openSUSE Summit

it is now official, the USA is going to have an openSUSE party all of its own. It is the first time that there is a conference of this type in the U.S. and I am happy to report that I have already asked my boss to give me some time off around the dates of this conference.

So far, the openSUSE Facebook page reports only a handful of attendants. Hopefully as the time nears, more and more people sign up for this summit.

There is always a good thing to note about online communities and software efforts like the ones we are part of. Most of the times we are far apart from each other and our only methods of communication are email and IRC. Our gatherings are on the net and rarely do we get to see everyone that is a participant in this project in person. Surely a lot of misunderstanding would be done away with if somehow we were to see each other face to face. There is always a sense of empathy that rises above the online encounters that we have as we try to work on a new release of openSUSE.

A new sense of friendship and collaboration is something we always strive for. This is something that makes me think that it is always a great idea to get together and work on the projects we love. Also, the location is wonderful. Orlando is a very fun city with a lot of things to do. Surely our weekend there will not be wasted. I am actually planning to have my vacation time while I am there!

The idea is simple, tell your friends about this meeting. Even if they are not part of the community, they can still come and see what this is all about. After all, it is the first time that people from these latitudes get to be together. Most of the times, the community has to travel far into Europe to gather as a team. Now we are promoting a time for people who can't travel overseas and can make it to Florida.

Good luck, and the best wishes for an awesome conference.


New Contest

Here is the new contest put out by the openSUSE artwork team. Please read carfully and ready your best skills for it. Good luck!

Hello artists and enthusiasts. We have been hard at working with our artwork for 12.2 and now it is the time to style the distribution a little more. Since the most of artwork that we have now is a derivative of the official wallpaper created by Richard Brown and Marcus Moeller there is a big portion of our styling done for the distribution. However, there are a few other elements that need your creative collaboration. Splash screens for a few programs that we use can be greatly enhanced by your artistic inspiration.

Libre Office

The idea of this contest is that we can integrate the new chosen wallpaper into these splash screens for the release of 12.2.

1. Use the default wallpaper as part of the image.
2. Refer to the official artwork guidelines in how to use logos for these different applications.
3. Restrict your creation to the sizes specified.
4. Provide the sources of your work if chosen.
5. Present/submit your artwork to

Sizes (please use a standard resolution of 75 dpi)
    Only work the area at the bottom. Leave top as is.

Please click “Upload” to the left of the wiki page and then select your files. As you finish the upload, please copy the “File:image-title.png” since this is the name of the file to be entered as you showcase your pictures in the wiki.

Submission Dealine
Thursday, 26 April 2012: openSUSE 12.2 Milestone 4

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Two More Banners for the Website

Here are two last minute banners that I had to make for the summit website.



One Click Install Icon

Hello, I know I am posting a lot today but I was thinking the other day about how openSUSE has this really cool utility called "One Click Install." I love it. Although it is not just "one" click per se, it is a lot simpler than hunting for dependencies for RPM packages. They currently have an icon that has been used for a while

Recently I have seen this other one

Overall they do come up with the idea of one-click-install. Surely people's eyes are drawn to this icon. However, I do think that there is some visual complexity the deviates from the main purpose of the icon. Probably text can be done away with and create something more like a logo for one-click-install. I have been trying to come up with something good as a replacement and I came up with these two ideas

This was my first try. But the problem with this one is that it was too long (don't worry about the colors yet). It lacked strength and presence so I looked around looking for good inspiration and remembered these BeOS icons

They look more blocky. So here is my rendition of what came next

I am still working on this guy. Surely there is more to do with it. But as of right now, I like it!

Anditosan :D


openSUSE GSOC Poster Idea

This is one I worked on recently to promot GSOC and openSUSE's participation in it. Just an idea inspired by one of our artists in #opensuse-artwork Victor :D Kudos to him!


openSUSE Summit Website

I just wanted to share with you some of the little artwork I made for an upcoming website that promotes the openSUSE Summit in Florida this year. Can I say that I am just so excited about this conference! First time in the USA and it should be a blast.


openSUSE Summit Logo

Recently we found out that we will have openSUSE's first community meeting in the US. I am so excited, I can't help it. The location could not have been better either, Orlando, FL. September will be a great month for me as part of the community because I will be able to enjoy the company of my online friends and openSUSE contributors. I do not get a lot of chances to go see them so it will be an awesome time.

I was also asked to create a logo for the event. I thought of something very wearable, that you could see on t-shirts, hats or any other piece of clothing. I was also inspired by pop art coming from sports teams. Surely you will get the idea when you see the logo. Enjoy!