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July 18, 2007

Let’s hear it for STEPHAN, the new OpenSUSE project manager!

by @ 3:23 pm. Filed under General SUSE, Linux News, SUSE Blog News, SUSE News

In response to Andreas Jaeger’s email from this morning, saying thus:

I’m glad to announce that I have given over my responsibilities for the openSUSE distribution to Stephan Kulow. As from now on Stephan is project manager for the openSUSE distribution.

Stephan – known also as Coolo – the “born release dude”, has been with Novell/SUSE for five years. Before that he worked on Linux distributions at Caldera. His wide experience in Linux includes the dinosaurs (called s390), desktop technology (KDE), several build systems (including his own at Caldera), and SUSE tools like package translation.

Stephan’s first challenge will be the release of openSUSE 10.3 Alpha6 this week and I fear I’ve left him some hard nuts to crack. Having worked with Stephan for many years, we can expect nothing but an excellent openSUSE 10.3 release in the end. 😉

Btw. in my new function as Director of Platform and openSUSE, I’ll stay involved with openSUSE,


I sent an email to Stephan, to wit:


As a member of the Open Source Community and as someone who makes a livelihood by working with Linux, namely OpenSUSE, I wanted to take a moment and respond to Andreas’ announcement that you were taking over the project releases. I congratulate you on your willingness to work on such a great Linux distribution, and am thrilled to see things progress and move forward. I didn’t know Andreas very well… I worked at Novell for awhile, and had lunch with him and his wife Jana a couple of times, but I am a super huge OpenSUSE fan, and I want to welcome you into your new responsibilities. I host a website, called SUSE Blog, where I post helpful (hopefully) tips and tricks, how-tos, articles, news, and everything else that comes my way regarding OpenSUSE. I have written a 160-page book (free from and offer a free course that people can sign up for on my site to learn how to start using OpenSUSE. In other words, I believe in your work, and I am not a very good programmer in languages such as C or C++, but I do everything else I can to contribute to the development and furthering of OpenSUSE. Please let me know if there is anything that I can ever do for you and I will be honored to do so. Have a spectacular day.


So, let’s give him a warm welcome, everyone!!!!!

One Response to “Let’s hear it for STEPHAN, the new OpenSUSE project manager!”

  1. PM Hut Says:

    What is exactly the role/responsibilities of such a Project Manager?

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