Desktop Proposal

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at
Thu Oct 15 00:55:27 UTC 2009

On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 05:28:53PM -0500, Mike McGrath wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Oct 2009, Jesse Keating wrote:
> > On Mon, 2009-10-12 at 17:18 -0500, Mike McGrath wrote:
> > > Agreed, it should be the page that directs our contributors.
> >
> > Yes, we agree on the above.
> >
> > > To create a
> > > usable, general purpose desktop.
> > >
> > >
> >
> > No we do not agree on this.  The Fedora Project's mission isn't just to
> > create a general purpose desktop.  Not by a long shot.  By saying that
> > at a /project/ level you basically tell every person out there that
> > wants to work on making servers better, or wants to develop good
> > documentation for software, or wants to create artwork, or wants to do
> > anything that isn't a "general purpose desktop" to piss off and find
> > another project.  I don't think that will result in more contributors
> > coming to Fedora.
> >
> So lets leave the other missions in place, as suggested in the paper, and
> just add one?  Is there anyone else on the list that thinks trying to
> build a usable, general purpose desktop is not worth being a mission of
> the Fedora Project?
Yes.  I agree with Jesse on this one.

The Fedora Project should be about attracting contributors to make the
Fedora Community better.  This can include a lot of things that have nothing
whatsoever to do with creating a distro, let alone a desktop distro.

However, some subset of our contributors are interested in creating a
desktop distro.  Those subprojects (right now this work is focused via spins
but it doesn't have to stay that way in the future) should carry the
creation of a general purpose desktop as part of their mission.

As part of our (The Fedora Project's) mission to build a better Fedora
Community, promoting the various spins is one way to reward contributors for
a job well done and to try to retain and grow the contributor base.

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