yesterday's board meeting
mspevack at redhat.com
Wed Mar 28 14:55:55 UTC 2007
Actual details reprinted below, in case people want to comment.
=== General Business ===
The first 40 minutes of the meeting was spent talking with DonaldFischer,
Red Hat's VP of Online Services. Previously Donald has led the
[http://www.mugshot.org 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
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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