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Meet the openSUSE Board Candidates

November 28th, 2012 by

Candidates for 2012 Announcement Banner

The period for standing up for election to the 2013 openSUSE Board is now closed and the openSUSE Election Officials committee is proud to announce this year’s candidates.  Please welcome the following candidates in alphabetical order:

What an exciting list of candidates, all extremely qualified to represent our community in the upcoming board.  With just two open seats to be filled to begin a two-year term,  Agustin Bethencourt, openSUSE Team Lead at SUSE,  recently noted: “Interesting times are ahead and, In any possible scenario we are thinking of, the Board will play a key role.”

So What’s Next?

As defined in the previous announcement by the Election Officials, the remaining steps in this year’s election timeline are that the candidates shall begin officially campaigning henceforth.  Balloting will begin on 5 December, 2012.

All eligible members of the openSUSE Project will be notified with the process for submitting their ballot to choose their two favorite candidates for the Board.  Members will have up to 16 December, 2012 to vote.

Then, if all goes well, and we don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t, we’ll be announcing the winners of this year’s election on 17 December, 2012.

You can read the full set of timeline and procedures here.

The Election Officials committee would like to extend good luck wishes to each and every candidate and look forward to the conclusion of this exciting campaign.

 With special thanks to victorhck for the creation of the art graphic on this page.

 

Planned maintenance downtime December 1st

November 24th, 2012 by

Update: all services are back – please report issues via mail to admin @ opensuse.org

On Saturday, December 1st 2012, at approximately 05:00 UTC our data center team will do a backend storage upgrade. The planned window is 8-10 hours for the maintenance, and specific applications will probably be not available until 24:00 UTC as listed below.

The plan is to keep read only versions of each affected site running. We will keep this announcement updated with the current state and also report changes to opensuse-announce@opensuse.org.

To avoid confusion – the services listed below are not scheduled for any downtime and accordingly up for the whole time:

openSUSE at LinuxCon

November 20th, 2012 by

Two weeks ago, openSUSE Ambassadors Ilias and Diomidis joined the SUSE crew at LinuxCon in Barcelona, Spain, to represent the Geeko to the visitors of this conference. As most ambassadors do, they wrote an excellent report about the event which we didn’t want you all to miss. To give you a taste of the event, Ilias send the report with the following comment: “it was an amazing experience for me and Diomidis.” Read on for more details! (more…)

The Board Election 2012

November 13th, 2012 by

This years openSUSE Election Committee is in the pleasant position to announce the 2012 Board elections[0].

The timeline we decided for this year election is the following:

November 13th (Phase 0)
– Announcement of the openSUSE Board election for 2012.
– Start of 2 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote).
– Start of 2 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board.

November 27th
– Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close (end of phase 0).

November 28th (Phase 1)
– Start of 1 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign might be done until ballots close).

December 5th (Phase 2)
– Ballots open

December 16th
– Ballots close (end of phase 2)

December 17th
– Announcement of the results

So, if you want to participate in the openSUSE board and influence the future direction of the project please stand up and announce your candidacy. If you want to vote for the candidates, please make sure your openSUSE membership [1] is approved. If you are a contributor of openSUSE but you are not a member yet, apply for membership now[2] and be a part of the changes to come.

For the openSUSE Board will be 2 seats to be elected, each for a 2 year term.

If you have any questions about the election or the board’s tasks, please contact the election commitee (election-officials@opensuse.org) or the board (board@opensuse.org).

With Honour
This year Election Committee
Bryen M Yunashko
Izabel Valverde
Thomas Schmidt

[0] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election
[1] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Members
[2] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Membership_officials#Process

openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 1 is Ready for You!

November 8th, 2012 by


News fresh from the Factory: the openSUSE Release team has made the openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 1 available for testing and feedback. There has been lots of plumbing in the infrastructure, with most prominently the removal of SuSEconfig – the capitalization of its name should give a hint about its age. If you want to get a taste of the upcoming release or want to help test and develop this awesome, green Linux distribution: come and get it! (more…)

Newcomer experience in openSUSE and other FOSS communities – Survey

November 7th, 2012 by

Kevin Carillo, a PhD student currently living in Wellington (New Zealand) is doing some research on Free/Open Source Software communities. He asked the openSUSE community for help, especially those who have joined the openSUSE community after January 2010 (within approximately the last 3 years), in assisting him with his research. He is looking to find out how newcomers to a FOSS community become valued, sustained contributors and thus he needs input from people, both technical and non-technical, on their experiences as newcomers. Find the survey here. Read on to find out what Kevin has to say about the survey! (more…)

openSUSE 12.2 for ARM Final!

November 6th, 2012 by

ARMopenSUSE Logo As was promised last week, the openSUSE ARM team has released openSUSE 12.2 for the ARM architecture! Almost all of the usual openSUSE distribution (>5000 packages) builds and runs on all the ARM hardware it has been tested on. Read on to find out more. (more…)