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Video presence system for distributed teams

a project by ancorgs

Those working remotely or managing a distributed team know it: face time is invaluable. The former openSUSE team has been using http://sqwiggle.com to keep in touch and Google hangout to hold a stand up meeting every morning. We like the Sqwiggle approach. Although the last updates have made it worse, the concept of having a peep to your colleagues' desks to know if they are there (even if they are working hard or just talking to someone) and the possibility of starting a video conversation just clicking on the face shot can do a lot in reducing distances (and in killing the temptation of working naked for home-officers).

Updated over 2 years ago. 18 hacker ♥️. 1 follower.

Google Hangouts killer: WebRTC-based video conferencing system

a project by ancorgs

We have some internal systems for videoconferencing like Big Blue Button or OpenMeetings. But in my experience none of them can compare to Google Hangouts, which is still the best free (as in free beer) alternative for videoconferencing with integrated screen sharing. While implementing an alternative to Sqwiggle on previous hackweek, I discovered Janus, a lightweight WebRTC gateway that proved to be a quite capable tool to implement video applications.

Updated over 2 years ago. 15 hacker ♥️.

Internal shared images repository

a project by ancorgs

During the last CSM workshop we identified the need to have a good way to share the images we use for testing. We have documented the requirements and the current status in this wiki page (we even have a diagram). So analysis is done... it's time for action. The solution should be relatively easy to implement using our portfolio of solutions. Coordinating all the potential users should be easier during Hackweek, specially since I'll be in Nuremberg (and I can physically chase most people ;-) ).

Updated over 2 years ago. 5 hacker ♥️.

Obsolete: Stabilize Janus

an idea by ancorgs

During previous Hackweek, Jangouts (an alternative to Google Hangouts) was developed. Since then, it has served as well in the YaST team. Other teams are also using the internal instance regularly. But it cannot be adopted company-wide due to the instability of the main server component (Janus Gateway) when running on top of SLE12. For details, see this thread on the (internal) Reseach mailing list. I don't have the knowledge to fix the problems, but I'd be 100% available to help anybody trying to hunt the issues down (I'll be in Nuremberg during hackweek). As an alternative, I'm considering a plan B I would hate to do: dockerize Janus with Debian/Ubuntu since that seem to be the environment used by the Janus developers.

Updated over 1 year ago. 4 hacker ♥️. Has no hacker: grab it!

SUSE office in a box

a project by ancorgs

Working remotely has many advantages, but you sometimes lack some infrastructure. Specially if you use several computers or you share space with other SUSE co-workers. We are 3 Susers in Gran Canaria and we plan to share an office. So we have bought a Cubietruck, a tiny device with minimum power consumption, an ARM processor, a SATA interface and a Gigabit ethernet. The plan is to come-up with a set of recipes to configure such device to:

Updated over 2 years ago. 10 hacker ♥️.

Jangouts development workshop

a project by ancorgs

We are right now testing a patch to Janus that will hopefully give us the stability we were missing in http://jangouts.suse.de. As a consequence, it's reasonable to expect a wider usage of Jangouts inside the company. Thus, I want to share maintainership of Jangouts as much as possible. The more developers know how to fix errors and implement features, the better. We already have a roadmap for the next two versions (0.4.0 and 0.5.0) but I don't want to spend my whole hackweek implementing those features in isolation. I would rather follow a workshop approach to welcome new contributors within the company (or outside, of course), so we get the stuff done and fix the single point of failure for the same price.

Updated over 2 years ago. 8 hacker ♥️.

YaST2 code reorganization

a project by ancorgs

YaST code organization is a mess at many levels (files location, namespaces, code dependencies...). Recently we created this gist to put some of the issues on the table Many YaST developers will be at openSUSE Conference, that overlaps with Hackweek. The plan is to lock them all in a room with a blackboard and reach agreements on how the code should be organized in the future. Then use Hackweek to iron the details, document everything in some kind of style guide and, if time permits, even do some experiments about how to adapt the existing code to the new conventions.

Updated over 2 years ago. 3 hacker ♥️.

Rooms management for Janus (Jangouts) using Salt

a project by ancorgs

Right now, every time a new team wants a new room in our Jangouts instance, they have to ping me and I have to manually create the room. That means: * Adding some lines to the corresponding config file

Updated over 2 years ago. 6 hacker ♥️.

Improve Jangouts UI

a project by ancorgs

The current Jangouts UI is limiting us when thinking about adding new features. Some examples: * This (using the whole thumbnail to pin a participant) was implemented, but the result is far from optimal (I have not even deployed it in production).

Updated over 2 years ago. 6 hacker ♥️.

yast2-storage-ng as a libstorage-ng wrapper. POC

a project by ancorgs

The goal of this project is to write a proof of concept of a new philosophy for yast2-storage-ng. Instead of just extending the API offered by libstorage-ng, the idea is wrap libstorage-ng so the Ruby code using yast2-storage-ng does not have direct visibility (unless explicitly desired) on the libstorage-ng classes and methods. If you don't know what all that means, keep reading.

Updated over 2 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️.

Use linear programming for the partitioning proposal

an idea by ancorgs

The YaST team is rewriting yast2-storage. That includes new shiny code for the storage proposal during installation. It calculates what partitions and/or volumes need to be created to allocate the system and finds the best way to create those partitions in the existing free spaces. The second part becomes more complicated than it looks as soon as you start considering the restrictions imposed by each volumes and by the technology (primary vs logical partitions, for example). Right now, the problem is solved by brute force. All the possible distributions of partitions and LVM physical volumes are considered and the best one (according to several simple criteria) is chosen.

Updated almost 2 years ago. 3 hacker ♥️. Has no hacker: grab it!

yast2-journal as the new default YaST log viewer

an idea by ancorgs

Some time ago the YaST team started to get bug reports about the "System Log" option displaying no content. By default this component opens /var/log/messages and after the switch to systemd that file is not longer used by default. Thus, we created the yast2-journal module to allow viewing of the systemd journal (journald). But the new module did not substitute the old viewer because the old one is still useful to inspect plain text files like /var/log/boot.log and because is still called from other YaST modules. The current situation is confusing. In the YaST main screen we have now "System Log" and "Systemd Journal". Is not unlikely that in some other places we only have a reference to the old one. It's not clear when to use which one. That has been reported several times, like in bug#948729.

Updated over 2 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️. Has no hacker: grab it!

Add information about listeners to Jangouts UI

a project by ancorgs

This project is about fixing this known Jangouts issue that is reported over and over, since many user experiencing problem with the outgoing WebRTC traffic or with camera authorization can "lurk" what happens in the room without being noticed. Copy&Paste from the last comment there: It's true there is a lot of room for improvements to raise the awareness about "lurkers". For example, we could compare the number of people subscribed to your stream and the number of publishers. If numbers do not match, there is somebody listening but not being displayed. That's something we could show in the UI.

Updated over 2 years ago. 2 hacker ♥️.

Finish my family openSUSE adoption

a project by ancorgs

In a quite natural and steady way, all my relatives (wife, kids, mother, aunt...) have adopted openSUSE in their computers. There is only one resistance spot. My father's computer (HP+Windows8) implements all kind of mechanisms to avoid dual boot. I plan to use the spare cycles of my Hack Week to get a dual Windows/openSUSE system on that haunted computer. Killing Windows would be a feasible last resort.

Updated over 2 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️.

Gran Canaria office: whiteboard, cubieboard and more

a project by ancorgs

Time for technical housekeeping in the shared Gran Canaria office. For the last couple of weeks, the Cubieboard powering our "SUSE office in a box" has been unresponsive. I want to check why. Fix it, update the system, etc.

Updated over 2 years ago. 4 hacker ♥️.

yast2-storage-ng: ensure the best layout is proposed

a project by ancorgs

The theory behind the partitioning proposal of yast2-storage-ng is that all possible distributions of partitions in the disk are evaluated and the best one, according to this criteria, is chosen. But I have found several examples in which is hard believe that the result is actually the optimal distribution of partitions. So I want to invest some time checking if the error is on my side and the code is indeed proposing the best solution and, if that's not the case, improving the decision making of the code.

Updated over 2 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️.

Y2Storage improve logging

a project by ancorgs

YaST dumps quite information to its own log file (placed at /var/log/YaST2/y2log). That info is very useful to understand and discover what is happening when an issue appears. All YaST modules write into this log file, and the brand new yast2-storage-ng is not an exception. Some improvements are necessary regarding to the logging of this new module: * Libstorage-ng is the C++ library powering the rewrite of the YaST storage stack. For using libstorage-ng from yast2-storage-ng in a more Ruby-like way, we created a wrapper that provides several features like automatic downcasting. But the current downcasting mechanism used by the wrapper causes libstorage-ng to introduce a lot of noise in the YaST logs. It would be nice to reduce that noise.

Updated over 2 years ago. 2 hacker ♥️.

Jangouts: integrate outcome of GSoC

a project by ancorgs

We got a couple of GSoC projects around Jangouts this year: - https://code-master5.github.io/Aug-22-2017

Updated over 2 years ago. 3 hacker ♥️.

Graphical view of the changes to be made to disks during installation

a project by ancorgs

Right now, during the (open)SUSE installation process, the changes to be performed on the storage devices are presented as a list of actions such as: * Resize ntfs partition /dev/sda1 by 100 GiB

Updated almost 2 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️.

Learn Crystal by porting part of YaST to that language

an invention by ancorgs

For a very long time, I have been planning to play with Crystal as possible substitute/complement for Ruby. With that goal, I have isolated a very small subset of the Ruby project I know the best (yast-storage-ng) and I want to migrate that subset to Crystal to get a general feeling about the language. See the repository with the experiment already in progress. There is no evil plan to migrate YaST to Crystal. This is just done in the Hack Week spirit of "what if". But if more people join maybe we could get this to an state in which some benchmarks can be executed to check what's the real gain in speed and memory consumption using Crystal instead of Ruby (note: speed and memory are not the only goals of the migration).

Updated over 1 year ago. 4 hacker ♥️. 2 followers.
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