Anytime a large change is made, it can be difficult to adapt. Just to be clear, I am not talking about moving from one home to another, but rather my move back into the Linux space from my recent hiatus at the beginning of school. Personally, I have found the move into the OpenSUSE community to be quite difficult. Trying to find my place is not easy, especially since in the Ubuntu community I did a wide range of things, but never specialized in any of them. Recently, I had been trying to work as a wiki editor, but with a rather well-developed community already built, the rules and procedures kept me wondering if I was going to cross some sort of line. On the other hand, much of Ubuntu’s wiki was left to the community to organize in basically any way they wanted, without a list of strict rules or marking for certain pages. In part that is what I enjoyed about the Ubuntu community — it’s “newness” left many things to be discovered and shaped by average community members such as myself.
Wiki editing does not seem like where I want to be. While I like making the wiki clean and nice looking, I feel that I have made a much larger contribution if I work as an advocate of the system. Back when I worked for the Ubuntu Georgia LoCo, I did many things, but what I enjoyed most is working directly with the community.
OpenSUSE also has an promotional effort, however they are following a similar path as Fedora, with individuals called “ambassadors” who promote the system at conferences and in local user groups. I will make it perfectly clear that while ambassador would be my role of choice, I do not fly solo when it comes to something like this. Promoting a system on my own? Not going to happen. I have written in the past about how I believe the LoCo method of advocating a system is better than individual contribution, and I still stand firmly behind this belief. I wish more projects took this approach. It is so much easier to work in a team than working on your own. You can bounce ideas off each other, work as a team to take care of a massive task. My previous LoCo just pulled off an amazing Linux show here in Atlanta with over 600 people in attendance. That’s four people working to make that event happen, and nearly six times the number of people who attended the first event last year. LoCo teams can have a massive impact on the community around them.
For now I will site by and learn what opportunities await me. Perhaps I will see an opportunity, and maybe it will be a sign to switch to another project. So far, I am still unsure.