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Note: This page is used by the candidate of the board election as a platform to show his views and answer some standard questions.

Introduction and Biography

I am Stefan Seyfried, Linux user for about 15 years now. From 2000 to 2009 I was working for SUSE in the Nuremberg headquarters, first as a sysadmin and from 2003 as a developer. In my day job I'm working for B1 Systems GmbH, my job title is "Linux Consultant & Developer". Most of the time I'm virtualizing servers for customers, very often on pretty big systems (usually these machines have more RAM than hard drive space), using SLES. If all those servers are running well, I'm filing bug reports against Factory -- or just fix the bugs directly. After work, I'm toying around with embedded systems, many of them running linux, unfortunately often with CPU architectures that are not supported by openSUSE. My main work machine runs Factory.

Major Issues

I actually have a hard time listing "major issues". For me, openSUSE works quite well, both the software and the project.

Minor Issues

We should empower more users. Empower them to fix their own bugs. If I'm looking at my history as a developer, how did I start? Well, I was fixing / improving stuff that matters for me. Many of the tasks that are making openSUSE a great project are actually not too involved but could be done even by interested users, given proper guidance and coaching. Maybe the board could help create an even more "empowering" environment around this project.

Role of the board

"Please describe your vision for the Board and how you would like to see the Board shaped under your tenure"

Famous quote of a german elder statesman: "Those who have visions should go to the doctor."

Why you should vote for me?

If you think I am the right one to be on the openSUSE Board, you should vote for me. If you decide otherwise, I'm 100% with you, as there are quite a few other good candidates to vote for (actually most of the other candidates are good choices). I'll not sit around pouting if you don't vote for me, I'll just continue to fix the Factory build failures ;-)


I think the explanation in "Minor Issues" already covers this point. Talk less, do more.


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