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Help Wanted

We're looking for dedicated and energetic people to join the fun times in the Fedora Infrastructure team. What fun stuff is waiting to be done?

  • Getting the personal thanks of the many Fedora developers after helping fix a system issue for them.
  • Running the servers that make the Fedora project possible
  • Creating new custom applications that help developers be more productive doing what they do best: developing
  • Building tools that enhance and grow the Fedora community

The skills you may want to learn to do this work include:

  • Being nice to other hard-working hackers and helping them do what they enjoy
  • Knowing how to write scripts for system administration
  • Knowing how to write web applications using Python and SQL or equivalent technologies (*** we can especially use skills in this area ***)
  • Knowing how the Fedora project works behind the scenes

Other pluses

  • Have previous systems admin experience
  • Have access to your own testing machines for testing and proof of concepts (Huge plus! Our resources are limited, especially for testing)
  • Work in other areas of Fedora like Packaging or Documentation

Getting Started

Read through the below information to join the Infrastructure group.

  • Read through How_to_be_a_Successful_Contributor
  • Subscribe to the
  • Sign up for a Fedora Account and sign the CLA
  • Send an introduction with some notes about your experience and skill level to the fedora-infrastructure list (Don't forget this!)
  • Become familiar with the Infrastructure section on the wiki
  • Look through outstanding issues
  • Attend the weekly Meetings on IRC
    • Note: Being on IRC isn't absolutely required but if you don't have access to IRC you will miss a lot. IRC is our primary communication tool
  • Once you are familiar with the team and know some people, take some time to pick a FIG
  • Now the most important step Get Sponsored. Find sponsors in the FIG you've selected and keep bugging them until someone says yes. You constantly coming back and saying I want to help says a lot about you. We're currently low on sponsors so being around and offering help is your way of saying "I'm serious, and I'm ready to commit"

Even if you don't want to be involved on a regular basis at this point, please feel free to watch over things and report bugs and RFEs as you see fit. Showing interest now is a great way to make it easier to join the team's activities later.

How the team works

The team itself consists of volunteer and Red Hat members. Our preferred method of communication is on in #fedora-admin though we also heavily use the fedora-infrastructure-list. We try to be as transparent as possible though when security is involved we'll use our private list.

New members are encouraged to join the list and attend a few meetings before they request sponsorship. Getting a feel for how the group works is important.