The Fedora Project Board is the executive team of the Fedora Project that makes guiding decisions and leads the project forward.
Successful projects need to have clear leadership. The Fedora Project Board serves this function, placing Fedora's leaders (both within the community and within Red Hat) at the highest level of decision making within the Fedora Project. Like any board of directors, the Fedora Project Board advises Fedora leadership and helps the project pursue broad goals. The Board does not generally implement practices, but instead relies on the recognized community leadership to do so.
There are nine Board members: five elected by the community and four appointed by Red Hat. This Board is ultimately accountable for the Fedora Project, and in that sense is responsible for guiding all of the Project's operational decisions. However, the Board strives at all times to invest decision-making power in the community wherever possible.
Additionally, there is a Chairman appointed by Red Hat, who has veto power over any decision. The expectation is that this veto power will be used infrequently, as there are negative consequences that could arise from the frequent use of such power in a community project. Just as a CEO often serves as the bridge between a board of directors and a company's executive component, the Chairman is a bridge between the Fedora Project Board and the larger Fedora community.
Board members are also usually active project participants, and therefore involve themselves in a number of routine matters and discussions. No Board member's statements should be interpreted as Board policy unless explicitly so noted and supported by minutes and announcements made through official channels.
The issues discussed by the Board generally fall into these categories:
- Any issue escalated from a committee or other subgroup in the Fedora Project that has reached an impasse but requires a decision by informed consensus;
- Any issue concerning oversight of subprojects that are not under FESCo purview;
- Any issue that does not fall into the purview of any of the established committees or other subgroups, but requires a decision by informed consensus; or,
- Sensitive legal or personnel issues which require research and discussion to protect the interests of the Fedora Project or its sponsor(s).
Typically the last type of issue is discussed to some extent in private. Refer to the Contact section for more information.
The Fedora Project Board uses two mailing lists.
fedora-advisory-board is a public list. Subscription is open to anyone, as are the archives. This list is the main discussion point for the Fedora Board, and the goal of the list is to either reach a decision, or to delegate the thread to a more appropriate location. For example, many engineering-specific threads will get some comments on fedora-advisory-board, before being redirected to fedora-devel-list for in-depth discussion.
fedora-board-list is a private list. Its membership is restricted to the current Board members, and its archives are private. This list is only used for topics that cannot be discussed on the public fedora-advisory-board list.
Paul W. Frields has been a Linux user and enthusiast since 1997, and joined the Fedora Documentation Project in 2003, shortly after the launch of Fedora. As contributing writer, editor, and a founding member of the Documentation Project steering committee, Paul has worked on a variety of tasks, including guides and tutorials, website publishing, and toolchain development. He also maintains a number of packages in the Fedora repository. In February 2008, Paul joined Red Hat as the Fedora Project Leader, succeeding Max Spevack. Paul currently lives with his wife and two children in Virginia.
Harald Hoyer joined the Linux community in 1996. His first kernel patch was the module ip_masq_quake in 1997, followed by boot support for md raid devices. He joined Red Hat in July of 1999, working on projects ranging from udev, network daemons and CD recording packages to creating configuration tools, extending smolt and writing python interfaces.
Bill Nottingham joined Red Hat in May of 1998, working on projects ranging from the initial port of Red Hat Linux to ia64, booting and hardware detection, multilib content definition and fixing, and is currently doing work related to stateless Linux. He's also been involved in various technical lead details, such as package CVS infrastructure and distribution content definition.
Karsten Wade is a Senior Community Gardener at Red Hat. He has been a long-time contributor to Fedora, serving currently as the chair of the Fedora Documentation Steering Committee and as a member of the EPEL SIG steering committee. He is active in community building, writing, website design, translations, and documentation. Karsten lives in Santa Cruz, CA with his wife and two daughters on their little urban homestead.
Chris Tyler is a professor at Seneca College, where he teaches open source development and Linux system administration. He has been a long-time user of and contributor to Fedora, is the author of Fedora Linux and X Power Tools (O'Reilly), and is a member of X.org. He lives in Vaughan, Ontario (near Toronto) and shares a four-user multiseat Fedora system with his wife and two daughters.
Tom "spot" Callaway has worked for Red Hat since 2001, and is currently the Fedora Engineering Manager. A founding member of the Fedora Steering Committee, and the chair of the Fedora Packaging Committee, Tom has put a lot of time into the Fedora project (and with over 250 packages to his name, a lot of tears as well). He's involved with the Fedora Perl SIG, R SIG, Release Engineering, and heads up the Fedora Legal team. In what little remains of his spare time, Tom also leads the Fedora SPARC effort (formerly Aurora SPARC Linux), and occasionally sleeps. He lives in Boston with his wonderful wife Pam, two cats, three toads, and at least 30 SPARC machines.
Matt Domsch is a Linux Technology Strategist in the Dell Office of the CTO. He has been developing, debugging, testing, and fixing aspects of Linux since 1999. He maintains DKMS and efibootmgr userspace apps, edd, efivars and ppp_mppe kernel modules, and has contributed to the maintenance of many other kernel modules. Matt maintains several packages in Fedora Extras. Matt was a member of the 2004 and 2005 Ottawa Linux Symposium Program Committee. Matt holds a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a MS in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University. Matt lives in the Austin, TX area with his wife and children.
Jesse Keating is currently a Red Hat employee tasked with release engineering for the Fedora project. He has been involved with Fedora since its creation, and Red Hat Linux before that. He created and led the Fedora Legacy project until it was retired as no longer needed. Jesse has also been a member of FESCo a few times over the course of Fedora's existence. Besides Release Engineering, Jesse participates in QA, Infrastructure, Triage, Spins, and any other shiny object that may come his way. Jesse lives in the Boston, MA area with his wife and son.
Jef Spaleta is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the SuperDARN research group at the Geophysical Institute on the UAF campus. He has been an active community contributor in some form or fashion since the Fedora Project began. Initially focusing on end-user troubleshooting and bug triage, then as a Fedora Extras contributor. He lives in Fairbanks, Alaska and enjoys the alternating seasonal joys of curling and canoing and the pleasantly squeaky sound that snow makes under your shoe at -20 F.
Seth Vidal is the project lead for yum, which is one of the key building blocks for software management in Fedora. He also maintains mock, the basis for the Fedora Extras build system. He is a founding member of the Fedora Extras steering committee, and he was one of the people chiefly responsible for the first ever release of Fedora Extras packages in 2005. Seth is also the lead administrator of the infrastructure at fedoraproject.org, which includes the Fedora project wiki, RSS feed aggregator, and bittorrent server.
A separate page outlines the process for changing the members of the Fedora Board.
A separate page gives a detailed history of who has filled Board seats at different times.
Christopher Aillon is the Desktop Applications Engineering Team Lead for Red Hat, where he has worked since 2004. He has been a long time contributor to the Mozilla Project (e.g. Firefox, Thunderbird) and has made many contributions to NetworkManager and various GNOME applications. He has been heavily involved with Fedora, having made contributions to over 100 packages.
Chris Blizzard was a software engineer and engineering manager at Red Hat. He is best known for his open source contributions within the Mozilla project as well as his work with OLPC.
Greg DeKoenigsberg is Community Development Manager for Red Hat. He has served the Fedora community in several roles, most notably as the founding chairman of the Fedora Extras Committee. He has been with Red Hat since 2001. He believes the children are our future.
Steve Dickson is a kernel Engineer at Red Hat. For the last five years or so he has been responsible for NFS, NIS, CIFS, and QUOTA packages (both kernel and user level). His responsibilities include both RHEL and Fedora releases. In prior lives he worked on DEC's Tru
Cluster product as well as a short stint working in the Infiniband world writing both user and kernel applications for the Linux. Steve started his career at Lachman Associates developing and supporting SCO's NFS implementation.
Rex Dieter works as Computer System Administrator in the Mathematics Department at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Rex is a KDE advocate and founded the KDE Red Hat project. He is also an active contributor to Fedora Extras. Rex lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife, 2 children, and 4 cats.
Dennis Gilmore works at Red Hat as release engineer for Spacewalk, and previously as a build and release engineer for OLPC. Dennis has worked in most aspects of Fedora. Currently he is involved in Infrastructure and FESCo. He is also an active package maintainer and active on implementing secondary architectures. Dennis hold a Bachelor in Information Technology (Data Communications) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Dennis Lives in Washington, IL with his wife, his daughter, and two dogs.
Jeremy Katz is a Red Hat engineer. He is the longtime maintainer for Anaconda, and a founding member of the Fedora Extras steering committee.
Elliot Lee was a software engineer at Red Hat from 1996 - 2006. His open source contributions include release engineering for Fedora Core, co-founding the GNOME project, and maintaining assorted open source libraries and utilities. He is a founding member of the Fedora Extras steering committee, and he was the first leader of the Fedora Infrastructure team.
Bob McWhirter joined Red Hat in early 2007 as the JBoss community-manager. Previously, he'd founded the Codehaus open-source community, the Jaxen XPath engine and the Drools rule engine (acquired by JBoss in 2006).
Rahul Sundaram is a Red Hat associate based in Pune, India. He is a longstanding contributor to multiple Fedora projects, a Fedora Ambassador for India, and a ex-member of the Fedora Ambassadors steering committee.