"What is the Fedora Project?"

Gregory Zysk gz.int.project at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 13:55:29 UTC 2009

Dear F-a-b,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Gregory Zysk and I am a new member
to the Fedora community who is interested in the strategic
management/leadership of Fedora. Please take the time to view my wiki here:


As I am quite new, I am not sure about the prior work that has been done to
define the question of "What is the Fedora Project?" but from my personal
experiences so far every user and contributor view this question in their
own way (i.e People person vs. packager/developer, etc)

I believe in order to truly form a strategy for growth and target a specific
user segment, we need apply some research internally and externally. If not
applied already, as a form of Organizational Development, one can start with
measuring the needs and values of a contributor through sampling. We can
reciprocate this process for all positions within Fedora and then move to
the outside of the organization to sample a group of "external" users. For
instance, those who use other open source distros, proprietary OS's and the
like (This can be accomplished through surveys or focus groups on-line or
off-line at for example Fedora events). Once we gain this data, we can begin
to measure these needs and values to that of Fedora's needs and values (at a
management/leadership level) to see if they are in alignment. One can also
view this as aligned resources for strategic fit.

I believe once we get some solid data, then we can start to forecast and
plan for strategic development which in turn can be used to steer the
marketing team and the ambassadors in the way we would like to position
ourselves at events, as well as the open source market.

Once again, since I am new, I am not sure if this has been brought up
before, but nonetheless, I believe I can help a great deal in regards to
this topic and overall organizational management, development and planning.
I look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions.

All the best,

Gregory Zysk

On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 10:48 AM, Jeroen van Meeuwen <kanarip at kanarip.com>wrote:

> On 10/09/2009 05:55 PM, Mike McGrath wrote:
>> On Fri, 9 Oct 2009, Greg DeKoenigsberg wrote:
>>> A bit late to this thread -- my apologies.  Here's what I believe, and
>>> forgive
>>> me if it's too fuzzy and meta.
>>> I believe that the Fedora leadership should stake out positions that they
>>> believe to be correct, and should work to mobilize resources that move us
>>> in
>>> those directions.  That's what leadership is for, and that should be the
>>> primary mission of the Board.
>>> I also believe, however, that the Board must guarantee the freedom for
>>> dissenting community members to move in their own directions.  Fedora's
>>> governance was built to ensure precisely this freedom.  The Board is
>>> empowered
>>> to bless the "Foo Project", but any Fedora contributor is free to form
>>> the
>>> "Anti-Foo SIG," even if the goal of that SIG is to prove, through their
>>> constructive actions, that the direction of the "Foo Project" is wrong.
>>> It concerns me that we seem to be taking a tone that encourages us to
>>> exclude
>>> people, as though it is strictly necessary to tell people "we don't care
>>> about
>>> that, go away".  It is not necessary to do this. Rather, I believe that
>>> we
>>> should say "we care primarily about *this*, and so we will focus on it,
>>> but we
>>> understand that you care primarily about *that*, and we welcome your
>>> attempts
>>> to make *that* happen as well."
>> I don't think anyone has said or implied that anyone will be telling
>> someone else to leave the project, in fact I'm pretty sure any comment on
>> that topic has been firmly against that.
> Maybe not in this topic, but you can see where "we don't care about that,
> go away" in some recent discussion(s) describes the attitude of some more
> accurately, then would "we care primarily about *this*, (..) but we
> understand that you care primarily about *that*, and we welcome your
> attempts to make *that* happen as well".
> I think gdk intended to say "go away" more in a sense of "get *that* out of
> our sight" then to say "leave the project now".
> -- Jeroen
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