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Paul W. Frields
Paul W. Frields
Personal Information
Fedora Information
FAS name: pfrields
Fedora email:
IRC nick: stickster
IRC channels: #fedora-docs, #fedora-devel, #fedora-mktg, #fedora-art, #fedora-admin, #fedora-ambassadors, #fedora-qa, #fedora-bugzappers, #fedora-websites, #fredlug (and others)
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Miscellaneous Information
Private email:
GPG key: BD113717
Homepage: [ ]
RHCE Certificate: {{{rhce-cert}}}
RHCT Certificate: {{{rhct-cert}}}
Gtalk: {{{gtalk}}}
Badges (113)
Speak Up! Associate Editor Junior Editor Involvement Tanked! Flock 2013 Attendee Secretary General Pixel Ninja You can call me "Patches" (SCM II) You can call me "Patches" (SCM I) Junior Badger (Badger I) Mugshot Ambassador Packager Sponsor Bona Fide If you build it... (Koji Success II) If you build it... (Koji Success I) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing II) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing I) Nuancier Like a Rock (Updates-Stable I) Let Me Introduce Myself Like a Rock (Updates-Stable II) Riddle Me This Flock 2013 Speaker Bloggin' it! (Planet III) Bloggin' it! (Planet I) Bloggin' it! (Planet II) Embryo Froglet Tadpole Egg Tadpole with Legs Apex Baby Badger White Rabbit DevConf 2014 Attendee If you build it... (Koji Success III) Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) Partners in Crime Rock the Web! Heartbleed Buster Paranoid Panda Senior Editor The Blessing of the FPL Vacation Take this and call me in the morning Flock 2014 Speaker White Hat Senior Badger (Badger II) Flock 2014 Attendee Extra!  Extra! Junior Package Tagger (Package Tagger I) Junior Tagger (Tagger I) Party Pirate Badge Muse (Badge Ideas I) Corporate Drone Nuancier 21 Dancing with Toshio In Search of the Bull (Tester I) Readiness Flock 2014 Organizer Discovery of the Footprints (Tester II) What goes around comes around (Karma I) Master Editor Let's do lunch! You can call me "Patches" (SCM III) Fedora at RH Summit, 2015 Design Ninja Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Clickbait (Fedora Magazine I) Clickbait (Fedora Magazine II) Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Perceiving the Bull (Tester III) Flock 2015 Speaker DevConf 2015 Speaker Macaron (Cookie I) Origin Chief Editor Adult Frog Flock 2015 Attendee Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) Flock 2015 Organizer Nom Nom Nom Websites.NEXT Nuancier F23 Clickbait (Fedora Magazine III) Old Yeller Top 500 Top 100 Maestro Badge Muse (Badges Released I) Grandmaster Editor Catching the Bull (Tester IV) Common Bugs Contributor Black and White (Cookie III) Nuancier F24 Docs FAD 2016 Red Hat Summit 2016 Flock 2016 Organizer Master Badger (Badger III) Flock 2016 Attendee Flock 2016 Speaker Community Messenger I Nuancier F25 Pizzelle (Cookie IV) Nuancier F26 Red Hat Summit 2017 Flock 2017 Attendee Steampunk Arcade Board Member Flock 2017 Organizer Nuancier F28

I work for Red Hat as the Fedora Project Leader and chairman of the Fedora Project Board. I also dabble in the following bits:

I also 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

Drafts and Downloads

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:

Package Maintenance

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

  • blogtk
  • fedora-release-notes
  • nautilus-open-terminal
  • nautilus-sendto
  • perl-PatchReader
  • xmldiff (This is the Logilab Python version.)
  • xmlstarlet

I no longer maintain the following Extras packages:

  • drivel - dead upstream
  • gnome-sudoku - moved into gnome-games

Obsolete Documents

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

Web Publishing to

This subject is now covered in the Documentation Guide.

Self Introduction

Name: Paul W. Frields

Location: Fredericksburg, VA - USA

Profession: Engineering Project Manager

Company: Red Hat, Inc.


As the FPL

  • Oversee the entire Fedora Project -- if it's in Fedora, ultimately I'm accountable for it.
  • Work with the Fedora Program Manager (JohnPoelstra), Fedora Engineering Manager (TomCallaway), and the CommunityArchitecture team to make sure that Fedora is making constant, substantial progress in its mission to advance free and open source software.
  • Chair the Fedora Project Board, and ensure that the Board is effectively advising and guiding the Fedora Project where needed.
  • Be an effective bridge between the external volunteer contributor base and the contributor community inside Red Hat, such as RHEL engineers.
  • Lower contributor barriers to the absolute minimum, and encourage others to get involved in FOSS through Fedora.

As a Contributor

  • Provide top-tier quality documentation for Fedora products.
  • 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.

Historical Qualifications

  • The Fedora Project was my first work as an open-source contributor.
  • I have used Linux since 1997, Red Hat Linux 4.1 (Vanderbilt), and have used every Red Hat and Fedora distribution since. I am comfortable with most aspects of system administration, and fellow sysadmins in my previous jobs often came to me with questions. On the other hand, through working in Fedora I've met truly gifted sysadmins who make my work look pretty shoddy by comparison.
  • I have taught Linux to literally thousands of seminar attendees and classroom students (working professionals, mainly) using these products.
  • I work on the Fedora Documentation Project, and they seem to trust me.

Skill Areas

HIGH: bash, GNU make, DocBook, RHCE (need recert!), communication skills (writing, teaching, public speaking)

GPG Information

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