Fedora Board Meetings, 3 Sept 2010 & 8 Sept 2010

Oh goody gumdrops! You get two, two, two Fedora board meeting updates for the price of one today! Okay, there’s a lot to cover, so here we go…! Fedora Board Meeting 3 September 2010 Full meeting minutes: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Meeting:Board_meeting_2010-09-03 Meeting thread on advisory-board-list: http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/advisory-board/2010-September/009198.html This board meeting was a phone meeting that took place last Friday at 2 PM, the usual Board meeting time. Topics Covered Here is an outline of the topics covered: General Updates Fedora 14 progressing towards beta please help get the word out on systemd test day Systemd go/no-go decision is up to FESCo. Jared will be starting convos to examine our features process / with FESCo. Meeting time Set up a whenisgood.net to Board members. Seems that 2 pm on Mondays works well for all. Transition plan: Final friday meeting will be Fri Sep 10, followed by a Monday Sep 13 meeting. Is the Board working as it should? email from Sankarshan Board members should be having more discussions on the mailing list and using meeting times to make decisions Board members should speak up on the list more often, a few do but could be more Suggestion to make a blog for the board as …

Fedora Board Meetings, 3 Sept 2010 & 8 Sept 2010

Oh goody gumdrops! You get two, two, two Fedora board meeting updates for the price of one today! Okay, there’s a lot to cover, so here we go…! Fedora Board Meeting 3 September 2010 Full meeting minutes: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Meeting:Board_meeting_2010-09-03 Meeting thread on advisory-board-list: http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/advisory-board/2010-September/009198.html This board meeting was a phone meeting that took place last Friday at 2 PM, the usual Board meeting time. Topics Covered Here is an outline of the topics covered: General Updates Fedora 14 progressing towards beta please help get the word out on systemd test day Systemd go/no-go decision is up to FESCo. Jared will be starting convos to examine our features process / with FESCo. Meeting time Set up a whenisgood.net to Board members. Seems that 2 pm on Mondays works well for all. Transition plan: Final friday meeting will be Fri Sep 10, followed by a Monday Sep 13 meeting. Is the Board working as it should? email from Sankarshan Board members should be having more discussions on the mailing list and using meeting times to make decisions Board members should speak up on the list more often, a few do but could be more Suggestion to make a blog for the board as …

fedoraproject.org redesign update

So it’s been a while, a month really, since I’ve given you an update on the Fedora website redesign. Well, in the past month Fedora design ninja Jef van Schendel and I have been cranking out mockups and Sijis Aviles has been doing an awesome job making the mockups a reality and getting things into staging and building things out. So we’ve got quite a few things to go over here. 🙂 Too professional? One piece of feedback we heard from several of you about the last mockup for the front page of fedoraproject.org looked a little too professional. “This looks like it’s trying to sell me something,” one of my colleagues told me about it recently, “this doesn’t primarily say community or freedom to me at all first glance.” Well, crap. Freedom & friends are two main values of Fedora. If folks don’t get a feeling about community and freedom from looking at our website, we’ve got issues. How did this happen? Well, when designing the first mockup and even when iterating through the header designs, I was reviewing many application websites for general formatting & conventions for some inspiration and to make sure that our website didn’t violate …

Sweet Caroline

Caroline’s Identity Crisis Remember Caroline Casual-User? After speaking with some of you after the last blog post, I think I may have misrepresented her in terms of Fedora’s target user. (The LUNIX joke was really bad, serving only to confound.) Hopefully folks from the Fedora Board who were involved in the creation of the target user base definition could also clarify what their original intention was in case I’m not understanding the intent or not communicating it as effectively as I could again. In either case, I would like to explore who Caroline is, and who she isn’t, in the hopes of at least bringing a bit more awareness that we’re probably not all talking about the same woman, if not to go so far as make it fairly clear who she actually is . Caroline’s Origins First, let’s look at the target user of the the default Fedora desktop: This type of consumer is someone we think can immediately benefit from the usefulness and elegance of free software. This type of consumer is also someone who can be persuaded to participate or contribute to Fedora. Consumers who don’t fit this minimum profile, though, might very well be pleased with …

A story about updates and people

A bit of discussion about update policy in Fedora has been brewing lately and I’ve been reading and thinking (and stewing and moaning and wringing my hands) about the discussion a lot. I noticed a few archetypes in the positions taken throughout the discussions: Caroline Casual-User Why should we care about what Caroline has to say? Well first of all, she isn’t involved directly in any of these discussions, so she has the least voice in all of this and to some point might not even be able to follow the discussion (“What’s a koji? What’s a FESCo? Who you callin’ YUM?”) We should also care about Caroline if we want our userbase to continue to grow, and if we want to better fulfill our mission which is in part “to spread free/libre code and content.” I don’t think you can really spread anything without reaching beyond where it already is. Caroline has just as much right as the rest of us to enjoy software freedom, and she may even help spread it to more new users than we could reach alone if we can only capture her interest and inspire her. Pamela Packager Why should we care about what …