[CentOS-devel] RFC: Alternative Desktop SIG

Mon Mar 31 16:59:37 UTC 2014
Jim Perrin <jperrin at centos.org>

Just to bump this along a bit. (yes, I'm top-posting)

I'd like to flesh out
http://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/AlternativeDesktop a bit
more. I'd still like to see one or two more folks with some decent
rpm/yum building experience volunteer, and some idea of deliverables.

- enabling epel/elrepo by default.
- import epel's cinnamon / mate packages for install media
- distributable install media.
- xxx
- yyy

I'd like to get this hammered out in time to discuss in this week's
board meeting.

On 03/14/2014 12:26 PM, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> I would like to put together an alternative desktop sig which will build,
> qa, and support desktops which are not the Enterprise Linux primary or
> secondary desktops (GNOME and KDE).
> There are a couple of ground rules I would like to propose:
> 1) Any desktop system needs to have 3 sponsors who are people willing to do
> the work of building RPMS, coordinating user bugs with upstream, and fixing
> packages. The reason for 3 is
>   a) that this SIG isn't a dumping ground for here is ABC-DE compiled,
> goodbye.
>   b) that disagreements between sponsors should be deadlock free.
>   c) that when people take vacations, etc there is continuity of operation.
> 2) Desktops do not keep to Enterprise lifetimes, but major version changes
> to the desktop need to be announced, tested and released to a schedule.
> Desktops which don't want to do that will not be part of the SIG. [A
> schedule does not need to be super detailed, but just alleviate surprise.]
> 3) Desktops can and will be removed from the SIG if there isn't an interest
> in keeping them up. This is mainly to cover that if ABC-DE desktop no
> longer has sponsors, other members of the SIG aren't obliged to support
> ABC-DE if they don't want to.
> 4) Some level of governance needs to be established so that there is a
> committee that can make sure that a desktop has 'sponsors', that it is not
> just code thrown over a wall and left, and that users are not left
> surprised when updates to the desktop occur. They may also make up
> packaging rules and guidelines as needed to alleviate problems that come up.
> As this is an RFC, these are just proposed rules to be solidified when the
> CentOS board considers the SIG.
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