To make it easier to welcome new folks into Marketing, I'm cleaning out
all old requests from the FAS marketing group request queue, as I
haven't been able to find the introduction emails that are prerequisites
for FAS group membership from any of the people on that list.
If you were on that list and are still interested in joining the
Marketing team (which I hope you are!) instructions on how to do so are
Note that you need an introduction email to the Marketing mailing list
before you request FAS membership. (And if you're bringing a new person
into Marketing, please help them walk through the join instructions on
PS: Right now, the marketing FAS group doesn't actually let you do
anything, it just marks membership - but that (along with the Join
process) is something we might want to discuss as a group during our F13
strategic planning meeting. Which, I might add, is happening in 1.5
weeks on 12/8 (usual meeting time).
Some other groups have things they do to help new folks get started (the
mentoring program in Ambassadors, the way Infrastructure asks people to
contribute for a while before they grant group membership, etc) that we
may want to adopt. That's a separate topic I'll bring up at our next
After talking with Mel Chua and Ankur Sinha on the #Fedora-mktg channel last
night, Ankur and I have decided to embark on a Marketing project for either
F13, or the F14 feature track. As a result, I've decided to actually join the
Marketing team, so here is my formal self-introduction :)
*Full legal name (as you use it is fine)
*City, Country; you may use your timezone if you have a compelling reason not
to specify your city or country
Phoenix, AZ, USA
*Profession or Student status
High School Student
*Company, School, or other affiliation
Deer Valley High School
*Your goals in the Fedora Project
To see Fedora Linux and the Fedora Project shine, and for the project to lead
the FOSS community as a whole. Getting Fedora's awesome community involved is
a key part of this happening, and it's what I am also trying to accomplish in
becoming a local Fedora Project ambassador.
*What do you want to talk about?
Fedora, of course! I'm a member of the KDE SIG, so that's where my expertise
in the distro lies, but pretty much anything related to the project, the
distro or the people is open territory :)
*What would you like to see in Fedora?
Fedora's Four Pillars are one of the major reasons I was so attracted to the
distribution and community. I think that making sure the distro follows these
four goals will help to propel Fedora to the forefront of the GNU/Linux
community as a whole. We should always be striving to package, integrate, ship
and promote cutting edge software, services and designs to the Fedora
community and the FOSS community as a whole. We should strive to lead by
example in not embracing proprietary software solutions at all costs and we
should be willing to fight for our freedom.
*Anything else you'd like to do?
As I said above, I'm going to be working with Ankur Sinha on bringing his
awesome idea to light within the F13 or F14 feature period, and that's
probably what I will be focusing most of my initial work in Marketing on. It
sounds like a very exciting project and could have a huge impact on Fedora's
new users, and attracting possible contributors.
High School Newspaper? Not much :) I'm an ambassador, if that helps :)
*What other projects or marketing effors have you worked on in the past? (List
what you think is relevant)
*What level and type of marketing skills do you have?
Not much besides a veracity and will to make Fedora as awesome as possible :)
*What other skills do you have that might be applicable?
Minimal coding skills, in C++ and python, which I'll be expanding via a few
small projects and fedora-tour in the near future. I may also have a tablet PC
in the near future to help express my (pathetic) artistic skills :-)
Happy Thanksgiving for all your Americans, and happy Thursday for everyone
Ambassador, KDE SIG, News (and now Marketing) :)
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Fedora 12: a conversation with Paul Frields
By Rebecca Sobol
Last week, just before the final release of Fedora 12 was announced
<http://lwn.net/Articles/362287/>, I had the opportunity to speak with
Fedora Project Leader Paul Frields. The following article is based on
I'm Tareq Al Jurf. I'm from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I'm a last year high
school student. My goal is to spread Fedora in Riyadh or any other place in
Saudi Arabia or any Arab country. I'd like people to use, know about and
join the Fedora Project. I've already started convincing students in my
school and online to migrate to Fedora. Although i don't have any marketing
certification, I think that i gained experience in marketing Fedora. I'll
try hard because in Saudi Arabia less than 5% know anything about linux.
I wish that you accept me at the team :)
Thanks in Advance
Tareq Al Jurf
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
For example, Fedora 12 offers netbook enhancements that Frields noted
came from a community contributor.
In Frields's view, what Fedora does is it provides a set of building
blocks of well-engineered open source software.
"Anybody that has a specific area that they're interested in will be
able to mold Fedora into a product that they can put out in front of
people," he said. "Whether you call it a spin or a Fedora remix, Fedora
is malleable enough to turn out some very different kinds of project."
"After spending several days with Fedora, I find that I'm happy with
this release. The live CD by itself was a bit underwhelming, but the
distribution as a whole has been excellent. This is probably the most
stable and most polished release the Fedora team has put together to date."
Hey, Marketing team!
The Desktop folks are looking for example content created by - and
viewable in - open source software that ships with Fedora, to use as
examples for users of the desktop spin in f13 (yep, looking forward to
that already). Anything you'd suggest to showcase?
Send ideas to fedora-devel-list(a)redhat.com,
https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/fedora-devel-list. The thread so
far is archived here:
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: example content
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 14:15:11 -0500
From: Matthias Clasen <mclasen(a)redhat.com>
Reply-To: Development discussions related to Fedora
Organization: Red Hat, Inc
To: Development discussions related to Fedora Core
<fedora-devel-list(a)redhat.com>, Discussions about development for
the Fedora desktop <fedora-desktop-list(a)redhat.com>
one change we are planning to make to the desktop spin in F13 is to go
from targeting a cd to targeting a 1g usb stick. That will give us
enough breathing room to include not only OpenOffice, but also some
example content on the spin. We've wanted to do that for a long time,
but the cd size restriction have prohibited that.
The example content is meant to serve several purposes:
- Be informative and/or pleasant
- Allow users to try the included apps
- Showcase content that has been produced with open source apps
- Make the desktop spin more useful, e.g. to ambassadors
Examples that might fit some of these categories are:
- Suitably licensed music or movie trailers (big buck bunny has been
- Spreadsheets or documents that contain interesting facts about Fedora
or open source
- the 1-page release notes pdf that was debuted for F12
The purpose of this mail is to solicit proposals for content that might
fit into these categories. Please send your proposals to
fedora-desktop-list or just reply.
fedora-devel-list mailing list
Tatica is going to be doing the Marketing interview for the User
Research project (https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User_Research_Plan)
sometime tomorrow morning; we'll be finding each other on IRC sometime
between 1300 and 1600 UTC (...I know that's kind of nonspecific) and
I'll shout to the list again right before we start in case we can get
any more participants.
If you'd specifically like us to ping you or wait for you, drop a line
here (it's totally no trouble, and I for one would love to have more
folks there - remember, F12 was my first release cycle, so I would
*particularly* love to hear from folks who've been around longer and
have a broader sense of history).
For information on the kind of thing we're doing, see the examples of
other teams' interviews at
These are the questions we'll be asked to answer from a Marketing team
perspective, if anyone has thoughts to chime in between now and FUDCon.
# How well do you think Fedora accomplishes its stated goals in light of
your role in the project?
# How is Fedora not meeting those goals?
# What questions do you have about Fedora's target audience that you'd
like to see answers so that your team can help get Fedora closer to its