Thursday, May 10, 2007

Vive le printemps! (about Spring, Mandriva and the Community)

Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring is now released for a few weeks. The 2007 Spring is probably one of the best Mandriva Linux release in years and I want to thank all the teams, and also particularly all the cooker contributors, who have worked for long months on this project.

The distribution is solid and has greatly benefited from the additional 2 weeks of tests we put into polishing the result. And it shows: reviews are good and sales are solid.

We are now taking a short break before the next run: Mandriva Linux 2008. But during this break, we are making several changes in preparation for the next release.

First, I'm reorganizing the teams in the Engineering, promoting Anne Nicolas as Engineering Director. Anne was previously leading the Corporate team. She brings not only strong professionalism, but also a clear community minded approach. She will involve all the engineers in the Brazilian team, who can now play a central role in building the distribution. She will be in charge of the development of all the Mandriva Linux releases.

Second, Anne is working with the teams to draft the technical roadmap for the 2008 release. This roadmap will also contain a set of guidelines for contributors work. This is the starting point for discussing and adopting requirements expressed by the Cooker community.

Third, Anne will organize the work and enhance the Mandriva policy for contributors.

Mandriva is proud and honored to have one of the oldest free software community for distribution editors, one of the largest and one of the most open, with key contributors working on many of the core modules of the release. Anne will ensure that this ecosystem continues to grow, opens even more, and also that interactions are better formalized without breaking the fun in the game ;)

On this occasion, I'm proposing a further step and wish that the next Free Software version of Mandriva Linux be made directly by a member of the community.

Last, build platform improvements will also be resumed now that the release is out. Phase 1 was about stabilizing things, so let's head for Phase 2 and implement some much needed changes!

In short, some changes and a lot of new exciting work, so: Vive le Printemps!

(Note: this message has also been cross-posted to the cooker mailing list)

35 comments:

Olivier said...

I'm proposing a further step and wish that the next Free Software version of Mandriva Linux be made directly by a member of the community.

What does this mean ?
This member of the community will :
- make the Free ISOs ?
- choose the packages of the Free version ?
- choose which packages are in main and which are in contrib ?

Rafael said...

The promotion of Anne is some very good news indeed! I had many occasions to admire her professionalism in the past. Hopefully that will definitively close the era of amateurism and contempt for the community that plagued Mandriva the past few years, when Warly was in charge.

ratm said...

...the additional 2 weeks of tests we put into polishing the result

What ?!
I was told this 2 weeks delay was simply the result of your incapacity to build the new ISOs. David, please, don't try to fool the community.

Anonymous said...

I'm proposing a further step and wish that the next Free Software version of Mandriva Linux be made directly by a member of the community.

I've been a long-time MD[K/V] user, who only
uses the Free versions out of principle.

This sounds like very bad news, like the Free release is going to be a 2nd-class citizen, uncared for by MDV and at the mercy of "the community."

I've become less and less enamoured by MDV over the years, and this could finally make me look seriously at other distros.

With Ubuntu annoucing a "completely Free" version for their next release, I really could be saying goodbye.

DoK said...

These are all great news.
- Mandriva 2007 was a huge leap from 2006 and 2007 spring is a worthy succesor wich put Mandriva ahead of the herd.
- It's good news knowing that sales are solid now that Mandriva is again aiming at the distro "original" audiance.
- Anne sounds like a worthy engineering leader and having "community minded approach" I give her extra credit points ;)
- Last but most importantly - it's great to hear that Mandriva officials acknowledge the community contribution and concider ways to get even greater involvment of the community.
Having the Free version as a fully community-made version sounds like a very good idea.

dbarth said...

Olivier: the discussion about the Free edition will continue on cooker where it belongs. But I support the ideas you gave, except perhaps the contrib/main selection.

dbarth said...

ratm ;) you have been misinformed, but i must admit that mkcd'ing has proved to be a combined lesson of patience and suffering.

dbarth said...

to the anonymous commenter: the goal of my proposal about the Free version is only meant to improve it. And it is only a proposal at this stage. See my post on cooker for some clarifications.

Besides, if you are using Free software as a principle, why care about a distribution that is just re-discovering what "free" really means? why fear about having more community in the Mandriva release process?

Anyway, as already said, it's funny how any idea can be turned into a negative version! ;)

Thanks for your comment

peroyvind said...

anonymous: What a silly jumping of conclusions. Mandriva will of course still work on it's distribution as earlier, the true change here would be to involve the community more, not Mandriva doing less while focus on another distribution.

This will absolutely help improving the quality and several other things related to Mandriva.

So by choosing Ubuntu over Mandriva, you prefer to use a distribution based on a community project, Debian which Ubuntu doesn't really interact that well with over Mandriva which will work in a symbiotic relationship with it's community.
Seems a bit silly to me..

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