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The State of Fedora: We're Not Just for Fanboys - page 2

Cheap, Easy, and Sustainable

  • December 7, 2009
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

Frields himself knows a thing or two about community, communication and collaboration at Fedora. Frields became the Fedora Project Leader in January 2008. Prior to taking the position, Frields worked for the U.S. government while serving as a contributor to the Fedora community for more than four years, notably in the documentation space.

Ensuring that community remains vibrant and growing remains a key concern of Frields's now that he's leading the project. During his talk at FUDCon, he noted that one of the goals of the event is to help figure out ways to build better, easier and smoother on-ramps for those that want to contribute to Fedora.

Yet while the future of Fedora depends on encouraging wider and more varied participation, it isn't about being democratic, he said.

"Fedora, for better or worse, is a meritocracy, and it's easy to throw that word around, saying that all it means is that people that have power keep it," Frields said. "I don't think that's true. I was a lowly volunteer for many years myself and here I am today."

To Frields, meritocracy is about people willing to sit down and to the hard work to make things happen.

But in even the best-behaved of meritocratic, collaborative environments, disagreements can erupt and threaten positive accomplishments. As a result, Frields also cautioned the audience against getting drawn into wars of words -- but instead, urged them to focus on the larger issue and the tasks at hand.

In his view, the best word is not always the last word, and a lot ought to be learned through collaboration.

Striking out into new technological territory is also something that Frields thinks is very important for Fedora moving forward. He said that it's a great thing that Fedora has released a dozen Linux distributions in six years, but more can be done.

Fedora 12 came out in November, introducing new virtualization and networking performance features.

"Fedora, I believe, continues to be the best great hope for the open source community leading through innovation, leading through a community of contributors and by building great friendships that will sustain us," he said.

"As we go forward, we'll boldly try new things and we'll be willing to fail. And when we fail, we'll pick ourselves ups and try again, because that is what this project is all about."

Story courtesy of Internetnews

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