On Wed, Dec 30, 2020 at 7:12 PM Gerald Pfeifer <gp(a)suse.com> wrote:
On Sat 2020-12-05, Neal Gompa wrote:
Right now, our advocacy efforts are very
haphazard and poor Doug does
far too much on his own. This is definitely something we can do
better. We have plenty of people who are passionate about openSUSE,
but we lack an organized means to tell the world *why* openSUSE is
awesome. I think this is something worth prioritizing to fix.
What I would like to do here is evolve the
structure of the project so
that we have a dedicated sub-organization that people can collaborate
under to drive advocacy for openSUSE. I don't know if you saw Ben
Cotton's talk at oSLO on Fedora's governance, but he mentions that
Fedora has a Mindshare Committee which coordinates advocacy efforts
around Fedora. I think this is something worth seeing if we can adapt
into openSUSE and help make advocates of openSUSE successful in making
openSUSE something people would consider in their top-tier choices
(along with Fedora and Ubuntu).
I intentionally waited for the small window between the election period
and results being published (which I'll get at the same time as you ;-):
Regardless of whether you are elected, regardless who is elected, what
stands in the way?
I'm just wondering whether you envision this to be about enforcing the
existing openSUSE marketing team, a part thereof with a specific focus,
or overlapping (just hopefully not competing) and what you are looking
for? The way openSUSE usually works, I'd say: go for it, propose, get
others excited, get the work going...
(I don't see a formal structure with elections etc. as one of the
You're right I can do this to some extent, even now. Some of this can
be attributed to me just only coming up with the idea after attending
Ben's talk at oSLO two months ago. Some of this also was waiting on
some of the infrastructure improvements that Stasiek and I have just
finished bringing online last month with openSUSE Code being
But ultimately, I just don't have a fully formulated idea of how to do
this just yet. I think that there are folks in the community
interested in the concept, and a couple have reached out to me already
after I posted that. I'd like to coordinate with Doug and reach out to
Fedora Mindshare folks to learn a bit more about their setup and see
how we can adapt it for openSUSE.
The timing of restructuring our marketing efforts couldn't possibly be
better: we have openSUSE Leap 15.3 coming, which is going to be the
biggest change to openSUSE Leap since it started five years ago, and
it's an opportunity to refresh how we present openSUSE to the world.
We also have a number of variants of openSUSE Tumbleweed that need
better messaging to convey their value to the public, and an emerging
openSUSE MicroOS variant that desperately needs visibility to attract
contributors to make it self-sustaining. We have the opportunity in
the next year to pitch openSUSE as a premier platform to live, work,
We have some opportunities here, I just don't yet know how to take
advantage of them, and I want to be able to effectively with the
support across the community and with the Board's assistance as
needed. Being a member of the Board I think adds some legitimacy to
the public as being "supported by the Project", even if it doesn't
materially have impact within the Project. Historically, people have
told me they don't feel empowered to speak coherently to advocate for
openSUSE, and I want to give a banner in which people *can* do that.
And if it's successful, expand the program to further support
community organizations that promote openSUSE, such as our friends in
Asia (e.g. openSUSE Indonesia) and the Americas.
What I want to eventually see (and I recognize this would be long past
my term on the Board if I were elected) is the conversation changing
from "oh, openSUSE isn't dead?" to "wow, openSUSE is doing something
cool, I want to use it!". Proper broad community engagement is the
biggest piece to making that happen, in my opinion.
Neal Gompa (ID: Pharaoh_Atem)