Not a Good Start Into a Problematic Year

Like some other [open]SUSE developers I was casted and am now forced to look for a new day job. It could have happened in better economic times for sure. :-(

Pointers to new interesting job positions are gladly accepted. Bonus points the more they have to do with Open Source, Linux, Qt and KDE.


Hi Stephan, this is very bad news indeed! I'm really sorry to hear it. Your work on KDE has been much appreciated. I hope you can find employment in e.g. a local IT consultancy company that does KDE deployments and customization.

By Jos van den Oever at Sun, 02/22/2009 - 15:22

It's incredible how Novell keep shooting themselves in the foot. In this firing round they're letting go some of their most talented, dedicated and irreplacable people. Throwing gold on the streets. If there's any justice in the world, you'll soon be picked up by someone more appreciative.

As someone who cares a lot about openSUSE, KDE and have enjoyed greatly working with you from the community side, this time they really, really hit me where it hurts.

Maybe you'll remain in the openSUSE community, though frankly I'm not sure Novell deserves your participation. And I myself am starting to have very serious doubts whether openSUSE is a good place to contribute, with this kind of leadership.

By cb400f at Sun, 02/22/2009 - 16:53

Sad to hear this. I wish you all the best. For me as a KDE user you were one of the most important persons at SUSE.

After more than nine using SUSE products it might be time for a change. Nevertheless I wish all the best to the people remaining in Nürnberg!

By fm at Sun, 02/22/2009 - 17:25

What? Why? I have no words. I can´t believe it. How could they do that? How could they fired one of the most active people and in my case one of the appreciated openSUSE/KDE developers?
Stehpan, i´m really, really sorry.
But i don´t worry, that guy like you, will be have a problem to find a new job. Good luck. ;-)
I´m getting worry about the future openSUSE project.

By ra100 at Sun, 02/22/2009 - 17:51

Sad news indeed, and a big blow for openSUSE. All the best on getting the right new job soon, Stephan.

By apokryphos at Sun, 02/22/2009 - 21:03

Thanks to everyone for your comments. The "soon" is fortunately not as important as "the right job" :-)...

By at Sun, 03/08/2009 - 07:44

can we somehow vote somewhere to have you back? :) But I guess you have another job by now..

By mxttie at Mon, 06/15/2009 - 23:23

Just out of curiosity, why did Novell fire so many OpenSuSE developers? AFAIK, you were a good employee and a talented developer (unless N is planning to drop KDE >:(. (no, I don't want to start a conspiracy theory.))

By theriddle at Sun, 02/22/2009 - 23:44

For a community distro to fire the links in-between the community and the project, does not really make sense. For me, the people active on IRC are my connection to the openSUSE-project. Thus my connection to the project will decrease with every link that gets lost.

I wish you all the best and hope that this new beginning will be a new change for the better.

By rabauke at Mon, 02/23/2009 - 12:22

Hi Stephan,

sad to hear...actually firing a long time SuSE employee is really a bad habit, but we don't know what's going on in a boards mind.

Anyways, hope to see you somehow this year on some conferences, and even if you are coming from another distro, I would send you to the brownish/blueish distro career page...eventually you'll find a position which suites you and at least the blueish distro needs some more people to work on it.

And, beineri, if you have time next month, looks like I'm visiting NBG workwise, we could catch up for a drink and some good food :)



By St. Hermann at Mon, 02/23/2009 - 14:06