Presented by:

Richard is from England but currently lives in Nuremberg in Germany, and is employed as openSUSE Chairman and as a Linux Distribution Engineer in the Future Technology Team at SUSE. Involved in openSUSE/SUSE since 2003, Richard has contributed to various aspects of the project, including supporting users on IRC, testing/bug reporting, packaging, marketing, ambassadors and artwork. In addition to being Chairman, Richard is still involved as a maintainer of GNOME and the openSUSE branding packages, and working on openQA

Linux distribution projects have for decades worked days, nights, weekends to carefully download, compile, and maintain thousands of software packages. And they often do this in carefully curated distributions which release once every few years, and then gather endless amounts of happy users while that version is supported for half a decade or more.

This talk will cover precisely why this model we've been doing for so wrong is fundamentally flawed, puts dangerous strain on the communities and the companies doing the work, and fail to deliver what users actually want, often misleading those users into a false sense of security.

Richard will then discuss how Rolling Releases are a naturally healthier, self-sustaining model for distributing complex software stacks like Linux, and how the approach better delivers the promises and benefits expected by users from open source software.

Finally the session will give examples of how with Tumbleweed and MicroOS, openSUSE already provides everything anyone needs to leverage the benefits of a rolling life and escape the false comfort provided by traditional regular release software

2020 October 16 - 19:00
30 min
Room 1
Open Source

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