Next week the openSUSE Board will be guests at SUSE's Nuremberg office
for the annual openSUSE Board Face to Face meeting.
This is the main meeting for the year for the Board to review the
current status of the openSUSE Project and work on setting the agenda
and direction for the next year.
This year the two main themes already on the agenda for discussion are
- "Settling Organisational Debt"; The last few years has seen
openSUSE's technical offerings transform, from being a project
primarily about a single Linux distribution, to a more diverse open
source umbrella project hosting many different projects, including two
Linux distributions. This has led to some 'organisational cruft', with
bits and pieces of the project, infrastructure, documentation, etc no
longer aligned with the current direction of travel of the project.
The Board wishes to take the opportunity to identify and start driving
a collective cleanup in these trouble spots. This will likely involve
cleaning up and removing old policies, structures, and concepts in the
project, and driving the documentation of the realities which the
community is really holding to.
- "Emphasising and broadcasting our uniqueness"; openSUSE has a lot of
unique attributes which sets it apart from our 'competition' in the
FOSS world. Our technical offerings are getting growing attention, but
openSUSE is a lot more than our technical offerings. Our culture, our
outlook on things like FOSS licensing, our openness to contributions
from anyone, the nature of our relationship with SUSE, are all things
which set us apart, but how would the rest of the world know that? The
Board wants to investigate and drive improvements in this area,
identifying these unique strengths of the Project and better exposing
and amplifying their visibility to help strengthen alignment within
the project, and growth of the project with new users & contributors.
But, this is not all the Board wants to be doing! You have a unique
opportunity to get involved, share your ideas, and influence the
Boards work and the Project as a whole. If you have anything you'd
like to add to the Board's agenda, please email board(a)opensuse.org and
we'll be sure to add it to the list.
And if you do not have anything for the agenda but you'd like to meet
the Board and you're going to the openSUSE conference, you can meet us
all there on the Friday-Sunday after our meeting :)
Have a lot of fun.
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