openSUSE:Factory development model
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Factory is built in its own project openSUSE:Factory on the openSUSE instance of the Open Build Service. As you can see, it is a huge repository of packages. Development, however, does not happen directly in openSUSE:Factory but in so called devel projects. A devel project, as the name suggests, is a project where development happens for a specific group of packages. Like multimedia, GNOME, KDE or Kernel. The relation of packages in the openSUSE:Factory project to packages in the devel projects is expressed in the meta data of the packages inside openSUSE:Factory.
Each devel project has its own set of processes, rules and communication channels that fits them best. The reference point for this information is the project description of their Build Service project. Devel projects are also subject to change because the world of FOSS software is constantly evolving. Certain software becomes obsolete, standards and defaults change. That means devel projects can change names, get dropped, be newly created, or change content and direction, as can packages in devel projects. The current devel projects feeding into factory can be found in the drop-down menu on top of this page.
Bug fixes and new features have to be first committed to a devel project, and from there will be forwarded to the main openSUSE Factory project. Because of this, the governance of the Factory project is also further broken down.
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Most decisions are taken by the maintainer of the package. If the maintainer cannot take a decision, or if a conflict arises between maintainers, the devel project maintainers decide together. If the devel project maintainers also do not come to a conclusion, or a conflict between two devel projects arises, the openSUSE release team takes the decision. If the decision cannot be taken by the release team, they appeal to the openSUSE Board which tries to facilitate the decision with all the involved people. If that also is not successful, the board puts up the issue to a vote among the members.