Meet the fedora community interview questions

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Sample Questions for Community Interviews

We all want to peak behind the curtain. In this case, the curtain is the collective fedora community and behind it are all the people who use or contribute to a part of the community. Such glimpses into the lives and workflow of other comminity members can help new and potential users feel more at ease navigating the multiple communication channels of the large fedora community. The sets of questions can be used in total or cherry-picked for video segments introducing the users, contributors and developers behind infrastructure, documents, applications, and communities that create the fedora ecosystem.

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These questions are a starting point for users, contributors, and developers who would like to share their open source experience or knowledge with the community. Feel free to add additional questions or a new set of questions focused on a particular topic to this list. But please don't answer the questions here. Instead, get in front of the camera at the fedora booth.


I am a fedora user

  1. When did you start using fedora?
  2. Why do you use fedora?
  3. What's your favorite open source application?
  4. KDE, XFCE, Gnome, or LXDE?
  5. If you were stranded on an island with only your laptop (you've got a full battery, but no internet connection), a roll of duct tape, two T-shirts, and three coconuts, what would you do?
  6. What one other electrical device (ex: refridgerator, car, hairdryer, etc.) do you wish could integrate with the fedora OS?
  7. What would you be doing if you weren't using a computer/tablet/phone or sleeping?
  8. Do you buy compressed air in bulk and forbid eating at your computer or do you only clean your computer when the keys stick for more than 3 seconds?
  9. What's currently on your computer's background?

I am a fedora contributor

  1. When did you start using fedora?
  2. How do you contribute to fedora?
  3. Why do you contribute to fedora?
  4. What do you think is the single most important skill an open source contributor should possess?
  5. If you had three extra hours a week, what would you do with them?
  6. Preferred communication method: IRC, email, your blog, morse code, etc?
  7. Your portrait will be the next Fedora release background. Who would you prefer to paint it: Renoir or Picasso?
  8. What would you be doing if you weren't at a computer or sleeping?
  9. What aspect of contributing to an open source project do you find the most challenging?
  10. What aspect of contributing to an open source project do you find the most gratifying?
  11. What is the one tip you wish you'd know before you started contributing to an open source project?

I am a fedora developer

  1. When did you start using fedora?
  2. Why do you develop on/for fedora?
  3. If you could get development advice or co-code with one other person from any time in history for one day, who would that person be?
  4. What do you think is the single most important skill an open source developer should possess?
  5. What do you think was the most important invention or innovation that occurred in the last 10 years?
  6. Are your computers named after they science fiction characters or beverages?
  7. What's your favorite development language or framework?
  8. What development language, framework, or tool would you like to learn in the next year?
  9. How many computers do you use aschnoronosly?
  10. If you had three extra hours a week, what would you do with that time?
  11. What aspect of development do you find the most challenging?
  12. What aspect of development do you find the most gratifying?
  13. What is the one tip you wish you'd known before you started contributing to an open source project?


I am passionate about open source

  1. Briefly introduce yourself, including your name, job, and the open source project(s) you are excited to use or actively contribute to.
  2. Why do you use your spare time to contribute to or advocate for open source?
  3. Why should others use or get involved with open source?

Let me introduce you to my open source project

  1. Describe your open source project or how you contribute to an open source project in 30 seconds.
  2. Why does this project rock?
  3. In the next year, what's the big new feature, upgrade or change this project will release?