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The openSUSE release team is taking care of the Factory distribution. It keeps an eye on

The team also tries to facilitate and take decisions regarding the direction and well being of the openSUSE Distribution.


  • Meeting minutes from a Wednesday 10:30am (CET) openSUSE Release Engineering meeting

Current members (as per February 2020)

Community Release Team

In April 2016 Tomáš Chvátal on behalf of the openSUSE Board announced that the upcoming release of openSUSE Leap 42.2 was to be the direct responsibility of a yet-to-be-founded "Community Release Team". Interested volunteers were asked to contact the openSUSE Board. Douglas DeMaio published this invitation at openSUSE News on the same day. Almost two months later, despite Ludwig Nussel announcing Alpha2 of openSUSE Leap 42.2 being released to the mirrors, an announcement listing the members of the new "Community Release Team" was still pending.

What do we do

We are trying to document our processes for various tasks we are doing when maintaining openSUSE:Factory, or when preparing release of next openSUSE version.

How to help

Are you an openSUSE Member and want to help us? Contact us on the mailing list or irc, there are loads of things we need to do. Some examples of the tasks we would love but don't have cycles now:

  • Extending documentation of our processes
  • Fixing corner case issues in the tools we use for the Factory deployment
  • Writing new automation extension from scratch to speed up the processes

And for common work we could use more hands on:

  • checking the Factory health and fixing unresolvable/failed things
  • fixing issues on status page, plus providing descriptions for unknown failures to make it easy for maintainer to pick-up

But please be aware that maintaining a distribution is a very time consuming and technically challenging task. We appreciate if you bring something to the table but we most likely won't find the time to teach you a lot.