Novell: More Support for openSUSE

Aug 12, 2009

Linux distributor Novell is reorganizing: from now on, one developer team will dedicate itself entirely to openSUSE.

The news came on the blog of Novell developer Roland Haidl who explains that Novell wants to intensify their sponsorship of openSUSE. “It is not longer the "when time is left, please work in the openSUSE project" thing we often had before, we now have the singular situation to have a team of more than 10 experts in Novell to only work on openSUSE community topics,” writes Haidl. One of the teams main responsibilities will be the distribution, along with making it easier for new developers to join in.

For Haidl, this means a role-change. “Now, while Novell/OPS engineering adopted to a new strategy regarding openSUSE, we decided that the people, who Novell dedicated to work in the openSUSE project, come under my responsibility” he writes. The Director Operations and Communities OPS has been working on the openSUSE project for the last ten years, involved in documentation, design and usability. Klaas Freitag, also known for his hobby project Kraft, an open source order processing software, has been nominated Team Leader. Project Manager is Henne Vogelsang and Stephan Kulow retains his position as Release Manager.

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