The openSUSE Boosters'
Team held their first meeting after the openSUSE conference. Francis Giannaros
introduced the team in a recent
The openSUSE Boosters team is a hand-picked group of fifteen Novell
employees with skills ranging all across the distribution, and who are
dedicated to openSUSE development and working with the community. Since the
team members are spread all over Europe and as far away as Mexico, we came
together for a few days after the openSUSE Conference to get to know each
other better and make plans.
These people will be working full time on making it easier to
contribute to the openSUSE Project and
improving communication within and outside the project. Together they aim
to make openSUSE the best Linux distribution, with an open, inviting and
independent community. They will work to improve the infrastructure and
lower the bar for contributors.
For now the Booster project
team has been divided into three groups. One group will be organizing all
documentation on how to contribute to the project. They will create a
single wiki page with links to all such documentation, including video
tutorials so that new people can more easily find what they are looking
A second group will be doing the same for the infrastructure,
integrating all of it under one umbrella so that people can see all the
various web services on one web page. Current web services include user
forums, download sites, the build service, openFATE feature tracking,
blogs, the weekly news, and much more. There will be a consistent look and
feel for each web service landing page. The idea is to group these
projects on the portal page, with categories for novices, experienced users
and computer professionals so that people can figure out what needs work
and where they can best contribute.
The third group will be working on making openSUSE's development Factory
branch more transparent. There will be a Factory
Status overview page that will allow developers and testers to easily
see what packages are failing to build, which one are in need of a
maintainer and where more testing is needed.
Future goals include adding social collaboration tools to the
distribution and developing an Upstream Attraction Program. Overall they
will help to improve communication within the project and help to spread
the word about the project to potential contributors.
list has not been set up yet, but watch for it to get started soon.
Meanwhile, contact information for the team members can be found on the
openSUSE Boosters' Team
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