[in the news] New Fedora Linux Project Leader Building More Than a Distro

Kara Schiltz kschiltz at redhat.com
Mon Oct 4 19:59:04 UTC 2010


New Fedora Linux Project Leader Building More Than a Distro
By Sean Michael Kerner

The Red Hat sponsored Fedora Linux community is an open source 
development effort that includes a diverse set of participants. At the 
top of the organizational chart for Fedora is the position of Fedora 
Project Leader, the person tasked with overseeing the general direction 
and operations of the Fedora project.

In July, Jared Smith took up the position of Fedora Project Leader, 
replacing the outgoing Paul Frields 
Among Smith's first jobs is to guide the development and release of the 
upcoming Fedora 14 
<http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reports/7184/1/> Linux 
distribution, set for general availability in November. Building the 
Fedora Linux distribution is one of Smith's key responsibilities as 
Fedora Project Leader, but it involves more than just pure code.

"A lot of the time we think of Fedora as just the bits and the bytes 
that we burn on a CD 
every six months and ship out, but Fedora is more than that, it has to 
be a community," Smith said. "As such we have to concentrate on building 
that community and taking care of the community as much as we take care 
of the bits and bytes."

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