Corporate sponsorship ( was Re: Going passive )

Matt Domsch matt at
Wed Nov 10 13:07:31 UTC 2010

2010/11/10 "Jóhann B. Guðmundsson" <johannbg at>:
> Even with recent board decisions conspiracy theorist with in our
> community can have a field day.

And this is my concern with the Fedora Community today.  Rather than
assume good intentions and put the best construction on everything, it
seems that people actively _want_ to be offended (even when no offence
was intended), people _want_ to look for hidden agendas and
conspiracies (even when none such exist), people _want_ to find a
reason to be argumentative rather than constructive, and, IMHO, people
want to be armchair quarterbacks, suggesting how things should be
done, rather than actively being the agent that _does_ it.

I've never seen anyone, in any office or role, actively set out to
destroy the Community, or other individuals' involvement, or ramrod
some unspecified corporate agenda down the throats of contributors.
I've only seen people _who actually do stuff_ run for office with the
best of intentions,  only to get tired of the above when _doing stuff_
seems to hack people off at every turn.  Maybe that's why so many of
our long-standing contributors are finding other ways to spend their
time now.

And yes, I'm sorry about the whole Fedora EMEA thing.  That has been
handled, by Red Hat, exceedingly poorly IMO, and there are now a lot
of hurt feelings.  I wish that hadn't happened.  But we'll have to get
past that sometime...


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