somehow I had a feeling that you are going to ask something.... ;-)
Am Montag, 30. November 2020, 16:17:18 CET schrieb Richard Brown:
On Mon, 2020-11-30 at 16:04 +0100, Axel Braun wrote:
Thanks for posting your platform. I've reviewed it as a possible voter
I have the following questions/comments:
Your platform states you would like to improve links with policy and
decision makers, other projects, and the press. This all sounds like
activities you could do even if you are not elected to the Board.
Do you intend to carry out those activities even if
you are not
I haven't asked myself this question. Spontaneus answer: I will continue
If so, then what benefit do you feel you'll gain
in that task by being
Of course one can do contributions as an individual. Even better is you come
with the trust of the community as an elected board member when dealing with
policy makers or discussing on CxO level.
It does not give me a personal boost, if this may be the direction of your
question, but one needs to think about answers or statements more carefully if
it is with the openSUSE community in the back or as an individual contribution
('opinions are my own').
If not, do you think it is a problem that as a project
people do not
feel empowered enough to do such tasks?
In my view, such advocacy and networking should not be exclusive to
Board members and any willing contributor should feel empowered and
able to spread the good word about openSUSE or improve the attention we
I agree with you, and we have seen already a lot of individual contributions
in that direction. Every member who wishes should make use of his connections
to improve the visibility of the openSUSE project. I clearly support this, and
no, it is not limited to board members.
Regarding the legal structure, I think the Board is
the only body we
have right now in a position of sufficient trust and formal links with
SUSE to be able to bootstrap such efforts.
That said, you posted meeting minutes in August that suggested the
Board wished other people to take the lead in such efforts 
How do you explain the discrepency between your running for re-election
on the premise that you'll push forward the formation of an openSUSE
legal structure, and the statements from the Board you currently serve
on that the Board shouldn't be the ones pushing that forward?
Following the mentioned meeting minutes there was a call to the community 
to broaden the group of people working on foundation. There was little
discussion afterwards, and mostly silence from then on.
This can lead to 2 conclusions
- there is not sufficient interest in the community on a foundation in general
and/or not enough interest to spend time work on this (given the difficulties
we had finding a treasurer a very valid point)
- self organization of this task does not work
Just today  there is a reaction that point one may not be valid (much
That leaves point 2, that it needs some more steering. Here the loops closes
with my intend to drive this a bit more.
Regarding the discussions with SUSE, you as an employee are probably better
than I as 'just community member' aware that there are some larger
organizational changes ongoing. So we (the board) determined on our call on
last Tuesday that currently is not a good time to approach SUSE with this -
the dust needs to settle. I trust the judgement of the chairperson about the
Thanks in advance for your answers,
Welcome, let me know if you have additional questions.