FPL future

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Wed Mar 24 02:53:32 UTC 2010

I've been the Fedora Project Leader for a little over two years now,
and now that we're rocketing (sorry!) toward my fifth release in that
role, I'm interested in branching out into other ways of championing
free and open source software at Red Hat.  Before I do that, I want to
smoothly pass on the role of Fedora Project Leader, and make sure the
person who next takes this role can be fully successful in it.

My peers and managers in Red Hat and the community at large have been
incredibly supportive, and there's no one driving this decision other
than me.  The Fedora Board, and key managers and engineers in Red Hat,
are all part of the process of selecting the next FPL.

This process will naturally take some time, but I'm glad that the
partnership between Red Hat and the rest of the Fedora community
allows me to give people an early heads-up about these plans.

It's important that Fedora always be able to make opportunities for
fresh and energetic leadership that will help take our Project, and
the distribution we make, to the next level of achievement.
Regardless of what I'm doing next at Red Hat, part of my job early on
will be to give as much assistance as possible to the next FPL, just
as Max Spevack did for me, allowing that person to successfully take
over this position, and continue leading Fedora into the future.

* * *

By the way, it might have been more difficult to write this message,
except for the fact that we are all working together in a very special
area of endeavor -- free software.  And thankfully the Fedora Project
not only embraces the concept, but the *practice* of free software, so
there is always source to look back on, recorded history to examine,
and open and transparent process to draw from.  In short, we have
giants' shoulders on which to stand.  So of course I looked to see how
our previous FPL handled the delicate matter of succession:


I'm sure no one, including Max, will mind if I took a look at that
text for a starting point.  Unprecedented transparency has continued
to be a hallmark of the Fedora Project, and it's a legacy we can all
be proud of.

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