I have created my answer based on my last Board Membership, my experience in the community
and how we can benefit from all
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Von: "Gerald Pfeifer" <gp(a)suse.com>
Betreff: Re: [opensuse-project] openSUSE Board election 2019-2020 - Final candidates
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On Thu 2019-12-26, Ish Sookun wrote:
It's 26 December! The call for nominations
and applications for the
openSUSE Board election has ended. We received four applications.
The list of candidates is as follows:
Thank you, Ish! And a huge thank you to the four candidates
for stepping up and volunteering their energy and time.
Should you have any question for our candidates,
please feel free
to ping them.
1. What do you see as three, four strenghts of openSUSE that we
should cultivate and build upon?
1) Fantastic coherence in the community
2) Great products with collaboration all over the world
2. What are the top three risks you see for openSUSE?
ideas how to tackle them?)
1) Dependency on SUSE (humans and financials)
Background: I was asked really often at open source events how another company can sponsor
openSUSE. We had to say that it would not possible because all of our money is going via a
SUSE credit card and the money would be lost (same with the GSoC money, which has to be
transferred to other organizations because of this issue). No company wants to pay Open
Source Developers with such a background of an open-source project. Therefore, most
openSUSE Contributors are working for SUSE or SUSE Business Partners. This topic popped up
more than 3 times during my last Board Membership (really created by SUSE employees each
Solution: Creation of the foundation! I had to suggest this solution more than 3 times
before that was accepted by SUSE employees in the Board. I told about all the benefits how
we can manage our own money then, receive new sponsors, SUSE can use more money for their
own, SUSE can sponsor us continuously and we would be able to receive more Contributors.
2) openSUSE infrastructure in Provo
Background: I am one of the Founders of the openSUSE Heroes Team and was allowed to
coordinate our first wiki project between Germany and Provo. The openSUSE infrastructure
is in Microfocus hands and they need very long to respond on issues and we are not allowed
to receive access as a community. Additionally, SUSE is not part of Microfocus any more
which makes it more difficult to receive good support in the future.
Solution 1: Migration of all openSUSE systems from Provo to Nuremberg / Prague (perhaps
Solution 2: Migration of all openSUSE systems from Provo to any German hosting data centre
with access for openSUSE Heroes
3) Bad reputation of openSUSE Leap & openSUSE Tumbleweed
Background: We are the openSUSE project with many different sub-projects. We don’t offer
only Linux distributions, but we are well known for that and most people are associating
us with that. I had given many presentations about openSUSE during my last Board
Membership and represented us at different open source events. The existing openSUSE Board
does not do that very much. They have another focus at the moment.
Solution: We need more openSUSE Contributors representing openSUSE and I can do that as an
openSUSE Board Member again. After that, we can be one of the top Linux distributions
3. What should the board do differently / more of?
The existing openSUSE Board is working mostly on the topic with the foundation.
That is good. Thank you! But the role of a Board Member contains the representation of the
community, too. We would have one less risk with that.
4. If you had a blank voucher from the SUSE CEO for
what would that be?
I wish the start financing of the foundation for openSUSE. Both sides will profit
from that. 🙂
5. What is your take on the Foundation? What do you
a realistic outcome of that endeavour? (And if different, what
outcome would you like to see?)
The Foundation is a benefit for SUSE and openSUSE (see risk 1). SUSE can support
and contribute to us continuously. The difference is that we are open for other sponsoring
companies then. Google Summer of Code money can be used for Travel Support. We can say how
much money can be used for every openSUSE money (without any eye on the situation of
SUSE). We can manage that all for our own. If we can accept more companies as sponsors,
SUSE can invest the saved money into the own company or in other open-source projects. We
become more open and that is a reason for companies to invest money into jobs as Open
Source Developers for us. So the community can grow with more companies as sponsoring
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