Fedora Working Groups: Call for Self-Nominations

Matthew Miller mattdm at fedoraproject.org
Wed Sep 11 19:31:04 UTC 2013


Introduction
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Based on discussions at and around Flock, the Fedora Project Board has
approved a proposal for a big change in the way we put Fedora together.
Rather than presenting one Fedora with multiple slightly-different
install options, future Fedora will be designed, developed, and promoted
as three separate products built around a common core.

To take that idea from talk to reality, we're making a corresponding
change to Fedora leadership. Each product will be guided by a Working
Group, which will function as an independent subcommittee of FESCo, (the
Fedora Engineering Steering Committee). FESCo will resolve issues which
impact multiple working groups, and the Fedora Board will continue to
set overall strategic direction, but the working groups will be largely
autonomous within their own areas.


The Groups
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We are creating a group for each of the three initial products the Board
has approved:

* Fedora Workstation
* Fedora Server
* Fedora Cloud

The Board asks that the Working Groups determine their own target
audience definition and product description as a first task; the names
aren't set in stone.

We're also creating groups to focus on the common core, and to work on
policies and practices for software operating outside of Fedora's
traditional packaging model, alongside the existing (and continuing)
Fedora Packaging Committee.

* Base Design Working Group
* Environments & Software Stacks Working Group


Composition
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The working groups' initial membership will be chosen by FESCo from
volunteers. This message is the request for those volunteers to
self-nominate.

Each group will have at least one FESCo member, who will act as a
liaison to FESCo and as a representative of the group at FESCo meetings.

We would like each group to also have representation from other major
areas of Fedora - Quality Assurance, Infrastructure, Release
Engineering, Documentation, Design, Websites, Ambassadors, Feature
Wrangler, Marketing. We don't intend for this to be additional work to
current members of those teams; working group members should interact
with and augment the existing subprojects.


What's Expected
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These working groups will be more formal than the existing SIGs, with a
documented governing structure and process of operation, voting members,
up-to-date and maintained project materials, and regular open
communication. All working group members will need to actively
participate.

The first responsibility will be to establish a governance charter,
followed by a product requirements document. We're obviously in the
middle of Fedora 20 development, and that's the priority for many of us
right now. For that reason, these deliverables won't be required until
after the F20 release, but we do want to start organizing as soon as
possible.


Interlude: Interested in Something Else?
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Are the projects listed above not your interest? That's fine; you can
keep on working the way you are now. Or, perhaps you're interested in a
target product, but something different from the ones described above.
In that case, you may start a "secondary product" working group
following the same model; if that is successful the Fedora Board may
elect to promote that product to a primary target.


How to Self-Nominate
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To volunteer to serve on one of the new Fedora working groups, simply
add yourself to the appropriate section in the wiki page below, along
with a brief description of your current involvement with Fedora and
plans for participation in this group.

<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora.next/WG_Nominations>


Next Steps
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The nomination period will be at least one month from this announcement.
FESCo will review the applications, appoint the initial members, and
assist with the development of each group's independent governance.


-- 
Matthew Miller  ☁☁☁  Fedora Cloud Architect  ☁☁☁  <mattdm at fedoraproject.org>


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