openSUSE board

Since SUSE announced the opening of its distro, openSUSE has been taking steps to evolve to a community-driven distribution, and today, another step has been taken with the creation of the openSUSE board. As you can see in the newsitem, the first board has been appointed by Novell, but in the future the board will be elected by the community. And as a proof of the success it’s going to have, the first board includes our Federico!

6 Responses to “openSUSE board”

  1. [...] nixcraft wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptopenSUSE board November 8th, 2007 by rodrigo Since SUSE announced the opening of its distro, … in Linux [...]

  2. jef says:

    Ahem, Fedora Project already has a board on it’s second year and the second term has members elected by the Fedora community. Novell is yet again mimicking Fedora. Good luck.

  3. rodrigo says:

    Not really mimicking, just doing what needs to be done for having a community-driven software project, like GNOME, Fedora, Debian, etc.

    If you call it mimicking, ok, then Fedora mimicked GNOME, who had the board first, then GNOME mimicked Debian, and so on :-)

  4. jef says:

    “If you call it mimicking, ok, then Fedora mimicked GNOME”

    Nonsense. We are talking about distributions here. The Red Hat model for Fedora has been copied out and out by Novell whether you want to admit it or not and you are lagging behind still. Can volunteers maintain packages in the main OpenSUSE repository yet?

  5. eet says:

    I say, anyone who mimicks democracy is absolutely welcome to do so! (Luckily nobody enforces a patent on democracy, yet.)

  6. rodrigo says:

    And Fedora has copied Debian’s. What’s the problem with that? I don’t see that as a problem, rather as a confirmation than Debian, first, and Fedora, second, did the right thing.

    The creation of the board is just another step to make it more open, and at least for the GNOME packages, we have a team of people maintaining packages, not yet on the main repo, because of still using an internal build system, but this is changing in short term (still need some new features on the openSUSE build service (

    As for the main repo for other parts of the distro (base, KDE, etc) the same is happening. So whether it got copied from Fedora (which I wouldn’t like much, I think the real one to copy is Debian, who has been successful for many years, many more than Fedora) it doesn’t mind. Or are you saying that because Fedora did it first, openSUSE can’t do it? If so, how is it Fedora could do it when Debian had done it before?