Over the last few days I’ve been in Geneva for the CERN CentOS Dojo, 2017 edition.
(This is part 1 of a series of four posts. They are gathered here.)
On Thursday, prior to the main event, a smaller group of CentOS core community got together for some deep-dive discussions around the coming challenges that the project is facing, and constructive ways to address them.
This meeting was very potentially productive. I say potentially because some great decisions were made, with universal approval, but everything depends on the execution. Some of these decisions will take a great deal of work over the coming months. Of course, nobody is averse to hard work, but we all also have other things to do. So we need to keep the long-term health of the project firmly in mind, and find time for these tasks.
— CentOS Project (@CentOSProject) October 19, 2017
The full notes from that meeting have been posted to the Centos-devel mailing list for further discussion.
The attendees were from many different organizations, countries, and cultures. While the various organizations represented have rather different goals and motivations, there was great unity of purpose – ensuring the long-term health of the CentOS project.
Topics covered were focused on removing roadblocks to forward movement on the project, and removing obstacles to new contributors to the project coming on board and getting things done. This was very encouraging.
We were disappointed that a number of prominent community members were unable to attend. Notably, Karanbir was absent due to a broken toe:
Emergency hospital trip today evening. This means that I can’t make it for the CentOS Dojo at CERN this Thursday & Friday
— Karanbir Singh (@kbsingh) October 18, 2017
Continuing discussion of the topics will happen on the centos-devel mailing list, and, as always, people who want to step up to assist in any of the identified tasks are encouraged to speak up and volunteer.
CentOS is a community of project communities, and works best when those projects identify the things that will make them more productive, and then step up to make those things happen.