I'm deeply interested as this kind of collaborative effort will really increase the services I provided to those targets.
We have in fact beside the microsoft mess dominant position another challengers : the NAS Offers (bundle) provided by Qnap, synology or asustor are really attractive to end users (very small groups)
I've heard first time of invis at osc 2010 (or 2009) but never look to much forwards (beside my name sound german, my knowledge is poor).
So yes definitively interested.
On mercredi, 8 mars 2017 08.23:43 h CET Stefan Schäfer wrote:
let's stop the discussion about the meaning about the acronym "SMB". What Klaas talked about was indeed "Small and medium business". The german acronym for this is KMU (Kleine und Mittelständische Betriebe).
What we (Klaas and me) want to talk about was the qualification of openSUSE Leap to fulfill a lot of needs of small business companies.
About 98% of all tax paying companies in Germany (an I think in he EU at all) have less than 50 employees. The IT infrastructure of a lot of them is a mess and dominated by Windows.
We the invis-Server Projekt (as an very unknown openSUSE Spin Off) build a cost effective server system for these companies. Klaas whith his "pet project" ;-) Kraft develops an accounting software for small business. With our projects we try to deliver cost effective IT for these small companies.
What we want to do is to start an openSUSE Team with other people of the openSUSE community who uses openSUSE to build up IT Infrastructure in small business companies.
With Klaases words: "We think and hope that there are other community members around who have experience in SMB, and a Project Team's task would be to collect the information, create and document solution proposals and hints, and promote openSUSE and the existing SMB solutions together."
Please substitute the acronym "SMB" with "Small and Medium Business". ;-) ... and let's talk about this.
Am 06.03.2017 um 22:01 schrieb Klaas Freitag:
with this email I like to ask about the status of the openSUSE Projects Teams, such Education or Medical, as listed at , and see if openSUSE would support the founding of a new Project Team which would be openSUSE for Small and Medium Business, or short 'openSUSE SMB'.
With Invis-Server  which builds on the openSUSE distributions and the openSUSE community and tools we have a very successful and hardened offering for SMB, that is exclusively built on openSUSE. Stefan Schäfer, the Invis Server founder is a long standing openSUSE promoter and very experienced system integrator in real life SMB scenarios. He started many years ago to build Invis on (open)SUSE, and has moved his project consequently closer to openSUSE by using the OBS, building up community and promoting the work on various openSUSE- and other FOSS conferences.
As I am also interested in the SMB area doing my pet project Kraft  for more than 14 years now, Stefan and myself often worked together for example by giving talks together about the topic.
In the recent Hackweek we were thinking about how to make the whole activity more visible to a broader community and one idea was to found an openSUSE Project Team for SMB. We hope that this will increase the visibility of the solutions.
For the openSUSE project this is a perfect reference that demonstrates how valuable openSUSEs technical precision and ease of use are for these kind of "special usecases". For SMB, that is in place for years, with very practical experience in lots of installations.
We think and hope that there are other community members around who have experience in SMB, and a Project Team's task would be to collect the information, create and document solution proposals and hints, and promote openSUSE and the existing SMB solutions together.
What do people think about this?