== Minutes board meeting 25 October 2021 ==
Axel, Gerald, GertJan, Neal, Simon & Syds
Update last meeting:
- Elections; Axel has sent the request for the election to the election officials.
- Twitter; New login and tweetdeck is setup. Doug and Henne have primary control and provide access to other people.
- Marco will look into the jitsi instance; Also the board meeting had to take place at the public jit.si server since meet.o.o had severe connection issues.
Item 25  (team sharing and communications):
- it's not a mandate but a request, it's an ongoing thing to keep in the back of our minds.
- Gerald brought this up on the Release Engineering meeting as well.
Follow up on foundation:
- possible foundation options, full fledged or a 'friends of-' foundation or a hybrid.
- As an alternative to the full foundation the 'friends of-' version could just keep the budget and be used for sponsoring.
- NFT is not happening right now (as digital swag)
action item next meeting:
- funding proposal from Klaus (he now sent an English version of the proposal)
Treasurer openSUSE Project
I'm looking for a community manager / liaison or somebody else from the community who is
game to cover the project and its background on a popular FLOSS podcast.
I reached out to press(a)opensuse.org but that seems to be wrong the mail address for this
type of request.
This email account is monitored seven days a week.
we now have the campaign period for the Board election , so let's start
some discussion. :-) I really liked both platforms, which doesn't make
decision easier, but let's see...
First usual question for everyone: if You are appointed as Board member, which
new options does it open for You? I mean, You both are valuable contributors,
You have been working like that for notable time already, and You can keep
doing so even if You are not elected into the Board. So what new can You do in
Board? What would You like to do, what is impossible without Board? How can
Board move You forward?
Maurizio, if I read Your platform  correctly, I see impressive contribution
and experience, but I fail to find something like "election programme", i.e.
Your plans for Your time in Board, what You wish to achieve, etc. Am I reading
election profile, or "just" user profile...?
Side comment, when we have election for academic senate of our faculty, plenty
of candidates more or less just list their scientific work, basically CV, but
don't elaborate, how they would act like "politicians" in the senate. I then
think if I can decide only about level of expertise, or also how they are
capable to cooperate, organize, find consensus and move the institution
So, Maurizio, if You could be more explicit in this way, it'd be great. Of
course, people can vote for You based on Your great expertize, but given the
Board's purpose, I'd rather expect people to emphasize their organizational,
communication, mediating and other skills. And, of course, how they would like
to move openSUSE forward. What is Your aim in Board? What is Your reason to
Adathor, I found Your Motivation section  very interesting. The described
issues indeed let a lot of bad blood behind... Despite You described various
issues rather in indications, I wonder what do You propose as solution? I know
it can't be easy, neither short process, but I suppose You have some steps or
at least ideas in mind how to improve the situation. Could You be more
concrete here? I ask because nice words about respect can stay just... nice
words without any practical impact. Also, do You think the way how Board
works, what is its purpose , etc. should/could/might be worth to discuss
and possibly change? Similarly for overall governance of the project,
direction where it is going to, etc. Going back to beginning, the "docracy"
works in many aspects, but we also saw some examples, when it led to
Thank You both in advance. :-)
Komunita openSUSE GNU/Linuxu
Community of the openSUSE GNU/Linux
I asked on factory list Tuesday and got no response as yet. :(
https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Roadmap seems to suggest 15.4 alpha should be on
the mirrors somewhere, but I don't see it on https://mirrors.opensuse.org/ and I'm
having no luck finding it elsewhere. I tried to do an update from 15.3 with
zypper, but it can't find any mirrors either. What's the 15.4 alpha availability
Evolution as taught in public schools is, like religion,
based on faith, not based on science.
Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409 ** a11y rocks!
Board Meeting Minutes 2021-11-22, 1300CET
Attendees: Bill, Neal, Doug, Gerald, Simon, Syds, Vinz, Axel
== General Topics ==
Q from Bill - would Board consider BBB as alternatve to Jitsi?
A: Board prefers OpenSource over proprietary, and maintained over unmaitained.
As we currently have an openSUSE Instance of Jitsi, we use this. Given
technical challenges with Jitsi the last couple of months, we would not mind
using BBB if available.
Gerald: How can we better announce Public board meetings?
Invitation mail contains link to ticket database, so public items are public
In case no public points are to discuss, the board may still meet for non-
Board election: Today is last day for candidates. Currently we have only two
candidates, board encourages community to vote.
(Note: In between we added 2 more weeks to candidate period, according to our
Some members still waiting for their membership approval (Currently 9
applications open). Lack of working member database has been impacting teams -
kudos to Christian/Heroes for getting the new system up and running.
Board to approach membership and election officials to not start voting
process unless pending memberships are approved
Public part closed at 13:38 CET
Dear openSUSE members,
openSUSE Board Election 2021 
It's time to elect new Board members to fill empty seats on the
openSUSE Board. There are two seats for election in accordance per our
normal election cycle. This is a regular election as defined in our
Election Rules 
## Phase 0
01 November 2021
- Announcement of the Board Election 2021
- Call for Nominations and Applications for Board candidacy
- Membership drive
22 November 2020
- Nominations and Applications for Board candidacy close
## Phase 1
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- Campaign begins
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The Election Committee  are hereby calling for Nominations &
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 Members: Ish Sookun, Edwin Zakaria and Ariez Vachha.
The Election Committee
forwarding you a request for articles in IEEE magazine - I bet we have
community members that work on bleeding edge topics and might be interested to
share the knowledge.
---------- Weitergeleitete Nachricht ----------
Betreff: [OFE Open Source Community List] Looking for articles for IEEE
Computer magazine open source column
Datum: Dienstag, 16. November 2021, 22:56:17 CET
Von: Dirk RIEHLE <dirk(a)riehle.org>
An: Open Source Community List <foss-community(a)openforumeurope.org>
I'm looking for articles for the open source column of IEEE Computer magazine
(>60k readers). The column addresses practitioners.
You can find past articles here
I'm open to interesting topics adding to those already covered.
Under using open source / tooling, a second complementary paper on the CI
pipeline could be a good addition.
Under project communities, more examples could be interesting. We have one on
OpenStack coming up.
Any other topic relevant to project communities would be fast to publication,
e.g. diversity, inclusion, geography, etc.
Future theme arcs like company contribution, open source foundations, are in
development, and I'm happy to receive declarations of interest on topics.
Finally, weird (= interesting!) or one-off topics are always welcome like open
source hardware etc.
A bit more technical information is here https://bit.ly/2Z4wxM9
Thanks for your consideration! Please don't be shy with questions / comments.
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