[Mageia-discuss] How about launching "Mageia working parties"?

Romain d'Alverny rdalverny at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 10:54:37 CEST 2010

On Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 10:17, Juergen Harms <Juergen.Harms at unige.ch> wrote:
> [...]

That's an excellent point that indeed, complements teams, for
cross-displinary works and experiments.

> Some embroidery around how such working parties might work:
> - their principal aim should be to work out concepts / proposals that
> improve the end-user value of Mageia;
> - their work should be complementary to what the established Mageia
> structures do (Mageia teams, the cooker-follow-up, etc);
> - they should be self-organised (off-load work from the established
> structures; in one extreme using a private mailing list for communication,
> in the other extreme use a temporarily maintained sub-forum)
> - they should work under the umbrella of Mageia (the work should in relation
> to topics raised in Mageia mailing lists and forums, Mageia should be kept
> informed; Mageia might formulate some general guidelines to be respected in
> order to accept the working party under the label of Mageia).

So that would be coordinated by/reported to the Mageia Council then.

There needs to be some sort of formal designation (to know who is
working with whom and on what) as well as progress/final reporting and
archives of discussions or results. But that's something to iron out
of practice.

Would be good/obvious for Mageia.org to provide tools for that, but
indeed, letting these groups experiment with unused, outside tools is
a good opportunity as well.

As for the "Install from Windows" thing, that could be a start, but
(these are general points anyway):
 - before, or while building this work group, you have to assess the
value of having an Linux installer from Windows; that is, goal is not
to make a "me too" installer; goal is to understand why/if there needs
to be a Linux installer from Windows in the first place and if there
is a user-benefit of having one on the large scale and in the user
flow (that is, as several pointed out in the thread, isn't this more
like a "fast" answer to a problem that has not been thought deeply
enough?) => in short, what problem does this solve? is it really the
problem? is it really a good solution?
 - for instance, is it to fully replace the system? dual boot? user to
decide? will the user be properly reassured about the process, her
data and really understand what is going to happen?
 - note that this is not to discourage, it's to test the idea;
moreover, there can be other benefits from working on a Windows-based
Linux installer (if ever): knowledge, inter-systems operatins, doc,
 - volunteers should spec this (a short one will do), what they expect
to demonstrate as a proof-of-concept (working program, user flow
project), build the work group (for instance here, will likely need a
Windows system developer at least), focus and then go ahead.


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