openSUSE Project

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Founder Novell
Type Community
Focus Free software
Products openSUSE distribution, Open Build Service, openQA, etc.

The openSUSE Project is a community project to create, promote, improve and document the openSUSE Linux distribution.[1]


The openSUSE Project develops Free Software and tools and has two main Linux distribution named openSUSE Leap and openSUSE Tumbleweed. The project is sponsored by a number of companies and individuals, most notably SUSE, AMD, B1 Systems, Heinlein Support and IP Exchange.[2]


The openSUSE Project develops the openSUSE Linux distribution as well as a large number of tools around building Linux distributions like the Open Build Service, KIWI, YaST, openQA, Snapper, Machinery, Portus and more.


The project is controlled by its community and relies on the contributions of individuals, working as testers, writers, translators, usability experts, artists and ambassadors or developers. The project embraces a wide variety of technology, people with different levels of expertise, speaking different languages and having different cultural backgrounds. In case of conflicts, escalation happens first to the openSUSE board, then to the openSUSE membership (anyone who engages in 'continued and substantial contribution' to openSUSE).[3]

The openSUSE board consists of five community members (with a maximum of two people from any one company) and a SUSE-appointed chairperson who can veto a decision. The goal of the board is to act as a central point of contact, help resolve conflicts and facilitate communication and decision making processes. The board also manages the sub-licensing of the openSUSE brand to third parties. The board explicitly should not direct or control development as that is delegated to the appropriate community mechanisms as detailed before.[4]


  1. ^ "openSUSE Guidelines Principles". Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  2. ^ "Sponsors". openSUSE. 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  3. ^ "openSUSE Membership information". 
  4. ^ "Governance section of Guiding Principles". 

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