Fedora.next is an umbrella phrase for the planning for the next decade of the Fedora Project.
This all came out of a number of proposals at Flock 2013, including Architecture for a More Agile Fedora and Stephen Gallagher's suggestion that we use that architecture to design, build, and market three distinct Fedora products. This grew into a proposal accepted by the Fedora advisory board, and the formation of Initial Working Groups by FESCo.
Fedora Magazine Articles
For an in-depth look (but with slides so you can skim easily too, if you like), check out this (in-progress) series of articles in Fedora Magazine
Fedora Present and Future: a Fedora.next 2014 Update
- Part I, “Why?”
- Part II, “What’s Happening?”
- Part III, “Governance, Progress, and More Ideas”
- Part IV, Working Group Reports:
- Flock 2014, Prague
We have five working groups. These are independent sub-committees of FESCo, with individual governance structures. Three of the groups are developing future Fedora target products — Fedora Workstation, Fedora Cloud, and Fedora Server. These groups have created basic descriptions of their plans for those products, and are now working on concrete plans for what changes those might require for Fedora 21 and beyond. The other two groups, Base Design and Environments & Stacks, are not producing specific products, but will help design the shared core on which everything is built, as well as "building blocks" on top of that.
Each of the product working groups submitted their PRDs as described in the board proposal, and these were approved by both FESCo and the Fedora Board.
- Env and Stacks
Other Fedora SIGs and Projects
What makes a "product"?
Of course, we're not selling anything, or offering commercial support. We use the term product to indicate a release artifact that we intentionally construct in order to address an identified segment of user needs. In June 2014, the Fedora Project Board defined these general guidelines for possible future products:
- Addresses a new, relevant, and broad usecase or userbase that a Fedora Product is not currently serving"
- The usecase should be something the Board sees as being a long term investment
- The Product should be coherent with all of Fedora's foundations
- Product Working Groups