searching and making some test commits , the final commit which solves the problem is this one.

What i am going to do

This week i will focus more on searching which features can be added during creating a new event. Furthermore i will try to add a map locator for each event. This will make the events more attractive to the users.

Goolge Summer of Code 2012 – Ambassador/Event plugin for openSUSE Connect – Event#1

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 .[0]. My project is called “Ambassador/Event plugin for openSUSE Connect”.

Introduce my project

As an openSUSE  Ambassador  [1] 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. [2]. Elgg provides well-organized documentation [3] for developers. Furthermore Bug tracker is also available [4] . Besides Elgg has its own API Reference [5] 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” [6] 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 [7] , [8] , [9]. 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 [10] in order to make the installation process easier and more successful. After the installation process i read Elgg’s Wiki Main page [11] , how Elgg’s Engine works , and made my firsts steps with  Elgg Plugin Development. [12] ,[13], [14]. 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 [15] . 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 [16]


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 # “.

Interview with Izabel Valverde

Case Studies II – Interview


Who are you and what exactly you do for openSUSE and GNOME as well?

My name is Izabel Valverde. I’m Brazilian and work as a Development Coordi-
nator for a Brazilian IT company.
In openSUSE currently I’m part of the openSUSE Travel Support Program
as Finance Planning [1] . Since last year, I have been helping openSUSE Con-
ference [2]-committee on fund raising and sponsorship matters. Also I’m helping
to spread the word about openSUSE in Brazil attending local conferences. For
GNOME for the last 2-3 years my talks at conferences are related to GNOME
Women subjects.How to get more women involved in GNOME project, also how
the project works in simple terms.

How did you involved in openSUSE and GNOME?

Long ago I started with Mandrake and windowmaker. My father and brother
were the ones that brought Linux to me. My brother was (sometimes is!) my
personal support desk. Around 2000 he introduced me a very powerful tool
called Yast! Since then I felt smart enough to choose and use the Linux that
I wanted and I fell for SUSE!!! It was love at first sight! Back in 2003, I met
Timothy Ney. He was Executive Director at GNOME Foundation. During that
time Tim asked me to help him to organize a local GNOME Forum. I did
and after that that I joined the GNOME Foundation and still am a member.
The ”I Frum Gnome” happened in 2004 with just few people, now is a big
community. Today few people from the first Forum are still contributing to
GNOME , but to different Free Software Projects. The same happened to
me. In 2010, a friend called me to help to organize an openSUSE meeting in
Latin America Conference – Latinoware(3). Because of this organization I joined
openSUSE by IRC to understand the project and get to know people. During
Latinoware, Jos Poortvliet invited me to join openSUSE Marketing and since
then I’m supporting openSUSE in the best way I can.

Apart from these what else are you working on?

I’m studying about SCRUM and reviewing some PMI best practices. It’s very
well useful for my everyday job.

Can you tell us, which is the relationship between openSUSE and Gnome community?

In openSUSE, we are lucky to have some engineers and contributors who pro-
vide a very polished and stable GNOME release running on openSUSE. As a
community in Brazil our people are really great! Because of this, it is is easy
to have collaboration between projects. At conferences when they invite us to
talk about GNOME, we can also to present openSUSE and they welcome us.
The same happens in the opposite way I can talk about openSUSE and have
time to spread about GNOME in general. It is a amazing! In some conferences
we have the GNOME booth close to KDE booth and when I can choose I make
openSUSE in between! It is fun for all of us and we take care of each others
booth doesn’t matter the OS or desktop. We are such a rich community of

Can you explain why use Gnome in openSUSE?

In the past when I was SLED user, it was a bit complicated cause the perfect
marriage was with KDE. A lot of work to update my Operation System. Now
since openSUSE releases with 4 desktop is pretty easy! I’m using GNOME for
so many years that I don’t no how or what to say about difficulties. GNOME is
pretty intuitive for end users and great for developers. You can find whatever
you need to work. What is not immediately or update Zypper can help you…
or for end users Yast! Nice and easy almost a ”click install”

Can you imagine the future of openSUSE and GNOME community as well?

GNOME is a very mature community. Very well organized and I can say today
is pretty easy to follow and understand how things happen. Many projects are
happening and many people are able to make big compromised that deliver
great results. Every year when I can go to Guadec(5) – the GNOME Users and
Developers’ European Conference – in the Foundation General Meeting we can
see how bigger and professional we have become. In openSUSE I love the way
it is. A mix of passionate and chaotic people with who look for results. Again
I love it! openSUSE is not a highly structured community, but we do have a
Board to help. We can easily reach our Board without a lots of bureaucracy.
Last year I attended openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg and the atmosphere
was fantastic! The only thing I can say is everyone in their was are amazing and I
don’t plan to leave. Of course some issues happen, fortunately – or unfortunately
– not technically related, but I’m involved in Foss for many years to know isn’t
always a paradise! But then you just need to sit, wait and issues tend to be
naturally solved… because people without the best intentions” leave or be cause
your group, team or board helped. Sometimes isn’t related to you but you, there
always a few bad apples… Nobody likes to have their project attacked. After all
isn’t it about to have lots of fun? I believe in the future of both communities.
I was a bit afraid about the future of GNOME two years ago, but now I can
see how strong GNOMEis. I believe GNOME learned not to be focused in just
one operationsystem or company. This means we are even more mature and
experienced enough to guarantee quality on what we build. openSUSE as OS is
amazing. Any project related to openSUSE is technically great. As community
we are growing quickly ”multi-culturally” and surely we are dealing pretty well
with these diverse ways of seeing things and thinking.

Thank you for the opportunity to present my GNOME and openSUSE history 🙂


(1) upportP rogram
[Travel Committee]
…The Travel Committee is responsible for gathering all the requests and ideas
from the community and working with them to decide what the most valuable
conferences and events are and deciding on who to support and how much...”

How-to Install Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo SR1) in openSUSE 12.1 (GNOME 3) only within 9 Steps

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)

1st Step : You have to dowload the version you wish to install from Eclipse Official Website. In our case we choose Linux 32-bit.

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

cd ~/Downloads/

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 :).

How-to Install Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo SR1) in openSUSE 12.1 (KDE) only within 10 Steps

This is my first blog post for  the assignment “Development Tools” , so i could say that i am very happy with this matter!

Well  i use openSUSE Linux 12.1 and i am very proud of that! Sometimes i face problems like , lack of packages for programs, but this matter doesn’t mean that you cannot install the software you wish. 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)

1st Step : You have to dowload the version you wish to install from Eclipse Official Website. In our case we choose Linux 32-bit.

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

cd ~/Downloads/

tar -xvf eclipse-jee-indigo-SR1-linux-gtk.tar.gz

In order to un-compress the file which have been downloaded.

4st Step : We launch the “Application Launcher” (at the bottom left corner of the screen in KDE)

5st Step : We click on  “Menu editor”  (right click on Menu “Applications“)

6th Step :  After the 5st Step we see this.

7th Step : So we carry on with expanding “Development” , clicking on “Integrated” environment and clicking on “New Item” and enter “Eclipse” under  “Item name” and click on ok. Here is shown the result of this process . In order to add the Eclipse logo in our application we have to search in ~/Downloads/eclipse/icon.xpm by using the “Browse” button as above.

8th Step : Then we type CTRL + S  in order  to save the changes made and exit the Menu Editor.

9th Step :And now Eclipse can be accessed from “Application Launcher -> Applications -> Development -> Integrated Environment -> Eclipse

10th Step : Just enjoy  Eclipse!

Life is becomes beautiful when you use  FLOSS and openSUSE 🙂

LSWC’11 , Zaragoza, Spain Report (EN)

LSWC’11 Zaragoza, Spain

A conference with  600 participants and 100 open-source companies…something very interesting  and for me the first conference outside of my country…

I leave and study in Madrid but i thought it would be a good idea taking part in the LSWC’11..let’s see what happened in the conference and which presentation i saw…

Day  1st (9 November)

I woke up very early so as to take the bus and go to “Ayutamiento de Zarogoza’s building”. I arrived about  8 o’clock for  the “Accreditations” so i had free time to enjoy a coffee in  “Cafeteria el Seminario” .  At 9 o’clock i got into  Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, so as to be accredited . The truth is that it wasn’t difficult to find the conference cartel  (poster) and the “Accreditations place”  because nearby there were 3 conference posters. ([1] , [2] , [3] ). About  10 o’clock  took part the  “Conference Opening”.  During the Opening  speech , Juan Alberto Belloca (Alcade de Zaragoza) presented the adoption and use of FLOSS in Aragon the last years. Afterwards , an interesting presentation took place “Firm and digital identity with Sinadura Suite” . This suite it’s a free software product (builed in Java) offered by  Zylk, has to do with the firm and digital identity in Spain (DNI). At  11.30 was the right moment for the (Coffee Break). After the Coffee Break  another presantation took place , “Web development  using  express.js (node.js + MVC)” . Express.js offers a very clever way to programm in Javascript. I really enjoyed this conference because there have been presentations not only of commercial interest although presentations of general interest like   “The social networks in web 2.0” (Ana Frede). After this interesting presentation , as usually the lunch time begun. I attended another presentation,which in my opinion was important enough,such as the others “Migrasion from  Google Apps to Zimbra OSE (Consorci Lleidatá)” . I believe that right now,there is a lack of applications that could replace Google Apps. At 17.00 in Salon Actos,started another speach of legal interest  “Software patents : the empire strikes back”   (by Alberto Barrionuevo). Though,I insist that this subject is not only of legal interest,as the informatics people have to be aware of what is up with software patents. After this speech, Alberto Barrionuevo, gave another one, of commercial interest  “OpenERP Plus : the most complete implementation of free empresial management ” ,over a version of OpenErp,more commercialized,that OPENTIA    gave out in the last years. This was how the first day in the conference passed.

At night,I went out for a   beer

Some videos of the first day of the conference are available here:

“Conference Openening “[vid1]

” Software Patents”  [vid2]

” OpenERP Plus ” [vid3]

2nd Day (November 10th)

The second day was slightly different from the first one. at 10.30 the most important speech for me,started in Aula 3. Certifications is something many people want to obtain,that’s why  “Que es la Certificacion LPI” gave us all, all the needed information. Henry Chalup Dergam , the Director Manager of  LPI in Spain , presented the certification and all the connected information. During the presentation in aula 3, I saw smth that made me happy. in the city hall of zaragoza,they use a distribution, based upon openSUSE 11.2, named AZLinux.  The last presentation I attended was in AZLinux. After the Coffe Break, at 12.00, I started the Merengue. The subject of the presentation was “Merengue : CMS based on Django” .Merengue is a CMS based on Django, and despite the fact that I don’t know much of Django, it seemed easier to use and program with Merengue than with Django. The last speech I attended was “AZLinux. Functional Characteristics” ” . AZLinux  is based on openSUSE 11.2. The CityHall now uses free software in all its computers and I loved the fact that it was a policy of the Aragon Government, this use of free software in the public sector.For this, AZLinux uses the Migasfree Package Manager, a package manager very useful and easy-to-use.In the   Ayutamiento de Zaragoza they inserted a  migration from propietary software into free software.

Some videos of the second day are available here :

” Merengue : CMS based on Django ” [vid4]

Also all the videos of the conference are available here :


Finally,LSWC’11 was a conference I liked. I met many people passionate with FreeSoftware.Not only company members but also persons like me,simple individuals.As Francisco Javier Solans Benedi (President of Cesla ) in [ vid1 ]  (13:00), “It’s a fact that Free Software is an axioma,that came to stay“, ,that’s why many autonomous communities in Spain use FreeSoftware. It’s sure that in the future,I will participate in more conferences and events like this,during my stay in Spain.

Rousinopoulos Athanasios-Ilias

openSUSE Medical call for Leadership and Participation

Hello Mates! openSUSE Medical here!

Well i would to announce that “openSUSE Medical Calling and also needs you”

a) Due to lack of time (i’ve began my Master Studies abroad) i’ve to give up from the project. I think that there are people who are able to lead the project and have more time available.

So “Looking for openSUSE Medical Next Leader”

b) I have created two pages (according to the last meeting’s goals) :

i) “Section Page” :
ii) “Participate Page” :

The process is you have a look at the Sections and then you declare your participation in the “Participate Page” (according to the instructions given in the pages).

So the project needs you for:

a) “The Next Project Leader”

b) “Participants for the Sections”

Anyone interested in (a) or (b) can reply to this e-mail or can post an e- mail to the

Rousiopoulos Athanasios-Ilias

openSUSE Medical Meeting-Weekly News

We are pleased to announce the first openSUSE medical Meeting.

Time and meeting place

  • 2011-07-27 21:00 UTC/GMT +3 hours
  • #opensuse-medical at freenode


  • Welcome
  • News and Announcements
    • New Leadership , Plans and Thoughts
      Report From openSUSE Collaboration Camp (15-17 of July 2011 , Greece)
      openSUSE Conference Participation ( 11-14 of September 2011, Nürnberg)
      openSUSE Medical 11.4 Feedback
      openSUSE Medical Mailing list Brainstorms and Ideas (Andre Massing)
  • Milestones
    • Milestone 1 : Add new software in the distro (aka packaging new software)
      Milestone 2 : New applications development (Qt/KDE ones)
      Milestone 3 : Translation of included applications (openEMR,GnuMed, FreemedForms)
      Milestone 3 : Translation of the non-imported software (openmolar,sheltler Manager)
      Milestone 3 : Build the new release of the Distro with KIWI toolset
      Milestone 4 : openSUSE Medical Artwork
      Milestone 5 : Setting the release dates for the new release of the distro (openSUSE Medical Beta 1,Beta 2,RC,Final Release)
  • Open Floor – General Discuss

More informations at:

openSUSE Medical IRC Meeting Etherpad (July 2011)


Hello Mates,

I would like to inform you that the Etherpad for the openSUSE Medical
IRC Meeting (July) is now available at :

Feel free to express your opinion , or add your topic.

Recommendation : PLEASE ADD YOUR TOPICS UNTIL FRIDAY 22/07/2011 17:00

Regards ,

Rousinopoulos Athanasios-Ilias

openSUSE Medical Project Leader

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 179 is out!

Hello everybody!

openSUSE Weekly News , Issue 179 is out!

Be up to date and read it :

Available at :

Enjoy it!


Article about openSUSE Medical Release

I would like to thank Efstathios Iosifidis for his article about openSUSE Medical  in OSARENA.

It is available at :



openSUSE Medical (The New Leadership)

It’s very important for me , that from now on i am a FOSS project leader (openSUSE Medical) know more about take a look at the news :

First of all i would like to thank Sascha Manns (openSUSE Medical project Founder) , Kostas Koudaras (openSUSE Greek Community Leader), Efstathios Eiosifidis ( openSUSE Ambassador , and openSUSE Medical Contributor) for their help and advice

But maybe someone will ask me why is so important for you to lead a project?

It is very important to lead an FOSS project , because you feel more that you contribute  (in the community) and also inform people around this project (of course and about Gnu/Linux)…Furthnermore , this project is a it’s a challenge , because i’m not a doctor or a pharmacist , i’ m just a gratuated student from Department of Applied Informatics…I would like to mention that , i will try to give my best..but..your opinion,suggestion and feedback are very very usefull for me and for the project in general…

That’s for now…

Thanks a lot!

Have a lot of fun , enjoy openSUSE , and try openSUSE Medical!

Feel free to “bother” me (for more info) at :




Report from EL/LAK Conference (Thessaloniki)

Report from EL/LAK  Conference (Thessaloniki,Greece,22/05/2011)

As an openSUSE Ambassador, I ‘m very happy to
report for another time what took place in the conference.

So the conference lasted 1 day

The Day : Booth and Presentation

We set up the booth as an openSUSE Community. All the related stuff
(about Medical and openSUSE) was available around the booth.
Furthermore me and Stathis Iosifidis informed people about the
openSUSE Project and openSUSE Medical Project as well as the
applications which are available via the openSUSE Medical Distro.
Efstathios Agrapidis also made an introductory presentation about OBS.
The presentation rolled out smoothly. Although there wasn’t enough
time to answer questions, the audience showed their interest by coming
later to the booth asking for more details; not only about the
platform and the infrastracture itself, but also about packaging

I would like to note that we informed  the people about:

* openEMR
* GNUMed
* FreeMedForms
* FreeDiams
* Plasmoid Glucose

Booth helpers : Efstathios Agrapidis, Vasilis

openSUSE Ambassadors : Rousinopoulos Athanasios-Ilias , Efstathios Iosifidis

Presentations : Efstathios Agrapidis (“Introduction to OBS”)

* Event Details : 22 Μαΐου 2011
Q : How many DVDs taken and distributed?
A: About 75 DVDs. We also used the file Greek help flyer
Q:Would you go again?
A:Yes of course!

You can take a look at the photos of the conference and the booth as well :












Also you can download the presentation here:


Have a lot of fun and enjoy openSUSE!


Rousinopoulos Athanasios-ilias

Announcement of openSUSE Medical 11.4- No2

1) What is openSUSE Medical Project?

*  The openSUSE Medical  project supports the use of openSUSE in
doctor’s practices and other clinical environments. We try to collect
and update software. As base for packaging we use: List of Open
Source Healthcare Software List. After we have packaged enough
software we will try to create an openSUSE based Distribution out of

2) Where can i find more info about the project?


3) What’s new in this release?

openSUSE 11.4 Repositories :

*openSUSE 11.4 Updates remove
*openSUSE 11.4 OSS,
*education 11.4,
*Nvidia 11.4,
*Libre Office Stable 11.4,
*11.4 Wireless,
*Medical 11.4,

4) New features that will impress you!

5) Where can i download it ?


Also available at : OVF image , VMware Image , Live CD/DVD

6) Ok , i would like to make some comments or contribute in the
project , what do i have to do?

Comments are great, you can sent us with an Email to:

If this don’t run directly, then you must subscribe the List (mail to

Feel free to express your opinion!

Have a lot of fun!

Rousinopoulos Athanasios-Ilias

Rousinopoulos Athanasios-Ilias

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