r870 - trunk/alfs

jeroen at linuxfromscratch.org jeroen at linuxfromscratch.org
Mon Nov 8 22:33:24 PST 2004

Author: jeroen
Date: 2004-11-08 23:33:23 -0700 (Mon, 08 Nov 2004)
New Revision: 870

Add ALFS newsitem about new project leader for ALFS

Modified: trunk/alfs/news-2004.txt
--- trunk/alfs/news-2004.txt	2004-10-30 23:10:11 UTC (rev 869)
+++ trunk/alfs/news-2004.txt	2004-11-09 06:33:23 UTC (rev 870)
@@ -4,6 +4,29 @@
 Section: alfs
+Title: [RFC] Call for new team leader
+Author: Kevin P. Fleming
+Date: 2004/11/08
+	<p>For a variety of personal reasons (primarily due to the new business I started a few months ago), I am stepping down as the team leader of the ALFS project. I do not have the time to provide direction for the team right now, and I can't see that changing in the near future. I have enjoyed this role for the better part of a year, and am very thankful that I have had a team of helpful, educated and responsible volunteers who do a great job keeping the ALFS profiles and other products in shape.</p>
+	<p>Note that I am in no way leaving the LFS community :-) I will continue to be involved as much as I can, and I will be happy to continue to be a member of the ALFS team and provide profile maintenance or whatever else I can do.</p>
+	<p>In addition to being a call for a new leader, this message is also a call for a new "direction" for this project. As Jamie Bennett mentioned in a post earlier this week, nALFS has pretty much fulfilled its mandate: it is a reliable, usable and understandable tool for automating basic LFS and BLFS builds. While there is a need to continue documenting it and providing bug fixes, there is no clear mandate to convert it into some other type of system maintenance tool.</p>
+	<p>With that said, I think that the ALFS project (and the LFS/BLFS projects) might be able to benefit from having a more powerful and flexible system build/maintenance tool. The recent discussions about nALFS2 hinted at what people would like that tool to do, and I'm sure there is more out there as yet undiscovered :-) My concern, though, is that production of a tool like this moves LFS firmly into the "distro" camp, a place that there has been resistance to going before. While I personally have no opposition to that, the general LFS community has expressed wildly (and somewhat violently) different opinions.</p>
+	<p>What we need now are two things:</p>
+	<ul>
+		<li>a consensus on what direction the ALFS team should go, and what services/tools it should provide to the LFS/BLFS community</li>
+		<li>a leader who understands that direction and can manage the team to get those things accomplished</li>
+	</ul>
+	<p>It is not necessary that the team leader be able to code in C or any other language; for that matter, it's not really mandatory that they even have any experience working on the existing ALFS tools, although that would certainly be much preferred. What _is_ necessary is that they be able to manage a team of people they have never met, in time zones all across the world, and get their team to work in a cohesive, decisive manner to produce products that the community wants to use. This management will require a time commitment; without it, the project languishes (as has happened recently). In addition, the team leader needs to be a vocal member of the community, and make efforts to draw interested members into the ALFS team so that they can help the team fulfill its goals.</p>
+	<p>OK, that's it for the management-speak.</p>
+	<p>If you are interested in being the new team leader, or you can provide good reasoning to nominate someone else in the community, please speak up. I'd like to see nominations, discussion, dissension, etc. for the next couple of weeks, at which time I (along with Gerard and Matt) will come to some conclusion about who should take over this position.<p>
+<p>Once that is done, it will be time for the new leader and the rest of the community to try to determine what is the best direction for the future. I think we have a great deal of talent here, and if that talent is applied and managed well good things will come of it. </p>
 Title: ALFS Profile for LFS-5.1.1 updated
 Author: Thomas Pegg
 Date: 2004/08/08

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