New board for OpenSuse
The OpenSuse project has a new board. The election of the committee was the first time that OpenSuse community members have been able to vote on who sits on the board. The new board now includes two representatives of the OpenSuse community, Pascal Bleser and Bryen Yunashko, and two employees of parent company Novell, Henne Vogelsang and Federico Mena-Quintero. Novell then appointed Novell employee Michael Löffler to chair the board and thus retain their control over the board. OpenSuse is the community version of Novell's commercial SUSE Linux Enterprise suite of products.
The board was originally convened a year ago with all members being appointed by Novell. The board is responsible for overall leadership of the project and acts as a central contact point for OpenSuse, including supporting decision-making processes and promoting communication and the exchange of ideas between the different parts of the community. The board does not control or manage the process of developing distributions.