Closing doors

Yesterday was my last day as KDE e.V. Board Member. As you know I have been the KDE Treasurer since April 2012. I will keep being part of the Financial Working Group so I will be able to help my successor during the landing process and in the future. I still have some leftovers to finish (reports) and I plan to write a couple of posts about our numbers, so you all know what it the situation of KDE e.V. in general….healthy, by the way 🙂 It is being a soft transition.

KDE e.V. is in the right time to be ambitious and heavily increase its resources to support KDE community. Several decisions have been made in this regard and they will be executed during this 2014. The financial situation is healthy enough to afford some level of expansion. So I think it is time for somebody else to come with energy and enthusiasm to drive these changes the following months/years. And we have that person so…..

KDE e.V. is a solid organization, well managed and with a Board that takes the financial area seriously. It has been a pleasure and a honor to be part of the Board.

On the other hand, my relation with SUSE will end this month. Working on openSUSE, an specially building and leading the openSUSE Team, has been a great experience. I wish them all the best, specially in their current main task, turning Factory into a “usable” rolling release by changing the development work flow/process. It is a goal with a high impact for openSUSE.

 
openQA has a nice present, a tremendous potential and future, not just from the technical but also from the business point of view. For those of you looking for a great place to work, consider SUSE. It was for me.

The last few weeks I have been temporary living in Prague. I love this city. I am not attending to openSUSE Conference (I am sure it will be a great one) and I am not sure if I will be able to go to Akademy-es, which is a pity since it takes place in Malaga, where I lived for three years, and it is organized by one of my colleagues, Antonio Larrosa. I plan to go to Akademy in Brno though.

As you can see, these are times for changes, after around two years putting my best in KDE e.V. Board and SUSE/openSUSE. I have no idea what am I going to do next but I am sure it will be exciting so I expect an article soon called “Open Doors”. Otherwise….I will not know what to do with so much time, or maybe I will… write more posts. 🙂

Summary about what the openSUSE Team @ SUSE is doing

openSUSE 13.1 is about to be Released (Nov. 19th) and I would like to share what the team I am part of is doing.

I joined SUSE in June 2012, almost 18 months ago. I haven’t written much about anything during this time. And it haven’t been because I hadn’t time, but because I haven’t have enough energy. I have received though these past months several requests to write a little about what I do at SUSE, so here we go….

The openSUSE Team is a good mix of long term SUSE employees and fresh blood, youth and experience, openSUSE and other distros background, on site and remote workers, people with management or commercial/customer support experience together with integrators and developers, people coming from R&D or product focus companies together with people with a strong community profile…. a very diverse (1 Taiwanese, 2 Czechs, 1 Dutch, 1 Serbian, 4 Spaniards and 3 Germans) and talented group. We also have trainees in the team. Having students is something I like because it helps any team to develop engagement skills.

The Team has as major focus the openSUSE distribution. It is element around which the whole project circles. It is the key point that sustain everything else in openSUSE. Obviously we put effort in other actions but we try that everything we do is directly related, have its roots, in the distribution, in the software. Obviously we are not the only force in openSUSE, not even the most numerous. There are hundreds (literally) of people that participates in this collective effort.

The team have a big impact since we are dedicated full time to work on the project, we have focused our activity in limited areas and we are fairly well organized. But in terms of effort, the rest of the community has a much bigger weight than my team… fortunately :-).

Those familiar with KDE will understand what I mean if I name Blue Systems work in the project today.

From the community perspective we have focused our action in two major areas:
* The openSUSE Conference.
* openSUSE news portal (marketing).

In 2012, like it happened before, SUSE took the lead in organizing the Conference. This changed in 2013. A group of contributors led by Kostas and Stella, reputed community members, organized it, opening the door for a new model within openSUSE.

SUSE role in the organization changed. Now we support the organizers in different tasks instead of leading the organization. For me, this is a relevant success story that should serve as example for many in the future. I feel very comfortable in this new role because the efficiency of our contribution has increased significantly. Organizing an event FOR a community is different than supporting the community in organizing THEIR event, right?

In marketing my team makes a significant impact by keeping the News portal as a reference point of information about openSUSE. We focus most of our action around the openSUSE Releases. We also link the innovation brought by SUSE into openSUSE with our community. We help SUSE Teams in marketing their work when it makes sense.

These two actions leave us little time for supporting further initiatives in the news portal. We do it once in a while though, not in regular basis. The situation in this regard is not much different than other communities I know. Keeping the main news portal up and healthy requires more people than usually is available. A more collective approach is what we all want. It is not an easy goal to achieve in any case.

So we basically have concentrated our effort in three main areas:

  • What we call “the future”. You will know more about it soon.
  • The openSUSE Development and Release process, that will have openSUSE 13.1 as the main result, coming in a few days (November 19th).
  • Community work. Specially around the openSUSE Conference and the news portal.
I hope this overview provides some answers to those of you interested in what I am up to lately. You can follow closely our actions through our Team blog, that has Jos Poortvliet as main editor and the whole team as authors.
This week I am participating together with other colleagues in SUSECon’13 and openSUSE Summit 2013. If you are in the Orlando Area, FL, US, consider coming. You won’t regret it.

Are you a senior KDE developer? Join openSUSE Team at SUSE

openSUSE Team at SUSE is looking for a senior KDE developer that is willing to join the company to work on openSUSE distribution and customer products where KDE technologies are present.

As those of you who are closer to KDE and/or openSUSE know, Will Stephenson has been leading this area the last few years. He is now facing new professional challenges within SUSE so we are looking for somebody that coordinates the openSUSE Team efforts related with KDE together with the openSUSE community, upstream and other SUSE Teams.

Our default openSUSE desktop, KDE, is obviously a relevant piece of our puzzle. But beyond pure KDE work, the selected candidate will also work in other areas of the distribution and will play an important role as openSUSE/SUSE advocate in technical forums.

openSUSE currently ships other desktops too so it will be important for the selected candidate to drive high levels of cooperation with the openSUSE GNOME (and others) team and upstream in cross-distro development efforts.

As a preferred choice, we are looking for a KDE developer willing to move to our Headquarters in Nuremberg, GE or to our office in Prague, CZ.

If you are interested, please check the opening details and send your CV through the SUSE Careers website. Links to your contributions to KDE and contacts for references are welcome.

In a more personal note……

Will, thanks for standing strong and work hard for openSUSE and KDE. Good luck in your new position.

Distribution hacker wanted: join the openSUSE Team at SUSE

openSUSE Team at SUSE is looking for a hacker willing to work on the openSUSE distribution with us. You can find the details of the job opening at the SUSE career website.
So we are looking for a software engineer with experience in a Linux distribution or a recognized upstream project, that wants to work full time in our distribution and enjoys being part of a community effort. 
He/she will work in English and attend to community events so some international traveling should be expected. We would like to increase our team located at SUSE offices in Prague (I love Prague), although Nuremberg/remote work are also options.
If you are interested, apply through the SUSE career website. Please do not forget to provide us links to your code and references if you have them. There are many other interesting openings at SUSE for senior and junior professionals, specially software developers. Put an eye on the Career page at SUSE website.

Job opening for an artist/graphical designer at openSUSE Team at SUSE

openSUSE Team at SUSE is looking for an Artist / Graphical designer who help us in two main areas:
This work will be done together with the openSUSE community so, besides good technical skills, it will be welcome previous experience in FLOSS communities. We have at SUSE several senior graphical designers, so the candidate will work in coordination with them too.

The candidate might work in Nuremberg, Prague (preferred) or even remotely (if you have previous experience working this way). Must be available to travel internationally three to four times per year, beside some regular visits to our offices in Nuremberg, where most of the openSUSE Team at SUSE currently works.

We are an international team so English is a requirement. Other languages will be welcome. The candidate will give talks, presentations, workshops, etc. so good communication skills will be also required.

We are looking for somebody that can join us soon since we would like to begin working on our release, to be published this fall, as soon as possible.

If you are willing to work at SUSE for openSUSE, please send us your CV through our career website. Please include external and internal (SUSE/openSUSE) references, if you have them, along with links or examples of your work.

If you have further questions, I would be happy to answer them.