The openSUSE Project is an Free/Libre Software community developing a Linux distribution named openSUSE. The project is sponsored by a number of companies and individuals, most notably SUSE, AMD, B1 Systems, Heinlein Support and IP Exchange.
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, the KIWI Disk imaging system, openQA and more.
The openSUSE community organizes development in a decentralized way, with individual developers collaborating in 'devel projects', which feed directly into the development tree for the next release called 'Factory'. This process is overseen by the release team. 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).
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 any 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.