yesterday's board meeting

Max Spevack mspevack at
Wed Mar 28 14:55:55 UTC 2007

Actual details reprinted below, in case people want to comment.



=== General Business ===

'''Donald Fischer'''

The first 40 minutes of the meeting was spent talking with DonaldFischer, 
Red Hat's VP of Online Services.  Previously Donald has led the 
[ Mugshot] group, and also been the product manager 
for RHEL.  Donald's Mugshot team has been doing a tremendous amount of 
work in the Fedora space, and he wanted to take some time to tell us about 
it, and begin thinking about how it can play into Fedora 8's feature set.

The best link to look at, in order to get an idea of the vision:

We'd like to stress that this wasn't the Board deciding "we're going to 
put all of this directly into Fedora".  It was Donald showing off (on 
behalf of his larger team) a lot of the things they are playing around 
with, and wanting the Fedora community to be up to speed on it.

One of the things that was discussed was the fact that Fedora 7 will allow 
a group like Donald's all the tools necessary to put together a 
"Experimental Desktop" spin anytime they want, which can be really useful 
for testing and getting their ideas into people's hands in a very 
consumable way.

'''Live USB'''

Jeremy indicated to us that LiveUSB keys are close to becoming a reality. 
It will basically be Jeremy's decision as to whether we can do a LiveUSB 
key or just plain LiveCD for the Red Hat Summit.

'''Fedora Board and Fedora Engineering Steering Committee'''

Max summarized his recent conversation with ThorstenLeemhuis in which they 
discussed the fact that the Fedora Board is inadvertantly poaching some of 
the topics that are more appropriately discussed by FESCO.  Examples 
include (1) EPEL guildelines, (2) release schedule details, and (3) status 
checks on the most important Fedora 7 features.

The Board needs to do a better job of *understanding* what is going on 
with all those items and being informed, but not necessarily making the 
decisions itself -- that takes away a bit from FESCO, which should have 
the first opportunity to act.

Further clarification can be provided, but the general sentiment was 
agreed upon by all.

'''General Fedora Board stuff'''

We talked about the need to do a better job of making it clear how the 
Board's decisions (at least the controversial ones) are made, and 
indicating whether there is generally consensus in those decisions, or if 
there is a lot of dissent.  The next time a "tough" decision is made by 
the Board, there will be more conversation about it in this way.

We are also taking the steps necessary to figure out how the Board 
succession will look, since there will be some changes after Fedora 7. 
Right now this is being discussed on the private fedora-board-list, but it 
will jump over to fedora-advisory-board soon.  It is also being discussed 
[:Board/SuccessionPlanning: on the wiki].

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