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Power punch.

Fedora Talk, Gobby, and IRC make for a great combination when it comes to inclusive conferencing. I joined a bit late, but there’s a fantastic online-enhanced teleconference going on today to tease out all the details around No Frozen Rawhide.

Developers and maintainers will undoubtedly have questions about how the NFR changes might affect the different things they do every day in Fedora. So we have an excellent opportunity to get all those details elucidated, and then written up for easy reference.

The write-ups are being built as different use cases that will help us be crystal-clear about how NFR might affect someone (if at all) depending on what they’re trying to get done. Whether it’s building a brand-new package, pushing an update into the new pending tree, helping to test one of the branches, administering a mirror — there will be clear information for everyone.

Fedora Talk is great for a high-bandwidth, “Oh, I see what you mean” type conversation. But we scribe everything down to Gobby where anyone can watch the work as it happens — which in this case, is the development of the use cases.  And we’re also on IRC Freenode at #fedora-nfr to invite questions and comments.  This multiplication of communication doesn’t have to be confusing as long as everyone present is focused on the tasks at hand. On the contrary, it gives us many ways to react to input and get the work done faster, and more collaboratively.

Thanks to Jesse Keating and John Poelstra for putting this little mini-conference together!

Incidentally, our Docs team has been talking to Shaun McCance about using this type of multi-channel solution at the Desktop Help Summit so the conference can get more assistance and participation from remote attendees. It’s worked well at our Fedora Activity Day events which are very much the same kind of “can-do” context.

How about that desktop?

I figured while I’m in a super-bloggy mood today I’d add this tidbit. Someone asked me a question about what might be missing from distributions like Fedora that would help it reach more users. This question isn’t new and I’ve given the subject a lot of thought over the last few years (even before being the project leader).

Red Hat and Fedora already invest a huge amount of time in desktop tech. We work upstream to make sure that ALL free software desktops are compelling, not just Fedora. When someone else has a compelling desktop in their free community distro, it means our work has been worthwhile.

Often people bring this point up in response to Fedora’s stance on software freedom. We believe strongly in software freedom, and that including proprietary software actively undermines our goals. We also have a goal of complete global freedom of reuse and redistribution, an objective with which proprietary software also often conflicts. We also believe in choice and that’s why we make it easy for third parties to provide very simple ways for people to get those technologies on their own in places where it’s free and legal.