"What is the Fedora Project?"

Mark McLoughlin markmc at redhat.com
Fri Oct 9 08:29:22 UTC 2009

On Thu, 2009-10-08 at 11:59 -0400, Seth Vidal wrote:

> the developers work for their manager. Ie: I work for Tom. So Does Mike 
> and a lot of folks on the fedora team. But the desktop team developers 
> work for Jonathan. So a different set of people in charge.
> The board has no hiearchical control over either Tom or Jonathan so 
> directing them to direct their people to do something or to NOT do 
> something is not within the purview of the board as I understand it.

You make it sound almost like Tom and Jonathan have direct control over
Fedora, which I'm sure they'd surprised to hear :-)

Put it this way - the board can attempt to set a vision for the project,
but it won't work unless it is a motivating vision which roughly
coincides with the ideas most people already have.

That's no different from Jonathan or anyone else on the desktop team
attempting to set a vision for the desktop spin. Unless they can bring
people along with that vision, it ultimately doesn't work out.

Setting out a vision isn't about hierarchial control. We're all bumbling
along now with whatever rough consensus we can garner. The board can
merely help to crystalize consensus and motivate people around it.


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