Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Re: What is success for Fedora?

On Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 8:11 AM, Jaroslav Reznik <jreznik@redhat.com> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> > On 07/01/2014 10:47 AM, Miloslav Trma─Ź wrote:
>> > > ----- Original Message -----
>> > >> Is Fedora simply a project to
>> > >> create a Linux distribution, or is it something larger?
>> > > … or something smaller instead?
>> > >
>> > > These kinds of questions have a tendency to lead to answers that mostly
>> > > expand the scope of what we should be achieving, making it more general,
>> > > more vague, and more close to impossible to succeed.
>> >
>> > Not that I disagree, but do you have an example of an answer to the
>> > question we should avoid?
>>
>> From a certain slashdotted blog post: 'In fact, these days GNOME describes
>> itself as a "community that makes great software", which is as nondescript
>> as you can get for software development.' is what first came to my mind as a
>> counterexample. (Note: GNOME _doesn't_ describe itself that way any more.)
>
> And this is actually the main thing we should focus. Successful project
> (not only open source/community) has to aim far beyond technology. And you
> know, we are all hackers, engineers, geeks etc. and we forget very often
> there's that more. Our small problems are problems of the whole universe.
>
> Based on above, success for Fedora for me is ability to balance technical
> part with the other part. Is it hard to measure - yes, it is. Is it needed?
> Yes, it is.
>
> Actually there's simple metric - compare number of tech folks in Fedora
> with other non tech positions :).

Can you define how they would be "in Fedora"? Do they simply use
Fedora, or are they contributing non-technical things to Fedora in
your metric?

josh
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