Friday Jul 18, 2008

Fedora's Max Spevack chat's about Community Management

Last but not least, here is my final podcast from the recent Red Hat Summit  and FUDCon.

I chose to close my series with the interview I did with former Fedora project leader and community manager Max Spevack.  It seemed a fitting way to end cuz after all, its all about community anyway, innit?.

My interview with Max (20:27)  Listen (Mp3) Listen (ogg)


Rumor has it that Max has been in talks with Ralph Lauren to replace the polo player with the Fedora logo. 

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • The history of Fedora and how Max got involved, making the transition from Slackware, as well as his journey from QA to community.
  • How the Fedora leaders prior to Max had been tech-superstars whereas his skills are stronger in the softer areas e.g. community building
  • Its about leadership 101, not computing; The power of persuasion and "Thank You"
  • The Fedora culture and the fine line between clever and stupid working hard and being a workaholic.

The next FUDCon

And speaking of FUDCon, I saw where Max recently sent out an email about the next one which will be held in Brno, Czech Republic, from September 5 - 7, 2008.

Pau for now...

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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