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Interview with Jens Petersen (petersen)

What is your background in Fedora? What have you worked on and what are you doing now?

I have been involved in the Fedora Project from the start.
I am an experienced package maintainer, Sponsor, and package SCM admin.
I started the Fedora i18n project and also the Fedora Haskell SIG.
I work for Red Hat and supervise the i18n Software Engineering team.
I maintain many of the Haskell packages in Fedora in my spare time.

What are your interests and experience outside of Fedora? What of those things will help you in this role?

I have been involved in the Haskell community for a long time as a personal interest.  I think it is good to have someone in the WG with experience in a different language than say python/ruby/perl since sometimes other languages may have different packaging and infrastructure requirements.

What are your Future plans ? Is there anything what you can consider as “Mission Statement” in this role?

Modern programming languages tend to have deep stacks with many small libraries which makes packaging and maintaining them in Fedora a real challenge. Copr is a good step forward and containers too, but I feel more can be done to give developers easier access to the latest versions of software stacks. User level package management seems needed for this.

What are the most pressing issues facing Fedora today? What should we do about them?

For me more or less my answer to question 3: ie making it really easy for users to hit the ground running with the latest versions of technologies.  I think containers are also trying to address this.

What interests you from Env and Stacks, and which projects would you contribute to?

There is a lot of interesting things going on in Env and Stacks. I am particularly interested in the development, evolution and giving structure to the Ring 2 packaging playground, and making containers more usable in everyday work.