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Re: [opensuse-project] openSUSE Membership: a general comment
  • From: Cornelius Schumacher <cschum@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2008 02:12:09 +0100
  • Message-id: <200802090212.09967.cschum@xxxxxxx>
On Saturday 09 February 2008 00:47:29 Pascal Bleser wrote:

The idea behind it is really to vanish the border between Novell
employees and non-Novell employees who are contributing to the openSUSE
project at large.

That's completely to the point. You don't have to be a Novell employee to be a
contributor to openSUSE. Whatever we can do to stress that and tear down
walls between inside and outside of Novell improves the openSUSE community
and will bring the project forward. That we now have a mechanism to give mail addresses to Novell-external people is one great step.

But clearly, to take your example above, "only"
installing openSUSE on a friend's PC can't really be seen as an active
contribution in the light of what a lot of other people are doing -- I
mean, sure, cool thing, but it doesn't equally weigh into the balance as
someone who contributes code or artwork to openSUSE tools, builds and
maintains packages, writes and/or translates pages on the openSUSE wiki,
helps and/or moderates users on mailing-lists/web forums/IRC channels,
organizes openSUSE events or local openSUSE groups, etc...
I hope you see the pattern.

I think installing openSUSE on a friend's PC and so getting a new user for
openSUSE is a fantastic contribution to openSUSE. I would consider everybody
who does that as part of the community and member of the project.

Of course other contributions might consume more time, require more skills, or
might be more relevant in terms of the overall project. This should be
recognized and this also certainly can be the criteria for giving somebody an mail address or not.

But in my view it's really important that there is not the slightest doubt
that the openSUSE community is welcoming everybody who is contributing, even
if the contribution might be tiny at first. The board should not decide who
is in and who is out. This impression would be very wrong and I know that the
board doesn't want to create this impression. But that's the reason why we
should try to communicate this in the best possible way.

Cornelius Schumacher <cschum@xxxxxxx>
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