openSUSE:Board election

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Results 2018-04-28

It was the longest election period in the history of the project elections, with 237 people voted out of 400, which is a record of participation both in percentage and in actual number. The results are:

  1. Ana Martínez - 185
  2. Gertjan Lettink ( Knurpht ) - 166
  3. Simon Lees - 133
  4. Gerry Makaro ( Fraser_Bell ) - 98
  5. Aaron Luna - 72

The First three: Ana María Martínez, Gertjan Lettink (Knurpht) and Simon Lees will serve a two year term.


Who should I vote?

Still unsure who you should vote?



Note: The candidates with the most votes will be elected for the board. Note that no single organization or company can control more than 40 percent of the electable board seats (more than 2 seats). Since no seat is already occupied by a SUSE employee, only two additional SUSE employee, at most, may be elected. Please read the full description of the election process.

Seats to get elected

There will be 3 seats to be elected, all for a standard 2 year term:

Gertjan Lettink, Bryan Lunduke and Tomas Chvatal


1/ 2018-02-26(Phase 0)
  • Announcement of the openSUSE Board election for 2018.
  • Start of 3 week period to apply for an openSUSE membership (in order to vote or candidate).
  • Start of 3 week phase to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board.
2/ 2018-03-11
  • Notification of intent to run, and application for an openSUSE membership close (end of phase 0).
3/ 2018-03-12(Phase 1)
  • Start of campaign for the candidates before the ballots open (campaign might be done until ballots close).
4/ 2018-04-15 (Phase 2)
  • Ballots open: Please cast your vote here!
Original date was 2018-04-02, but elections were postponed to give candidates more time to campaign and engage with the community
5/ 2018-04-27
  • Ballots close (end of phase 2)
Original date was 2018-04-13, but elections were postponed to give candidates more time to campaign and engage with the community
6/ 2018-04-28
  • Announcement of the results
Original date was 2018-04-16, but elections were postponed to give candidates more time to campaign and engage with the community

Election committee

  • Kostas koudaras
  • Chuck Payne


You can contact the committee using the mail address

Detailed explanation of all phases

Phase 0: Notification of Intent to Run or nomination

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

In the application candidates should write a short introduction of themselves and probably a short manifesto/platform/program that gives answers to these topics:

Goal statement, Past work summary, Future plans

The election committee also needs the openSUSE username, irc nickname and a userpage in the wiki to reference the candidate. It is recommended that they blog about their candidacy as this will reach a much wider audience of voters. If their blog is not syndicated on Planet openSUSE, please advise the committee who will ensure it does get 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, tell the election officials and they will contact the nominated person and ask whether s/he will run for the board.

Phase 0: Application for an openSUSE membership

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

Note: Applicants need to apply as soon as possible to give the Membership officials enough time to review and approve/reject applications. Even if applicants meet the deadline, it may not be ensured that their openSUSE membership will be approved until just before the ballots open.

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 possibly during one of the regular Project meetings or a separate meeting

Phase 2: Election

All persons with voting right 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.

Previous elections

Past elections and boards