"Brockmeier explained that since the 11.1 release,
developers outside of Novell could contribute directly to the
openSUSE project, since the project now has policies in place that
lets contributions occur.
"So instead of every package going through a Novell employee,
there are now at least 30 people involved in contributing packages
directly without Novell involvement. Brockmeier emphasized that the
project still has a focus on quality control, but now, the person
checking quality isn't necessarily employed by Novell."