- 1 Changes to this Page during the Elections Process are Restricted
- 2 2018-2019 openSUSE Board Elections
- 3 2018-2019 openSUSE Board Candidates
- 4 2018-2019 openSUSE Board Election News
- 5 2018-2019 openSUSE Board Elections Schedule
- 6 Membership Drive
- 7 Election committee
- 8 Detailed explanation of all phases
- 9 Previous elections
Changes to this Page during the Elections Process are Restricted
If there are any issues with any of the content of this page, you must take your concerns to the Elections Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, which will address your concerns and make any necessary changes.
Such unauthorized changes might be interpreted as interference in the elections process or interference in the business of the Elections Committee, and therefore may result in the immediate disqualification from the Election Process for the person making such unauthorized changes.
2018-2019 openSUSE Board Elections
Three Seats on the openSUSE Board are open in the 2018-2019 Elections. All three openings are for a standard two-year term.
Two of the openings are as a result of the end of term for Christian Boltz a.k.a. cboltz and Sarah Julia Kriesch a.k.a. AdaLovelace, both of whom are eligible to run for re-election.
The third opening is a result of the resignation of Ana María Martínez Gómez a.k.a. Ana06 from the openSUSE Board.
2018-2019 openSUSE Board Candidates
Click on the Candidates' names in the following list to find more information about them:
- Christian Boltz aka cboltz, incumbent
- Dr. Axel Braun aka DocB
- Sarah Julia Kriesch aka AdaLovelace, incumbent
- Marina Latini aka deneb_alpha
- Sébastien Poher aka sogal and on the Wiki
- Vinzenz Vietzke aka vinzv
- Nathan Wolf aka futureboy and CubicleNate on IRC
2018-2019 openSUSE Board Election News
Links to some of the related News Articles. You may find these interesting reading:
- 2018-2019 Elections Underway with Calls for Candidates and New Members
- openSUSE Enthusiast Creates Board Elections Poster to Encourage Participation
- No Candidates may force Board to handpick Members
- First Two Candidates Running for Three Vacant Board Seats
- Six Impressive Candidates Step Up for the 2018-2019 Board Elections
- ... And The Race Is On!
2018-2019 openSUSE Board Elections Schedule
- 1/ 2018-12-11 (Phase 0)
- Announcement of the openSUSE Board election for 2018.
- Start of 5-week phase to apply as a Candidate for a position on the openSUSE Board.
- Start of 8-week Membership Drive and opportunity to apply for an openSUSE Membership (in order to vote or to run as a candidate).
- 2/ 2019-01-13 (End of Phase 0)
- Nominations and Applications for Board Candidacy close.
- 3/ 2019-01-14 (Phase 1)
- Start of campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaigning may continue until ballots close).
- Membership Drive continues, opportunity to apply for openSUSE Membership, but as of this date it will only decide the eligibility to vote.
- 4/ 2019-02-04 (Phase 2)
- Ballots open: Please cast your vote during this time.
- 5/ 2019-02-15 (End of Phase 2)
- Ballots close
- 6/ 2019-02-16 (or soon after)
- Announcement of the results
Starting today, Tuesday, December 11, 2018, an approximate 8-week Membership Drive will run through Phase 0 and Phase 1 of the 2018-2019 openSUSE Board Elections in an effort to encourage more openSUSE Contributors to participate in guiding the Project and the OS in an onward and upward path.
More voting members will mean a more legitimate election and result in a more legitimate openSUSE Board. It would also lead to more Contributions to the Project, and it will spread openSUSE more.
If you do not have an openSUSE Membership yet, now might be a good time for you to apply so you can participate in the 2018-2019 Elections and in the forward path of the openSUSE Project.
- Ish Sookun
- M. Edwin Zakaria (medwinz)
- Gerry Makaro (Fraser_Bell)
You can contact the committee using the mail address email@example.com.
Detailed explanation of all phases
Phase 0: Notification of Intent to Run or nomination
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 e-mail to:
In the application, prospective Candidates should write a short introduction about themselves and preferably a short manifesto/platform/program that answers these topics:
Goal statement, Past work summary, Future plans
The Election Committee also needs the openSUSE username, irc nickname, and a link to a user page in the wiki to reference the candidate. Candidates are recommended to blog about their candidacy or engage with the Community in other Communications channels in order to reach a much wider audience of voters. If their blog is not syndicated on Planet openSUSE, please advise the Committee, who will ensure it gets added.
Potential Candidates are advised to read the Board Member Application Mini-HOWTO to get an idea of what is involved.
Also, if you want to nominate somebody else, contact them directly and ask them to consider running. You can also contact the election officials, who will then contact the nominated persons and ask if they are willing to run for the board.
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;
- a moderated Q&A session on IRC, possibly during one of the regular Project meetings or a separate meeting.
Phase 2: Election
All persons with voting rights will be able to cast their votes using a link emailed to them mentioning https://elections.opensuse.org. 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.