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Change in openSUSE Membership handling

July 12th, 2010 by

Anyone can become openSUSE member after showing continued and substantial contribution to the project of any kind (bugs, support in forums, wiki edits, code contribution etc.). For those who don’t know what openSUSE Membership is or how to become a member I suggest to read this wiki article or older blogpost by Andreas.

Some time ago openSUSE Board decided to delegate the membership handling process to so-called Membership officials. They review applications and give -1, 0, +1 points depending on user’s contributions to the project. Once user receives +4 resp. -4 points, the application is accepted resp. rejected. The length of this process depends on how much you write about yourself in the application. If you make your contributions vivid in this description, it’s very easy to verify them and you can become openSUSE member in a few days.

In both cases, an email is sent automatically to the user informing about the result. If the membership is approved, additionaly admins are informed, so email/cloak/lizards account can be set up and Weekly News team can present the new members in the separate section in OWN. The officials team currently consists of 16 very active community members, who can be reached on email address membership-officials@opensuse.org and their list is in the mentioned wiki page.

Reminder: Second openSUSE Board Election Deadline Approaching!

November 17th, 2009 by

The time has come again for openSUSE Members to vote for new members to the Board.

Stephen Shaw (decriptor) and Bryen Yunashko (suseROCKS) have completed their tenure on the Board, and their seats are up for election. There is also a new seat available to be occupied by a non-Novell member. Henne Vogelsang (henne) and Pascal Bleser (yaloki) have another year to complete and will remain, Michael Löffler (michl) as chairman will remain as well. This means that as of this year’s election the openSUSE Board will be made up of equal numbers of Novell and non-Novell employees, 2 seats+Chairperson and 3 seats respectively. Candidates for this election will be voted in for a two (2) year term, ensuring that there is continuity within the Board.

The election is broken into three phases similar to last year:

October 26th, 2009 (Phase 0) (Now Complete)

  • Start of 4 week period for non-members to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote).
  • Start of 4 week phase for members to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board.

November 23rd, 2009 (End of Phase 0)

  • Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close .

November 24th, 2009 (Phase 1)

  • Start of 2 week campaign for the Board Candidates before the ballots open. Candidates may campaign until the final bell when ballots close, should they wish.

December 8th, 2009 (Phase 2)

  • Ballots open

December 22nd, 2009 (End of Phase 1 & 2)

  • Ballots close

Should anyone have any questions, you can contact the Election Committee by emailing election-officials@opensuse.org or speaking to one of the members on IRC. It is best to always email the committee even if you speak to someone on IRC. Full details of the election can be found on the wiki here. Prospective candidates are highly encouraged to read this lwn.net article on some of the tasks required of Board members.