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From: Kristian Fiskerstrand <k_f@g.o>
To: gentoo-project@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-project] Gentoo Council nominee 2018/19 questions
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:40:55
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-project] Gentoo Council nominee 2018/19 questions by "Christopher Díaz Riveros"
1 On 06/26/2018 04:37 PM, Christopher Díaz Riveros wrote:
2 > What do council-nominees think about the current lack of manpower in Gentoo as a
3 > whole, and how do you propose to confront this situation, with facts?
5 Gentoo reputation needs improvement in order to attract new developers
6 and contributors; which is being done by being visible at events and in
7 media. For geographical reasons my focus is mostly on [FOSDEM] and
8 promoting sides of Gentoo that focuses on it as a serious distribution
9 and not just a kid's toy as it is often misunderstood for, e.g by
10 creating a [flyer] with company testimonials.
12 Additionally training new developers is more costly than existing
13 developers increasing their current contributions, which was ultimately
14 the reason I accepted joining comrel.
16 >
17 > In the same line that previous question, what global decisions do you consider
18 > necessary in order to solve the manpower issue?
20 I don't believe there are specific global decisions that can be made to
21 do that, but we need to be more visible in a positive way. In this
22 context the [AMA] that prometheanfire arranged for was rather successful.
24 >
25 > Finally, and this is just a personal opinion, right now I see many devs trying
26 > to pull Gentoo to different sides, but what I can't see is a set of common
27 > beliefs that join us all in the same vision of what Gentoo should be or do in
28 > the near future... how could you address this issue?
30 I don't necessarily see Gentoo being pulled more to different sides than
31 it has historically, but the common believes should be Libre Software
32 more than anything. Given Gentoo is about choice I don't see how we can
33 avoid having differences in opinions, but that is ultimately a good
34 thing as long as they can be discussed in a fruitful way. That said;
35 this is why we have a council to begin with, to provide decisions when
36 different groups are disagreeing on the way forward.
38 >
39 > And if you don't consider this an issue, because of being a community-driven
40 > project etc, how else do you explain the lack of public information about what
41 > Gentoo has done to improve the issues it had 8~10 years ago?
42 > If you search
43 > Gentoo in google, besides our official pages, there are a bunch of articles
44 > addressing Gentoo issues that seem to be old but are not "solved" properly
45 > anywhere. Right now I have to go to work, but I'll try to add some references
46 > later today or when requested.
48 Gentoo today is very different than it was 8-10 years ago, so indeed
49 would be more useful to get specific examples of what you're thinking of.
52 References:
56 [flyer]
59 [AMA]
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