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Board election 2008


Note: From each of this two groups the two persons with the most votes will be elected for the board. The chairman gets appointed by Novell. Please read the full description of the election process.




Note: The official result can be found at

The new board members are, from the Non-Novell side of the community Pascal Bleser and Bryen Yunashko and from the Novell side we have Henne Vogelsang and Federico Mena-Quintero. We are proud to announce that Michael Loeffler has been appointed by Novell as chairman of the new board. Being the candidates with the most votes in their category, Pascal and Henne already agreed to serve the board for the next two years. Bryen and Federico have been elected for one next year, hence the next election will take place about the same time next year.

Non-Novell Election2008-Result-Non-Novell.png
Bleser, Pascal 148 45.96 %
Yunashko, Bryen 69 21.43 %
Linnell, Peter 42 13.04 %
Rodriguez, Alex 30 9.32 %
Pasanen, Tuukka 18 5.59 %
Rusinek, Jakub 15 4.66 %
Total: 322
Novell Election2008-Result-Novell.png
Vogelsang, Henne 126 38.18 %
Mena-Quintero, Federico 86 26.06 %
Shaw, Stephen 71 21.52 %
Michna, Marco 47 14.24 %
Total: 330


August 24th, 2008 (Phase 0)

  • Announcement of the openSUSE Board election 2008.
  • Start of 4 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote).
  • Start of 4 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board.

September 24th, 2008 [1]

  • Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close (end of phase 0).

September 25th, 2008 (Phase 1) [2]

  • Start of 2 week period to nominate a second voter.
  • Start of 2 week lasting campaign for the candidates.

October 9th, 2008 (Phase 2) [3]

  • Nomination for second voters close (end of phase 1)
  • Ballots open

October 25th, 2008 [4]

  • Ballots close (end of phase 2)

All deadlines 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.

Election committee


You can contact the committee using the mail address This is a closed recipient list but all messages get archived.

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

You should use your application for a short introduction of yourself and probably a short manifesto/platform/program. In addition to using the above lists, it is recommended that you blog about your candidacy as this will reach a much wider audience of voters.

Phase 0: Application for an openSUSE membership

To apply for a membership, please read through How to become a member at the membership page.

Note: Please apply as soon as possible to give the current board some time to review and approve/reject your application. Even if you meet the deadline, it may not be ensured that your openSUSE membership will be approved until just before the ballots open.

Phase 1: Nomination of second voters

During this phase each openSUSE member may appoint a second person to be eligible to vote (which is not a member). This person should be an active contributor of the openSUSE community and needs also an account at

Everyone in the electoral register for the openSUSE Board Election 2008 can appoint an additional voter from September, 25th till October, 9th 2008 (12 UTC) at the election pages of

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

Phase 2: Election

All persons with voting right will be able to cast their votes using an comfortable frontend. Once a vote has been submitted it may not be changed afterwards. All votes are stored anonymously in the electronic system.

See also

External links

The election in the community

The election in the press

Articles for candidates

Similar elections