Response to "Getting Fedora Out of the If-Then Loop"

Greg DeKoenigsberg gdk at
Fri Feb 19 18:45:20 UTC 2010

On Fri, 19 Feb 2010, Josh Boyer wrote:

> And don't think I'm sitting here being some kind of status quo 
> sympathizer.  I know first hand what it's like to have resources either 
> shift away from something you care about or not be at the same level as 
> other things inherently.  It happend with PPC.  However, I also know 
> that it is something that is going to happen from time to time and 
> pretending that we as a project could magically make everything be equal 
> is going to both fail and just feed into more bad blood.  Interests and 
> time will fall where people have interest and time.

Some resources are not zero-sum.  Package maintaners, for instance.  Want 
more package maintainers for Xfce packages?  Go find them and convince 
them to help.

Some resources are zero-sum.  Want to be on the front page of fp.o?  Too 
bad; there's only so much space.  Also: disk space.

The key challenge, IMHO, is to provide reasonable access to zero-sum 
resources to as many projects as possible, while maintaining a focus on 
the critical path, as the Board has defined it: i.e. the best possible 
experience for the most popular and well-resourced spin.  The definition 
of "reasonable" will always be the subject of healthy debate.

I believe that there *is* a great deal of sensitivity to providing 
resources for spins.  There are continuing plans to raise the profile of 
the spins page; those plans just haven't all been implemented yet.  Look 
at the design of spins.fp.o; it's fantastic, and we clearly would not see 
that degree of work if it were throwaway.  We just haven't had time to 
revamp the rest of the site yet to take advantage.


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