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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). Since one seat is already occupied by a SUSE employee, only one additional SUSE employee, at most, may be elected. Please read the full description of the election process.
- Matt Barringer (*) - announcement - Platform
- Richard Brown, blog, twitter - announcement - Platform
- Carl Fletcher, Userpage, Forum userpage - announcement - Platform
- Manu Gupta - announcement - Platform
- Chuck Payne - announcement - Platform
- Robert Schweikert (*) - announcement - Platform
- Stefan Seyfried - announcement - Platform
- Raymond Wooninck, blog - announcement - Platform
Candidates marked with a (*) are SUSE employees.
Please check the candidates' blogs and platform pages to read more about their vision and plans.
- 2012-11-13 (Phase 0)
- Announcement of the openSUSE Board election for 2012.
- Start of 2 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote).
- Start of 2 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board.
- Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close (end of phase 0).
- 2012-11-28 (Phase 1)
- Start of 1 week campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign might be done until ballots close).
- 2012-12-05 (Phase 2)
- Ballots open -> Please cast your vote here!
- 2012-12-16 
- Ballots close (end of phase 2)
- Announcement of the results
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 or nomination
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 openSUSE, 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.
Also, if you want to nominate somebody else, tell the election officials and they will contact the nominated person and ask whether s/he will run for the board.
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
There will be 2 seats to be elected, each for a 2 year term.
Henne Vogelsang's seat is coming to expiration, and in addition he is completing his two-term limit. That means he is not eligible for re-election this time.
Manu was appointed this year after Peter Linnell stepped down. Peter was elected in January of 2011. Thus, Manu's seat is up for election, but he is eligible to get elected.
Articles for candidates
- Board Member Application Mini-HOWTO written by Federico Mena Quintera about the GNOME Foundation board
- What does the openSUSE Board do? Google Cache