Introducing the Fedora Operations Architect

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Hi Fedora community! I would like to formally introduce myself to you all as the project’s new Operations Architect! I will be coming on board officially to coordinate the releases, manage the change proposals, and help around the project in many different ways.

A little bit about me for those of you who don’t know me, and those of you who think you do. 😉 I’ve been in Red Hat for over six years now, working with the Fedora and CentOS projects for the last four of those. My background is in airport ground staff operations (seriously!), which has prepared me well for helping things take off and land in Fedora. And I can handle a little turbulence at times too. I’ve also worked in facilities management and project management, and have learned how to balance the super-serious business stuff like meeting deadlines, gathering and refining requirements and managing expectations while enjoying working with different people and different teams. Since joining Red Hat, I have loved learning about the open source project world and the ethos of the FOSS community and I am so happy to have the opportunity to work with the Fedora Project full time!

I’ve been in the Fedora Project working as part of the Community Platform Engineering team. I am known for helping them deliver a number of projects that have helped the Fedora Project ecosystem such as the new F.M.N service and the new Fedora Accounts system. But I am also known for hosting the Flock/Nest/Hatch pub quizzes …and swearing! If I have said a swear word in your presence, that means I am comfortable enough around you to be myself, and I have always felt comfortable in the Fedora community.

In my free time I help my son who is an avid and competitive equestrian, specifically in ShowJumping. I like to say he is following in my hoofprints as I competed in my (much) younger years also, but I am pleased to say he is much, much better. We have a lot of ponies, and all with people names (Josh, Philip, Victor, Joe, and Herman), all very cute, but oh boy are they a lot of work! However, I am a firm believer that nothing worth having comes easy so I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I have one teency request to you all, and that is to allow a little time for me to gather my bearings and get comfortable in this new and exciting role so I can be effective and helpful as your operations architect. If you want to reach me, my contact info is listed below, and I really am so happy to be working officially with and on the Fedora Project. It is a truly special place and I look forward to working with you all!

IRC: amoloney

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  1. Eduard Lucena

    Welcome! I know you’ll do an amazing job.

  2. Darvond

    Thank you and welcome. I look forward to seeing you hurd the cats.

  3. David Duncan

    Love it! So happy to see Aoife in this role.

  4. Jens Petersen

    Congratulations, as the first Fedora Operations Architect, Aoife!

  5. Looks like you will bring important skills and insights to the amazing world of Fedora!

  6. Welcome. I like your attitude. Keep the swearing up. 😉

  7. Aditya Roshan Dash

    Welcome! Very Glad to welcome you as our Operations architect!

  8. TesterTech

    Hi Aoife, welcome and good luck in the new role!

  9. Welcome, we have cookies! 🍪

  10. Thorsten

    Best of luck ☘️ in the new role Aoife. Nice to see an Irish around these parts too. I’m sure there are many more working in the background, but not everyone as such an obviously 🇮🇪 name. 🙂

  11. Bahati hussein

    Thank’s Fedora team….i,m so happy to us this one by cause is my first time to us it…….Vodacom Fondation(INS COACH)

  12. Brad Smith

    Welcome! Glad to this role filled. Excellent choice.

  13. Welcome aboard, Aoife! Looking forward your plans for next Fedora releases!

  14. Anon Ymous

    What is your stance on flatpacks and are you comfortable with Ai possibly being incorporated into Linux? Nowadays, tech gets more about identity politics than the task at hand, which is all too common. The tech issues matter more than identity politics, as the Rust Foundation keeps finding out but never seems to learn from. Also of note and a helpful tip, since comments are so heavily moderated, it looks a bit odd when a writer of an article on fedoramagazine atempts to showcase personality traits.

  15. Anon Ymous

    Today is supposed to be the day that 39 comes out, and as of 5:47 eastern time getfedora com is not even updated with a download link or update. Yet this article is here that has nothing to do with technical issues, and comments are STILL heavily moderated. Let all that sink in.

    • If you refer to this link regarding Fedora Release Life Cycle
      you will find a link to the current Fedora Project schedules.

      Fedora Linux 39 has been pushed back to 31 October to provide time to reconcile some outstanding issues.

      There has been no announcement of the release because it hasn’t happened.

    • grandpa Leslie Satenstein

      I have been a Fedora fan/user for over 20 years, beginning with version 0.1
      I have never missed a Fedora version ever since that pre-release.

      Fedora 38+ has some problems. One says it is Wayland, another user says it is Plymouth, while I say, it is gnome versions 44 and 45.

      I have been testing Fedora 39 with Wayland and with xorg, and I am staying for now with xorg, as it works for me.

      The new Fedora 39 is looking great. But like all projects that have short windows, one soon discovers that the amount of work and workers exceeds the planned delivery hours, especially if some bugs are discovered during integration­.

      So, like you, I am using the unofficial version with xorg, and anxiously awake the Wayland version, along with the bugfixes.

  16. Andre Gompel

    Fedora Linux has many qualities (I used red-hat & derivatives it since the Century of Open Source Enlightment!).

    1) One of its weaknesses resides in the RPM packages repositories, with many packages being just very old…and obsoletes, this includes RPM fusion.

    2) And the second one, common to all RPM based distros is the lack of commonality among RPM packages between RPM b ased distros (Fedora, Mageia, Suse, etc…)

    3) Most newly developed Apps, on github provides ONLY .deb (Debian) packages.

    If someone endowed with the federating leadership qualities of people like Linus Torvald, Stallman, K&R and a few more, could “federate” the standard, so they run on all theses Linuxes, then everyone, including IBM would benefit.
    IBM corporate do you remember the SNA fiasco, the Goliath distroned by David OSI ?

    Suggestion :

    1)call theses packages with a slightly different name, replace the “extension” “.rpm” by perhaps ” .upm” “u” for Universal, “I” ? -> No 🙂 !

    2) Write (or encourage) writing a validation program (suite?) in any low level language like C, or Rust, Pascal (Please no C++ or Java, or even Golang), this may require a good specification for RPM (UPM!) packages.

    3) Federate the creation of a common repository in a spirit like GITHUB, but not controlled by one one large corporation

    4) Just do it !

    Shish ?

  17. Aurélien

    Aoife has been instrumental in helping the CPE initiatives move forward while staying on track. I’m very happy that the whole Fedora project will benefit from her fcking shtload of skills.

  18. grandpa Leslie Satenstein

    I offer you a great congratulations. Your job is one that is going to fill a void in the Fedora (and RedHat) delilvery process). Your job is taking you into the world of end-users, instead of developers. This latter work, for sure, you will find most challenging and enjoyable.

    You may have to put up with less knowledgeable individuals like me. Just remember, we are not smarter or more patient than your children.
    All the very very best.

  19. Huge congrats Aoife…I’m delighted for you, and look forward to seeing all of the great things you’ll do as the Fedora Operations Architect!

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