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Dear openSUSE members,
You may begin to vote in the openSUSE Board Election 2020. You should
have received your election url & credential in a separate email sent by
Helios. Please follow the instructions in order to vote.
The election will end on 30 December 2020 at 23h59. You may change your
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== Board meeting Minutes 2020-12-08 0800 CET ==
Attendees: Marina, Stasiek, Gerald, Vinz, Simon, Axel
Meeting closed 0930 CET
Next meeting 2020-12-22 0800 CET
=== General ===
6 meeting minutes outstanding - overdue reminder given to individuals
=== Pending trademark approval for notebook preload ===
* Shop in Belgium asked for permission to use openSUSE logo for preloads
* According to https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Trademark_guidelines
redistribution is allowed
* Shop wants to apply additional unfree software (Skype, Zoom,...)
* Some questions aound this procedure - Simon to drive open questions with
=== Various complaints about user behaviour on openSUSE mailing list(s) ===
* https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Guiding_principles describes rules of
* There were various ML posts in the last weeks that broke guiding principles,
adding up to existing complaints
* Third party media like Twitter or Facebook is out of openSUSE control, but
still reflect (positively or negatively) on openSUSE and therefore matters
* Mail reminder being sent by Simon that lists should stay on topic (https://
en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Mailing_lists_subscription) in order to avoid
moderation of users in list:
* Additional moderators are welcome. To kickstart the process, if you feel you
are a good moderator, please contact mailing list admins admin(a)o.o
* Stasiek to discuss this internally with the admins to align that they are OK
with the procedure
* Gerald sent mail to project@ about steps taken:
* accepted by vote 6-0
=== Tracking trademark usage approvals ===
delayed due to time constraints
Dr. Axel Braun <docb(a)opensuse.org>
Member of the openSUSE Board
Dear fellow geekos,
last week has seen various interactions on this list and elsewhere
that went against the words and the spirit of our guiding principles
(cf. https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Guiding_principles ).
What I saw was disappointing, discouraging and damaging to our
project and community.
At the same time I was very encouraged to see some of you step
in and moderate themselves and others. Thank you!
As a board we received several complaints, and working through
those and our own observations in our meeting yesterday we have
- issued a warning to some members;
- put some members under mailing list moderation for three months;
- agreed to share a general reminder to stay a bit more on topic
per the respective list chartas (cf.
and that moderation of individuals will be considered if necessary.
We have not taken these steps lightheartedly and will continue to
work on any open issues.
I am looking forward to many more respectful, constructive and open
conversations around the forthcoming elections and otherwise. And
please never hesitate to reach out!
Dr. Gerald Pfeifer <gp(a)suse.com>, CTO @SUSE + chair @openSUSE
On Fri, 2020-12-11 at 06:33 +0100, Mark Stopka wrote:
> > Serving on the openSUSE Board is a privilege in a way, but first
> > and foremost a service, and generally not very thankful at that.
> > If there are perks of the job (or for former members) I have yet
> > to see them. ;-)
> > > Yes it does, it does matter when, where and how you say things,
> > > we
> > > call it context and there is an entire department at your company
> > > called the PR department that thinks about what to say,when to
> > > say
> > > it, where to say it, and how to say it.
> > Let's keep our employers out of the conversation here, please. We
> > all contribute to openSUSE as individuals, exclusively or to a good
> > extent in our spare time.
> I could as well use *any sufficiently large company that does a lot
> communications with the ouside*, but you can see 13 words against 1
> more relatable example, you can replace that with any organization of
> a reasonable size really... The point was communication is a tricky
> business, and it does influence views of projects / people /
> organizations in the eyes of both the internal and external
> I admit, that *certain company* established internal comms department
> between *certain company* Business Services - Global Infrastructure
> Services and rest of the company after I have during *program name*
> transition & transformation have communicated some changes in the
> structure of company data storage infrastructure to the rest of the
> company that were considered too bold without the proper softeners,
> for some.
> I would communicate to Local IT and the L-team of a specific local
> subsidiary that as part of the transformation we would be migrating
> their IT assets to a different location, as part of a streamlining
> effort (we were going from 90+ DCs to about 50), but I have omitted
> those in my eyes at the time unimportant details like "there will
> likely be no changes to the structure of human resources associated
> with this on-going and important effort that strengthens our company
> leading position in our industry".
> I hope that does provide some clarity on what I meant by that.
First Richard, then Henne, now Gerald - just how many current and ex-board
member will you ignore when they teach you how the Project actually works?
If Richard was paranoid why do you keep trying to make openSUSE a business?
This make no sense. We are a free software community by volunteer.
Please stop trying to make openSUSE to something it isn't
as you probably know by now, traditional CentOS is being depreciated
by RedHat, and is going to be replaced by CentOS Stream which will
basically be the development branch for RHEL N+1...
Many (CentOS / RHEL) users are upset about this as this will / may
have impact on their products and / or services, I see it as an
opportunity to capture some of the CentOS market-share and for SUSE
perhaps even some RHEL market share...
I am wondering if someone here is committed to trying to come up with
the strategy on how to go about that, I think it will be essential to
produce easy to understand migration guides from Centos -> openSUSE
Leap and stress that CentOS is moving in the exactly opposite
direction as we are moving with openSUSE Leap and SUSE Linux
If this gains traction here and interest of perhaps 5 - 10 people with
- technical writer
- graphics designer (who does not like pretty graphics)
- geeks (so we can translate and test CentOS guides for openSUSE)
It will make sense to discuss our thoughts on some sort of a conf.
call, by the end of this week, or early next week, and move forward
Thoughts? I myself have more knowledge about CentOS / RHEL that I
would like, I have started some promotions on Reddit and other social
media and it seems it is gaining traction...
In addition @firstname.lastname@example.org is there any chance to have some
small budget allocated for some PPC campaign or something like that
from the SUSE side? I am not sure how exactly these things work, but I
am more than happy to take that off-line with you and discuss options
if there are any.
Best regards / S pozdravem,
BSc. Mark Stopka, BBA
Managing Partner (at) PERLUR Group
mobile: +420 704 373 561
after being approached by "The openSUSE Board" regarding my conduct
which completely ignores the conduct of Richard Brown and the relevant
context, I have decided to back away from my candidacy for openSUSE
I wish all candidates good luck in upcoming elections, but I myself
won't be a candidate in elections where people in positions of
influence attempt to influence the masses to vote or not to vote for a
specific candidate, I see enough of that in national politics. I can
in no way consider these elections to be free, democratic and fair
after failure of The Board to address the behavior of Richard Brown.
I would ask for revokal of my membership altogether, but that would
mean loosking @opensuse.org account, which I use on too many services.
and all the best to all of you.
Best regards / S pozdravem,
BSc. Mark Stopka, BBA
Managing Partner (at) PERLUR Group
mobile: +420 704 373 561
Present: Axel, Gerald, Simon, Stasiek, Vinz
- openSUSE Jitsi server still has issues.
== overdue meeting minutes ==
* Simon will send draft for this and last meeting in the next 4 hrs.
== Status of Election ==
* Happy with the progress of the current election process.
== Governance (what do we need to formalize?) ==
* Merge Membership official rules into board rules, and call it
constitution (this was agreed and never done by previous boards) A.I. Simon.
* Prepare a document on openSUSE governance and proposed changes
for newer SUSE upper management.
* Better ask teams for updates for conference talk next year
== Foundation-Roadmap ==
* Continue to address some of the governance issues listed above
* Formally reapproach SUSE management in the new year once some of
these Governance issues have been taken care of and once SUSE management
has settled slightly following the merger with Rancher.
== Merchandise ==
* Still looking into organizational logistics.
Present: Axel, Gerald, Simon, Stasiek, Vinz, Doug DeMaio (first part)
== Merch discussions ==
* Discussions around adding an additional merch provider as we were
approached by them.
== Statistics ==
* metrics.opensuse.org shows wrong figures due to no 15.2
* Doug will Email Heroes to see if someone can fix it.
(Doug left the meeting)
== Missing Minutes ==
* Will remind people
== Meeting time ==
* Create a fallback slot?
* Keep the slot - Have 21:00 CET tues as a backup.
* Probably only a couple of meetings left this year
== Board Elections ==
* Gerald will follow up with the committee