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Board Report – Travel Sponsorship Programme

December 3rd, 2012 by

Summarizing the Travel Support Program

The openSUSE Travel Support Program aims to support contributors representing openSUSE at events, conferences and hack-fests with their travel and hotel costs. The program pays up to 80% of the travel and/or hotel costs for contributors who could not afford going to these events otherwise. In turn the contributors make a worthy contribution at the event and report back to the openSUSE community about what they did.

The Travel Committee also decides on travel support for openSUSE events like the openSUSE Conference and the openSUSE Summit.

Current Committee includes

  •  Kostas Koudaras (ambassador event planning)
  •  Izabel Valverde (finance & planning)
  •  Agustin Benito Bethencourt (openSUSE Team Lead at SUSE)


The Travel Support Team has till now sponsored various conferences including FOSDEM, Cerea Fair, Solutions Linux, COSCUP, Indiana Linux Fest, Linux Tag, SELF, Libre Office Graphic Meeting and loads of others. Along with this, the Travel Committee also handles sponsorship handling for openSUSE Summit and openSUSE Conference which in itself are very tedious tasks.


  • TSP : 15
  • Summit :  11
  • openSUSE Conference : 21

A total of 37 sponsorships were given out this year.

What we need you to do?

If you think you need a sponsorship, then APPLY For it. However there are a few rules, which you have to keep in mind. So if you are thinking of applying, have a look at here



Meet the openSUSE Board Candidates

November 28th, 2012 by

Candidates for 2012 Announcement Banner

The period for standing up for election to the 2013 openSUSE Board is now closed and the openSUSE Election Officials committee is proud to announce this year’s candidates.  Please welcome the following candidates in alphabetical order:

What an exciting list of candidates, all extremely qualified to represent our community in the upcoming board.  With just two open seats to be filled to begin a two-year term,  Agustin Bethencourt, openSUSE Team Lead at SUSE,  recently noted: “Interesting times are ahead and, In any possible scenario we are thinking of, the Board will play a key role.”

So What’s Next?

As defined in the previous announcement by the Election Officials, the remaining steps in this year’s election timeline are that the candidates shall begin officially campaigning henceforth.  Balloting will begin on 5 December, 2012.

All eligible members of the openSUSE Project will be notified with the process for submitting their ballot to choose their two favorite candidates for the Board.  Members will have up to 16 December, 2012 to vote.

Then, if all goes well, and we don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t, we’ll be announcing the winners of this year’s election on 17 December, 2012.

You can read the full set of timeline and procedures here.

The Election Officials committee would like to extend good luck wishes to each and every candidate and look forward to the conclusion of this exciting campaign.

 With special thanks to victorhck for the creation of the art graphic on this page.


The Board Election 2012

November 13th, 2012 by

This years openSUSE Election Committee is in the pleasant position to announce the 2012 Board elections[0].

The timeline we decided for this year election is the following:

November 13th (Phase 0)
– Announcement of the openSUSE Board election for 2012.
– Start of 2 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote).
– Start of 2 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board.

November 27th
– Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close (end of phase 0).

November 28th (Phase 1)
– Start of 1 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign might be done until ballots close).

December 5th (Phase 2)
– Ballots open

December 16th
– Ballots close (end of phase 2)

December 17th
– Announcement of the results

So, if you want to participate in the openSUSE board and influence the future direction of the project please stand up and announce your candidacy. If you want to vote for the candidates, please make sure your openSUSE membership [1] is approved. If you are a contributor of openSUSE but you are not a member yet, apply for membership now[2] and be a part of the changes to come.

For the openSUSE Board will be 2 seats to be elected, each for a 2 year term.

If you have any questions about the election or the board’s tasks, please contact the election commitee (election-officials@opensuse.org) or the board (board@opensuse.org).

With Honour
This year Election Committee
Bryen M Yunashko
Izabel Valverde
Thomas Schmidt

[0] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election
[1] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Members
[2] http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Membership_officials#Process

openSUSE Board Welcomes new Chairman: Vincent Untz

September 21st, 2012 by

This week Alan Clark announced to the openSUSE Board that he is stepping down from his position as Board Chair. His duties in SUSE keep him increasingly busy and SUSE has decided, after almost two years, the time has come for someone else to take on his role.

So, after thinking about what skills are most relevant for the openSUSE Board right now and who would fit in best, SUSE managers Michael Miller (Marketing and Product Management) and Ralf Flaxa (Engineering) have announced at the openSUSE Summit opening that they brought in former GNOME Foundation Chairman Vincent Untz to take on the role as chair. The Board is very pleased having someone with the skills and experience of Vincent on board. (more…)

openSUSE Board Election 2011 results

December 17th, 2011 by

The openSUSE Election Officials is pleased to announce the 5th openSUSE Board elected by openSUSE community.

The new board members are Pascal Bleser, Will Stephenson and Andrew Wafaa.

We would like to congratulate all Board Members and wish them all the best. We would also like to thank all candidates for their time to run for openSUSE board. We’re really proud to have so many good candidates.

The votes are as follows:

Pascal Bleser (172 votes) – 79%

Will Stephenson (104 votes) – 48%

Andrew Wafaa (90 votes) – 41%

Pavol Rusnak (81 votes) – 37%

Manu Gupta (60 votes) – 28%

Richard Brown (43 votes) – 20%

Marcus Moeller (42 votes) – 19%

Chuck Payne (16 votes) – 7%

A total of 218 members participated in the poll. Voters had the option to vote for 3 candidates.

Thanks Bryen Yunashko, Rupert Horstkotter and Pavol Rusnak for the great time served in the Board.

The official results can be found at http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election

Thank all voters for taking the time to vote. Thanks to the openSUSE Election Officials.

Fourth openSUSE Board Election 2011

October 28th, 2011 by

This years openSUSE Election Committee is in the pleasant position to announce the 2011 Board Elections.

So, if you want to participate in the openSUSE board and influence the future direction of the project please stand up and announce your candidacy. If you want to vote for the candidates, please make sure your openSUSE membership is approved. If you are a contributor of openSUSE but you are not a member yet, apply for membership now and be a part of the changes to come.


openSUSE Board Election Committee Formed

October 5th, 2011 by

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The 2011 openSUSE Board term is soon coming to an end. In the last few project meetings as well as at the conference, the board has called for people to step up for the Election Committee. Five openSUSE contributors have offered their help and we’d like to introduce them to you.

openSUSE Board Election 2010: Vogelsang and Linnell elected

January 28th, 2011 by

image of 'uncle sam' Green style!

The last few weeks in the openSUSE project have been very interesting. Two seats on the openSUSE Project board were up for election. The Election Committee closed the polls on Wednesday, and we are pleased to announce the results:

  1. Henne Vogelsang (125 Votes)
  2. Peter Linnell (72 Votes)
  3. Sankar P. (71 votes)
  4. Sebastian Kügler (64 votes)
  5. Chuck Payne (39 votes)
  6. Nelson Marques (23 votes)
  7. Kostas Kodouras (20 votas)

220 of the 469 openSUSE members voted.

We at the News Team wish the new board members all the best and Have A Lot Of Fun!

The openSUSE Board election 2010

January 12th, 2011 by

The openSUSE Board Election process, started in December 2010, is heading full-speed for the planned announcement of the results on January 26, 2011. Today the voting begins and it’s time to take a closer look at the candidates and make up our minds!
image of 'uncle sam' Green style!

Reviewing the Trademark Guidelines

January 11th, 2011 by

In 2009, a set of trademark guidelines were created to help define how the community and beyond could use the openSUSE logo and related trademarks in their own products and services.  Along with this, Novell granted powers to the openSUSE Board to be the guardians of the openSUSE trademarks.  This included ensuring that proper usage followed the guidelines as well as giving the Board the ability to review special use cases

It also helped those who wanted written permission from the Board authorizing the use of trademarks on their products and services.  Formal requests for such permissions were sent to permission@novell.com, and Novell would forward the request to the Board for review.

As you know, trademark protection is important because it represents the identity of an organization.  Trademark usage also provides an important tool for the community that wishes to promote openSUSE.  The use of the trademarks makes it easier to share and spread openSUSE works.  Of course, regulating the appropriate usage of the trademarks is also a necessary evil to prevent abuse.

As with anything in life, time gives perspective.  There has been sufficient time since the implementation of the first guidelines to observe real use cases where the guidelines were either effective or ineffective.  And for the Board, this includes identifying a more responsive workflow to addressing requests for authorization of usage, as we, and others, recognize the current process as being perfectible.

The Board, along with others in the community, would like to begin a review of the current state of our trademark guidelines and identify where it can be strengthened and be more effective.  To this end, our first step is to open an openFATE Feature request for comments.  We invite the community and beyond to review the current guidelines and offer their input on language and past use case experiences.

While we would like comments submitted on openFATE, if you prefer, you can post your comments here or send your thoughts directly to board@opensuse.org.
A specific timeline for completion of this process has not been determined yet, but it is the intention of the Board to move forward on this topic in order to help the community at large move forward on their own projects.