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The openSUSE board was setup to lead the overall project. The main tasks for members of the board are:
  • Act as a central point of contact
  • Help resolve conflicts
  • Communicate community interests to Novell
  • Facilitate communication with all areas of the community
  • Facilitate decision making processes where needed.

The board should provide guidance and support existing governance structures, but shouldn't direct or control development, since community mechanisms exist to accomplish the goals of the project. The board should document decisions and policies.

The board members are elected by the community and the chair person is appointed by Novell. The current chosen members are as follows:


115px Alan Clark (Chair) / AlanClark With over 20 years of experience as a Software Engineer, a principal portion of Alan's career has been devoted to the research and development of operating systems and distributed multi-platform server services. His experience is with file systems, Directory Services, LDAP Services, Object Databases, Security, Developer Interfaces, Web Services, Network Protocols. Alan is a member of Novell's Open Platform Systems Senior Staff. Alan participates in several Industry forum Board of Directors, steering committees, technical committees and work groups, including serving as a Director for the Linux Foundation Board.
115px Henne Vogelsang / henne, thirtysomething years old, from Nuremberg/Germany/Europe. Henne is working since 10+ years for SUSE as free and open source software developer. Currently project manager for the openSUSE Boosters.
Αρχείο:PascalBleser.jpg Pascal Bleser / yaloki lives in Belgium and works as a software architect and developer at a large European ISV in Germany.
He contributes most of his time building packages for openSUSE in his now defunct Guru as well as Packman and openSUSE Build Service repositories. He wrote most of the current Packman website, contributes some bits to opensource projects here and there, and tries to support community interaction and communication. He is also a member of the core team that organizes FOSDEM, one of the largest and most appreciated opensource developer conferences in Europe.
Αρχείο:AndrewWafaa1.jpg Andrew Awafaa / FunkyPenguin Lives in a small town in the East of England originally come from Aberdeen. Employed as a Senior Solutions Architect at Fujitsu Services in the UK, supposedly dealing with Linux based solutions. Involved in Open Source in one form or another for over 10years, and have been using openSUSE and its predecessors since 6.2. Contributed to numerous aspects of openSUSE from advocacy to code to packages to crazy ideas (I get lots of these). Now heavily involved in the porting effort over to the ARM Architecture.
Αρχείο:WillStephenson1.jpg Will Stephenson / wstephenson is from the United Kingdom, have been lived in Germany for 6 years now, since moved to Nuremberg to work for SUSE Linux. Live with wife and daughter a few minutes from the SUSE office. I started out as a student of German, along the way became a computer scientist researching wireless mesh networking, earned my keep working on a J2EE implementation and the odd website, and became a KDE hacker working on instant messaging. Originally came to SUSE to work on the KDE PIM suite and Kopete in SLE, but the role quickly broadened to be part of the general KDE team and from there has evolved into being one of the openSUSE Boosters. Part of the openSUSE project since day one, travelling to tell people about the openSUSE project, the distribution and the Build Service.
Peter Linnell / mrdocs Born in the US, he has lived in France for the past 7 years and before that London. When motivated he speaks decent French and lousy German and can read Dutch when the mood strikes. Peter has been a long time open source participant in a number of areas: Core Team Member and Founder of Scribus, founding organizer of LGM and active packager for a number of upstream applications. He thinks OBS simply rocks. As a part of openSUSE he has worked on the Contrib repo as well as well as a number of other projects. During the daytime, he works for Cloudera, a rocking Silicon Valley start-up. Before that, he was at INRIA working on XtreemOS. When he is not in front of a computer, he likes to be in a boat or in the air in an airplane. He is also old enough to admit to having a copy of Advanced Netware before it had version numbers. Oh and he has the most adorable daughter Stella.


Past Board members

  • Pascal Bleser (2007-2010)
  • Francis Giannaros (2007-2008)
  • Andreas Jaeger (Chair) (2007-2008)
  • Stephan Kulow (2007-2008)
  • Federico Mena-Quintero (2007-2009)
  • Stephan Shaw (2009)
  • Bryen Yunashko (2008-2011)
  • Pavol Rusnak (2009-2011)
  • Rupert Horstkötter (2009-2011)


  • November 8th, 2007 : 1st openSUSE Board - Pascal Bleser, Francis Giannaros, Andreas Jaeger (chairman), Stephan Kulow, Federico Mena-Quintero.
  • October 27th, 2008 : 2nd openSUSE Board - Pascal Bleser, Michael Loeffler (chairman), Federico Mena-Quintero*, Stephen Shaw, Henne Vogelsang, Bryen Yunashko (*Stephen Shaw stepped in as interim Board Member for remainder of Federico Mena-Quintero's term May 2009).
  • December 22th, 2009 : 3rd openSUSE Board - Pascal Bleser, Rupert Horstkötter, Michael Loeffler (chairman), Pavol Rusnak, Henne Vogelsang, Bryen Yunashko.
  • January 26th, 2011 : 4th openSUSE Board - Alan Clark (chairman), Rupert Horstkötter, Peter Linnell, Pavol Rusnak, Henne Vogelsang, Bryen Yunashko.
  • January 26th, 2012 : 5th openSUSE Board - Pascal Bleser, Alan Clark (chairman), Peter Linnel, Will Stephenson, Henne Vogelsang, Andrew Wafaa.