Redesign of downloads (Websites meeting reminder)

Ricky Zhou ricky at
Thu Jul 30 21:43:06 UTC 2009

On 2009-07-30 01:51:40 PM, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> One of the issues the Board has been discussing recently is the state
> of our various download pages for Fedora.  This topic springs directly
> from the process of getting to the heart of Fedora's goals.  Along the
> way we've determined that one of the steps we can take is to improve
> the clarity of how we present the Fedora distribution.  The way many
> people come into contact with that presentation is through our
> download site, which needs to provide a first-rate experience for
> everyone who uses it.  This topic clearly falls into the Board's
> domain, because it's to do not with the production of the Fedora
> distribution, but rather with the way it's presented, and with the
> design of one of the essential public-facing pieces of the project.
> A good, user-centric design must be simple and easy to follow, and
> provide a route for all users to reach what they want.  The most
> effective route for new users of the website is usually very different
> than for experienced ones, but all routes must be attractive and
> effective for the people using them.  The experience we currently
> provide for both these groups on our download site is not terribly
> attractive or effective, and needs revision.  Thanks to some dedicated
> community members, there was some work done to redesign these
> experiences in the past, but for a variety of reasons those efforts
> didn't fully succeed.  The Board and I want to see them back on the
> front burner, so that we are providing the best possible presentation
> of the many faces of Fedora, whether that presentation is more of an
> introduction to free software, or intended for experienced users.
Hey, this would be great to discuss at tomorrow's websites meeting if
any of you can make it - it'll be at 17:00 UTC in #fedora-websites on
Freenode (unfortunately this is at the same time as the FESCo meeting). 

For those on fedora-websites-list, the full message that I mercilessly
trimmed here is at

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