In the news: Zarafa

Paul W. Frields stickster at
Tue Apr 20 21:32:48 UTC 2010

On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 02:00:56PM -0700, John Poelstra wrote:
> Adam Williamson said the following on 04/20/2010 09:04 AM Pacific Time:
> > So, Zarafa is getting a lot of press attention:
> >
> >
> >
> > some of it is fairly unflattering:
> >
> >
> >
> > I'm a bit uncomfortable with this myself; the availability of Zarafa in
> > Fedora seems to be being read in ways in which we certainly didn't
> > intend it (as an aspect of commercialization, as some kind of Red
> > Hat-parachuted feature and hence an indication of RH's future
> > directions, etc).
> >
> > I'm wondering if perhaps we should pull Zarafa's mention as a 'feature'
> > of Fedora 13, or if not that, then certainly develop a more coherent
> > story about its inclusion, what it's for, why it's in Fedora, and the
> > whole 'open core' angle on it...
> >
> > What do people think?
> Disagree.  Our feature process does not require a "coherent story for 
> inclusion." :)
> This feature was added to Fedora through a purely community process by a 
> non-Red Hat person (someone correct me if I'm wrong).  There was no 
> "driving force of Red Hat" behind it that I'm aware of and it should 
> remain on the list.
> This is not the first time the press has created alternate reality out 
> of our feature list.  In Fedora 12 the news stories were all about 
> Moblin (exceptioned in by FESCo after feature freeze, just like Zarafa, 
> by another non-Red Hatter) and how this was Red Hat's attempt to 
> "compete head to head with Windows 7 in the netbook space."  Considering 
> that the owner doesn't work for Red Hat that would have been a little 
> difficult :)
> To me these stories show that we might need to do a better job 
> explaining how our releases processes work and that *anyone* (regardless 
> of employer) can submit a feature for inclusion in a Fedora release.
> John

John just provided a great idea for a feature profile for
post-release: profiling how features themselves happen.  Is there
currently a list of proposals where we can add that?

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