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The purpose of the openSUSE Board is 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 SUSE
  • Facilitate communication with all areas of the community
  • Facilitate decision making processes where needed.
  • Initiate discussions about new project wide initiatives

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 SUSE. The current chosen members are as follows:

AxelBraun.jpg Dr. Axel Braun / DocB lives in Düsseldorf, Germany, has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and works as Business Consultant/Project Manager mostly in ERP/SAP implementation projects. He's a Linux-User since the late 90's (S.u.S.E. 5.x) and openSUSE contributor since the 2000's.

He packages various software, like hylafax+ or Onionshare and maintains the GNU Health ecosystem for openSUSE. When AFK, all kind of (water)sports, motorbikes and old US Muscle Cars are preferred time-burners.

GeraldPfeifer.jpg Dr. Gerald Pfeifer (Chair) / GeraldPfeifer lives and works in Vienna, Nürnberg, and wherever his role as CTO at SUSE and his passion for diving and Yoga bring him. He has a doctorate in technical sciences and has been engaging with free software and open source before the latter term was even coined. Still recalling when he compiled a modern desktop environment on his Solaris workstation he has been using Tumbleweed (née Factory) for a dozen years and prides (and occasionally frustrates) himself being the trigger of most fixes in SUSE's/openSUSE's LibreOffice packages.
Neal-Gompa-jun2020.png Neal Gompa / Conan_Kudo lives in Norwalk, Connecticut in the United States. By day, He's a DevOps Engineer at Datto, Inc., but on his nights and weekends, he's a Linux systems aficionado and FOSS developer. A Linux user since 2002 and using openSUSE off-and-on since 2007, he's been a happy user and strong advocate for openSUSE Tumbleweed since 2015. His focus is around enabling people to be successful in the Project, whether that's as a member of the Heroes working on the infrastructure, contributing to the openSUSE distributions and many openSUSE projects as a developer, or simply talking to users and potential contributors on the various real-time chat platforms.
Knurpht.jpg Gertjan Lettink / Knurpht lives in Groningen, Netherlands in a (since 2001) windowsless house, works as a self employed IT all-rounder, has a passion for open source and loves the openSUSE community. Nothing beats music though. Active in the forums, social media, co-organizer of local events. Using openSUSE and its predecessors from 6.4, A community person, with a strong interest in the technical side of the project. Firm against this-vs-that polls. Co-founder of openSUSE Bar
M4u9.jpeg Maurizio Galli / m4u lives in Hong Kong and he works at SUSE as Maintenance Coordinator Engineer. He's been an openSUSE contributor since 2017, mainly as a member of the openSUSE Xfce Team, where he has devoted himself to the development and packaging of the Xfce desktop environment. He usually hangs out on Matrix, Discord and Telegram and he's happy to talk about FOSS, openSUSE and whiskey in the openSUSE Bar :-P.
Adathor-image.jpg Attila Pinter / Adathor lives in Jakarta, Indonesia and operates his own business focusing on hybrid cloud and storage solution. Besides that he works with a variety of companies as a DevOps engineer, automation, and security consultant. Attila has been using openSUSE since 11.2, recently started making efforts on bettering our documentations, helps out with MicroOS, and anyone who has troubles with openSUSE. You can find him at the Telegram group.

Appointed Positions

On occasion the Board appoints people to the Board to assist with specific tasks. These positions are non-voting, they can not take an active part in any Board decisions, but they are empowered to assist the Project in their area of responsibility.

All appointed position only last until the next Board election. In the first meeting of a new Board any existing appointees must be replaced, reappointed, or the position removed.

Currently the only appointed Board position is the role of Treasurer. This role is responsible for administering the Travel Support Program and liaising with SUSE & the Project's other Sponsors on all financial matters.


Syds.jpg Syds Bearda / Sydsb Lives in Groningen, Netherlands and works as a freelance Financial Controller. I have 15 years experience in various roles in audit and control. Been a fan of opensource for almost 2 decades and been using Linux on and off for years. Annoyingly most financial jobs require Windows.

I like to be involved in the community as i feel the openSUSE community is actually helpful and really likes to meet new users that want to use and get to know the openSUSE projects. I'm a big believer in the future of MicroOS for desktop and have been running it as my only desktop for some time. I'm happy I can help the project now within my skill-set. Looking forward to meeting everyone and helping out where I can.