As discussed in the marketing meeting yesterday on irc....
Now that the Fedora 12 talking points have been settled, we need to
start doing print or podcast interviews around some of those points /
features. We selected 4 talking points in the marketing meeting
yesterday that should definitely have interviews to go along with them
- Next-Gen Ogg, NetworkManager enhancements, Virt improvements, and
Systemtap improvements - but to do the interviews, we still need
The tools / information to start doing interviews are available here:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Category:F12_in-depth_features ... and
please note the table for features and owners. If you are willing to
take something on, please add your name to the wiki as the owner so we
know that we (a) have an owner, and (b) don't have 12 owners being
redundant. Stickster has graciously volunteered to do the SystemTap
interview. (Thank you, Paul :D ) Mchua - I don't know if you want to
open marketing tickets for each of these interviews, if so I can do
Mchua previously issued a call to action on this -
https://fedorahosted.org/marketing-team/ticket/73 - and so we're still
looking to synchronize interviewees and interviewers. If you have any
ideas, please post your suggestions in the wiki and/or on the mailing
Of course, other interviews around the talking points / features for
Fedora 12 are welcome as well - please add your work to the list in
Comments welcome of course.
After resolving an issue with Zikula on publictest6 kindly resolved by
Simon, I've been putting some of the content into the test instance of
Zikula for Fedora Insight, and have a few comments.
1) Stories need to be marked up in HTML to get the same linkback
functionality we currently have with the wiki version, so one decision
point is whether we do this markup within Zikula or if we have writers
externalize this and use an HTML editor of their choice and then paste
in the news story in FI, or whether we want to try to integrate a
WYSIWYG editor into Zikula. There are pros and cons to both, but I
might suggest external editors, for the reason below.
2) The timeout value on Zikula is too short. In trying to enter the
news story for FWN 195 announcements, after finishing the news item my
session timed out and all my work was lost. It would be easier to edit
this locally and then just create the news story when I am done.
3) We need to decision what level to create news items at. If there is
a desire to continue FWN as a identifiable entity, there would be value
in presenting news stories at the beat level, and marked and tagged
as such. People could subscribe to FWN content by subscribing to
anything tagged as FWN, and using the categories, people could do the
same as well
4) I was not able to create child categories from the FWN category,
which would be useful if people want to subscribe at the beat level, say
if they only care about Marketing, for example. How do I do this?
5) It is possible to retain the editorial workflow within FI, since
content creators can submit their news items for review before they are
published. This isn't the default right now though, so I might suggest
having Zikula set up so that it doesn't publish the item right away, at
least from an FWN perspective.
Okay, that's enough to get discussion started. Comments most welcome!
I plan to attend FUDCon Toronto in December and hopefully we can spend
some quality time hacking on this on the Sunday and Monday.
Fedora Ambassador, Indiana USA
Fedora Weekly News editorial team
We originally planned to launch Fedora Insight on September 29 (right
before infrastructure freeze), but I think we'll be in a much better
position to get a stable platform up and tested, with a contribution
workflow we're all happy with, if we push the launch date out until
right after the freeze instead.
Therefore, our new launch target is Oct 14 (when the freeze lifts), and
our revised schedule is on
I'd like everyone to be happy with what we're putting out there, instead
of feeling panicked and scrambling to rush things in before the freeze
hits - sanity is good. You'll see me chugging away on FI stuff over the
weekend and as next week gets underway - please join the fun if you can. ;)
*...and concerns, questions, comments, etc totally welcome, as always.
A friendly reminder: If you're relatively new to the Fedora Marketing
team and haven't yet completed the steps in
should go and take a look.
There are some useful things there that you can do to make sure you've
got access to all the places where we work - for instance, some people
who have posted on this mailing list don't yet have a FAS account, which
will let you create and work on tasks in our ticket tracker. And some
people have requested FAS membership without posting an introduction to
the mailing list, which is a prerequisite for granting Marketing group
membership. Little things, but nice to get out of the way ASAP.
If any of the terms in the last paragraph confused you, go to the link
and read the Join instructions, 'cause that probably means we haven't
given you access to everything just yet. ;)
Your friendly local minion,
PS: We've got a meeting in ~37 minutes, too - #fedora-meeting,
Upcoming Fedora 12 Marketing Tasks
Name Start End
In-depth feature profiles: 0% to 75% complete Tue 2009-08-04 Tue
Coordinate with news beats authors about feature coverage Tue 2009-09-22
Finish in-depth feature profiles Tue 2009-09-22 Tue
Final (Beta) Freeze: Development Code Complete Tue 2009-09-29 Tue
Update press kits Tue 2009-09-29 Tue
Beta Project Wide Release Readiness Meeting Wed 2009-10-07 Wed
Start One-page Release Notes: Docs & Marketing Tue 2009-10-13 Tue
Beta Release Public Availability Tue 2009-10-13 Tue
Create one page Release Notes with Marketing Tue 2009-10-13 Tue
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