> On Sun, Feb 9, 2020 at 2:12 PM Sarah Julia Kriesch
> <ada.lovelace(a)gmx.de> wrote:
> > Dear openSUSE community,
> > I would like to apologize to all who have felt to be ignored as Advocates or
> > tackled by what I said in the last weeks. I didn't want to hurt you,
> > and have to admit that - since we are such a big community - I wasn't
> > aware of all activities and contributions by all Contributors in our special and
> > groups.
nice to see, that at least you take over responsibility for what you
said in the community.
I'm not from Asia, but I felt quite disturbed by what you said about
communities and continents.
For me, and I guess this is something we all should stick to, we are
one, big openSUSE community, working on one big project, called
This is something I guess, most free software projects should have in
It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or how much money
you earn, we treat everybody with the same respect and rights, as long
as they stick to the "general principals of Netiquette", which might be
described already in our "Guiding principles".
And yes, this includes treating every country/continent with the same
respect and give them the same amount of budget to support local events.
Maybe this is something the board could put on it's agenda. How money is
spent? Which continent gets how much support per fiscal year? Make this
transparent please :).
Furthermore, I would expect from the openSUSE board to care about all
openSUSE-related events and even a short research would have shown that
we have had a lot of events in Asia over the last years , which means
in China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Japan. Of course, there are a lot of
Asian countries left to visit for the openSUSE Asia summit, but keep in
mind that this needs a lot of organization on-site and a lot of
volunteers as well. And it seems that we had a lot of contributors from
those countries in the past and people taking over active leadership of
organizing the Asia summit and that's why it happened in those specific
But more than that, on our events.o.o  we have an archive of events
from all over the world. Yes, we have some missing spots where we can
become better in the future, but always keep in mind, that you need
local enthusiast willing to organize or go to a local event representing
openSUSE. Fortunately we have a paid position regarding this community
management and engagement sponsored by SUSE, which most of you know.
It's Doug DeMaio visiting a lot of places all over the world and
representing openSUSE and trying to support local volunteers as good as
possible. But sometimes, local volunteers are more into submitting to
OBS or translation and less going to conferences and standing at a
conference booth. And we should respect that as well.
We have as well, a TravelSupportProgram  that most communities don't
have, which means, we engage locals to travel to their local free
software events and represent openSUSE by giving a talk or having a
conference booth there.
Overall I guess, we are not as bad as described in those mails here and
I really don't see the immediate need to change everything we are doing
already - as it seems we are not doing so bad. Maybe communication can
be improved, like summaries about local conferences where we sponsored
some money or materials, but this needs some volunteers willing to write
a few lines as well.
I hope everybody got a better picture and I expect the board from
knowing all the links I posted anyways. While I don't understand some of
Sarah's points, I'm more into sharing knowledge than into fighting, this
I'll leave up to other big guys in black shirts ;).
We should come to a clear and transparent process where every community
member can see how and in which amount which event/location is
sponsored, so that we don't create disadvantages by different budgets.
And if budgets are unequal, than everybody should stand behind this
because we, as a community, decided to have a big and fancy openSUSE
Conference in Europe and openSUSE Asia Summit in Asia once a year. Yes,
that maybe means that we will not have money left for an openSUSE summit
Africa or SouthAmerica - although I would love to see those events. But
if we buildup transparent decision and transparent money flows, than we
all can stand behind those decisions and be less skeptical about how the
board distributes the budget of the openSUSE project.
Always remember: "We want to have a lot of fun!" - and fighting is not
All the best,
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