A nice and inspiring excursion to the Netherlands – openSUSE conference 2015 and Kolab Summit

It seems that everytime I write a blog post it has something to do with a free software / Linux conference. And, to me this seems fine. And this introduction will not have a twist to it. Again, the topic is openSUSE conference, that was this year organized in parallel to the Kolab Summit.

This year, the awesome guys from the Netherlands, Hans De Raad and Robin Edgar have gone out and about to organize a great event and to make sure everyone enjoys their stay in The Hague.

Aside from the immensely awesome talks at the conference, that are of course recorded and available at bambuser.com or youtube.com that got me inspired, excited about new announcements from the openSUSE project and about Roundcube Next which is an awesome crowdfunding campaign for the project, supported also by Kolab Systems, which you should support by the way. I also learned a lot. But as always, openSUSE people don’t forget that you should always have a lot of fun. So expectedly, the SUSE guys brough a lot of openSUSE beer from Germany, and the afternoons were filled with sounds of laughter, joy and lively conversation. ūüôā

Again, many of the participants were there because of the openSUSE Travel Support program for contributors, and that was also the main reason I was able to go to oSC15. Seriously, that is some great stuff and if you haven’t already, you should definitely contribute to openSUSE and go hang out with us next year, when the openSUSE project will be celebrating its 10th birthday at the conference that will bring the lizard back home to Germany, Nuremberg. I’m really looking forward to it, and again.. thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s event.

DORS/CLUC 2014 – 21. po redu konferencija o Linuxu, slobodnom softveru, otvorenim tehnologijama, normama i podacima

Pozivam sve da nam se pridruŇĺe od 16. do 18. lipnja, u novoj zgradi HGK na Novoj cesti u Zagrebu ńáe se odrŇĺati 21. po redu godiŇ°nja konferencija DORS/CLUC (Dani otvorenih rańćunarskih sustava / Croatian Linux users‚Äô conference). Ne samo zato Ň°to sam jedan od organizatora, vańá i zato Ň°to ńáe i ovogodiŇ°nji DORS/CLUC tradicionalno biti zakon! ūüôā

Konferencija, ne samo tradicionalna nego sada i punoljetna, odrŇĺava se u razdoblju IT-a kada je primjetna sve veńáa prihvańáenost otvorenih tehnologija i slobodnog softvera u javnom sektoru, u medijima, na startup i inovacijskoj sceni, poslovanju, industriji, obrazovanju i kuńánoj primjeni.

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Sadly, openSUSE conference 2014 is finally over

openSUSE conference 2014 (oSC14) in Dubrovnik is over and there are new memories to keep. At times, being the one to push the organization on the road to oSC14 was rough and it took a lot of energy to achieve what was done. But after all that happened, I can say I am left with only positive feelings of a great achievement. Of course, I feel relieved that it is over and that everything that we planned went smoothly.¬†Hanging out for five days with the awesome openSUSE community and awesome lectures made all the casual organization hiccups, stress and problems worth it. Actually, I didn’t get to see most of the lectures because organizing took all of my time, so watching the recordings is one of the first things on my checklist. Also, on-site feedback from other traveling Geekos has been very positive which gives me at least some reason to believe that my impression of the conference is not too subjective.

Geekos having a party
The Geeko party

Sadly, oSC14 is over and the feeling of achievement is only surpassed by the feeling of eagerly awaiting what Hans prepares for us at oSC15 in The Hague. Hopefully, I will also be able to help in some way.

In the end, to all the unsung heroes – everyone who helped make the conference happen – volunteers, University of Dubrovnik, lecturers, core team, video team, sponsors… thank you so much and continue having a lot of fun!

openSUSE conference 2014 in Dubrovnik, Croatia!

openSUSE Conference 2013
oSC13 – community
Source: news.opensuse.org

Again, a new opportunity appeared – I have things to write on this poor neglected blog. I promised myself I would not let this one just go by, and would write at least a short post that roughly sums up how it came to be that oSC14 will take place in Dubrovnik, and about my visit to oSC13.

I have had the privilege to visit openSUSE conference 2013, in Thessaloniki this year. After a couple years trying and for various reasons in the end being unable to go, the universe has finally decided to get me there in an exciting way.

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Linux is finally ready for the desktop? Maybe, with Android.

A year have I lived with Android, and after going through a period of disillusionment and disappointment that is inevitable for an Android device owner (Samsung Galaxy S and S2 phones), I can safely say РAndroid is not the great kill-all Linux platform yet, but it is getting there. Over the last year I read a lot excited comments and blogs from Linux lovers about Android, and it seems they have been partly right. I say partly because, most of them saw the success of Android as a proving of Linux, after which success of existing Linux desktop offerings would follow. But the only real possibility for Linux to succeed on the desktop, and that would be, say, 20% desktop users, is actually Android.

Now, of course, not in the form¬†how it is today. But in a year or two,¬†certainly. There are¬†three main¬†reasons why I believe that: Windows 8, Asus Transformer (Prime) and Motorola’s Atrix¬†with Webtop. All of those are attempts to unify 2 different experiences: Laptop / desktop computers and tablets. In addition, all the Linux desktop environments¬†are trying to prepare for the touchscreen too. Unity, KDE (plasma active), Gnome 3.. all are more or less¬†ready and have pretensions¬†to be¬†touch friendly. The reason for this: people want compact and powerful tablets that, when docked, become full grown desktop or laptop computers.

A few other¬†indices that Android is capable of inciting adoption of Linux on the desktop is the vast array of companies that are trying to battle and subdue it legally. None¬†do it because they’re evil. Not Microsoft, not Apple. They do it because they fear it. They fear the possibilities. Android by itself is slowly prevailing, and the possibilities for evolution and growth¬†are truly to be feared. I don’t think it would be impossible to expect¬†from¬†Ubuntu to create their own Android tablet, that when docked, provides the full desktop/laptop experience? Or even Google could do something like that with Android 6 or 7 in a couple of years…

So, to end this post in a cheesy fashion by quoting Ghandi, and I think Android phones really have gone through this progression: “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win”. Legal battles are still being fought, but with popularity Android phones already have, none¬†will give up on them and victory can be¬†proclaimed. With tablets, Android didn’t achieve¬†the same success, but with ICS and Amazon Kindle Fire,¬†2012 seems to be¬†the year Android tablets show their¬†teeth.¬†¬†And after that the next goal will have to be laptops and desktops. Only time will tell.

Gnome 3 and how to make open source radeon driver play quitely

Gnome 3, or Gnome Shell apparently makes the worst in proprietary ATI Radeon drivers (fglrx) come out. Just tried to use the couple together in the new openSuSe 12.1 with grave consequences. There seems to be no hope with fixing that for now.

But, there is a way to fix fan speed control with the open source driver, if it’s not working for you… The only reason why I installed fglrx was because “radeon” open source driver was making my HD 4850 noisy. As it turns out, it’s relatively easy to fix that.

As root enter: echo “auto” > /sys/class/drm/card0/device/power_profile

Add that line to execute on boot, and the problem is solved…

Source: http://www.x.org/wiki/RadeonFeature

How to run Microsoft Office 2007 in Linux using Wine

Many times have I done this, but never quickly. The reason – never wrote it down, thus forcing myself to have to search through loads of pages again and again… The secret is knowing which Windows libraries to install using winetricks, after that, it’s a simple process:

  • ¬† Install latest Wine and cabextract
    ubuntu:
    sudo apt-get install wine
    sudo apt-get install cabextract
  • Get winetricks:
    wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks
  • Install Windows libraries usin Winetricks:
    sh winetricks dotnet11
    sh winetricks gdiplus
    sh winetricks vb3run
    sh winetricks vb4run
    sh winetricks vb5run
    sh winetricks vb6run
    sh winetricks msxml3
    sh winetricks msxml4
    sh winetricks msxml6
    sh winetricks riched20
    sh winetricks riched30
    sh winetricks vcrun6
    sh winetricks vcrun2005sp1
    sh winetricks vcrun2008
    sh winetricks dotnet20

That’s it! Microsoft Office can now be installed by running the setup.exe from the installation CD… (wine setup.exe from console, or right click from file manager -> open with wine).