Desktop Proposal

Jesse Keating jkeating at
Mon Oct 12 15:35:49 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-10-12 at 09:06 -0500, Mike McGrath wrote:
> = Mission Change =
> Right now our mission statements, as listed on the overview page are:
>     * The Fedora Project always strives to lead, not follow.
>     * The Fedora Project consistently seeks to create, improve, and spread
>       free/libre code and content.
>     * The Fedora Project succeeds through shared action on the part of
>       many people throughout our community.
> == Problem 1: Too broad ==
> The objectives above are incredibly broad.  It's not even clear that we
> produce a Linux based distribution.  Even though the Fedora Project does
> much more, our biggest feat at this time is the production of the Fedora
> operating system.
> == Solution 1: Define an additional mission ==
> Adopt a new mission worded in an agreeable way similar to:
>   "Produce a usable, general purpose desktop operating system"
> I feel this fundamental shift on the mission page is required.  Our teams
> all do lots of different and valuable work.  All of these teams are on a
> schedule based around our regular releases of the operating system.  This
> will also give our contributors and leaders the ability to ask themselves:
>   "Does this change/feature/task help produce a usable, general purpose
>    desktop operating system?"
> If the answer to that question is no, perhaps it's worth re-thinking this
> change/feature/task.

This comes down to project vs product.  Your proposed mission change is
a great mission for the desktop spin product.  Not so great for the
Fedora project as a whole.

Our Project has a wide and broad mission that manifests itself into
various products.  One of the products is the Desktop spin which
absolutely should have a more concise mission statement, one that more
closely relates to an individuals needs and concerns.

Jesse Keating
Fedora -- Freedom² is a feature!
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