(Same statement made as the summary statement, just with more details..)
The primary purpose of the openSUSE Foundation is to enable and support the openSUSE membership and community efforts in all activities of the openSUSE Project which includes:
- building a general purpose Linux based Operating System including a wide software spectrum for various use cases such as desktop, server and development tools.
- the promotion of free software in general and the openSUSE Project in particular
- providing free content, for example documentation, artwork etc.
- the infrastructure to support the openSUSE community activities
- helping people to get together to innovate
The openSUSE Foundation is the financial and legal body of the openSUSE Project.
It is a part of the project and controls legal aspects affecting
the community and can either hold trademarks or has a granted
decision power over the trademark usage from the actual trademark
owner. Another core responsibility is financial accounting.
The openSUSE Foundation consists of members who elect the board
of the Foundation. The membership status of individuals and
legal bodies like companies is in the foundations decision as
outlined in the bylaws.
Together with the community the openSUSE Foundation is helping to
create a space where all community members can benefit from vision
and ideas, commitment and solidarity. It cares to empower people
to take decisions to develop the openSUSE Project towards an even
more open, active and decisive community.
The Guiding Principles of the openSUSE Project is the commitment of
the community on how they want to work together. The board of the
foundation is the entity that takes a special role in moderation and
decision taking as outlined within the Guiding Principles.
The openSUSE Foundation however is not set up to take technical leadership
roles in the community. The work and the decision making will continue to be executed by the community and the teams they work in as per the factory development model.