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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:


AlanClark-Image.jpg Alan Clark (Chair) 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.
Rhorstkoetter-image.png Rupert Horstkötter lives in Darmstadt, Germany and is studying Business Administration and Electrical Engineering at Darmstadt University of Technology. He has been involved with the openSUSE Project for several years and was employed twice at Novell. In 2007/2008 as an Intern in Product Management and in 2008/2009 as a Workstudent for Community Architecture. He served as the Project Manager of the Forums Merge, contributed to the Weekly_news and was a moderator at the openSUSE Forums. He is currently employed by as openSUSE Community Assistant and works on improving openSUSE support and documentation resources in co-work with the Wiki, Booster and Forums Teams.
Peter Linnell - (Picture to be uploaded) 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. :)
PavolRusnak.jpg Pavol Rusnak started to work for Novell in 2006 as a package maintainer and at the same time he became a part of openSUSE project. In July 2009 he happily moved to the openSUSE Boosters Team, where he's hacking on various parts of infrastructure (including Build Service). He also helps the community to gather around particular projects (like Contrib, Games, Xfce or LXDE, for example) and boostrap their later independent activity.
Hennevogel.png Hendrik Vogelsang a.k.a. Henne, thirtysomething years old, located in Nuremberg/Germany/Europe. Henne is working for more than 10 years for SUSE as free and open source software developer. Currently as hacking, community guiding and fuzz making project manager. He is a founding and board member of the project and participant in various other FOSS projects.
BryenYunashko.jpg Bryen Yunashko is a consultant based in the United States specializing in Novell products. Since joining the openSUSE Community, he has been an active contributor in the community by founding the openSUSE Helping Hands project and becoming co-editor of the openSUSE-Tutorials website. As the first known Deaf-Blind member of a Linux-based board, he is also a strong proponent of increasing accessibility through computing and is an active member of the GNOME A11y (Accessibility) Team and maintainer of the Planet A11y aggregator site.


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.
  • December 19th, 2011 : 5th openSUSE Board - Pascal Bleser, Alan Clark (chairman), Peter Linnel, Will Stephenson, Henne Vogelsang, Andrew Wafaa.