openSUSE is the community Linux distribution established by SUSE in 2005. It holds an annual summit in the US and a conference in Europe; the latter pulls a much bigger crowd because more people from that part of the world are involved in the project as volunteers. For the event that got underway on Friday, about 50 people were present. Some more people were likely to land up by Saturday morning.
Some employees of SUSE are involved in the openSUSE project; there are also many outsiders who play a vital role. The project has a six-member board including a chairman; the latter is appointed by SUSE.
But the separation between the two entities is not one of master and servant; openSUSE makes its own decisions and there is no interference.
The summit runs for the remainder of Friday, and until noon on Sunday. There are a number of technical sessions on both days and a good number of social activities as well.
For the openSUSE crowd, many of them volunteers, it is a chance to put a face to a name or an email address, which helps the project to improve collaboration and co-operation.
Earlier, at the conclusion of SUSECon, Michael Miller, the vice-president for global alliances and marketing, announced the next conference would be held in Orlando from November 17 to 21 next year.
The writer attended SUSECon as a guest of SUSE.