I'd like to let you all know that I am leaving SUSE end of April. One of my responsibilities was to provide support to the Heroes team especially for critical services, and also provide the communication regarding infra related topics between the Heroes and the SUSE Engineering Infrastructure (formerly SUSE-IT) team. There will be a replacement for those responsibilities who will be announced to you in the near future.
Furthermore, I have decided to stop my volunteer contributions to the Heroes team and to the openSUSE project in general, as my girlfriend gave me a macbook for christmas and I don't use linux any more at home. Feel free to send her hate mail :) I will send another reminder before I leave with my contacts, so that you can still ask me any questions in case my piece of code is a total mess and I need to explain it (quite impossible of course, as I write spotless code always).
That said, I'd like to thank you all for being such an awesome, helpful, passionate, knowledgable, motivated, productive community! It was more than a pleasure working with all of you. I gained a lot of knowledge, met some great people, made friends, had a lot of fun!
I started contributing as a volunteer to the openSUSE infrastructure administration around 2012, a bit after oSC12, with the precious mentoring of darix, Lars, Martin and Rudi, and it became part of my work responsibilities on early 2015. We made quite some effort to open as much as possible of the infrastructure, which led to the Heroes team creation a year later, with a significant amount of community volunteers taking over quite important responsibilities. Automation was always my priority, as the Infrastructure as Code and the containerization efforts allowed more openness, collaboration, testing and faster deployments. It was very rewarding seeing all of that effort being appreciated by the community, and more volunteers joining slowly and taking over small or big responsibilities.
Contributing to the infrastructure part of a FOSS project is a unique opportunity for knowledge and making connections and friends. openSUSE is the third big FOSS project I have contributed in the past 12 years, and I would really encourage people interested in DevOps and Automation technologies to take the Leap (pun intended) and join the Heroes. At least I can say with certainty that it has been a life-changing experience to me.