our s390x port has been reviewed and we are invited as a mentoring organization to the Open Source Day and the Grace Hopper Celebration.
I have applied as a "Featured Project" now and we need our project description now.
The Open Source Day is the 15th July 2021 and online. We have to provide a minimum of 30 "good first issues".
I thought that would be a good entry point for everybody in our team. Therefore I have created this wiki page now:
We can add mentorship content until July.
Then we need a nice description for openSUSE and the s390x port.
You can see descriptions of other projects of the last year on this page: https://ghc.anitab.org/programs-and-awards/open-source-day/2020
I am open for improvements and other suggestions. What do you say about this text?
==Contribute to openSUSE==
During this session, you will contribute to openSUSE, a Linux based open-source project which provides Linux distributions as the rolling release openSUSE Tumbleweed, the stable release openSUSE Leap and for Kubernetes openSUSE Kubic. Additionally, there are multiple sub-projects with expanding software. The openSUSE project supports the hardware architectures x86, arm, PowerPC and s390x.
Participants in this Open Source Day project will learn about multiple ways of openSUSE contributions and how to become an openSUSE Member. In addition, they receive an insight how to enable application software as Container Images or packages. Do you want to help make a contribution? Then go to an openSUSE Mentor and you will be allowed to receive your first openSUSE experience on a mainframe (outside of your pc hardware experience). We support you during your first steps with contributions to Linux. We are open for all questions, too.
I am happy that I can announce, that my proposal for the presentation "openSUSE on the Mainframe - The future of community distributions on IBM Z" has been accepted for the openSUSE Conference.
I will tell, what we have achieved in the last half year and what is planned in the future.
Such a presentation is the chance to motivate people for joining our team or using/testing it.
Our openSUSE Virtual Conference 2021 is from June 18th until June 20st 2021 ( https://events.opensuse.org/ ).
I want to encourage you to join this virtual event this year, too. I can say, that I have enjoyed every openSUSE Conference until now. :)
Default, you should have the option to advance your openSUSE network on this way.
we have achieved some advancements in the last have year. But a lot would not have been possible without many of you.
openSUSE Leap 15.3 Beta would not have been possible without Sergio as an example, because I was not allowed to contribute to special Github repositories.
Last month I have learned about the reason about that. No IBMer of the Z department is allowed to contribute to openSUSE in such a role, as long as nobody exists for Fedora.
That was the case!
My decision was to leave IBM, because I was not allowed to do my job. I will keep up my friendly contacts to receive support and improvements.
But I have chosen to do Linux on Z Consulting now in combination with my openSUSE contributions as a volunteer. My new employer is supporting that.
I have received the necessary approval after 2 days in comparison to 1 month at IBM. Additionally, I am allowed to contribute upstream now, too.
It should be clear, that it was my suggestion to support openSUSE without IBM as an employer for the next year.
It was hard for me to have this role as an IBMer, but not to achieve anything because of missing approvals.
There are enough options with companies supporting that for open-source contributors.
I'm looking forward to be able to contribute more to openSUSE for s390x in the future.
some of us want to enable openSUSE Kubic for IBM Z. It seems, that there is a lot of interest.
Additionally, ideas for feature requests are collected for the Leap release (major release) for the next year.
Therefore, I want to create a brainstorming session on this mailing list for s390x.
You can add your ideas in this etherpad. You can create additional threads for any specific topic to discuss. :-)
If we want to support any Kubernetes distribution on openSUSE, we will stand in front of the problem that IBM does
not want to push all their container images for s390x to public container registries. Dockerfiles are at multiple places on Github.
I was asked by colleagues where to find important applications as container images for s390x, because there are only a low number of Docker images for s390x.
My suggestion is, that we create our own s390x images (as multi-arch images) and updated by OBS continuously.
Then we can provide openSUSE images as "real" open-source container images for all Kubernetes distributions.
You are allowed to answer on this thread, and expand this topic.
Tomorrow in the evening, there will be a discussion about multi-arch container images on opensuse-factory.
I am looking forward to a nice discussion with great ideas!