On Fri, 25 Jun 2010 23:45:23 -0500, Bryen M. Yunashko wrote:
Education in the openSUSE Project is actually a
passion of mine and I
join with you in any efforts that can grow the community base through
education. As some of you know, I worked to establish the Helping Hands
project here in openSUSE a couple of years ago, and though it didn't
really get much traction, I still keep it open in my mind as something
we need to get back to someday. Others are also out there interested in
reviving Helping Hands or some other form of education and training.
That's good to know, Bryen - I wasn't aware of the Helping Hands project,
I'll have to look into that more.
However, I must point out that what you are proposing
isn't a strategy
per se, but rather an activity to support a strategy. A strategy
highlights your strengths and/or strengths you want to develop towards.
That's fair - and a good distinction. I had been trying to think of how
to frame it, and 'strategy' was the only thing that was coming to mind at
the time - but 'activity' is a much better description (and one that
should have, since I've considered training to be something of a
marketing activity as long as I've been involved in it).
So, I do not oppose your idea here. I join in
solidarity with you in
finding ways to educate users, developers, etc. But the education would
be, as I said, an activity to support an ultimate goal or strategy that
positions openSUSE in the open market.
I would also like to emphasize to everyone here that whatever strategy
we end up with, that strategy merely establishes the Project's
priorities. It does not prevent anyone from doing something they'd like
to do which isn't defined within the strategy. Of course, the caveat is
that you may or may not get as much support (resources) as you'd like to
get. Then again, maybe you would. That's a risk we all take whenever
we start up a new project or initiative until we get real buy-in from
stakeholders. In other words, if you have an idea and you feel you can
start pushing it... Go for it! :-)
In other words, if you've got an idea for training and education, let's
move forward on it. Don't wait for a Strategy Proposal to say its okay
for you to do it.
OK, thanks - I guess what I had wanted was more than just a green light
to do something in this space, but to find out what level of commitment
there was for something like this from the project and who else was
interested in participating in figuring out how best to put something
like this together.
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