I would like to announce my intention to seek a board seat on the openSUSE Community Board.
While I may not be as well known to the community as others, I will bring to the board significant OSS experience along with a viewpoint which I think will help to enhance openSUSE in the future. As "upstream", I see areas where distributions do well and where they can improve through better communications.
Briefly my open source experience includes:
Founding team member of Scribus (www.scribus.net) since 2001. Within Scribus I share responsibility for the project management and infrastructure, as well as acting as coordinator with other OSS projects, groups and media.
Started and organized with others in the community, the Libre Graphics Meeting conference, LGM brings together open source graphics developers from all over the world to hack, plan and increase cooperation between the projects. LGM 4 will be held in Mid-2009. http://www.libregraphicsmeeting.org
Started OpenICC, on freedesktop.org to have a common workspace to develop open source color management tools and to work together on common standards. http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/OpenIcc
Other projects I work on include: Fontmatrix (http://fontmatrix.net) - A powerful new cross platform/open source font manager. Podofo, Inkscape, Uniconverter and other graphics tools I test and package.
Within the openSuse community, I started as one of the first non-Novell employees to test and use OBS - one of the community's unique assets. I have been active on IRC on a number of channels. along with project meetings and have been actively packaging applications and tools which have never been available before for openSuse or the enterprise versions. This is for both KDE and Gnome communities.
Professionally I use and support both openSuse and SLES for clients over the world and appreciate its technical excellence and polish.
Prior to re-entering the IT world, I worked in the international conference and events industry for almost ten years which involved working with multi- national staff and clients. This gives me a background in marketing and events which will help setting up (hopefully) a future openSUSE conference for the community.
I will be blogging on http://lizards.opensuse.org in the future more of my thoughts on the future of openSuse.
Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to your votes!
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