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Fedora and the art of creating an inclusive community

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Earlier this year Fedora got a new community project leader. In February 2008 Paul Frields replaced Max Spevack, bringing a different perspective to Fedora's community management. Paul, you see, is not a developer. Nor is he based in Raleigh (Red Hat's headquarters). His background with Fedora has been mostly on the documentation side, and he's been working remotely.

This gives Paul an interesting perspective on Fedora and its community, and how Fedora connects with Red Hat.

I spent a half-hour with Paul today and probed into Fedora and the art of community, as well as some of the innovations in the pipe for Fedora 9.

What is your background? How did you get involved in Fedora?

I started with Fedora in the documentation group in 2003. After working in documentation I moved into packaging (Fedora Extras), art work, marketing, translation, and other areas of Fedora (mostly "collateral" groups). I'm not a hard-core software developer. I've tended to get involved in all the other areas of Fedora.

This gives me hope as a non-developer that there's room for people like me in an open-source project....

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