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Re: "What is the Fedora Project?"



On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 11:23 AM, John Poelstra <poelstra redhat com> wrote:
> inode0 said the following on 10/08/2009 08:58 AM Pacific Time:
>> On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 10:29 AM, Jeffrey Ollie <jeff ocjtech us> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 9:40 AM, inode0 <inode0 gmail com> wrote:
>>>> Is it in the board's purview to "lead" the project by singling out
>>>> technologies it wants to move along over the next few releases?
>>>
>>> Yes.  Fedora has limited resources. That means that someone needs to
>>> prioritize the use of those resources.  As a corollary to that it may
>>> mean that some projects/ideas may be denied resources.
>>
>> I thought I was asking a rhetorical question there. And I think the
>> answer is no.
>>
>>>> Are there structural problems within the project that this would help?
>>>
>>> Fedora can't be everything to everyone, and if anyone in the project
>>> thinks we can, I would call that a structural problem.
>>
>> I think it is a problem if we exclude contributors who have a vision
>> that nine board members don't understand yet. Let them do their work,
>> make their case, and prove their point. We have mechanisms now for
>> determining winners and losers among competing technologies.
>>
>
> This is too "all or nothing."  There has been no discussion about excluding
> contributors who have a different vision than the board. Fedora provides a
> tremendous amount of flexibility and opportunity to do your own thing...
> including creating your own distro.  Even if the core direction Fedora is at
> odds with some contributors, nobody is saying they can't do what they want
> to, within reasonable bounds of course.

Yes, there is discussion of exactly that in the text quoted above.
Granted it was not made by a board member. At least that was how I
interpreted the comments about prioritization and denial of resources
to projects/ideas the board doesn't like.

John


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