In the news: Zarafa
robyn.bergeron at gmail.com
Tue Apr 20 21:50:41 UTC 2010
[[Marketing_brain_dump]] - if you could add it to the new ideas
section, so I can add it and migrate it accordingly into the plan,
that would be excellent. :)
On 4/20/10, Paul W. Frields <stickster at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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:
>> > http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=6298
>> > some of it is fairly unflattering:
>> > http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/osrc/article.php/3877446/Fedora-13-Beta-The-Seen-and-Troubling-Unseen.htm
>> > 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 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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