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openSUSE's Brockmeier Sees Distro Coming Into Its Own

Jun 16, 2008, 17:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Of all the community distributions, probably the least known is openSUSE. After two and a half years, the distro is not only still working out details about how its community operates--including how its governing board is elected--but also struggling to come out of the shadow of its corporate parent Novell, much as Fedora has emerged from its initial dominance by Red Hat. With the pending release of openSUSE 11.0, community manager Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier suggests that the distribution is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves. In the middle of preparations for the new release, Brockmeier took the time to talk with Linux.com about the priorities within the community and its relation with the larger world of free software.

"Brockmeier became community manager for openSUSE in February, after nine years as a free software journalist, including time as an editorial director at Linux.com and editor-in-chief at Linux Magazine. 'There's still a lot of getting acclimated,' he admits, but, like the distribution, he seems to be finding his feet. Much of his time--as much as 50%--is spent on the road, helping to publicize openSUSE, 'getting strategy together' by talking to other members of openSUSE, and making connections with others in the larger free software community, especially those who are leading other non-commercial distributions..."

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