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Membership window opens, three seats available for openSUSE Board

December 8th, 2015 by

Contributors of openSUSE that are not currently members can now apply for membership during a three-week window and can be a part of the changes to come in the project.

Three seats are open for this year’s openSUSE board elections and only members will elect representatives to serve on the openSUSE Board for a 24 months term.

openSUSE board members influence the future direction of the project, so if any openSUSE member knows a member they would like to serve on the board, they should contact the election officials to propose the candidate.

The three seats that currently held by Andrew Wafaa, Bruno Friedman and Robert Schweikert are available.

Richard Brown, the openSUSE Board chairman, the current board and the openSUSE Election Committee extended all current board member terms by one month due to scheduling, but the process for electing openSUSE representatives to serve on the board has officially begun.

Election Committee

The committee for this election is Andrew Wafaa and Martin Pluskal.

Only openSUSE members have the right to run for a board seat, except if they are on the Election Committee. To stand for a position on the openSUSE board, please send a mail to opensuse-project@opensuse.org and election-officials@opensuse.org.

Election Phases

Phase 0 (Dec. 7) Initial

  • Announcement of the openSUSE Board elections for 2016.
  • Three-week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote or candidate).
  • Three-week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board.
  • On Dec. 27, interested persons who qualify must give notification of intent to run and application for an openSUSE membership close.

Phase 1 (Dec. 28) Campaign

  • Start of 4 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign might be done until ballots close).

Phase 2 (Jan. 18) Elections

  • Ballots open: Please cast your vote!
  • Ballots close on Jan. 30 (end of phase 2)

Results (Jan. 31)

  • Announcement of the results

To learn more about the election details and applying for membership, visit the following wiki pages:

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2 Responses to “Membership window opens, three seats available for openSUSE Board”

  1. Bill Corley

    Hello All,

    Came back to your website after some absence. It is inscrutable and intimidating. I don’t know what I’m looking at and there is nothing particularly descriptive behind the big blocks. I’m very sorry to be leaving this message here, but there seems to be no place else. What’s the history of LEAP? What was previous to 42.1? What are it’s features? Why is it better? Where can I find specs? I’m seriously put off.

    Best Regards,


  2. Janis Klava

    Downloaded and installed Leap a week after release. Black screen graphics … first shock, good for the environment but looks terrible. Going deeper, tried to set up system but could not install the usual rpms as neither right nor left clicking on them had any result, sems a dropped feature again. How does one now install programmes??

    After a short tour around ended up re-installing 13.2 but not without consequences … am left with black window headers and a Chrome install exits with message that install was terminated by owner.

    I had hoped that a year of work would have brought a polished release, not so. The black graphics are somehow inapropriate, funereal and childish, hope it is not an indication of future releases. Important things that just don’t work like a simple rpm install without going clr.

    Will try again but on an older box so as not to screw up my system again.