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New openSUSE Board Elected

February 3rd, 2016 by

The campaign is over; the votes are counted and three members of the openSUSE community will lead the overall project on the openSUSE Board.

Tomáš Chvátal, Gertjan Lettink, and Bryan Lunduke take the helm with the existing board members of Michal Hrušecký, Kostas Koudaras and chairman Richard Brown.

The new board members each bring different experiences and cultural backgrounds, which will no doubt provide for an exchange of ideas in fulfilling their role of representing the community and the project. The new members are from the Czech Republic, Netherlands and United States, respectively.

Manu Gupta and Efstathios Iosifidis, who ran in this year’s elections, received several votes. Both are great members of the community and will have a chance to run in next year’s elections.

Many thanks to the departing board members Andrew Wafaa, Robert Schweikert and Bruno Friedmann; your efforts and time on the board are valued.

The project can not exist without its members and board, which represent the community. The board helps to resolve conflicts, facilitates decision making processes when needed and communicates with the community and project stakeholders. And yes, like the picture above suggests, occasionally slap each other in the face.

Those who make the decision to volunteer their time and efforts toward representing the project are greatly appreciated. Thank you to all future, past and present board members. Congratulations.

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:

Polls close for the openSUSE Board elections

January 27th, 2015 by

drawingThe votes have been cast and the results are in for the openSUSE elections.

There were three seats to be fill this election for a standard two-year (24-month) term :
– Robert Schweikert and Kosta Koudaras’ terms were coming to expiration.
– Peter Linnell’s seat was up for election as he was appointed to the board as a replacement for Richard Brown when he became chairman.

There were 148 people voting.


Voting for board begins

January 16th, 2015 by

drawingThe voting polls are open. The openSUSE board election has started and all openSUSE members are eligible to cast their vote.

The board consist of one appointed chairperson and five elected members who may serve up to two consecutive terms on the board.

In this election, three seats are to be elected or a standard two-year (24 months) term.
– Terms for both Robert Schweikert and Kosta Koudaras are set to expire.
– Peter Linnell’s seat is up for election since he was appointed to the board as a replacement for chairman Richard Brown.

The candidates running for an openSUSE board seat are (by alphabetical order):
Craig Gardner **
Kostas Koudaras
Michal Hrusecky
Peter Linnell * **
Robert Schweikert * **

* Candidate is eligible for since only first term was served.

** Candidate is a SUSE employee. (Note that no single organization or company can control more than 40 percent of the electable board seats.)

Each openSUSE member has only three votes.

Rules for the election process are available at http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election_rules

The election period ends at January 26th 2015 (23:00 UTC). All candidates have put their agenda on the wiki[2], linked as “Platform” after the candidates’ name.

To cast your vote, go to: https://connect.opensuse.org/pg/polls/read/RBrownSUSE/46342/opensuse-board-election-20142015

If you have any questions, please contact the election officials election-officials@opensuse.org.

Three seats available for openSUSE board elections

December 4th, 2014 by

Elections to fill three seats on the openSUSE Board are set to begin in the coming weeks and candidates are needed to fill these three positions.

Individuals who apply for an openSUSE Membership will be able to vote during elections and run for candidacy

Candidates elected to the position will serve a 24-month term. The terms of Robert Schweikert and Kosta Koudaras’ will expire and the seat of Peter Linnell, who was appointed as a replacement for chairman Richard Brown, will need to be filled.

Members of the openSUSE board help to influence the future direction of the project. Members are encouraged to learn the election process, run for the board or propose a candidate.

Election Committee


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.


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

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

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.


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

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!


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…)