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A Face-to-Face Conversation with Max Spevack of Fedora

Jul 05, 2007, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Q: What is the vision for Fedora today?

"Max: One of the things that we've been doing very actively for the last year and a half, certainly since I've been the Fedora leader and even earlier during Greg DeKoenigsberg's leadership, has been to transition the governance and decision making process in Fedora to be more community focused. We have tried to build a technical leadership in Fedora that can be owned and run by the community. If those community members happen to be from Red Hat, that's great and if they are non Red Hat contributors, that's fine too. So the Fedora Extras project started as a way to do this. The leadership group of that effort, for the vast majority, were non Red Hat folks. It took about two years or so but Fedora Extras was very successful. We saw that the packages being built by community volunteers in a lot of ways were better than the packages that were built purely within Red Hat. The guidelines for building those packages were better, the end results were better. And so the guidelines and decisions that the Fedora Extras community made were slowly adopted into Fedora Core. Now we've thrown away the idea of Core completely and merged everything into one repository that basically follows all the rules that Fedora Extras had set out. So now the build system that all the packages of Fedora get built on is all completely external, all completely open source. Everything relies on the community and there are a lot of interesting things that means..."

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