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The following [[Elections|elections]] will take place in May/June 2012:
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The following [[Elections|elections]] will take place in November/December 2012:
  
* [[Board_nominations|Fedora Project Board]] (three seats)
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* [[Board_nominations|Fedora Project Board]] (two seats)
* [[Development/SteeringCommittee/Nominations|FESCo (Engineering)]] (five seats)
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* [[Development/SteeringCommittee/Nominations|FESCo (Engineering)]] (four seats)
* [[FAmSCo_election_2012_F18_nominations|FAmSCo (Ambassadors)]] (seven seats)
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* [[FAmSCo_nominations|FAmSCo (Ambassadors)]] (three seats)
* [[Name suggestions for Fedora 18|Fedora 18 Name]] (separate schedule from the committee elections)
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* [[Name suggestions for Fedora 19|Fedora 19 Name]] (separate schedule from the committee elections)
  
 
All dates and times noted are UTC time.
 
All dates and times noted are UTC time.
  
= Board 2012 F18 elections =
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= Fedora Board Elections November/December 2012 =
  
This is the nomination page for [[Board/Elections | Fedora Board elections]]. There is a separate page for the [[history of Board seats]].
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For the last election, please look at [https://fedoraproject.org/w/index.php?title=Board_nominations&oldid=291178 NominationsMayJune2012 ]
  
In May 2012 there are three seats up for election.  The seats open are seat E3 (currently held by Rex Dieter), E4 (currently held by Jon Stanley), and E5 (currently held by Peter Robinson).
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There are two seats up for elections this year:
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* E1: currently held by [[User:Cwickert|Christoph Wickert]]
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* E2: currently held [[JaroslavReznik|Jaroslav Reznik]]
  
== Introduction ==
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More information on board seats history is available [[History_of_Board_seats|here]]
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== Candidate Template ==
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=== Introduction===
  
 
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* '''Anything else you want to add''':
 
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== Questionnaire ==
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'''Please do not answer them on the wiki'''. Please email your answers to [[User:ankursinha|Ankur Sinha "FranciscoD"]] at '''ankursinha AT fedoraproject.org by May 22 2012'''. All the candidates' answers will be collected and put up together before the town halls.
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* What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?
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* Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?
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* If elected then what will be your priorities?
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* Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?
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* What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?
  
* '''What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor? Why this post?'''
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= Candidates =
  
* '''What are your goals for your term on the board (in more detail)?'''
 
  
* '''What do you think are the problems and challenges Fedora is currently facing? Do you have solutions for these issues?'''
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== [[User:jdulaney|John Dulaney]] (j_dulaney) ==
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=== Introduction===
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* '''Mission statement:''' To promote Fedora in my role as an ambassador; to continue to develop test criteria for new features coming into Fedora and evolve the QA process as needed to fit with the evolution of Fedora.  I will also strive to make sure that Fedora remains at the forefront of technology and to be the best Free distribution of Linux.
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* '''Past work summary''' I am a member of the Fedora Quality Assurance team.  I help write test cases for new features, I am a proven tester (testing critical path software updates), I test new releases starting prior to branching, and I help establish release criteria.  I am also a Fedora Ambassador, especially within the Fayetteville region.  I spread knowledge of Linux in general and Fedora in particular and inform people that they do have a choice for Freedom.
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* '''Future plans:''' Strive to improve the testing of Fedora; both personally and collectively throughout the QA team, to continue to educate people on the advantages of Linux and Free Software, and to continue to test Fedora.
  
* '''What do you think can be done to attract more people to join the Fedora community as contributors? Do you think Fedora's visibility needs improvement? If yes, do you have any ideas on how?'''
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===Questionnaire===
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*''' What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?'''
  
* '''Do you think the issues the Board discusses and the decisions the Board makes are effectively and efficiently communicated throughout the Fedora community? If you believe communication between the Board, the Fedora community, and even the public at large can be enhanced, what first steps or ideas would you propose?'''
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*''' Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?'''
  
= Candidates =
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*''' If elected then what will be your priorities?'''
  
== [[User:sparks|Eric Christensen]] (Sparks) ==
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*''' Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?'''
  
=== Introduction ===
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*''' What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?'''
  
* '''Goal statement:'''
 
** Being a contributor to Fedora has been a lot of fun. I've seen areas that needed help and tried to fill the niches.  To me, one of the biggest things the Fedora Board can do is to be more open and more vocal.  A niche that needs to be filled, in my opinion, is documenting and publicizing the way the Board does business including specifically their responsibilities and the responsibilities of other governing bodies.  This will help contributors better understand the role of the Board and shed more sunshine on their workings.
 
** I also feel it is important to make Fedora available on more platforms including for the ARM processor.  Making Fedora available for more devices means more experimentation and, hopefully, more contributors!
 
** Lastly, everyone should be helping to make it easier for potential contributors to become fully integrated contributors.  Many hands make light work and many ideas make great releases!
 
  
* '''Past work summary:'''
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== [[User:vicodan|Dan Mashal]] (dan408) ==
** I've been a Fedora contributor since 2007. Most of my work has been within the Docs Project helping to get the many guides ready for each release. I served as the Docs Project Leader for several releases, compiled and authored much of the Security Guide, and reworked the Accessibility Guide to include more up-to-date information for those that may need such services.  I also worked with the team that released the new Docs Project website which now contains all of our documentation in a way that made it easy to use for those searching for information and easy to update for those trying to publish their bits (it's accessible too!).
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=== Introduction===
** I helped get the Fedora GPG key-server stood up to make it easier for contributors to find GPG keys and submit their own.
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*'''Mission statement:''' To make Fedora better in any way I possibly can for users, sysadmins, and developers.
** I've also worked with the Ambassadors, Admin team, Marketing team, and other teams over the years while working on projects that crossed team lines.
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* '''Future plans:'''
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*'''Past work summary:'''  
** I hope to be a representative of all contributors of Fedora.  Trying to find ways to make life easier for developers, writers, translators, people that file bugs, and everyone that does anything to make Fedora great is very high on my list.
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** I don't think it can be stressed enough that Fedora should be fun!  I will strive to reward those that deserve it, attempt to change ways that make life difficult, and generally try to be helpful to all.
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* '''Anything else you want to add:'''
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'''Package maintainer:'''<br>
** I have personally found Fedora to be a great place to contribute. Most everyone has been incredibly helpful and quite flexible when I was working on various projects that required help from other teams.  I hope to extend that same thoughtfulness that others extend to me.  I think I'm pretty even-tempered and fair to all who I work with.
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-BitchX and ScrollZ IRC clients<br>
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-MATE Desktop (official feature of Fedora 18) [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/MATE-Desktop MATE Desktop] <br>
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[https://admin.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb/users/packages/vicodan My packages]
  
[[User:Sparks|Sparks]] 02:47, 16 May 2012 (UTC)
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'''QA team/Triager/Bugzapper/Proventester:'''<br>
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Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle)<br>
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Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow)<br>
  
=== Questionnaire ===
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'''Ambassador:'''<br>
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-Held Fedora 17 release party in Walnut Creek, CA.<br>
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-Spoke at Silicon Valley Linux Users Group - Aug 1, 2012<br>
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-Hosted puppetconf 2012 Fedora booth<br>
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-Hosted OLPC Summit 2012 Fedora booth.<br>
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-Spoke at Silicon Valley Linux Users Group - Nov 1, 2012'''<br>
  
* '''What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor? Why this post?:'''
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*'''Future plans''':
** I wish to document and standardize more of what the Board does to not only shed more sunshine on the board but to make it easier for those within the Fedora Project to better understand what the Board does and to increase efficiency.  Being a contributor and not a member of the Board, I feel that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to get full access to the activities of the Board.
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* '''What are your goals for your term on the board (in more detail)?:'''
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1) Improve communication between groups within Fedora.<br>
** I would like to document the Board processes and look for places where visibility can be increased.
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2) To make Fedora the "cool" distro to use again. <br>
** I would like to increase resources for secondary architectures, specifically ARM, to allow more development and experimentation with Fedora.
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3) To make Fedora easier to use for everyone. <br>
** Lastly, I'd like to implement a process for either silently or publicly praising contributors that go above and beyond.
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4) To make it more accessible for the every day person. <br>
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5) To make Fedora the #1 free operating system on the planet.<br>
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Whether or not this can be accomplished as a board member, I'll do my best to try to get these things accomplished.<br>
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*'''Anything else you want to add:'''  The first time I installed Linux it was Slackware in 1996. Since then I had my first encounter with Red Hat Linux was version 5. I have run Fedora on production servers. Fedora is like my 2nd job and my passion and I want to see it be the best distribution it possibly can be.'''
  
* '''What do you think are the problems and challenges Fedora is currently facing? Do you have solutions for these issues?:'''
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'''People I'd like to thank along the way whether I am elected or not:''' adamw, rdieter, MarkDude, leigh123linux, spot, nirik, inode0, rbergeron, jreznik, mrunge, bochecha, limb, elad661, quaid, lh, randomuser, dcr226, fenrus02, stefano-k, nmarques, perberos, panasnyc, caf, flashback, Amanas, dramsey, FranciscoD, randomuser, dcr226, NiveusLuna, masta, jds2001, dgilmore, nb, cwickert.
** I see a fracturing between individual projects and SIGs within Fedora away from the cohesiveness of the entire Project.  I'd like to work to bring all projects together to aim toward a common goal with each group picking up their piece of the puzzle.  I certainly don't have all the answers but hopefully helping to push towards a well-oiled machine will help it come to fruition.
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* '''What do you think can be done to attract more people to join the Fedora community as contributors? Do you think Fedora's visibility needs improvement? If yes, do you have any ideas on how?:'''
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By no means is that a list of "you people should vote for me", just a thank you for helping me even get here. Thanks.
** Make it easier for contributors to contribute. Identify our audience and try to entice that group to help make Fedora better without isolating users and contributors that aren't specifically in that target audience.
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* '''Do you think the issues the Board discusses and the decisions the Board makes are effectively and efficiently communicated throughout the Fedora community? If you believe communication between the Board, the Fedora community, and even the public at large can be enhanced, what first steps or ideas would you propose?:'''
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===Questionnaire===
** I feel that while progress has been made to increase the visibility of the Board and their actions that improvements can always be made. Certainly the IRC meetings being held in a public area and have minutes and transcripts available on the wiki are great but that only incorporates half of the meetings that are had. Phone meetings should be recorded and publish those recordings, in addition to the meeting minutes, so that people can trust the published minutes. I would also make the few meetings that occur in person, such at FUDCons, available to more people by holding them out of turn of other classes, held in larger rooms, and video recorded.
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*''' What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?'''
** I feel it would also be good to add a page to the Fedora website that not only included links to the meeting minutes but also listed board members, their contact information, and even their pictures and bios. Not in the wiki where it looks bland but on the colorful website. Perhaps having leaders of all the projects and SIGs would be a good thing there as well.
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** Lastly I would encourage the leaders of the projects and SIGs to be in attendance in the Board meetings, if possible, to serve as eyes and ears into the Project as a whole for better visibility, not to replace individual contributors who would always be welcome.
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The most important part of being on the Fedora Board, to me at least, is the ability to have a say in the core strategic philosophy of Fedora.
  
== [[User:pbrobinson|Peter Robinson]] (pbrobinson) ==
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*''' Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?'''
  
=== Introduction ===
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Yes. I believe That the board should be more involved decisions on core changes that affect the end user.
  
* '''Goal statement:'''
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For example, the decision about the complete redesign of Anaconda should have been looked at a lot more closely than it was. It has caused Fedora 18 to be delayed over and over again due to the amount of bugs that it has. Anaconda in Fedora 18 is both harder to use and is actually less functional than Anaconda in Fedora 17.
* '''Past work summary:'''
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* '''Future plans:'''
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* '''Anything else you want to add:'''
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=== Questionnaire ===
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I believe that the board should also be responsible to make sure that communication is improved between all Fedora teams.
  
* '''What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected coontributor? Why this post?:'''
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For example, the change to systemd/systemd-logind has affected many package maintainers and upstream developers. Something that worked fine before now no longer works and upstream developers and packagers have had to scramble to make their software work with the recent changes in Fedora 18.
** It allows me to contribute back to the project in a more central way than being a contributor and to contribute ideas and direction in a quicker and more direct way. It also allows me to continue on in the work I've being doing up until now including working to improve Fedora on cheap devices in particular working to have ARM accepted and promoted to a primary arch. In my last term I worked as part of the ARM team with FESCo to get a set of guidelines for promotion of a new architecture to primary.
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* '''What are your goals for your term on the board (in more detail)?:'''
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*''' If elected then what will be your priorities?'''
** In no particular order:
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*** Continued expansion of support within Fedora to mobile and low power devices such as ARM to ensure Fedora can lead in the ever expanding mobile and low powered device space and allow Fedora to assist others to innovate in this massive arena.
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*** Allowing all groups that wish to use Fedora to be able to do so as simply and easily as possible.
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*** Ensuring all groups work together nicely and think outside their own box and to impact other groups in a good way rather than a “my way or the highway” attitude.
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* '''What do you think are the problems and challenges Fedora is currently facing? Do you have solutions for these issues?:'''
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To ensure that the boards maintains good strategic goals, transparent philosophies, communication between teams, and ensure overall communication to the end user.
** There's a number of challenges facing Fedora and there's certainly problems.
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***One of the issues you can get whenever you put a large amount of people of different interests and diversity together. Having travelled to a number of FUDCons and chatted with people online I know Fedora has a wide and diverse community and that is a great thing as it's what makes Fedora a thriving and diverse community. I would like to see the community be more aware of differences of others within our great community whether that be religion, cultural, sex or even desktop UX of choice. Whether it be on IRC when chatting, in mailing list discustions or face to face at a conference there should be no reason for people to be abused, objectified, yelled at or worse. I don't believe we should support people in our community that known to do as such. We can do a lot more to improve this. <br/>From a technical perspective there's a number of things we can do to improve the community. The Fedora Engineering team is leading the charge in some of this such as the great mailing list mock ups, I'm sure community members have more ideas. *** From a technical perspective there's always a lot of challenges and things can be improved including simplication of some of our processes, making the documentation easier to find and read for new contributors and easier to understand when they do read it.
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* '''What do you think can be done to attract more people to join the Fedora community as contributors? Do you think Fedora's visibility needs improvement? If yes, do you have any ideas on how?:'''
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*''' Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?'''
** I think Fedora has very good visibility already but I'm not sure everyone relises it and we can certainly improve that. For example Fedora runs on the 2.5 odd million OLPC XOs that are currently deployed and the couple of million already scheduled to be deployed this year. They're probably the widest single deployment of Fedora and will also be one of the first products to ship with Fedora ARM. I also don't believe we've done enough promotion of the work we've done with the Raspberry Pi. I'm sure these examples are just a few of where Fedora is used and where we're leading the curve that people both within and more importantly outside the community realise.
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** I think we can also do a lot to improve the community involvement for non native english speakers. You just have to look at the size of the two FUDCon APACs to see the size of the community already involved and I'm sure they're just the tip of the iceburg.
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* '''Do you think the issues the Board discusses and the decisions the Board makes are effectively and efficiently communicated throughout the Fedora community? If you believe communication between the Board, the Fedora community, and even the public at large can be enhanced, what first steps or ideas would you propose?:'''
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Why not? I have been welcomed with open arms. I joined the Fedora project as a member of the QA team. Even after running Fedora and RHEL as a System Administrator contributing to Fedora has taught me so much that I didn't know before and it has translated in to being a better System Administrator. Fedora has introduced me in to a social circle of extremely intelligent people that I would have not known had I not joined.
** The communication of the board can certainly be improved. I think this is the case for all areas of the community though including but not limited to FESCo and FAmSCo too. I don't think there's a single fix for the communication issue, the board over time has tried a number of communication methods some more effect than others but none were perfect. I think it would be good for the board members to communicate more by blog posts as it's a means of all parts of the community to read when they get time.
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As a System Administrator I have run Fedora servers and keeping up to date with Fedora is important as well, since almost every company I have worked for runs RHEL or CentOS servers.
  
== [[User:nb|Nick Bebout]] (nb) ==
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*''' What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?'''
  
=== Introduction ===
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As an unelected contributor I felt that my opinion didn't really matter that much. I feel like being elected to the board that my opinion will have a much greater weight than it previously did as a member of the QA or Ambassador teams.
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== [[User:Misc|Michael Scherer]] (misc) ==
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=== Introduction===
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*'''Mission statement:''' Make sure the Fedora community grow and run as smoothly as possible, and to make sure thi is a welcoming environment
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*'''Past work summary:'''
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** coder on Fedora-review and rpmlint project and various others automated QA tools ( mostly for others distributions )
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** frequent presenter and helper for the Paris LUG for various distribution during the monthly LUG meeting, and for the various Fedora party organized since 3/4 years
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** member of the proventester group
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** serial package reviewer ( 60 since april 2012 ), helped on the Openshift Origin feature as tester and reviewer
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** founding member, packager representative, board member and secretary for 1 year of another linux distribution project (Mageia), left in April 2012 for private reasons.
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** packager and community sysadmin for Mandriva/Mageia since 2003, taking care of package like python and puppet, for Fedora since 2010, Linux user since 2002.
  
* '''Goal statement:'''
 
* '''Past work summary:'''
 
 
* '''Future plans:'''
 
* '''Future plans:'''
* '''Anything else you want to add:'''
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I do not have any future plans to present, because to me, the board is here to serve the project, and in practice hold as much power as people who are wanting to do the job give to him. So anything I could or would do could be done without being on the board and so not related to my candidacy. Therefore, my goal is more to listen, help to solve issues for others, and provides guidance and advice based on my experience of community and free software. 
  
=== Questionnaire ===
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*'''Anything else you want to add:'''
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While my job is not related to Fedora ( I am just a part time sysadmin ), I must disclose that my employer is currently the main sponsor of Fedora. Also, I must confess that I was convinced to run for this election by a few people who will recognize themselves.
  
* '''What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor? Why this post?:'''
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===Questionnaire===
* '''What are your goals for your term on the board (in more detail)?:'''
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*''' What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?'''
* '''What do you think are the problems and challenges Fedora is currently facing? Do you have solutions for these issues?:'''
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* '''What do you think can be done to attract more people to join the Fedora community as contributors? Do you think Fedora's visibility needs improvement? If yes, do you have any ideas on how?:'''
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* '''Do you think the issues the Board discusses and the decisions the Board makes are effectively and efficiently communicated throughout the Fedora community? If you believe communication between the Board, the Fedora community, and even the public at large can be enhanced, what first steps or ideas would you propose?:'''
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I think the most important part is to not be needed by people to do their work, and yet still be here if they need help, ie the delicate balance  etween absent and yet present.  People work faster and better when there is no roadblock, and while there is a natural  tendency for anybody to wait on "higher authority", this is not ideal for the goals of the Fedora project ( most notably "First" ).
  
== [[User:Bjensen|Robert 'Bob' Jensen]] (EvilBob) ==
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*''' Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?'''
  
=== Introduction ===
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A needed change, no, I think the system work good enough so far to not need any radical changes.  But the fact that almost no one wanted to be candidate for this year election until the last moment  is rather strange and should IMHO be looked at, even if I have no idea on where to start or even if that's something  that requires a change on the Fedora Board. I must confess that as a contributor and user,  I have so far seen no issues with the Board.
  
* '''Goal statement:'''
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*''' If elected then what will be your priorities?'''
** Work with the current FPL and the others on the Fedora Board to make sure we continue to respect the Four Foundations, or return to respecting them in the opinion of some. <br/>To make sure that the community knows they are being heard via active two way communication. To acknowledge what the community is saying by nodding your head is not enough. If the board is doing something or 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 accessable and accountable to you. Fedora is built on what I call "The Community Concept" in the recent past it seems that this concept is still failing, lets get it back on the right track. <br/>An issue that the Board and Fedora are facing now and in the near future is the issue of Release Naming. I personally had suggested for years that naming be dropped, I have never hidden this fact. I feel BM and SC are examples of how community naming can go wrong without set specific guidelines. I now look forward to helping the community establish clear and specific guidelines making them fun for everyone and relevent to Fedora in general. 
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* '''Past work summary:'''
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My priority would be to make sure the project can be sustainable and grow ( even if I do not believe in a infinite contributor growth, sooner or later, we will hit a maximum on this part, and what to do at that moment is IMHO a challenge that  we may not have anticipated )
** In the past eight and a half years I have been involved in many parts of the Fedora Project and the Fedora Community.
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*** Most know I am 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, and the first LiveCDs.
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*** As part of Fedora Unity I was named as a Fedora Award winner in 2007.
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*** Fedora Documentation Project including sitting on it's Steering Committee and being the Editor-In-Chief of the Release Notes.
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*** Fedora Ambassadors including sitting on FAMSCo, early on I was involved in Fedora Marketing and Websites.
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* '''Current work:'''
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*''' Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?'''
** I started the Fedora Amateur Radio SIG by helping package ham radio apps for Fedora.  
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** 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.  
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Free software work mainly because people participate, and I always tried to give back to the projects I use and to the free software ecosystem in general, as . I currently use Fedora on my desktop for the innovation who allow me to keep my skills up to date, and because the strict checking of licenses who permit me to trust the software I use day to day. So to me, it was normal to contribute back under various forms, from support in LUGs to package reviews and bug reports or QA for Fedora.  
** I also have two projects on Fedora Hosted, Reflector and Multiboot Media Creator. Honestly development of both of these has stalled but hopes are high that things can get rolling again.
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*''' What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?'''
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I will be disappointing, but the answer is likely "not much". I do not think the board hold much power  to do something except in very specific areas. The board cannot force volunteers to do any work if no one want to do it. So the only work that would be accomplished if I am elected will be done by others who will have more free time to do it if the board and the project is running fine.
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== [[User:jreznik|Jaroslav Reznik]] (jreznik) ==
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=== Introduction===
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* '''Mission statement:''' To attract new contributors (people/fellow teams/upstreams etc.) to join the Fedora community, in both technical and non-technical areas of Fedora, to act as a mirror what we are now and what we should be. 
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* '''Past work summary:''' Since I have joined Fedora Community I've touched a lot of it's core parts - from developer side as Fedora KDE SIG member, packager, system configuration etc.; community as Ambassador for Czech Republic and EMEA and now management as a guy with a head on release spike and (current) Board member.
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* '''Future plans:''' Open the Board to the community (as we did with public IRC meetings, public release names review) and as stated in the Mission statement attract new so called "do-ers" as we need "a fresh blood" to continue the work in a different Fedora bodies (FESCo, FAmSCo, Board, CWG etc.).
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===Questionnaire===
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*''' What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?'''
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To breath for Fedora? But seriously - the most important part is to be on the Fedora Board and should be for other folks too - as you could see, we usually have a problem with filling all seats with enough candidates (it's great there are three more people running now). Not running for Board just to be there but to know, that everyone can do it and everyone will be considered by contributors to be elected. Do not worry, run for it!
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*''' Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?'''
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Board is opening - that's good sign. Two years ago, meetings were private calls only, now we have public IRC meetings combined with private calls. It would be great, to minimize the "private" part more. It does not go well with our foundations (on the other hand, sometimes we have to...).
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*''' If elected then what will be your priorities?'''
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While reading the elections discussions, we (and me as a Board member) failed in communication - when Mizmo was on Board, she established Board blog, I contributed that times too but after the blog was cancelled, we/I did not try to fix it. This would be my top priority - to start the blog again and to assure that all meeting minutes are published. It looks like boring secretary job but it's important one.  
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*''' Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?'''
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I expect it's "a part" not "apart" ;-)
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For me, my journey to be a part of Fedora Project started years ago, I was RHL 5.x user, then Fedora Core user but one day I just got crazy from some system configuration tool misbehaving. And I quit Fedora  immediately instead of fixing the issue. Now after years, I know, it was mistake and another day, a few years after, I was hired by Red Hat to fix system configuration tools. Paradox of life! If I could time travel, I'd choose to be a part of Fedora from the beginning :)
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*''' What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?'''
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I hope there are no differences in the terms of what Board and "unelected" contributors could do within the project - and it's the main strength of our
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community. Active members doing the work should lead the project, period.  And Board is more a partner to these efforts. That's what I'd like to see (and it could be accomplished from Board ;-).
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== [[User:Bckurera|Buddhike Chandradeepa Kurera]] (bckurera) ==
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=== Introduction===
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*'''Mission statement:''' Expanding the Fedora Project while Preserving the free culture and the diversity with in Fedora project.
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*'''Past work summary:'''
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** Member of FAmSCo in F18 Cycle
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** Co-Admin - Fedora Summer Coding Group (Administering GSoC/ GCI 2012)
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** Managing Free Media membership
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** Budget Wrangler for APAC
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** Fedora Ambassador
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** Event Liaison (APAC) - Design Team
  
 
* '''Future plans:'''
 
* '''Future plans:'''
** This is the hardest question for me to answer, it forces me to look at things that I may have done wrong in the past... My passionate approach to this community has previously led to misunderstandings. I have been and will continue to work on my communication skills to prevent misunderstandings in the community. I will strive to use a restrained passion to bring the community closer to the board.
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** I would like to focus the groth of the project since it is required to gain more and new contribution.
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** Support implementing/ maintaining policies which are crucial to preserve the free culture of the project and the diversity with in Fedora project.
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** Actively participate decision making process with in the project and extending relationships with external entities such as local communities and other free software entities.
  
* '''Anything else you want to add:'''
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*'''Anything else you want to add:''' I have served 6 months (F18 cycle) in FAmSCo and able to achieve some goals and able to represent Fellow Fedora Ambassadors needs. I ll make sure if I get elected I ll do my best for the Project and fulfill my responsibility.
** Some suggest that I am unpopular, In the past I asked the community to step up and endorce me before I would run they did so I am clearly not unpopular with everyone. Why am I unpopular with some? Because I asked people to endorce me, I was attacked by some for doing this. 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. <br/>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 (the most popular on distrowatch or any other metric), Fedora's First is about innovation, First to market if you will. 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. <br/>Something I think we have to acknowledge is the fact Red Hat has a huge investment in Fedora, how does that impact what we do in the future? I think Red Hat needs to be respected, they do a lot for us, some even think that without Red Hat there is no Fedora. How does respecting Red Hat's needs impact our foundation of First? Red Hat has to deal with many internal and external pressures to do their best to fit their client's needs, how do these fit with Fedora's needs? 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 topics 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.
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-- Bob
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===Questionnaire===
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*''' What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?'''
  
[[User:Bjensen|Bjensen]] 23:56, 15 May 2012 (UTC)
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In my view, Fedora board is managing the Fedora project shaping it and leading it. As being part of the board I would be able to actively engage with such. Then the most important thing is it represent the whole project, whole contributors.So it would be a representation through all parts of the project. Which practically make facilitation to the whole project is feasible.
  
=== Questionnaire ===
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*''' Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?'''
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Not that major changes. But I would like to see more interconnections/good communication flow between Board and the committees(FAmSCo and
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FESCo) and contributors.
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*''' If elected then what will be your priorities?'''
  
* '''What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an un-elected contributor? Why this post?:'''
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The highest priority is to facilitate the project preserving free culture with in the project and it is diversity. Because as I believe those two factors helped Fedora to grow and sustain. Most important that is where our whole creativity was born and which I believe.
** This is a question that belongs in other elections as I don't believe the board or it's members should have an agenda but to deal with issues as they come up in the community. I will be better empowered to represent the community and its issues, making sure that the issues are heard, and acted on.
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* '''What are your goals for your term on the board (in more detail)?:'''
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*''' Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?'''
** A goal for me has always been to increase communication between the board and the community as a whole. How can this be done? Well some ideas I have are neutral blog posts on behalf of the board, Facebook postings, IRC, perhaps twitter. Not everyone reads the mailing lists, not everyone follows Fedora Planet, the board needs to reach out beyond those two mediums alone.
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* '''What do you think are the problems and challenges Fedora is currently facing? Do you have solutions for these issues?:'''
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The answer is simple, I believe in Free Culture and fedora is believe in Free Culture too.
** Contributor retention is an issue, the "naming fiasco" is another I see on the surface. The issue of revising the naming process is vital, it is polarizing the community and this needs to be resolved. The contributor retention issue is covered below.
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* '''What do you think can be done to attract more people to join the Fedora community as contributors? Do you think Fedora's visibility needs improvement? If yes, do you have any ideas on how?:'''
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*''' What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?'''
** Before we can draw in new contributors we need to retain and engage the current contributors by making the board accessable so we don't lose them for reasons related to the project. Fedora the community needs to encourage input and involvement from the upstream projects that are part of Fedora the distro. These people need to be approached directly to make this happen. I would also like to be in a position to gather suggestions from both the community, and the relevant SIGs in order to push forward and act on the issue of low contributor recruitment rather than sit back and whine about low contributor recruitment.
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* '''Do you think the issues the Board discusses and the decisions the Board makes are effectively and efficiently communicated throughout the Fedora community? If you believe communication between the Board, the Fedora community, and even the public at large can be enhanced, what first steps or ideas would you propose?:'''
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I think what mean here is "why this post". The reason is to represent and facilitate the whole community which is not that much possible being a contributor. I represented fellow FAms in F18 FAmSCo and this is the time to represent whole community being a member of the board. I m willing to take this chance and responsibility.
** I already covered this in my goals statement in my bio and in the above question. I will reitterate that there are many more, and more effective means of communication than merely mailing lists. Facebook, Twitter and Blogging are all up-to-date, real-time information and feedback delivery formats. I'd like to see (and be a part of) their deployment as board communication strategies.
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The nomination period is CLOSED
The nomination period ended at 23:59:59 UTC on November 13, 2012.

The following elections will take place in November/December 2012:

All dates and times noted are UTC time.

Contents

Fedora Board Elections November/December 2012

For the last election, please look at NominationsMayJune2012

There are two seats up for elections this year:

More information on board seats history is available here

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Eligible Voters
Voting eligibility is determined by a community member's Fedora Account System (FAS) memberships.

To vote for the Fedora Project Board you must have cla_done in FAS.

Candidate Template

Introduction

  • Goal statement:
  • Past work summary:
  • Future plans:
  • Anything else you want to add:

Questionnaire

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The answering period is now closed (after November 18 2359 UTC). Received responses are below:


  • What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?
  • Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?
  • If elected then what will be your priorities?
  • Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?
  • What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?

Candidates

John Dulaney (j_dulaney)

Introduction

  • Mission statement: To promote Fedora in my role as an ambassador; to continue to develop test criteria for new features coming into Fedora and evolve the QA process as needed to fit with the evolution of Fedora. I will also strive to make sure that Fedora remains at the forefront of technology and to be the best Free distribution of Linux.
  • Past work summary I am a member of the Fedora Quality Assurance team. I help write test cases for new features, I am a proven tester (testing critical path software updates), I test new releases starting prior to branching, and I help establish release criteria. I am also a Fedora Ambassador, especially within the Fayetteville region. I spread knowledge of Linux in general and Fedora in particular and inform people that they do have a choice for Freedom.
  • Future plans: Strive to improve the testing of Fedora; both personally and collectively throughout the QA team, to continue to educate people on the advantages of Linux and Free Software, and to continue to test Fedora.

Questionnaire

  • What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?
  • Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?
  • If elected then what will be your priorities?
  • Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?
  • What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?


Dan Mashal (dan408)

Introduction

  • Mission statement: To make Fedora better in any way I possibly can for users, sysadmins, and developers.
  • Past work summary:

Package maintainer:
-BitchX and ScrollZ IRC clients
-MATE Desktop (official feature of Fedora 18) MATE Desktop
My packages

QA team/Triager/Bugzapper/Proventester:
Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle)
Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow)

Ambassador:
-Held Fedora 17 release party in Walnut Creek, CA.
-Spoke at Silicon Valley Linux Users Group - Aug 1, 2012
-Hosted puppetconf 2012 Fedora booth
-Hosted OLPC Summit 2012 Fedora booth.
-Spoke at Silicon Valley Linux Users Group - Nov 1, 2012

  • Future plans:

1) Improve communication between groups within Fedora.
2) To make Fedora the "cool" distro to use again.
3) To make Fedora easier to use for everyone.
4) To make it more accessible for the every day person.
5) To make Fedora the #1 free operating system on the planet.

Whether or not this can be accomplished as a board member, I'll do my best to try to get these things accomplished.

  • Anything else you want to add: The first time I installed Linux it was Slackware in 1996. Since then I had my first encounter with Red Hat Linux was version 5. I have run Fedora on production servers. Fedora is like my 2nd job and my passion and I want to see it be the best distribution it possibly can be.

People I'd like to thank along the way whether I am elected or not: adamw, rdieter, MarkDude, leigh123linux, spot, nirik, inode0, rbergeron, jreznik, mrunge, bochecha, limb, elad661, quaid, lh, randomuser, dcr226, fenrus02, stefano-k, nmarques, perberos, panasnyc, caf, flashback, Amanas, dramsey, FranciscoD, randomuser, dcr226, NiveusLuna, masta, jds2001, dgilmore, nb, cwickert.

By no means is that a list of "you people should vote for me", just a thank you for helping me even get here. Thanks.

Questionnaire

  • What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?

The most important part of being on the Fedora Board, to me at least, is the ability to have a say in the core strategic philosophy of Fedora.

  • Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?

Yes. I believe That the board should be more involved decisions on core changes that affect the end user.

For example, the decision about the complete redesign of Anaconda should have been looked at a lot more closely than it was. It has caused Fedora 18 to be delayed over and over again due to the amount of bugs that it has. Anaconda in Fedora 18 is both harder to use and is actually less functional than Anaconda in Fedora 17.

I believe that the board should also be responsible to make sure that communication is improved between all Fedora teams.

For example, the change to systemd/systemd-logind has affected many package maintainers and upstream developers. Something that worked fine before now no longer works and upstream developers and packagers have had to scramble to make their software work with the recent changes in Fedora 18.

  • If elected then what will be your priorities?

To ensure that the boards maintains good strategic goals, transparent philosophies, communication between teams, and ensure overall communication to the end user.

  • Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?

Why not? I have been welcomed with open arms. I joined the Fedora project as a member of the QA team. Even after running Fedora and RHEL as a System Administrator contributing to Fedora has taught me so much that I didn't know before and it has translated in to being a better System Administrator. Fedora has introduced me in to a social circle of extremely intelligent people that I would have not known had I not joined.

As a System Administrator I have run Fedora servers and keeping up to date with Fedora is important as well, since almost every company I have worked for runs RHEL or CentOS servers.

  • What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?

As an unelected contributor I felt that my opinion didn't really matter that much. I feel like being elected to the board that my opinion will have a much greater weight than it previously did as a member of the QA or Ambassador teams.

Michael Scherer (misc)

Introduction

  • Mission statement: Make sure the Fedora community grow and run as smoothly as possible, and to make sure thi is a welcoming environment
  • Past work summary:
    • coder on Fedora-review and rpmlint project and various others automated QA tools ( mostly for others distributions )
    • frequent presenter and helper for the Paris LUG for various distribution during the monthly LUG meeting, and for the various Fedora party organized since 3/4 years
    • member of the proventester group
    • serial package reviewer ( 60 since april 2012 ), helped on the Openshift Origin feature as tester and reviewer
    • founding member, packager representative, board member and secretary for 1 year of another linux distribution project (Mageia), left in April 2012 for private reasons.
    • packager and community sysadmin for Mandriva/Mageia since 2003, taking care of package like python and puppet, for Fedora since 2010, Linux user since 2002.
  • Future plans:

I do not have any future plans to present, because to me, the board is here to serve the project, and in practice hold as much power as people who are wanting to do the job give to him. So anything I could or would do could be done without being on the board and so not related to my candidacy. Therefore, my goal is more to listen, help to solve issues for others, and provides guidance and advice based on my experience of community and free software.

  • Anything else you want to add:

While my job is not related to Fedora ( I am just a part time sysadmin ), I must disclose that my employer is currently the main sponsor of Fedora. Also, I must confess that I was convinced to run for this election by a few people who will recognize themselves.

Questionnaire

  • What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?

I think the most important part is to not be needed by people to do their work, and yet still be here if they need help, ie the delicate balance etween absent and yet present. People work faster and better when there is no roadblock, and while there is a natural tendency for anybody to wait on "higher authority", this is not ideal for the goals of the Fedora project ( most notably "First" ).

  • Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?

A needed change, no, I think the system work good enough so far to not need any radical changes. But the fact that almost no one wanted to be candidate for this year election until the last moment is rather strange and should IMHO be looked at, even if I have no idea on where to start or even if that's something that requires a change on the Fedora Board. I must confess that as a contributor and user, I have so far seen no issues with the Board.

  • If elected then what will be your priorities?

My priority would be to make sure the project can be sustainable and grow ( even if I do not believe in a infinite contributor growth, sooner or later, we will hit a maximum on this part, and what to do at that moment is IMHO a challenge that we may not have anticipated )

  • Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?

Free software work mainly because people participate, and I always tried to give back to the projects I use and to the free software ecosystem in general, as . I currently use Fedora on my desktop for the innovation who allow me to keep my skills up to date, and because the strict checking of licenses who permit me to trust the software I use day to day. So to me, it was normal to contribute back under various forms, from support in LUGs to package reviews and bug reports or QA for Fedora.

  • What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?

I will be disappointing, but the answer is likely "not much". I do not think the board hold much power to do something except in very specific areas. The board cannot force volunteers to do any work if no one want to do it. So the only work that would be accomplished if I am elected will be done by others who will have more free time to do it if the board and the project is running fine.


Jaroslav Reznik (jreznik)

Introduction

  • Mission statement: To attract new contributors (people/fellow teams/upstreams etc.) to join the Fedora community, in both technical and non-technical areas of Fedora, to act as a mirror what we are now and what we should be.
  • Past work summary: Since I have joined Fedora Community I've touched a lot of it's core parts - from developer side as Fedora KDE SIG member, packager, system configuration etc.; community as Ambassador for Czech Republic and EMEA and now management as a guy with a head on release spike and (current) Board member.
  • Future plans: Open the Board to the community (as we did with public IRC meetings, public release names review) and as stated in the Mission statement attract new so called "do-ers" as we need "a fresh blood" to continue the work in a different Fedora bodies (FESCo, FAmSCo, Board, CWG etc.).

Questionnaire

  • What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?

To breath for Fedora? But seriously - the most important part is to be on the Fedora Board and should be for other folks too - as you could see, we usually have a problem with filling all seats with enough candidates (it's great there are three more people running now). Not running for Board just to be there but to know, that everyone can do it and everyone will be considered by contributors to be elected. Do not worry, run for it!

  • Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?

Board is opening - that's good sign. Two years ago, meetings were private calls only, now we have public IRC meetings combined with private calls. It would be great, to minimize the "private" part more. It does not go well with our foundations (on the other hand, sometimes we have to...).

  • If elected then what will be your priorities?

While reading the elections discussions, we (and me as a Board member) failed in communication - when Mizmo was on Board, she established Board blog, I contributed that times too but after the blog was cancelled, we/I did not try to fix it. This would be my top priority - to start the blog again and to assure that all meeting minutes are published. It looks like boring secretary job but it's important one.

  • Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?

I expect it's "a part" not "apart" ;-)

For me, my journey to be a part of Fedora Project started years ago, I was RHL 5.x user, then Fedora Core user but one day I just got crazy from some system configuration tool misbehaving. And I quit Fedora immediately instead of fixing the issue. Now after years, I know, it was mistake and another day, a few years after, I was hired by Red Hat to fix system configuration tools. Paradox of life! If I could time travel, I'd choose to be a part of Fedora from the beginning :)

  • What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?

I hope there are no differences in the terms of what Board and "unelected" contributors could do within the project - and it's the main strength of our community. Active members doing the work should lead the project, period. And Board is more a partner to these efforts. That's what I'd like to see (and it could be accomplished from Board ;-).

Buddhike Chandradeepa Kurera (bckurera)

Introduction

  • Mission statement: Expanding the Fedora Project while Preserving the free culture and the diversity with in Fedora project.
  • Past work summary:
    • Member of FAmSCo in F18 Cycle
    • Co-Admin - Fedora Summer Coding Group (Administering GSoC/ GCI 2012)
    • Managing Free Media membership
    • Budget Wrangler for APAC
    • Fedora Ambassador
    • Event Liaison (APAC) - Design Team
  • Future plans:
    • I would like to focus the groth of the project since it is required to gain more and new contribution.
    • Support implementing/ maintaining policies which are crucial to preserve the free culture of the project and the diversity with in Fedora project.
    • Actively participate decision making process with in the project and extending relationships with external entities such as local communities and other free software entities.
  • Anything else you want to add: I have served 6 months (F18 cycle) in FAmSCo and able to achieve some goals and able to represent Fellow Fedora Ambassadors needs. I ll make sure if I get elected I ll do my best for the Project and fulfill my responsibility.

Questionnaire

  • What is the most important part of being on the Fedora Board?

In my view, Fedora board is managing the Fedora project shaping it and leading it. As being part of the board I would be able to actively engage with such. Then the most important thing is it represent the whole project, whole contributors.So it would be a representation through all parts of the project. Which practically make facilitation to the whole project is feasible.

  • Do you see any needed change(s) for the Fedora Board?

Not that major changes. But I would like to see more interconnections/good communication flow between Board and the committees(FAmSCo and FESCo) and contributors.

  • If elected then what will be your priorities?

The highest priority is to facilitate the project preserving free culture with in the project and it is diversity. Because as I believe those two factors helped Fedora to grow and sustain. Most important that is where our whole creativity was born and which I believe.

  • Why did you choose to be apart of the Fedora Project?

The answer is simple, I believe in Free Culture and fedora is believe in Free Culture too.

  • What will you be able to accomplish if elected, that you couldn't as an unelected contributor?

I think what mean here is "why this post". The reason is to represent and facilitate the whole community which is not that much possible being a contributor. I represented fellow FAms in F18 FAmSCo and this is the time to represent whole community being a member of the board. I m willing to take this chance and responsibility.