|Paul W. Frields|
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I work for Red Hat as an engineering operations manager. I joined the company in February 2008 and until July 2010, I served as the Fedora Project Leader and chairman of the Fedora Project Board. I also dabble in the following bits:
- The Documentation team, as a writer, editor, and part-time balladeer
- Maintainer of fedora-release-notes and a few other useful packages
- Help with the Insight project
- Merciless and sometimes foolhardy wiki gardening
I help drive the Fredericksburg (VA) Linux Users Group (FredLUG), which meets twice monthly in my hometown.
I was a founding member of the Fedora Project Board, and served the community there from April 2006 to July 2007.
In the past, I've also worked on these (now obsolete) documents:
- Installation Guides for FC4, FC5
- SELinux FAQ for FC5
- Yum Software Management for FC3, FC4
I maintain or co-maintain the following packages in the Fedora package collection:
-- GNOME application for editing/maintaining blogs
-- auto_nodetitle module for Drupal 6
-- Ninesixty theme for Drupal 6
-- Token module for Drupal 6
-- Release Notes for Fedora
-- Recover files by "carving" them from a raw disk
-- A simple and easy-to-use Open Source multi-track editor
-- Recover files by "carving" them from a raw disk
-- Nautilus extension for an open terminal shortcut
-- A Nautilus extension that makes searching for files easier
-- Nautilus context menu for sending files
-- Python library for manipulating OpenDocument files
-- Open Phone Abstraction Library
-- Utilities to read and manipulate patches and CVS
-- A lightweight API for Picasa in PHP
-- PHP wrapper for the SmugMug API
-- Turnbased board strategy game (colonize an island)
-- A PulseAudio-based podcast recorder
-- A Babel extractor plug-in which extracts translatable messages
-- MediaWiki conversion library for Python
-- Tree to tree correction between XML documents
-- Command Line XML Toolkit
-- Zikula is a free open source Web Application Framework
-- Simple Zikula module that provides comment functions to other modules
-- Manages news articles on your Zikula site
I no longer maintain the following packages:
These are deprecated because of changes over time to Fedora. Currently these still appear in CVS, but may eventually become wistful memories.
- USB-Hotplug Tutorial
- Mirror Tutorial for FC2
- Web Publishing to docs.fedoraproject.org -- This subject is now covered in the Documentation Guide.
Name: Paul W. Frields
Location: Fredericksburg, VA - USA
Profession: Engineering Project Manager
Company: Red Hat, Inc.
As a Contributor
- Help develop a content management system to serve the needs of multiple teams such as the Marketing and Design teams.
- Provide the odd low-maintenance package such as non-critical add-ons, where my programming skill (or lack thereof) is not a limiting factor.
- Strive to provide a good example of dealing with other people in a constructive, friendly way at all times.
HIGH: bash, GNU make, DocBook XML, RHCE (RHL 7.1, RHEL 3 & 5), communication skills (writing, teaching, public speaking)
MEDIUM/LOW: XML/XSL/XSLT, Python, C/C++
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In high school, I was a prominent supporter of open source ideals, trying to use open source software in all that I did and explaining to those who asked what the benefits of the open source way are. I was a major part of the newspaper at my high school, acting as both the copy editor and webmaster ("the" being the most important word in that sentence — I didn't contribute as much as I liked to during my tenure on staff there).
Major stuff I did
- Helped with the transition from MoinMoin to MediaWiki for fedoraproject.org/wiki.
- Looking back on it, I didn't help as much as I would have liked to. At the time, I knew zero Python, but I was able to help Mike McGrath and others understand the paradigms of MediaWiki and its syntax. I then helped the Docs Project and others with their own use cases for the wiki. Some call me the "wiki czar" (see this mailing list post), but I hardly think I deserve that "title." I currently put a significant amount of my Fedora-related focus to keeping the wiki a good place for collaboration within the Fedora Community, helping out where I can (and understand).
- Designed the current business cards used by Fedora contributors and wrote an application to generate them.
- I produced new, standardized versions of business cards for contributors. Multiple versions were produced based on feedback from the community. I then wrote a Python application, fedora-business-cards, that downloads a contributor's data from FAS and automatically generates print-ready files for the front and back of the card.
- Provided a sane system for translations on the wiki.
- I ported some templates from mediawiki.org to aide translators in keeping to a set scheme of how translated pages should be laid out on the wiki. Before this change, pages were laid out in different systems depending on the language they were in. The new system makes translated versions of pages easier to find and easier to contribute to.
Major stuff I'm working on now
- Fedora brand guidelines update — User:Ianweller/Brand guidelines (draft)
- Running the email@example.com request queue
- Automating data analysis within free software communities — datanommer
- IRC: ianweller on freenode — You can find me in most Fedora-related channels. I like to keep things out in the open, so please ask before you privately message me.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com — prefer the fedoraproject.org email