Archive:Board election 2010
tagline: From openSUSE
Note: The persons with the most votes will be elected for the board. Note that no single organization or company can control more than 40 per cent of the electable board seats (more than 2 seats). Please read the full description of the election process.
- Chuck "PUP" Payne, ambassador from the US (blog) Platform
- sebas, open-slx user experience expert (blog) Platform
- Kostas Koudaras, ambassador from Greece (blog) Platform
- Peter Linnell aka mrdocs, OSS It consultant Platform
- Henne Vogelsang, Booster, Board Member, Novell (blog) Platform
- Sankar P, Programmer, Hacker, FOSS Enthusiast, Novell (blog) Platform
- Nelson Marques, Contributor (blog) Platform
Please check the candidates' platform pages to read more about their vision and plans.
See the vote in connect.
- Kostas Koudaras (20) 9%
- Sebastion Kuegler "sebas" (64) 29%
- Peter Linnell "mrdocs" (72) 33%
- Nelson Marques (23) 10%
- Chuck Payne "pup" (39) 18%
- Sankar P (71) 32%
- Henne Vogelsang "henne" (125) 57%
- December 1st, 2010 (Phase 0)
- Announcement of the openSUSE Board election 2010.
- Start of 5 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote).
- Start of 5 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board.
- January 4th, 2011 
- Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close (end of phase 0).
- January 5th, 2011 (Phase 1) 
- Start of 1 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign might be done until ballots close).
- January 12th, 2011 (Phase 2) 
- January 26th, 2011 
- Ballots close (end of phase 2)
- Announcement of the results
All phases start and end on the given dates at 12:00 UTC. For an overview what time this is in different timezones use the links above.
You can contact the committee using the mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed explanation of all phases
Phase 0: Notification of Intent to Run
Only openSUSE members have the right to run for a board seat, except if they are in the Election Committee. To stand for a position in the openSUSE board please send a mail to
In the application candidates should write a short introduction of themselves and probably a short manifesto/platform/program that gives answers to these topics:
Goal statement, Past work summary, Future plans
The election committee also needs the openSUSE username, irc nickname and a userpage in the wiki to reference the candidate. It is recommended that they blog about their candidacy as this will reach a much wider audience of voters. If their blog is not syndicated on Planet SUSE, please advise the committee who will ensure it does get added.
Potential candidates are advised to read the Board Member Application Mini-HOWTO to get an idea of what is involved.
Phase 0: Application for an openSUSE membership
Note: Applicants need to apply as soon as possible to give the Membership officials enough time to review and approve/reject applications. Even if applicants meet the deadline, it may not be ensured that their openSUSE membership will be approved until just before the ballots open.
Phase 1: Campaign
During the campaign-phase there should be
- plenty of blog entries on the upcoming election by the candidates
- interviews with all candidates by the openSUSE news team
- a moderated Q&A session on IRC possibly during one of the regular Project meetings or a separate meeting
Phase 2: Election
All persons with voting right will be able to cast their votes using openSUSE Connect. Once a vote has been submitted it may not be changed afterwards. All votes are stored anonymously in the electronic system.
Seats to get elected
In this election we will have 2 seats to get elected, as the election period of Pascal Bleser and Henne Vogelsang ends. We will probably also get a new chairman, as Michael Löffler will leave as well.
Update: Alan Clark is the new openSUSE Board chairman!
So this election the openSUSE community elects two new board members for a 2-year term each.
With the existing company affiliations in the board (Pavol - Novell, Bryen - none, Rupert - openSLX) the restraint is that at most one of the additional elected persons can be affiliated with Novell and one with openSLX.
Articles for candidates
- Board Member Application Mini-HOWTO written by Federico Mena Quintera about the GNOME Foundation board
- What does the openSUSE Board do?