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Announcing the First openSUSE Board

November 8th, 2007 by

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.

The chosen members are as follows:

Pascal Pascal Bleser lives in Belgium and works as a software architect and developer at a large European ISV in Germany. He contributes most of his time building packages for openSUSE in the Packman and openSUSE Build Service repositories. He is also a member of the team that organizes FOSDEM, one of the largest and most appreciated opensource developer conferences in Europe.
francis Francis Giannaros is a Mathematics and Philosophy undergraduate studying at King’s College London. He is working on pulling together, along with many others, the openSUSE Community; a big part of this is demonstrated through openSUSE-Community.org. Other involvements include wiki handling, openSUSE News editing and further coordination tasks.
Andreas Andreas Jaeger works for Novell now as director openSUSE and platform where he’s responsible for the openSUSE project. He’s been involved with the openSUSE project from the beginning and helped to launch it. Previously he was project manager for the openSUSE and SUSE Linux distribution. He has driven the port of Linux to x86-64 and ported the GNU C Library to the x86-64 architecture. Andreas has been appointed as chair person for the initial openSUSE board.
stephan Stephan Kulow works for Novell as project manager of the openSUSE distribution. Part of his duties there is the release management. Before changing into the project manager role, he worked as lead of the KDE and Usability teams. He is also widely known for having served as release manager for the KDE project for many years.
Federico Federico Mena-Quintero is one of the founders of the GNOME Project. Before that, he worked as maintainer of the GIMP. In the early days of GNOME he was responsible for some of the original code and documentation for the GNOME libraries, games, and applications. He also worked on Evolution, the GTK+ toolkit, the GNOME platform libraries, and the Nautilus file manager. Federico started the GNOME Performance project during the 2005 GNOME Summit in Boston. He currently works for Novell, Inc.

You can reach the board directly via email board@opensuse.org. The board invites everybody to start general discussions on the opensuse-project (subscribe) mailing list.

I’m glad to announce this board and thank the members for taking on this duty. I wish the board and the community all the best for a constructive collaboration in making openSUSE even better.

Michael Löffler

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15 Responses to “Announcing the First openSUSE Board”

  1. Jef

    Ahem, Fedora Project already has a board on it’s second year and the second term has members elected by the Fedora community. Novell is yet again mimicking Fedora. Good luck.


  2. AlbertoP

    Good news!

    Congratulations to the members :-)

  3. Ian

    May the good work continue

  4. Great improvement. This will lead the OpenSUSE community to another step ahead. I’m glad to know the chosen person in OpenSUSE board.

    Good luck !

  5. Paul Stewart

    Congratulations Guys!

  6. I welcome the new openSUSE Board and am glad that all of the current members are well known community addicts (instead of just being Business Men, what I first expected).

    I am looking forward to see the upcoming election process as this must be the next logical step.

    Best Regards
    Marcus Moeller