May 14, 2011
Well it has been over 30 hours in to my bid for a seat on the Fedora Board and already my presence and unconventional thinking started some fires...
Well it has been over 30 hours in to my bid for a seat on the Fedora Board and already my presence and unconventional thinking started some fires. The thread starts with my announcement email to the "FAB list." Some of those that responded were anticipated and I expect more of the same as things go forward. There were a couple that surprised me a little and confirmed my positive opinion of these people. I personally wanted 10 members of the community to publicly endorse my campaign... and once I received this endorsement I would agree to run. In the first day it became clear that I'm running, the 10 endorsements horse has run and sure, I'll still take as many as I can get. It's ironic that eliminating micromanagement is a goal that most of us have yet the thread and my campaign was suddenly went under microanalysis whereby semantics and context become a burning issue for the election and my peers... really?
I really did not expect so many people to be offended that I asked 10 people to essentially put up a yard sign for my campaign. I continue to welcome people to step forward to add their name to the list. Having 50 names there showing support might just change how Fedora elections are in the future. Here in the USA people are endorsed by celebrities, TV stations, newspapers, companies and workers/labor unions. I really don't see how this is different. People look to others for advice, opinions, why should this election be any different?
As hinted to in my announcement email/post some can not handle the truth, they have so much dislike for me, those that have endorsed me and others I work with that they will not be able to help themselves and will have to attack me over it. That's fine, let them show their true colors, don't feed their flames unless you come with gasoline. ;)
Asking for supporters has been called "orthogonal" "quixotic" "absolutely insane" "ballsy" "destructive" some of these descriptions are true. Damn right it was ballsy, perhaps even absolutely insane. I guess insane that I, EvilBob, could find 10 people to back him up. It is clearly not quixotic as it has happened and invalidates this claim. The use of "orthogonal" seems to be popular these days when you disagree with someone or something said. Sorry I don't have a degree in mathematics or computer sciences that I can look back on to find these generally obscure words in an attempt to look smart.
Bring on more yard signs, the more the better. Based on them I guess as of right now the score is 60-0-0-0-0. Yes 60, 12x5=60, some might ask "what about your votes Bob?" I am hoping to cast my votes for someone that I want to work with on the board.
I would like to personally thank Ricky "CodeBlock" Elrod for endorsing Andrea Veri and reinforcing my endorsement concept.
May 13, 2011
It's that time again where we elect leadership on the community side of the Fedora Project. Like every time in recent history I have been getting nagged to run. I have said no in the past for several reasons, these reasons no longer apply.
People ask why would I do this? what are my goals? Why when I am so unpopular with so many? Hopefully the nomination page questions will help answer these.
- Goal statement: Work with the current FPL and the others on the Fedora Board to
make sure we continue to respect the Four Foundations. To make sure
that the community knows they are being heard via active two way
communication. To read/hear what the community is saying and nodding
your head is not enough. If the board is doing something, talking about
something I want the community to know and I will want feedback from the
community. The community elected Board members are your appointed
voices and need to be accountable to you. Fedora is built on what I call
"The Community Concept" in the recent past it seems that this concept
has been failing, lets get it back on the right track.
An issue that the Board and Fedora are facing now and in the near future is the CWG, how to enforce the CoC and how to deal with enforcement. Long term is the relationship with the GNOME Project. As downstream many feel we should have a say in what GNOME does, As upstream, hey it's the GNOME project and shouldn't they be able to do as they see fit? One thing that we the Fedora Project has to remember is that Red Hat has a huge investment in both projects, how does that impact what we do in the future? I think Red Hat needs to be respected, they do a lot for us. Should we or can we move away from GNOME as the main desktop in Fedora if that is the consensus of the community? How would our actions in that case impact them with out our foundation of First? GNOME has to deal with many external pressures and do their best to fit their market. I am not sure at this time how I feel about it as there are so many questions to think about, if elected I expect you to tell me how you feel about them and essentially how you want me to vote on these topics and any others that come up. I want to be your voice, anyone that knows me well knows I can play "devil's advocate" sticking up for something even if I personally disagree with it.
- Past work summary: In the past 8 years I have been involved in many parts of the Fedora Project and the Fedora Community. The one most know is being one of the founders of the Fedora Unity Project, this project has given to the community things like FedoraSolved.org, Re-Spins of Fedora releases, the first LiveCDs. As part of Fedora Unity I was named as a Fedora Award winner in 2007. In the past have been involved in the Fedora Documentation Project including sitting on it's Steering Committee, The Fedora Ambassadors including sitting on FAMSCo, early on I was involved in Fedora Marketing and Websites. I started the Fedora Amateur Radio SIG packaging Ham apps for Fedora. I am actively involved in the "IRC Support SIG" trying to improve the user experience and change how we have done things wrong in the past and in some cases still are. I also have two projects on Fedora Hosted that we are currently working on, Reflector and Multiboot Media Creator.
- Future plans: This is the hardest question for me to answer, it forces me to look at things that I may have done wrong... I have been and will continue to work on my communication skills so I don't piss people off every time I open my mouth or fire up my keyboard. Long term I would like to be the first true community FPL. I know they say it's a full time job and the FPL is a Red Hat employee. I have no desire to be a Red Hat employee at this time, to be paid to do something that I am passionate about.
- Anything else you want to add: I will not self-nominate, if the
community shows they want me then I am in. Some suggest that I am
unpopular, If I have more than 10 people publicly endorsing me I am
clearly not unpopular with everyone. Why am I unpopular with some? I
speak the truth as I see it, some disagree with me, some think I am too
brutal... some can't handle the truth. I have been known to say the right things the wrong way, I'm human. The Fedora
Board is not about popularity, it's about making Fedora better,
stronger, the best community in the sea of many distros. We do not have
to be "First" in the market, Fedora's First is about innovation. That
innovation like it or not is what brought most of us to Fedora and now
we complain about new things in each release... We have to work
together, splintering Fedora as a distro does us no good as a community.
Jun 16, 2009
Recently a thread was started on fedora-devel-list about the idea of dropping CD(split) media from the releases Fedora Project puts out. In the past when CD media was not available from Fedora Project those of us at Fedora Unity have picked up the need and produced the CD iso images, we did this for Fedora 7 and Fedora 8 releases. Some have concerns about the foot print that has to be transferred to the mirrors before the release can happen, it is not that the mirror admins are complaining. Some have concerns over the extra code needed in anaconda and createrepo that allow split media to work. All are valid concerns in my opinion. However if the anaconda team wants to drop or keep the code should be up to that project, same goes for createrepo or any other tool.
A few emails in the thread seem to suggest that Fedora Unity is the enemy because we are willing to create CD media to fill the gap. How can a person running for a seat on the Engineering Steering Committee get a vote from anyone in the community when they are against the community's freedom. It would seem that Kevin Kofler has done just that. From reading the emails he has suggested that locking out the community, in this case Fedora Unity, is a viable option. Kevin is a member and huge contributor to the Fedora community, what if there was an issue that would hinder the Fedora KDE SIG? Would he be so quick to suggest or agree with it? I know he would not. I sure hope I am reading Kevin's messages the wrong way, until this is clear he can count on not getting any of my votes.
Seth Vidal suggested a time out to the list as I was typing this. Out of respect for Seth's opinion I will be giving this a break for now.
Jan 28, 2009
I am hoping to get a package for reflector put together this week.
I am hoping to get a package for reflector put together this week. For those of you that don't know reflector is an application written in python. The main goal of reflector is to allow a user to set up a local mirror for any distro repo that offers rsync, other methods of transfer may be supported in the future such as http, ftp or scp. reflector and any external tools needed to complete the work should run as a non-privileged user. Long term I would like a GUI to be created, designed to function like yumex.
If you are interested in contributing or teaching me "automake magic" please feel free to contact me on irc.freenode.net, you know my nick.