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Christopher Meng
Personal Information
Birthday: Secret
Birthplace: Beijing
Fedora Information
FAS name: {{{FAS-NAME}}}
Fedora email: {{{FAS-NAME}}}
IRC nick: {{{IRC}}}
IRC channels: #fedora-docs, #fedora-mktg, #fedora-admin, #fedora-advisory-board, #fedora-ambassadors, #fredlug (and others)
Fedorapeople page: https://{{{FAS-NAME}}}
Miscellaneous Information
Private email:
GPG key: 稍等
Homepage: [{{{homepage}}} {{{homepage}}}]
Jabber: {{{jabber}}}
RHCE Certificate: {{{rhce-cert}}}
RHCT Certificate: {{{rhct-cert}}}
Gtalk: {{{gtalk}}}

I work for Fedora Project as an translator & Ambassador. 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:

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.


Active Documents

These documents appear on the Fedora documentation Web site and in Docs CVS . I have done authorial or editorial work on the following documents:

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

Package Maintenance

I maintain or co-maintain the following packages in the Fedora package collection:

I no longer maintain the following packages:

Obsolete Documents

These are deprecated because of changes over time to Fedora. Currently these still appear in CVS, but may eventually become wistful memories.

Self Introduction

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.

Skill Areas

HIGH: bash, GNU make, DocBook XML, RHCE (RHL 7.1, RHEL 3 & 5), communication skills (writing, teaching, public speaking)


GPG Information

pub   1024D/BD113717 1997-09-19
Key fingerprint = 3DA6 A0AC 6D58 FEC4 0233  5906 ACDB C937 BD11 3717
sub   4096g/46D87F1F 1997-09-19

I'm currently a freshman at the University of Kansas, majoring in computer science. I was the 2010 recipient of the Fedora Scholarship.

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
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 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


  • 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: or — prefer the email