On Sat, 2012-06-16 at 21:35 +0300, Kostas Koudaras wrote:
2012/6/15 Geraldo Barros
I realize lectures and events on openSUSE for students and staff,
many ask for a document "Declaration of
Attendance at Lecture," but
do not know if I issue this document with the
logo of openSUSE and
What do you mean lectures?
Who asked you for something like that and for what usage?
Why do you need a Novell logo or any logo at all?
I see this as one of contining confusion here, so if I cam jump in and
clarify a few things:
1. Novell -- Novell has been separated from the community after the
purchase by Attachmate a year ago. The company you are thinking of now
2. Even if you are thinking of SUSE, it still isn't applicable here.
We are ambassadors for the openSUSE Project, not for the SUSE Company.
We promote the *community-driven* organization.
3. SUSE is a sponsor of openSUSE Project, and a very important one.
However, SUSE does not own the project, we -- the community -- owns the
project. And we are here to help promote the project and all its
wonderful initiatives. We aren't here to promote SUSE, although we do
support and love SUSE very much. SUSE has its own paid staff that
promotes the company itself.
Summarized: We are not an un-paid function of SUSE Company. We are a
volunteer group of openSUSE Project organization.
Therefore, any formal letter or certificate you wish to see issued would
have the openSUSE logo on it and nothing more. (In some cases, for
specific types of documents, we may see "sponsored by SUSE." But that
is still not a formal logo of recognition for your efforts.) For
clarification on how you can use the openSUSE logo, please visit the
trademarks guidelines page at
I see no problems issuing certificates from the Ambassador team to
certify someone as an ambassador if they need it. (Self printed as a pdf
though.) But, I don't see why we need a letter for lectures though.
You should probably clarify what you mean by that as Kostas keeps
asking. It is impossible for the team to verify from far away who
attended a lecture.
In most cases, if an event issues a certificate then that event will
take care of it along with their own logo certifying that you were a
speaker at their event, especially if it is not an openSUSE-organized
event. I don't see openSUSE Ambassador team issuing such
certifications because we usually aren't there at such location to
verify a task was accomplished.
Following the guidelines for trademark usage, if you feel you wish to
hand out certification letters to the attendees stating that they were
at your lecture, I think you can do that on your own. It should not be
a problem as long as the topic was about any of openSUSE's initiatives.
That's something that you, as a speaker, can decide.
Some lectures out there do provide such letters as proof of attendance.
We used to do that a lot in the United States but that's not practiced
much anymore. Paper is just paper and no one around here values it much
Some cultures still value that paper though, and that's what the
guidelines are there for, to assist you in using it where it is
appropriate and applicable.
Beyond that, I really don't see what it is you need/can get from the
openSUSE Ambassador Team.
Bryen M Yunashko
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