Here is a report of what the openSUSE Board discussed in October and
Note: action items that have been completed are not mentioned here; some
action items can belong to non-board members.
We intend to have such reports on a regular basis. On a personal level,
I'd like to encourage teams to write short reports too, to keep everyone
aware of what's going on.
Feedback on the content (as well as the form) is welcome :-)
+ openSUSE Conference 2013
One team applied to organize the Conference in 2013. After some
discussion with the team, and an evaluation of other options that
could be considered, it was agreed that the Conference would be
organized in Greece in July 2013.
+ openSUSE Summit 2013
SUSE proposed to host an openSUSE Summit in Florida after SUSEcon, in
November 2013. In concrete terms, SUSE would sponsor the venue and
part of the organization, while the community would handle the content
and some local organization. To make an informed decision, feedback on
the idea has been requested from the community.
+ openSUSE Conference 2014
In the hope that we can have two events a year, and assuming that we
would have a venue for the Summit sponsored by SUSE around November
every year, the board believes it would be beneficial to have the
Conference in spring. To enable this in 2014, we need to publish a
call for hosting bids shortly after the openSUSE Conference 2013
AI: all to decide about openSUSE Summit 2013
AI: all to prepare a call for bids for the openSUSE Conference 2014
A long-time idea of organizing more hackfests/sprints/etc. was pushed
with a proposal from SUSE to host three hackathons before openSUSE 12.3.
The board supported the proposal. One goal is to learn from this
experience so that the community can organize more hackathons all year
Andrew agreed to monitor and help the coordination of the first
hackathons for the board.
Changes to Ambassadors Program
Kostas sent a proposal about changes to the ambassador program (as
proposed in his talk at the conference). On a general note, the board
supports the changes. There were some comments / suggestions for changes
from a non-board reviewer, that could be added to clarify a few things
(such as the relation with our existing governance structure, ie the
AI: Kostas to review latest comments, and then start implementing the
Legal entity for openSUSE
An internal discussion about whether we need a legal entity or not
resumed again, and what form it should take. Two of the goals would
obviously be to be able to have direct access to some funds, and to
receive donations. Two main approaches were being discussed:
- creation of a Foundation
- joining a non-profit organization like the Software Freedom
The two approaches are currently under evaluation (which includes
discussing with the Software Freedom Conservancy). The goal is to have
as much information as possible so that the board with newly-elected
members can move fast next year.
AI: Vincent to discuss further with Software Freedom Conservancy
AI: Henne to fetch old documents about establishing a Foundation
Organization of openSUSE Board elections
The board worked on setting up an election committee that will organize
the elections. Izabel Valverde, Bryen Yunashko and Thomas Schmidt agreed
to step up.
There was short discussion on having openSUSE as an organization in
Ohloh, with general agreement that it should be done.
AI: Henne to create the organization in Ohloh
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