In this week's meeting we discussed about the Magazine's slideshow on
the front page, mentioning that it has many bugs, more noticeable in
small and big monitors. Having installed more than one slideshow plugins
to test it, we have come to the conclusion that there is a problem with
the theme. Furthermore, there are more problems/bugs with the current
Magazine theme, such as that it is not light, causing the Magazine to
lag all the time, and not displaying new posts and changes to the front
page for a few hours/days. Also with this theme we have to add featured
images in the posts in order to be good looking in the front page,
adding always the fedora logo as we don't always have a specific image
about the post. Anyway the main problem is the slideshow (we are also
getting complains in our contact-us form) and in order to remove it
we have to change the theme as well, as this theme is not good-looking
without the slideshow.
I have come up with some ideas about the new design, that covers most of
the issues we have. But I would like to show them to you instead of
describing them, as I found this specific theme by accident and I liked
it ;). In this link a WP blog with some Magazine content is hosted
with the twenty thirteen theme. I tweaked a child theme I found to best
fit our needs. With this theme the featured image is not required and it
is optional. We don't have to add a slideshow of our posts in the front
page if we don't want to, as with the image at the top we are covered.
About the image at the top, I like the circle in the center, and we
could make something similar with Fedora infinity logos; but if we
choose to go with this theme, I leave that totally up to the design
team. We could also add widgets at the right side of the page, like we
did with the current magazine theme.
Comments/thoughts/flames copyright of jzb ;P
Just a reminder we have a meeting today at 19:00 UTC in
#fedora-marketing on Freenode.
For your time, search here:
(14:00 Eastern, 13:00 Central, 11:00 Pacific)
Quick & dirty agenda:
- Fedora Magazine theme / platform discussion.
- Tasks for Fedora 20 release (e.g., final release notes)
- Fedora 10th anniversary promotions
Joe Brockmeier | Principal Cloud & Storage Analyst
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Hi, my name is Ramilton Costa Gomes Júnior and I live in Serra-ES,
Brazil (location or timezone). MyFedora Account System (FAS)
<https://admin.fedoraproject.org/accounts>username is ramilton, and
myIRC <https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/IRC>nick is ramilton. (OR: I am
new to IRC and would like help getting started!)
I learned about the Fedora Marketing team through friends on events, and
am interested in joining because, I believe I have been doing marketing
Fedora participate in events where, in addition to organizing events
I've worked on Open Source projects like OSUM Sun Microsystem. I was
leader of the region where they lived in southern Bahia, and am
currently an ambassador Fedora Project in the State of Espirito Santo.
Never worked in marketing project and this will be my first experience.
My skills, which I hope to utilize in Fedora Marketing, include:
* Participate very event talking about Fedora
* I have many friends who have digital magazine that this could
touting the fedora
* besides disclosing the fedora on social networks
* I'd also like to learn much with you that are part of the team.
When I'm not working on Fedora, I am in college finishing my master's
degree in computer science .
A couple of goals I have for the Fedora Project are continue to disclose
the fedora in small and large events, to distribute medias, bottons,
bumper my fellow ambassadors, write news portals for free software, and
write in the journal about the fedora, and finally organize events.
I am wondering about how the marketing team, more details so I can get
an idea of how to help them.
Please help me get started!
(I'm cc'ing the marketing team so they are aware of the issues here
since it affects them too.)
You might be aware of the Fedora.next initiative  led by Matt Miller
and Stephen Gallagher, first presented at Flock this past summer. It
hasn't affected our team much yet, but it will in a few months so I
wanted to give you a heads up on how I think it will affect us and a
rough plan of how I think we should look at tackling some of the things
that are going to come up as a result.
Just as a quick recap, Fedora.next involves splitting Fedora into three
• Fedora Workstation
• Fedora Server
• Fedora Cloud
What each of these 'products' will be, exactly, who they are targeting,
and their various features, etc. is up to working groups that have been
formed for each product. Information about the working groups is
available at the following wiki pages per group:
• Fedora Workstation: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Workstation
• Fedora Server: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Server
• Fedora Cloud: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Cloud
Those working groups will come up with product requirements by January
2014, at which point we'll have more information about each product and
what it will be like.
"Okay, so what does all of this have to do with the Fedora Design Team?"
you may be wondering.
Well, having more than one main 'product' for Fedora is going to result
in our team - the main caretakers of the Fedora brand - having a lot of
requests we aren't quite equipped to handle right now. Here's a few
examples to show what I mean:
• Can you design us a logo for our Fedora product? (What should each of
the logos for these products look like? Should each product have its own
• Can you make some artwork for our Fedora product? (What kind of
artwork should be used to represent each? How can we give each product a
distinctive feel but still keep all of the products coherently 'Fedora'
looking in its branding so they look related / like a family?)
• Can you add our product to the Fedora website? Can you make our
product its own website? (How should we represent these products on the
website? Should we allow products to have their own separate websites?)
How do we answer these questions? How do we get on the same page about
how to answer these questions? Ryan and I talked about this a little bit
today, and we think that over time as these Fedora product plans
solidify, as a team we'll need to come up with a 'brand framework' to
support them all. (This sounds very fancy but it really isn't. I think
it's just going to amount to some extensions to our current brand
Well, all right - so where do we get started with that? Here's me and
• The Fedora brand is a strong brand, and we all collectively have
invested a lot in it. The Fedora brand isn't going anywhere.
• The products will all have a common core - Fedora. Their mission
statements should, hopefully, derive in part from Fedora's overall
mission statement of "leading the advancement of free and open source
software and content as a collaborative community." The products'
individual branding should reside under the umbrella of Fedora. We're
talking different models of vehicle from Ford, where Ford is the
overarching brand and each individual model of car has different target
audiences and strengths, and *not* a model where boutique brands are
spun up for each individual product (e.g., Lexus for high-end Toyotas,
Scion for entry-level Gen-Y Toyota customers. )
• Since the products will be sub-brands under Fedora, we'll probably use
one of the existing sublogo layouts  or design a new sublogo layout
• We can develop additional brand elements to extend the Fedora brand
and help give each of the products their own visual identity within the
main Fedora branding framework. What do I mean by brand elements? A very
simple example would be to associate each product with a specific color:
e.g., workstation is blue, server is green, cloud is yellow - or
something like this. The wikipedia "Visual brand language" article 
touches on this a little bit, especially with the example of the
original Starbucks Visual Brand Language.
• Specific brand framework elements we're thinking we'll need (much of
which exists in our current brand framework):
∘ Logo, sublogos, and usage guidelines
∘ Visual brand langauge / brand element system
∘ Imagery: Illustration and Photography, guidelines for these
∘ Chart / Diagram / Table design and guidelines
∘ Voice: What is the Fedora 'sound' in written communication?
• We'll probably need to review our current brand assets to verify
whether or not they make sense given the changes we'll be making as
well. E.g., will the four foundations still make sense? (Probably?)
Cool, okay. So if that all makes sense - how do we develop these
extensions onto the Fedora brand and build out our branding framework to
be able to encompass multiple products? Here's a rough specific plan we
came up with - the high level plan is basically to meet with the working
groups initially to make sure they're thinking about some of the things
we need to create these brand elements (e.g., mission statements, target
audience, etc. so we know what and who we're designing for) and then
once their product requirements (PRDs) are done, we can start mocking up
some ideas with a better understanding of what these products are going
to do and who they are for. Anyway, here's the timeline:
• This week: Reach out to the various working groups and ask them a few
(1) What problem does your product solve, in one sentence?
(2) Who is the target audience for your product, in one sentence?
(3) List at least 5 products that successfully target the same target
audience you are after.
(4) List at least 5 products that try to solve the same problem.
• This week: Blog all of this up for the wider Fedora community to read
and provide feedback and ideas on. :)
• Thursday, Nov 26: Deadline for the working groups to provide answers
to our questions.
• Monday, Dec 2: Set up meetings with each working group to gather some
more information and details about target audience, purpose / mission
statement, and competitive marketing.
• January 2014: PRDs are due
• Februrary 2014: Start some work on extending the Fedora brand framework.
What do you think? Does this make sense? Do you want to get involved?
Everyone here is more than welcome to help out with this as you'd like
if you think it makes sense. Just reply to this thread or let's chat in
#fedora-design. Whatever works!
 This may be a North Americanism, but hopefully you get the gist.
from, and why does it differ from the draft on the wiki?
At a glance, I see:
"With the introduction of thin provisioning via Logical Volume Manager
(LVM) in the Linux kernel, Fedora 20 can now support the configuration of
thin clients during OS installation."
...which is incorrect and quite misleading. Dynamic block allocation is
entirely separate from network booting an OS.
I noticed this Fedora Desktops account on facebook today. Is it one
of us that has the credentials to this? It doesn't look like the desktop
SIG (now the workstation WG) has put it up.
I think we'd prefer one central account that we can disperse information
on rather than small ad-hoc accounts? I'm also wondering if there's any
guideline on people starting accounts like "Fedora XXXX": do they have
to take permission from the board or something, or can anyone just open
up an account? I know websites need permission. What about social
networks? They're using the Fedora trademark, aren't they?
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As we preparing for an big event at Szeged at Hungary, we would like to
have an flyer that introducing Fedora Women, involve them as we could. my
question is that do we have some flyer that I can translate for this