The Forgotten "F": A Tale of Fedora's Foundations

Simo Sorce simo at
Tue Apr 22 01:13:38 UTC 2014

On Mon, 2014-04-21 at 17:50 -0400, Josh Boyer wrote:
> Look, I think the Foundations are great.  They remind us all of why we
> got into this to begin with (or most of us anyway).  However, they are
> never going to completely cover all cases.  They are broad.  They
> project strength and conviction.  They can't be worded to be future
> proof because nobody can see the future.  They are extremely important
> guideposts on what Fedora is about, but they are not codifications of
> allowed practices and situations.
> If you start tweaking them or adding new ones to list out exceptions
> and allowances and to address the latest computing fad, you weaken
> their ability to act as those guideposts.  They instead become case
> law or listings, which leads to less common sense, more process, more
> exceptions to be added, etc.  They would become so lengthy and
> complicated that nobody would read them.
> I'm not saying adding additional Foundations or rewording the existing
> ones should never be done, but I do think these specific items you
> mention don't necessarily warrant it at this time.

Big +1


Simo Sorce * Red Hat, Inc * New York

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