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openSUSE, being an open and global community project, has contributors and volunteers from all over the world. "openSUSE Members" are contributors who have brought a continued and substantial contribution to the openSUSE project. They are approved by the openSUSE Membership officials team. The membership helps shape the openSUSE future and elects the openSUSE board.

How to become a Member

openSUSE is shaped by whomever contributes. If you are involved and want to make even more of a difference, you should become a member. Your involvement will be checked by the openSUSE Membership officials team.

Please note that you don't have to be a member to contribute to openSUSE. It is important that the membership consists of those who help out and add to openSUSE in a wide variety of ways to represent the community as well as possible.

Detailed steps to follow

Warning Please ensure to contribute first to the openSUSE Project then apply for membership. If you want to get involved, the first step is to visit this wiki page

To apply for an openSUSE membership, head over to Connect and follow those steps:

  1. login :-)
  2. mention your contributions in your profile (click on your login in the navigation bar, and then the "Edit profile" button on the left bar; the contributions field is at the end)
  3. request to join the openSUSE members group (click the "Request membership" button)

Hint: register your nick first at freenode to ensure you can receive an @opensuse/member/username IRC cloak!

Warning Please list what you do for openSUSE in detail (add links!). Contributions that cannot be verified can not be taken into account.

Please ensure that you have also joined the openSUSE geekos group to show your support of the Guiding principles. Note that we search for people with a serious commitment as members - if you intend to only be involved for a short time there is little reason to become an openSUSE Member.

Examples of contributions

Contributions include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Code and packaging
  • Wiki editing
  • Bug reporting and triaging
  • Translation
  • Continued user support on any communication medium
  • Giving openSUSE Talks/Presentation and/or promoting openSUSE
  • Help openSUSE as an Ambassador

Perks of membership

All openSUSE members will:

Canceling/Losing your membership status

Warning If you repeatedly violate the Guiding principles, the Board will revoke your membership status.

You can choose to cancel your membership at any time by clicking the "Leave group" button on the page of the openSUSE members group or by sending an email to membership-officials@opensuse.org.

Warning This section is a proposal to be approved by the membership.

Maintaining your membership

The openSUSE community is to be governed by those who 'do the work'. From this it follows that openSUSE members are expected to remain active in the community via contributions. Within a 2 year period a member should provide sufficient contributions to the project such that the membership team would accept a membership application based on the contributions. Members that are no longer active in a 2 year time period move to "Emeritus" status and may no longer participate in elections.

To regaining voting privileges, emeritus members need to send an informal request to the membership team and provide information about their recent contributions.

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