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[opensuse-project] openSUSE Strategy Discussion: The Linux Distribution Platform Strategy
  • From: Pavol Rusnak <prusnak@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 22:00:55 +0200
  • Message-id: <4C4DE977.1070001@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hi all!

Today we continue with public discussions about strategy proposals
submitted by you, our beloved community. The first one is the "Linux
Distribution Platform Strategy":

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=== openSUSE, the Linux distribution platform ===

== Goals ==

The goal of openSUSE as a project is to provide a platform for
distributing Linux and software running on Linux to a wide range of
users. This platform consists of tools for creating software
distributions, the openSUSE distribution as base and reference
implementation, and the community supporting the tools and the distribution.

On top of the platform the openSUSE universe consists of more specific
distributions, which make use of openSUSE infrastructure and technology.
Examples are SLES, MeeGo, openSUSE Education, KDE and GNOME live
systems, and could also be for example developer or cloud oriented
distributions and more. So openSUSE provides a way for subteams to
address specific user groups and needs. openSUSE also provides means to
distribute software independent of the environment of the user to spread
Linux based software and make software easily available for use in the
openSUSE distribution and systems based on it.

The openSUSE distribution acts as a reference distribution, providing an
environment for testing the used technology, a stabilizing ground for
common components, and a real-life use case for applying technology and
distributing Linux software. It's targeted at technically interested
users, including programmers and system administrators. It has a focus
on good user experience and making technology available to end users. It
doesn't target users with highly specific technical needs.

== Activities ==

= Essentials =

* Provide stable set of supported core packages distributions can build
on
* Broad hardware support of components and platforms
* Provide tools for package and distribution building and testing
(e.g. openSUSE Build Service)
* Provide common building blocks for distribution, e.g. installer,
configuration tool, maintenance tools, development tools for web,
native and other applications, and more
* Provide home for overall community and specific openSUSE teams, e.g.
bug tracker, wiki, mailing lists, collaboration tools
* Create the official openSUSE distribution as reference implementation
* Enable, support, and collaborate with specific teams to create their
own distributions
* Enable and support, and collaborate with upstream developers to build
and distribute their software on openSUSE

= Good to have =

* Provide wide variety of packages for further use
* Community for user support
* Work on standards which make it easier to mix components, e.g. free
desktop standards
* Collaboration with other distribution platforms

= No focus =

* Directly providing a polished distribution for non-technical end users
* Bleeding edge technology

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Best Regards / S pozdravom,

Pavol RUSNAK SUSE LINUX, s.r.o
openSUSE Boosters Team Lihovarska 1060/12
PGP 0xA6917144 19000 Praha 9
prusnak[at]opensuse.org Czech Republic
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