Introduction and Biography
Hi, my name is Neal Gompa, and I live in Norwalk, Connecticut in the United States. By day, I'm a DevOps Engineer at Datto, Inc., but on my nights and weekends, I'm a Linux systems aficionado and FOSS developer. I've been using Linux since 2002, and I've been using openSUSE off-and-on since 2007. I have been a happy user and strong advocate for openSUSE Tumbleweed since 2015.
Within the openSUSE Project, I contribute in the following ways:
- Packager: I spend the bulk of my efforts around maintaining a number of packages in openSUSE. Many of them I personally use or am involved with in the upstream project on behalf of openSUSE. I make it a point as a maintainer of a package in openSUSE to establish a relationship with the upstream project so that there is a positive connection from openSUSE to the broader open source community.
- Developer: I actively contribute to a number of projects under the openSUSE banner, such as the Open Build Service and KIWI. I have also created projects aimed at improving the quality of the openSUSE distribution, such as rpm-config-SUSE.
- SysAdmin: I am a member of the openSUSE Heroes and work with others in the Heroes team to not only maintain the infrastructure that supports the Project, but also improve it so that the community is able to do even greater things with a fully Free Software platform.
It is no secret that I am involved in a number of Linux distribution projects, not just openSUSE. However, I believe establishing strong bonds with our friends in other Linux distribution communities benefits openSUSE by allowing us to collaborate on shared efforts to improve the Linux platform as a whole for everyone. As the saying goes "a rising tide lifts all boats", I hope that I can bring the best ideas and technologies from other Linux communities into openSUSE and share with them the things that make openSUSE an awesome place to do great things.
At the end of the day, I'm just another person in the community trying to make the world a better place through improving openSUSE. I just hope I am successful in my efforts.