Fedora Board Meetings, 27 Sept 2010 & 1 Oct 2010

I apologize in advance for the brevity of this blog post; I’ve been cranking full-speed ahead on the new www.fedoraproject.org with Sijis Aviles and Jef van Schendel and need to get back to it quickly. 🙂 The Fedora Board is now fully on its new schedule. What this means, exactly: Every Monday, the Board will meet via phone at 2 PM Eastern time. Every other Friday (starting with this Friday), the Board will hold a public ‘office hours’ style questions & answers session in #fedora-board-meeting at 2 PM Eastern time. So, the Board is meeting more frequently, which I think is a good thing for Fedora overall. This blog post is going to summarize two board meetings: the 27 Sep 2010 Board phone meeting, and today’s public IRC meeting. Fedora Board Meeting 27 September 2010 Full meeting minutes: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Meeting:Board_meeting_2010-09-27 Meeting thread on advisory-board-list: http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/advisory-board/2010-September/009306.html The Board for the past two months or so has been working to put together a solid vision statement for Fedora, to help guide what we do. It hasn’t been an easy road, but this meeting was our deadline to have a draft statement so the task dominated this meeting. We happily came to agreement on …

Fedora Board Meetings, 27 Sept 2010 & 1 Oct 2010

I apologize in advance for the brevity of this blog post; I’ve been cranking full-speed ahead on the new www.fedoraproject.org with Sijis Aviles and Jef van Schendel and need to get back to it quickly. 🙂 The Fedora Board is now fully on its new schedule. What this means, exactly: Every Monday, the Board will meet via phone at 2 PM Eastern time. Every other Friday (starting with this Friday), the Board will hold a public ‘office hours’ style questions & answers session in #fedora-board-meeting at 2 PM Eastern time. So, the Board is meeting more frequently, which I think is a good thing for Fedora overall. This blog post is going to summarize two board meetings: the 27 Sep 2010 Board phone meeting, and today’s public IRC meeting. Fedora Board Meeting 27 September 2010 Full meeting minutes: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Meeting:Board_meeting_2010-09-27 Meeting thread on advisory-board-list: http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/advisory-board/2010-September/009306.html The Board for the past two months or so has been working to put together a solid vision statement for Fedora, to help guide what we do. It hasn’t been an easy road, but this meeting was our deadline to have a draft statement so the task dominated this meeting. We happily came to agreement on …

You must be this tall to ride: __

I believe that Fedora and Linux in general need to reach and inspire a wider set of users. Free software affords us so many benefits we should strive to share, but there’s still a formidable bar in technical skill required to realize those benefits. What can we do to help expand the reach of free software? One way is to teach! I’ve taught free software to kids and it was an amazing experience (and I have another Red Hat-sponsored project involving teaching kids how to use free software in the works that I’m excited to talk about in detail soon!) Although interacting with a group of kids or adults in person and teaching them about what free software can do is vitally important, I am afraid it’s not entirely scalable. It’s also entirely bending the user to the software itself, without at all bending the software towards the user. “Yeah, it works a little weird there, here’s a clunky workflow for getting around that” is the sort of phrase I end up using a lot of times while teaching others how to use free software. I am concerned that bending users to the software, and not bending the software to …