Last week, Roland Haidl posted a note to the openSUSE Project mailing list about the new multiplier team for openSUSE. The team will report to Roland Haidl, who is the director of operations and communities for Open Platform Solutions. This means that openSUSE will have several engineers who are exclusively tasked with working on the openSUSE Project as part of Novell's strategy to focus on the openSUSE Project as part of the core Open Platform Solutions mission.
What's even more, this team will be tasked with building the openSUSE community and working directly with contributors. Community building will be a key responsibility, because while Novell is committing resources to the development of openSUSE, it is even more important to cultivate, nurture and encourage its contributors. And at the end of the day the strength of the open source model and the success of openSUSE lies in the size and commitment of the community.