Become an Advisor to the Fedora Board!

One of the things I love about Fedora is it’s dedication to transparency. In today’s Fedora Board Meeting, it came to our attention that we haven’t done a good job of letting people know how they can communicate with the Fedora Board. I took the action item to try to rectify that, and one way I can do that is via this blog post. 🙂

The best way to ask a question of the Fedora Board is to join the advisory board mailing list. The list is open to all interested parties, and serves as a place where the Fedora Board and the community at large can make suggestions, ask questions, and foster discussion on a wide variety of topics that involve the Fedora Board. Most of the items that the Board gets involved in are discussed on the list[1]. As the chairman of the Board, I also use the topics from the advisory-board list to set the agenda for the our weekly Board meetings.

Another way to interact with the Fedora Board is through our public IRC meetings. The schedule shows the exact dates and times of our IRC meetings, and our meetings typically happen every two weeks or so.  The meetings take place in the #fedora-board-meeting channel on the Freenode IRC network.

If you have a question, comment, or concern for the Fedora Board, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  We value your input!

[1]  There are a few private matters that aren’t discussed on the advisory-board mailing list.  These typically involve situations where important relationships would be damaged if details were made public, such as personnel issues or fiduciary matters.  As a Board, we’re very sensitive to these issues, and try to be as open and transparent about them as is reasonable.

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