Hello Ambassadors Please welcome Marcel Kühlhorn From Germany as our new openSUSE ambassador Below is a little about Marcel in his own words...
- What have you done already for openSUSE?
* Helping new users at Forums, especially http://opensuse-forum.de * Helping out the german wiki-team * Promoting openSUSE at my school, workplace etc.
- What are your plans for promoting openSUSE? Please tell us what you want to do the next 6 months.
* Find new places where I'm allowed to spread the promo-materials * Talk to local computer-stores if they would be willing to take some of the promo-materials and give them to interested customers * Find small local events where I can "spread the word"
- Are you ready to start promoting openSUSE?
I think so since I already spread at least 50 DVD's and want to continue spreading the word about openSUSE. The only thing I can't imagine right now is giving talks since I have no experience at all with that, but maybe some time in the future.
- What do you think is the best kept secret of openSUSE?
Right now I can't really think about any secret of openSUSE, everything in and around openSUSE is _open_.
- Why do you love to do this?
Because openSUSE is a great Distribution with a great community I want to help the people that make it possible for me to use openSUSE daily.
- How did you start with Linux/openSUSE? What is your level of experience?
I started out with openSUSE 11.2 because Windows Vista ;-) More seriously, I was interested in Linux some time before that but didn't have my own PC to work with it, and that I'm with openSUSE now is in debt to my mother who tried SuSE 8.2 a long time ago. So I first installed SuSE 8.2 in VirtualBox on Windows, liked it, searched for the actual Version and here I am.
The ambassador program is currently pretty informal and we expect the ambassadors to organize themselves. So, please coordinate with other ambassadors on the opensuse-marketing mailing list:
- share with them what you like to do
- share what you did, e.g. what kind of event did you organize, how many people joined
- share what you learned, explain what was great at your event, what you want to improve
- create material that is usefull for you and other ambassadors as well
Also, as an ambassador, you're the expert on your country/region, so please share on the opensuse-marketing mailing list a bit about the openSUSE and the FOSS community in your country/region, e.g. what are their needs.
That's one of the main reasons why I want to do this, I don't know of any FOSS comunity in this region besides an local group of the German-Amateur-Radio-Club where I suspect some Linux-users.