What makes a spin a Spin?

Greg DeKoenigsberg gdk at redhat.com
Tue Feb 26 21:23:45 UTC 2008

On Tue, 26 Feb 2008, Max Spevack wrote:

> On Tue, 26 Feb 2008, Jesse Keating wrote:
>> Sortof.  It seems that Max wants to empower folks in areas to create and 
>> share things called Fedora without going through releng / QA because releng 
>> / QA resources are finite.  I tend to want this too, but in a way that the 
>> product is labeled as contrib and not official Fedora.
> Sortof right back at you.
> What I want is:
> (1) A clear set of guidelines for what it takes for something to be an 
> official spin.  For example, KDE is an official spin.  Games is an official 
> spin, right?  So is Electronics Lab.  Is XFCE an official spin?
> If I am a person who has created a spin, and I want it to become "official", 
> I want to know what steps are necessary to take.
> I also want to be able to see the .ks files for all the official spins, 
> because that will help me to create my own spin in a way that is likely to 
> have a higher initial quality than if I just go off on my own, because I'm 
> working from a known-good starting point.
> (2) A place for people to share the spins that are not "blessed" like those 
> in group (1).  Perhaps this is just the CustomSpins page on the Fedora wiki, 
> which can have pointers off to .ks files and hosted spins elsewhere.
> (3) A description of how spins in group (1) should be named, and how spins in 
> group (2) should be named.
> If those things all exist, then any person or entity that is interested in 
> customizing Fedora can decide which end goal they want to pursue, because the 
> different expectations (and rewards for meeting those expectations) are 
> spelled out.
> My feeling is that we have talked around a lot of these issues many times, 
> but never actually codified the decisions in a single place, and figured out 
> who is responsible for keeping that document updated, or modifying it when 
> necessary.

Ding ding ding!

So!  Fedora Board!  Will you spell these things out?  :)


Greg DeKoenigsberg
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