As you know, Michael Loeffler has left the openSUSE Board to pursue new opportunities, we are sad to see him go and wish him well. With his departure and with the upcoming Board elections, we have a desire to see a new Chairperson selected. The election rules state that the Chairperson be appointed by Novell and yesterday Markus Rex, General Manager of Novells Open Platform Solutions, presented Alan Clark to us as the new Chairperson. (more…)
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Seasons Greetings to everyone in the openSUSE Community and beyond from the openSUSE Board!
As we come to the end of 2010, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on a banner year in the Project. We’ve had some very good progress this year and 2011 promises to be an even greater year. This year, we hosted our second annual openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg, Germany with over 70 presentations and many BoF discussions. Attendance grew from the first year.
We are pleased to announce the openSUSE Board Election 2010! The Election Committee this year is staffed by:
The Committee has prepared the timeline for this year’s election. As last year the election process consists of 3 phases:
Dezember 1st, 2010 (Phase 0)
- Announcement of the openSUSE Board election 2010.
- Start of 5 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote).
- Start of 5 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board or nominate another opensuse member for the board.
January 4th, 2011 
- Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close (end of phase 0).
January 5th, 2011 (Phase 1) 
- Start of 1 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign can continue until ballots close).
January 12th, 2011 (Phase 2) 
- Ballots open
January 26th, 2011 
- Ballots close (end of phase 2)
- Announcement of the results
All phases start and end on the given dates at 12:00 UTC. For an overview what time this is in different timezones use the links above.
Seats to get elected
In this election we will have 2 seats to get elected, as the election period of Pascal Bleser and Henne Vogelsang ends. We will probably also get a new chairman, as Michael Löffler will leave as well.
So in this election the openSUSE community elects two new members.
With the existing company affiliations in the board (Pavol – Novell, Bryen – none, Rupert – openSLX) the restraint is that at most one of the additional elected persons can be affiliated with Novell and one with openSLX.
Call for candidates and nominations
First, the Help Run….
Election season in the openSUSE Project is just around the corner. And this means the firsts step is to organize the Election Officials committee. The openSUSE Board is inviting members to submit their name to join the Election Officials committee:
So the polls are closed now and all votes have been accounted for and confirmed valid, and we are now proud to announce the election results! The openSUSE project would like to welcome the first community elected board, and would like to thank all voters for taking the time to use their vote.
The new board members are, from the Non-Novell side of the community Pascal Bleser and Bryen Yunashko and from the Novell side we have Henne Vogelsang and Federico Mena-Quintero. We are proud to announce that Michael Löffler has been appointed by Novell as chairman of the new board. Being the candidates with the most votes in their category, Pascal and Henne already agreed to serve the board for the next two years. Bryen and Federico have been elected for one next year, hence the next election will take place about the same time next year.
The election committee would like to congratulate them on their election and wish them all the best in steering our fine community and project. We would also like to thank all of the candidates for their interest in serving on the board, and we’re proud to have so many excellent candidates to choose from for the board.
For those that like numbers, the spread of votes is as follows:
A total of 75.11% (178 of 237) voters participated in the poll. Voters had the option of casting two votes for each category, for a possible total of 356 votes per category for the election. Some voters, however, choose not to use both of their votes for each category.
The final count does not convey how close the election was in some parts, but it does show that the openSUSE community is committed to ensuring that they take a stake in their own project and that the understand that to make the project prosper they need to be active.
The election committee wants to thank the first openSUSE Board, Marcus ‘darix’ Rückert and Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier for their ongoing support. In addition to this we want to thank again all openSUSE members for their participation.
The openSUSE Project is looking for a few good leaders, and voters! As already announced by AJ, the board founded the election committee for the first openSUSE board election. The committee is now seeking candidates and encouraging openSUSE contributors to sign up for membership.
The election committee encourages all openSUSE contributors to apply for an openSUSE membership to gain voting rights, and to consider running for a position in the board. Being a member of the first community elected board is an unique opportunity to help the openSUSE Project mature and grow. There are only two weeks left to get this done – application deadline ends September 24th, 12:00 UTC. Find the full schedule and much more information on the election wiki pages.
The openSUSE board leads the overall project and provides guidance and support existing governance structures, but doesn’t direct or control development, since community mechanisms exist to accomplish the goals of the project. The board consists of five members, four elected by the openSUSE members (2 Novell and 2 non-Novell) and a Novell appointed chairman. Pascal Bleser (Part 2) and Andreas Jaeger have written some blog posts on the first year of the board and gave some interesting insight views on what should be done next.
This is going to be a very important year in the growth of the openSUSE Project, and we want to start it off right. Whether you want to run for a board seat, or just vote for the candidates you trust to do the best job, don’t wait! The deadline for board candidacy and to have openSUSE membership approved in time for the election is less than two weeks away!
The new board members will be elected for either one or two years, starting first week of November.
openSUSE membership is granted to those who have made continued and substantial contributions to the openSUSE Project. Members are approved by the openSUSE Board, and membership must be submitted by September 24th for members to be eligible to vote in this election.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the election committee.
We now have founded an openSUSE Election Committee consisting of:
- Claes Backstrom (Community)
- Andrew Wafaa (Community)
- Marko Jung (Novell)
- Vincent Untz (Novell, deputy)
The openSUSE election committee will organize and oversee the first openSUSE Board election, the board has authorized it to decide any open questions on the elections. Members of the committee have agreed to refrain from standing for the election to ensure a fair and impartial process.
The openSUSE board consists of four selected members (two Novell employees, two non-Novell employees) and the Novell appointed chairperson.
For details of the Board election, see http://en.opensuse.org/Board_Election/2008.
The Election Committee will soon write their own announcements about the elections. You can reach them via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you like to vote for the new board, please apply as member, details are available in the wiki.
On behalf of the current board, I’d like to thank the committee members for stepping up and look forward to a good election,
The openSUSE board has been setup to lead the overall project. The board will: act as a central point of contact, help resolve conflicts, communicate community interests to Novell, facilitate communication with all areas of the community, and facilitate decision making processes where needed.
The board should provide guidance and support existing governance structures, but shouldn’t direct or control development, since community mechanisms exist to accomplish the goals of the project. The board should document decisions and policies.
The initial board has been appointed by Novell — in the future, the board members will be elected by the community and the chair person appointed by Novell. One of the missions of the board is to define a process to elect the next board.