Fedora 20 new planning process and schedules

Miloslav Trma─Ź mitr at volny.cz
Wed Jun 5 16:12:39 UTC 2013

On Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM, Dan Mashal <dan.mashal at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 7:30 AM, Josh Boyer <jwboyer at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Sure.  FESCo doesn't care if it's a feature or not.
> >
> > That's why it's no longer called the Feature process.  FESCo is an
> > engineering committee and has no business determining if something is
> > a Feature in an upcoming release of the distro.  That is a marketing
> > task.  The new process focuses on technical changes within the distro
> > and whether those changes require cooperation between maintainers or
> > additional help or oversight.
> Maybe I still misunderstand, but what this email says is instead of
> FESCo, an educated group of people deciding on features that can be
> extremely technical, they have no business either making even a
> recommendation and marketing is now handling this?

No, FESCo will still do the _engineering_ work of reviewing the proposed
changes, ensuring the impact is known and coordinated, and so on.  All of
the FESCo-accepted changes are equally visible from an engineering point of
view (equally listed on the future equivalent on
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Category:FeatureAcceptedF18 , equally listed
in release notes).

Fedora Marketing will decide what to highlight and advertise, e.g. in the
formal release announcement that is sent as a press release, on trade
shows, etc.  Previously this has been also done by marketing, not by
FESCo[1].  Hopefully the two groups will communicate at least as well as
they have in the past.

[1] AFAICS Fedora Marketing is quite good at choosing what to highlight
(e.g. in F19, I thought one of the features they chose to highlight was not
too exciting, but it received very positive and interested response from
the press and reviews.)
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