My Experience at the openSUSE Conference 2024

openSUSE Conference 2024

Attending the openSUSE Conference 2024 in Nuremberg, June 27-29, was once again an incredibly rewarding experience. From the moment I arrived, I was immersed in an atmosphere of enthusiasm. This year's conference was not just about technology and software, it was about reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, all while sharing our collective passion for open source.

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My fav Presentations

The conference featured a range of insightful presentations from prominent figures in the openSUSE community. Here's a brief overview of some of the standout sessions for my preference:

The XZ Backdoor - Report from Our Side, Retrospection, and Looking Forward by Marcus Meissner

Marcus Meissner provided a detailed report on the XZ backdoor, reflecting on past incidents and discussing future security measures. His insights emphasized the importance of vigilance and proactive measures in maintaining system integrity.

Working Together in One Place with Nextcloud by Jos Poortvliet

Jos Poortvliet's presentation on Nextcloud highlighted its capabilities in facilitating seamless collaboration. He showcased how Nextcloud integrates various tools to enhance productivity and teamwork, making it an essential platform for remote and hybrid work environments. Can't wait to see more at Nextcloud Conference 2024.

What is openSUSE? And How Does It Help SUSE and Its Partners? by Simon Lees

Simon Lees provided an in-depth overview of openSUSE, explaining its role and benefits for SUSE and its partners. His presentation underscored the strategic importance of openSUSE in the broader SUSE ecosystem.

The Future of Agama and openSUSE by Josef Reidinger and Ancor González Sosa

Josef Reidinger and Ancor González Sosa discussed the future directions for Agama and openSUSE. Their session was forward-looking, focusing on upcoming features and enhancements that will drive the project's growth and adoption.

We're All Grown Up: openSUSE is Not SUSE by Richard Brown and Robert Sirchia

Richard Brown and Robert Sirchia proposed a rebranding of the openSUSE distributions and the project itself. Their talk emphasized the maturity and distinct identity of openSUSE, separate from SUSE, highlighting its unique community and contributions. That talk sparked significant debate within the community.

Linux at Volkswagen by Jan-Michael Brummer

Jan-Michael Brummer's presentation on Linux at Volkswagen was particularly fascinating. He detailed how Volkswagen leverages Linux for various applications, demonstrating the versatility and robustness of Linux in the automotive industry.

Sweetening Heterogeneous Linux Deployments in the Cloud with KIWI by Neal Gompa and David Duncan

Neal Gompa and David Duncan discussed KIWI's role in simplifying heterogeneous Linux deployments in the cloud. Their session provided practical insights and solutions (SUSE documentation) for managing diverse environments efficiently.

Moderation and Code of Conduct Are Vital for a Community by Gertjan Lettink

Gertjan Lettink's talk on the importance of moderation and a code of conduct was a vital reminder of the foundational principles that sustain a healthy and inclusive community. His emphasis on respect and constructive interaction resonated deeply with attendees.

Challenges in Making Slowroll by Bernhard M. Wiedemann

Bernhard M. Wiedemann outlined the challenges faced in developing Slowroll, a new initiative within the openSUSE project. His candid discussion of the hurdles and solutions provided valuable lessons for developers and contributors.

If We Build It, Will They Come: Contribution Beyond Coding by Robert Sirchia

One of my favorite sessions was Robert Sirchia's presentation on contribution beyond coding. He highlighted the various ways individuals can contribute to open source projects, emphasizing the value of diverse skills and perspectives in building a vibrant community.

Community and Celebration

The BBQ/Release Party was a blast, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and celebration. It provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to unwind, enjoy good food, and celebrate the successes of the openSUSE community. The informal setting fostered deeper connections and meaningful conversations, rounding off the conference on a high note.
openSUSE Leap at Conference


In conclusion, the openSUSE Conference 2024 was a remarkable experience that reinforced the strength and vitality of the openSUSE community. The presentations were informative and inspiring, the social events were enjoyable, and the sense of shared purpose was palpable. I'm already looking forward to next year's conference!


I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to openSUSE for sponsoring my trip to attend this year's openSUSE Conference. Their support made it possible for me to engage with the community, gain valuable insights, and contribute to the ongoing discussions.

Presentation videos

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