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Re: [opensuse-project] openSUSE Board election 2019-2020 - Final candidates list
  • From: "Sarah Julia Kriesch" <ada.lovelace@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:32:13 +0100
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Hi Gerald,

I have created my answer based on my last Board Membership, my experience in
the community and how we can benefit from all

Gesendet: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2020 um 10:09 Uhr
Von: "Gerald Pfeifer" <gp@xxxxxxxx>
An: opensuse-project@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Betreff: Re: [opensuse-project] openSUSE Board election 2019-2020 - Final
candidates list

[ Delayed by 2 weeks plus a night due to DNS/mail server mis-config. :-( ]

On Thu 2019-12-26, Ish Sookun wrote:
It's 26 December! The call for nominations and applications for the
openSUSE Board election has ended. We received four applications.
The list of candidates is as follows:

Thank you, Ish! And a huge thank you to the four candidates
for stepping up and volunteering their energy and time.

Should you have any question for our candidates, please feel free
to ping them.

1. What do you see as three, four strenghts of openSUSE that we
should cultivate and build upon?

1) Fantastic coherence in the community
2) Great products with collaboration all over the world
3) Quality

2. What are the top three risks you see for openSUSE? (And maybe
ideas how to tackle them?)

1) Dependency on SUSE (humans and financials)
Background: I was asked really often at open source events how another company
can sponsor openSUSE. We had to say that it would not possible because all of
our money is going via a SUSE credit card and the money would be lost (same
with the GSoC money, which has to be transferred to other organizations because
of this issue). No company wants to pay Open Source Developers with such a
background of an open-source project. Therefore, most openSUSE Contributors are
working for SUSE or SUSE Business Partners. This topic popped up more than 3
times during my last Board Membership (really created by SUSE employees each
Solution: Creation of the foundation! I had to suggest this solution more than
3 times before that was accepted by SUSE employees in the Board. I told about
all the benefits how we can manage our own money then, receive new sponsors,
SUSE can use more money for their own, SUSE can sponsor us continuously and we
would be able to receive more Contributors.

2) openSUSE infrastructure in Provo
Background: I am one of the Founders of the openSUSE Heroes Team and was
allowed to coordinate our first wiki project between Germany and Provo. The
openSUSE infrastructure is in Microfocus hands and they need very long to
respond on issues and we are not allowed to receive access as a community.
Additionally, SUSE is not part of Microfocus any more which makes it more
difficult to receive good support in the future.
Solution 1: Migration of all openSUSE systems from Provo to Nuremberg / Prague
(perhaps missing space?)
Solution 2: Migration of all openSUSE systems from Provo to any German hosting
data centre with access for openSUSE Heroes

3) Bad reputation of openSUSE Leap & openSUSE Tumbleweed
Background: We are the openSUSE project with many different sub-projects. We
don’t offer only Linux distributions, but we are well known for that and most
people are associating us with that. I had given many presentations about
openSUSE during my last Board Membership and represented us at different open
source events. The existing openSUSE Board does not do that very much. They
have another focus at the moment.
Solution: We need more openSUSE Contributors representing openSUSE and I can do
that as an openSUSE Board Member again. After that, we can be one of the top
Linux distributions again. 😉

3. What should the board do differently / more of?

The existing openSUSE Board is working mostly on the topic with the foundation.
That is good. Thank you! But the role of a Board Member contains the
representation of the community, too. We would have one less risk with that.

4. If you had a blank voucher from the SUSE CEO for one wish,
what would that be?

I wish the start financing of the foundation for openSUSE. Both sides will
profit from that. 🙂

5. What is your take on the Foundation? What do you consider
a realistic outcome of that endeavour? (And if different, what
outcome would you like to see?)

The Foundation is a benefit for SUSE and openSUSE (see risk 1). SUSE can
support and contribute to us continuously. The difference is that we are open
for other sponsoring companies then. Google Summer of Code money can be used
for Travel Support. We can say how much money can be used for every openSUSE
money (without any eye on the situation of SUSE). We can manage that all for
our own. If we can accept more companies as sponsors, SUSE can invest the saved
money into the own company or in other open-source projects. We become more
open and that is a reason for companies to invest money into jobs as Open
Source Developers for us. So the community can grow with more companies as
sponsoring partners.

Best regards,
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