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Yunashko adds, "I have Usher Syndrome, which causes deafness and blindness, so for all intents and purposes, I'm defined as a user with low-vision needs. The thing about a11y is it embodies my basic philosophy. Most people see 'a11y' and assume it is about people with disabilities. On the contrary, 'a11y' is about equal access regardless of your physical or mental abilities. I apply that philosophy to everything I do in the Community, where we should all have equal access as a community to participate in and contribute to it."

Löffler believes that the new board's main goal should be to maintain the process of opening and transparency we see already over the past years (bugzilla, openSUSE Build Service, public meetings, public mailing lists etc.). And give the community more possibilities for implementation of their ideas and take over responsibilities (e.g. new openSUSE) is a 100% community effort)."

"We should provide better ways for community interaction," continued Löffler. "This year's hackweek where we already invited approximately 10 community members to our development locations was a great success and everybody benefited from it. This need to be enhanced and we might come up with a openSUSE conference to get as many developers and users together at one place to exchange opinions and hack together."

Löffler also feels that since "Linux is currently at the step to enter significantly the desktop market e.g. with netbooks. Therefore openSUSE in my opinion should address more the needs of people new to Linux. This is already addressed pretty good in the distribution but could be improved in the wiki and in places where user having a questions, hitting an issue refer to (e.g. forums, IRC, support database)."

He concluded, "The other big improvement we should address is the possibility to contribute to the distribution and the surrounding packages. We do have already impressive tools like the openSUSE Build Service, Bugzilla, the wiki, users.opensuse.org and should try to combine them to get an easy to access platform for contribution."

These are all big plans and it will be interesting to see how well openSUSE's new board does in addressing them. Hopefully, they'll do a good job both for the sake of openSUSE and Linux at large.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the operating system of choice for PCs and 2BSD Unix was what the cool kids used on their computers.

This article was first published on LinuxPlanet.com.

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