Board efforts: scope, concept, and permission?

Adam Miller maxamillion at
Tue Feb 2 16:28:37 UTC 2010

Hello all,
    I wanted to bring a few things up and I wanted to bring them up on
devel at lists.fp.o because this is where most people spend their time.

    First off: "Does letting thousands of contributors do what they
want have a negative impact on our OS? (Mike)"[0]
- I would prefer that this be rephrased to a quote I read that
originated from John Rose (inode0) "isn't it amazing how thousands of
contributors doing whatever they want created such a spectacular OS?"
and I would prefer a focus be turned towards something like "Why was
that the result of doing something that is essentially chaotic?" ....
I guess my main question is: "Why are we fixing something that isn't

    Second: "The Board has been working on defining a target audience
for Fedora. In response to this, some people feel that Fedora should
allow sub-groups to define their own target audience"[1]
- I don't entirely understand this, don't SIGs or (sub groups)
essentially exist purely because there is some target audience?
Clarification on this not would be appreciated.

    Now, we come to the part that I feel is going to be viewed as a
touchy subject by many..... Why are there words like "letting" and
"allow" being thrown around so often? I understand there are
guidelines and policies for certain things of technical or legal
nature in Fedora, but it feels a little like there is an attempt here
to dictate how myself, as well as all others, spend their time
contributing to The Fedora Project.


I would just like to know other contributors thoughts on these topics.

Thank you for your time,

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