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Spreading the Word on the Geeko – Support is Back!

May 21st, 2014 by

openSUSE Booth
Spreading the word about our project has again become a little bit easier. As announced during the Opening Keynote at oSC14 the reimbursement program for locally produced materials is BACK!

We would like to thank Jim Henderson, who will lead the team, Shawn Dunn, and Alexandros Vennos for volunteering their time to manage the requests. The program is funded with up to $200 US per event with a limit of $2000 US per quarter. The initiative is no limited to events as in small local conferences. If you need material for a local LUG meeting or if you can produce material for a “permanent” display of openSUSE in a University or other public place of interest use this program.

promoting openSUSE

How does it work?

The process is outlined in the wiki and will share the Travel Support Program application. Basically you will need to submit a request through the application prior to the time of need. The team will evaluate the information and get back to you in a reasonable amount of time. The team may also decide that it may be worth sending out a booth box instead of producing material locally. If you accept the booth box the request will be handled for you if booth boxes are available at the time. After you have approval you can go ahead and produce the material for the event/promotion campaign. Once the event is completed provide a report, blog post on lizards or your own blog for example and submit your receipts. That’s it. For permanent displays, the “event” is obviously “never” over, thus you’d just submit your receipt after you setup the display (hang up the posters), send along a picture and some advertisement, possibly on social media and that’s it.

We tried to keep things as simple as possible while still assuring that there’s some verifiable bang for the buck for our project. After all having posters hanging in someone’s basement does not hep us find more users or contributors.
Geeko's at the booth

What else?

A word on the booth boxes and larger events. A list of events where we would like to have people represent our project is in the works and will soon appear on the wiki. Booth boxes for those events have been set aside. Keep an eye out for an announcement about the events list and a call for advocates to represent the project. As a hint, OSCON is happening from July 20-24 in Portland Oregon and we have no one yet organizing a local team to show off openSUSE.

The local production reimbursement program is live and you can start using it today. As we are just starting out there are bound to be some rough edges, thus please be patient, provide as much feedback as possible about the process and the handling of things to allow everyone involved to improve the initiative for everyone that might want to take advantage of it.

Go and spread the word about openSUSE and Have a lot of fun…

openSUSE Board F2F Meeting

February 25th, 2014 by

The openSUSE Board has pleasure to announce the minutes from Face to Face Board meeting that happened in February 7th to 9th, 2014 in Nuremberg.

Please read carefully and see how it was productive.

http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_meeting#Face_to_Face_Meeting_2014-02-07.2C08.2C09

Thanks to SUSE for hosting the meeting and thanks to those meeting with the board over the weekend for taking the time.

Meet_The_Board
There are plenty of opportunities to help the project. The booth boxes are right around the corner and with this a reboot of the advocate and local coordinator effort.

We have also reach agreement to re-instate the reimbursement of locally produced materials. We’ll create some guidelines and a new team needs to be formed. We hope that with some modification to the TSP app both reimbursement streams can be handled in a similar way.

 

 
We all feel we got a lot of stuff sorted out and ready to roll. As always if you have questions or concerns please feel free to send a message to board at o.o

Another good reference can be find here  http://andrew.wafaa.eu/2014/02/19/opensuse-board-in-the-flesh.html

Have a great week!

The openSUSE Board

Reminder: Vote for the openSUSE Board!

December 14th, 2013 by

GeekoVote
It is december 14, dear Geekos! That means that tomorrow, December 15, the official deadline for voting for the openSUSE Board Elections ends! That’s right, you have only about 24 hours to cast your vote.

Elections

As we explained in the earlier announcement, there are 4 seats up this year and all openSUSE Members are eligible to vote. This year, the candidates are:

You can find each candidate’s Election Platform on the last link. Candidates marked with a (*) are SUSE employees.

Once you’ve done your democratic duty and decided who to vote for, click here to cast your vote! Note that you have to be logged in with your usual openSUSE credentials to see this page and cast your vote.

 

Be a part of it!

Board Elections Coming!

October 30th, 2013 by

GeekoVote
The end of the year is approaching. And besides Santa and fireworks, Geekos know: the openSUSE board gets a refresh! The openSUSE Election Committee has announced the time line for this year’s elections and asked candidates to step forward for the job!

Elections

This year, 4 seats are to be elected, two for a two year term and two for a 1 year term. As always, all openSUSE members are eligible to vote. Anybody contributing to openSUSE over a longer period of time can become a member – if you’re not a member yet, you should apply and get your vote in!

Anybody can step up to be on the board, as long as they are openSUSE Members (and not a member of the Election Committee). You can announce your candidacy by emailing the openSUSE Project mailing list AND the Election Committee, best with a short introduction about yourself and information on why people should vote for you.

Role of the board

As board member, you’re a central point of contact for openSUSE. SUSE talks to you about what they’re up to but also people in the project itself will come to the board with issues, conflicts or wishes. The board handles the regular project meetings on IRC (and once a year at the openSUSE conference) as well as trademark issues. The board works with teams like the Travel Support Team and the Marketing team, where travel- and material budgets are involved as well. Find some information about current and past board members on the wiki.

Time line for the elections

For these elections, this is the time line:

  • 28.10. Start of standing up for candidacy, nominating candidates, apply for membership
  • 18.11. Start of candidates campaign
  • 2.12. Ballots open
  • 15.12. End of voting
  • 16.12. Announcement of the results

Be a part of it!

Click here to cast your vote! Note that you have to be logged in with your usual openSUSE credentials to see this page and cast your vote.

openSUSE Conference 2014: Call for Locations!

February 26th, 2013 by

Group PhotoToday the openSUSE board invites you to submit your proposal for locations of the openSUSE Conference in 2014. Please send proposals to the openSUSE project mailing list with the subject “oSC14 location proposal”.

The openSUSE conference was hosted in Nuremberg, Germany during it’s incubation period and has experienced steady growth since it’s inception in 2009. The fourth annual event was hosted in Prague and co-located with three additional events for the first two of the four conference days. The first four conferences were mostly organized by openSUSE community members employed by SUSE. The steady growth of the openSUSE community has created the opportunity to have a conference organization lead by a team of community members not employed by SUSE. Thanks to the initiative taken by the Greek openSUSE community, affectionately known as Greekos, the conference will take place in July of 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece. (more…)

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.

 

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 Board Welcomes new Chairman: Vincent Untz

September 21st, 2012 by

vuntz
This week Alan Clark announced to the openSUSE Board that he is stepping down from his position as Board Chair. His duties in SUSE keep him increasingly busy and SUSE has decided, after almost two years, the time has come for someone else to take on his role.

So, after thinking about what skills are most relevant for the openSUSE Board right now and who would fit in best, SUSE managers Michael Miller (Marketing and Product Management) and Ralf Flaxa (Engineering) have announced at the openSUSE Summit opening that they brought in former GNOME Foundation Chairman Vincent Untz to take on the role as chair. The Board is very pleased having someone with the skills and experience of Vincent on board. (more…)

openSUSE Board Election 2011 results

December 17th, 2011 by

The openSUSE Election Officials is pleased to announce the 5th openSUSE Board elected by openSUSE community.

The new board members are Pascal Bleser, Will Stephenson and Andrew Wafaa.

We would like to congratulate all Board Members and wish them all the best. We would also like to thank all candidates for their time to run for openSUSE board. We’re really proud to have so many good candidates.

The votes are as follows:

Pascal Bleser (172 votes) – 79%

Will Stephenson (104 votes) – 48%

Andrew Wafaa (90 votes) – 41%

Pavol Rusnak (81 votes) – 37%

Manu Gupta (60 votes) – 28%

Richard Brown (43 votes) – 20%

Marcus Moeller (42 votes) – 19%

Chuck Payne (16 votes) – 7%

A total of 218 members participated in the poll. Voters had the option to vote for 3 candidates.

Thanks Bryen Yunashko, Rupert Horstkotter and Pavol Rusnak for the great time served in the Board.

The official results can be found at http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election

Thank all voters for taking the time to vote. Thanks to the openSUSE Election Officials.

Fourth openSUSE Board Election 2011

October 28th, 2011 by

This years openSUSE Election Committee is in the pleasant position to announce the 2011 Board Elections.

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 is approved. If you are a contributor of openSUSE but you are not a member yet, apply for membership now and be a part of the changes to come.

(more…)