The Fedora Project is looking for a new Fedora Project Leader. Skill set includes being able to juggle a community of around 1500 members, mostly volunteers with the needs of the Fedora Projects flagship product: Fedora the operating system. Must be smart, calm, cool and collected under stress and have an attention span that can be spread in many directions at once. Must have vision of the current landscape of Linux and Open Source in general as well as where it can / should be headed.
Max Spevack has done an excellent job positioning Fedora in a way that allows the volunteers and non volunteers to work directly with each other. This mix was difficult to maintain and is partially organizational but mostly I think it’s been attitude. When Max started the Fedora landscape was quite different. There was a very clear division in every team between a Red Hat employee and a volunteer. Through the direction of Max, Fedora Board members, and a large community of smart dedicated volunteers, Fedora has positioned itself in a way that will allow it to grow like no other distribution can.
Many people consider Ubuntu to be a direct competitor with Fedora but I don’t think thats strictly true. For example, Ubuntu is based off of Debian. Fedora is built from scratch and has many other distributions based off of it, not the least of which is RHEL/CentOS. Also Ubuntu seems very much to be targeting the desktop. Fedora is more the place for innovation and the exchange of free ideas. In the majority of examples Fedora will have newer software then other distributions, even if it is by a minor release or revision. Exceptions, of course, can be named but the general rule stands. Fedora is at the cutting edge of software. Thanks to our community, there’s not much blood.
Max and the Fedora leaders value freedom, some say to a fault. But the fact is, every bit in Fedora is free, this includes all of Fedora’s Infrastructure. From source control, to websites, to databases, to build system, to distribution. Anyone could duplicate any part or all of Fedora at any time and it will stay that way. This is something that Fedora values. Our focus is on invention, being dynamic, being transparent and taking risks.
Fedora also views Open Source in it’s entirety in that it’s important to work with upstream. Many of the packagers and developers in Fedora work hard to make sure that patches that come in make it upstream. I think this attitude and relationship with upstream is invaluable.
Do the ideas and principals above fit your moral compass? If so you might be a good candidate to lead the Fedora Project. It’s probably one of the most unique opportunities available in Open Source.
Those not interested in being the leader but want to get involved, just stop on by and get started