"What is the Fedora Project?"

Gregory Zysk gz.int.project at gmail.com
Wed Oct 14 14:51:34 UTC 2009

On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 11:48 PM, John Poelstra <poelstra at redhat.com> wrote:

> Gregory Zysk said the following on 10/12/2009 06:55 AM Pacific Time:
> > 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:
> >
> > https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Gmzysk
> Welcome to Fedora!

>> Thanks John :)

> > 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.
> Long term I think these could be useful things to do, many of which could
> be done in parallel with our ongoing releases.  Short term we find ourselves
> a month away from releasing the 12th release of Fedora with work on the 13th
> release already starting.  There isn't really time to freeze everything to
> research these things nor a lot of people with background or experience
> doing what you have suggested.  Some work has been done by the marketing
> team so that could be a good place to work on these things.
>>> Agreed. It would definitely be a long term process.

> > 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.
> >
> You might want to subscribe to "logistics"[1] list and watch the "F12 Beta
> Release Readiness" meeting tomorrow at 19:00 UTC in #fedora-meeting.  The
> overall organizational management and planning is fairly informal and works
> better than most people think at first glance :)

>>> I have subscribed to this group and will try to be present at the
meeting this evening.

>>> Thanks again for your help and suggestions!!! :)

> John
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