Hi openSUSE community,
the upcoming openSUSE 11.2 is the first release of openSUSE which will
be coordinated by the openSUSE community when it comes to the update
In the past the maintenance team was working in the background and
provided you with the newest and best updates. The update decision was a
completely internal process. Now we will make it more transparent and
let the whole community participate.
The future is: The community will do updates for openSUSE in
The update process will be coordinated by the new openSUSE maintenance
team. At the moment it consists of 5 people, 2 SUSE employees and 3
openSUSE community members.
Every user can send an update request now to this team.
This team will decide over the requests and coordinates the whole
updates progress (plan the release time according to the severity,
interact with the package maintainer, coordinate QA testing, ...) based
on a new update policy. It guarantees the best supply with updates.
Only maintenance (tagged as recommended, optional, YOU) updates are
affected by this change. Security updates will be provided on the old
and approved way by the SUSE security team. This is the fastest and
established way to react on security problems.
Everybody can enjoy and help to improve openSUSE and influence the
development. There is a lot of work in the whole update process. So
enjoy! Every openSUSE user can help to improve our distribution.
You can help e.g. in:
- notify interesting bugs that should be fixed by a maintenance update
- work as a QA tester and check testing updates to improve the quality
and give feedback
- help us to create a new maintenance policy
- work in the maintenance team
- work as a package maintainer and provide the updates
- work as a junior maintainer and learn to build packages and provide
For questions, update request, feedback you can use the mailing list of
the maintenance team (maintenance(a)opensuse.org).
So enjoy and have a lot fun :-)
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