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openSUSE Ad-hoc Board Election 2020

We have one seat to be filled on the openSUSE Board following the resignation of Christian Boltz in February 2020. The announcement of the openSUSE Ad-hoc Board election 2020 was made on the project mailing list.




Phase 0

20 July 2020
  • Announcement of the Ad-hoc openSUSE Board Election 2020
  • Call for Nominations and Applications for Board candidacy
  • Membership drive
2 August 2020
  • Nominations and Applications for Board candidacy close

Phase 1

3 August 2020
  • Announcement of the final list of candidates
  • Campaign begins
  • Membership drive continues, opportunity to apply for openSUSE Membership, but members will only be eligible to vote and not run as a candidate

Phase 2

17 August 2020
  • Ballots open: Please cast your vote during this time
  • Campaign continues
30 August 2020
  • Ballots close
31 August 2020
  • Announcement of results

Election Committee


You can contact the committee using the mail address

Detailed explanation of all phases

Phase 0: Notification of Intent to Run or nomination

Note: Running as a Candidate in the election means you are making a serious Two Year Commitment to serve on the openSUSE Board and such a commitment is not to be taken lightly. Early resignations from this commitment should only be made for extremely unusual circumstances. It is recommended that prospective candidates consider this when deciding to run.

Only openSUSE members are eligible to run for openSUSE Board openings. Election Committee Officials, however, are not eligible to run in order to avoid conflicts of interest. To stand for a position in the openSUSE board please send a mail to

Phase 1: Campaign

During the campaign phase there should be:

  • plenty of campaign releases about the upcoming election by the candidates in openSUSE Communication outlets;
  • interviews with all candidates by the openSUSE news team;
  • interviews of outgoing and current board members to give a picture of life on the openSUSE Board

Phase 2: Election

All persons with voting rights will be able to cast their votes using a link emailed to them mentioning Once a vote has been submitted, it can be changed until the end of the election period. All votes are stored anonymously in the electronic system.


The names of the candidates are:


The election result is as follows:

  • Stasiek Michalski — 160 votes
  • Pierre Böckmann — 70 votes

Stasiek Michalski has been elected to join the openSUSE Board.

234 out of 510 eligible members have cast their vote in this election. 4 blank votes were recorded.