This week Jeff Spaleta posted a
for a spin submission and approval process. For those
interested in creating officially approved Fedora spins, it is worth a
Anyone can create a Fedora spin for their personal use. Just create a
kickstart file to install the packages you want. There are various ways of
doing this, but the Anaconda
kickstart is probably the most common. This kickstart file tells the
Anaconda installer what packages you want, and you have your own Fedora
This draft is about creating official spins that will be listed at the Fedora Project Spins Tracker,
and available for interested users to get the official Fedora spin of their
choice. However there does need to be a way to cleanly distinguish between
Released Spins and Contributed Spins.
What will it take to create an official Fedora spin according to this
proposal? The first step is get a kickstart file into the Kickstart Pool,
where the file will be reviewed and tested by a peer group of Spin
Maintainers. If the peer group approves then the spin proposal goes to the
board for review. If the Fedora Board approves the spin it will be granted
trademark usage and from there it can be added to the Fedora CVS.
A number of steps need to be completed for this plan to work. First is the
creation of Spin Guidelines. The guidelines will specify a minimum level
of technical quality for kickstart files, and contain a naming scheme for
new spins. The not-yet-formed peer group of Spin Maintainers will have
some say in these Guidelines, although the release engineering team will
probably create the first draft.
There is a long way to go to get a straightforward way for a Fedora Special
Interest Group (or anyone else) to get a spin approved, but such things
always have a start somewhere.
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