as I explained in a previous mail, in the past, besides the former Boosters
team, there were other SUSE employees working full time in openSUSE with
different roles. Now, everybody that works full time in openSUSE is
concentrated in a single team, the openSUSE Team at SUSE, that is part of the
R&D and Communities department.
The above strategy has also been supported from the financial point of view.
The economic decisions from SUSE that directly affects openSUSE have also
being moved to this department. This move will take some time to consolidate
but it is on its way.
As I also wrote before, we are working at SUSE on our future actions we will
execute as company to support the project/community. Some of those actions
have to do with the relation we would like to develop with openSUSE from the
We will open a discussion with the Board, through our Chairman, Vincent Untz,
about processes to be followed in economic topics. I would like to advance
"the framework" in this relevant moment, the Board elections.
Until now, most (almost all) of the decision logic on financial matters was
placed over SUSE's shoulders. We will propose some measures to transfer part
of that logic step by step into the community. This process will be associated
to the following concepts:
* Agreements: we want to go through this process in agreement with the
* Transparency: all the processes and decisions have to be done in a
transparent way not just toward the community but toward SUSE and other
possible sponsors. This mean that budgeting / reporting is a necessary
requirement attached to this process.
* Scalability: in order for this process to scale, it is necessary that all
the financial procedures within the community have the Board as the final and
starting point, so our relation with the community in this matter, in the same
way that for other sponsors in the future, is routed through them.
We understand that it is up to the community to define the relation between
the Board and those who will have relation or will manage the economic
resources, like the Travel Support Program, Ambassadors, Program etc. Until
now, this relation has been directly established with SUSE.
We also believe that this relation between Board and executors will be more
efficient if it is simple, clear and have trust as an important ingredient.
During the next months we have, at least, the following challenges to face
from the financial point of view:
* The Travel Support Program 2013
* The new Ambassadors Program
* A new model for supporting our action in events
We would like to encourage the new Board to work with us, facing those
challenges together. We will propose that this process is complemented with a
definition of the relation between the Board and those who are going to
execute these actions.
So, in summary, our relation with openSUSE in the financial area, will be
routed through the Board step by step, so we all can learn with little
pressure and clear direction.
Agustin Benito Bethencourt
openSUSE Team Lead at SUSE
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