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Interview with Václav Pavlín (vpavlin)


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

I started as a package maintainer helping with initscrpits, systemd and other packages. Then I moved up the stack to work on containers which lead me to helping with defining Fedora Docker base image and getting a membership in Base WG and Env&Stacks WG to help with Docker integration. Currently, I am working on a composite multi-container application specification called Nulecule.

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

I am currently involved in architecting of CentOS Community Container Pipeline which should make it easy for CentOS users to build, test and deliver CentOS based containerized applications. I would like to use this experience to make Fedora also a container friendly place so that we don’t fall behind in this topic.

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

My current plan is to make development, distribution and deployment of containers simple and straightforward for developers and administrators through Nulecule spec and Atomic App. I’d also like to contribute to a Fedora Modularization effort which seems to be a very interesting and important project.

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

I see a big barrier in joining Fedora in a sense of adding new software to Fedora environment. Copr helps with this and rings concept implementation could get us even further – which I think is also the answer to the second question.

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

As I am currently mostly working with containers anything related feels interesting. That might be a problem of how to build contianers, how to test them, how to create and use the complex multi-container applications. All of that seems to fit well in the Env & Stacks scope. Regarding specific projects, I can mention Copr and it’s planned ability to be able to produce Docker images, or Containerized Fedora Server Roles.