The Fedora Project is looking for a volunteer Diversity Advisor

In today's open source roundup: The Fedora Project seeks a Diversity Advisor. Plus: DistroWatch reviews Bodhi Linux 3.0, and reviews of HTC's One M9 phone


Fedora seeks Diversity Advisor

Diversity is a hot topic in open source right now, and it has inspired some passionate exchanges between Linux users in various discussion threads online. The Fedora Project has jumped on the diversity bandwagon is now seeking a Diversity Advisor.

Larry Cafiero reports for FOSS Force:

The Fedora Project — mythically known as the “bleeding-edge distro” which only experienced users can use, but which in reality can be used easily by anyone from kids to grandmothers — understands the unique connection between diversity and open source. They are looking for a Diversity Advisor, and they’re seeking your help.

I am sure a lot of qualified people will lining up for a crack at the Diversity Advisor once the committee has been formed, and it would be interesting to see who ends up in the position. Rest assured you won’t have competition from me in the resume race. While I’m sure I qualify and while I think I’d make a pretty good Diversity Advisor by various metrics Fedora may be using, I firmly believe that I am hamstrung by a demographic reality: No matter how qualified, the last person promoting diversity should look like 90 percent of the tech field (i.e., a middle-aged, straight white guy).

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You can read the original Diversity Advisor job post on the Fedora Magazine site:

Increased diversity is crucial to the future of open source. A range of contributors from varying backgrounds brings broader experience to the table, which makes for healthier projects — and ultimately better software. To make Fedora a more diverse community, the Fedora Council (our new governance and leadership body) has an open position for a Diversity Advisor, and we need your help to find the perfect person for this role.

The Fedora Diversity Advisor will lead initiatives to assess and promote equality and inclusion within the Fedora contributor and user communities, and will develop project strategy on diversity issues. The Diversity Advisor will also be the point of contact for Fedora’s participation in third-party outreach programs and events.

We’re forming a search committee to find the most awesome and incredible human being for the job — and this message is the invitation to join that committee. In earlier conversations, we’ve talked about the various benefits of asking someone within the project to fill the role vs. inviting someone from the outside, with experience in open source and communities but not necessarily deeply with Fedora. There clearly are benefits and disadvantages either way, and we’re open to either one.

Note that the Diversity Advisor currently an unpaid, volunteer position. I personally hope we can change that in the future, but we also wanted to take the steps we can now to make progress. This is not a token role; it carries full participation in Council consensus for any and all project issues relevant to diversity.

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Fedora's ad for a Diversity Advisor inspired some colorful responses from Linux redditors:

Realkman666: "Finally earning that m'lady moniker."

Krysanto: "How about you invest that money in something more useful like a professional developer instead of chasing the diversity trend."

Nmapster: "That's a good point, but also note that this is "an unpaid, volunteer position" and so they're not really investing money."

DucBlangis: "Oh god, the multicolored pencils..."

Ventomareiro: "When a Free SW project mistreats contributors: "shut up, you can't say anything, code talks!" When a Free SW project decides to become more welcoming: "how dare they, I have contributed nothing but I won't stop shouting!"

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DistroWatch reviews Bodhi Linux 3.0

Bodhi Linux is a minimalist distro that uses the Enlightenment desktop. The latest version of Bodhi Linux is 3.0. DistroWatch has a full review of it, and notes that Bodhi Linux 3.0 ships with a very well done version of the Enlightenment desktop.

Jesse Smith reports for DistroWatch:

Bodhi has two stated goals: to be minimal and to provide a working Enlightenment desktop environment. I think it is clear the project completes these goals. Bodhi ships with very little software, the distribution fits on a CD and Bodhi has a fairly small memory footprint. By modern standards, the project is certainly minimal.

Regarding Enlightenment, Bodhi ships with a working copy of the desktop environment and, in my opinion, the Bodhi distribution ships the best working implementation of Enlightenment available. Personally, I do not like using the Enlightenment environment. I find the interface awkward and it takes me a long time to find the controls or settings I want, if I find them at all.

I believe an operating system should either provide users with all the software they are likely to need or provide an easy way to access additional software. Most distributions try to do both. Bodhi, with its minimal approach, starts us off with very little software so ideally it should make acquiring new applications easy. In my opinion it does not. We do have access to the web-based AppCenter and the interface is easy to navigate, but the AppCenter is a slow way to acquire new applications and these new items need to be located and downloaded one at a time.

I think whether a person enjoys running Bodhi or not will depend heavily on whether they like Enlightenment. Some people find it attractive and I will readily admit the interface is responsive. I can certainly see how Bodhi would appeal, especially since not many distributions out there support Enlightenment and almost none supply it as the default user interface.

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Arindam Sen at Linuxed has a more positive take on Bodhi Linux 3.0:

Bodhi Linux is really good as far as speed is concerned. Applications open up pretty fast, the distro consumes low RAM and boots up/shuts down faster than any other distro I have used. However, power usage is a bit higher than I expected for a lightweight distro and it may drain out laptop batteries faster than say, a Lubuntu 14.10. Further, Enlightenment desktop environment is significantly different from other DEs like KDE or GNOME and hence, may take a bit of time for users to get familiar.

Personally, I liked Bodhi Linux over other Ubuntu 14.04 LTS spins as they ship more updated packages and Linux kernels, than say even Linux Mint. The issue with LTS distros is that they tend to get antiquated with a couple of years. With Bodhi Linux, I guess the users can avoid it. Also, did I mention that Bodhi Linux supports touch screen? So, it can be a viable alternative to Win 8 in the low powered touch screen Windows 8.1 laptops flooding the market.

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