This is a part of the Council Elections Interviews series. Voting is open to all Fedora contributors. The voting period starts on Friday, 3 June and closes promptly at 23:59:59 UTC on Thursday, 16 June.

Interview with Sumantro Mukherjee

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Why are you running for Fedora Council?

I hail from APAC (India) and would like to focus on bringing in more non-US perspectives, which includes bringing in more contributors from diverse backgrounds. Efficient utilization of our brand new design assets which are now in multiple languages (Hindi, for example) to onboard variety of users (general and power-users) to the Fedora community as contributor either to functional sides (QA, packaging..etc) and/or outreach.

What do you see as Fedora’s place in the universe?

Fedora’s place in the universe is to be the leader amongst other distros in terms of innovation that’s loved and embraced by the community.

Fedora’s potential in the Workstation, container and IoT space has been rivalled by few to none.
This puts us in a very niche position to keep growing stronger with all resources at project’s disposal.

How can we best measure Fedora’s success?

However, there is no specific way to measure, BUT.. here’s something I think can define Fedora’s success the best

Fedora Linux’s success is measured by the people who use Fedora.

Fedora Project stands as the reference for the people who want to build an upstream community diverse and strong. Fedora Project at its core is composed of the people who take pride in packaging, testing, designing, translating, blogging, evangelizing and collaborating across the globe.

The Council’s primary role is to identify the short-, medium-, and long-term goals of the Fedora community and enable the project to achieve those goals. Right now, we are working on a new plan for the next 3-5 years. How will you help?

Council’s primary goal is to increase and retain contributors has been something I have been longing to work on. I think my knowledge from serving in Fedora Mindshare for 2 yr and working in the community will help me give direction to conversations and discussions. Being an integral part of QA, I have helped grow the community in there. I would love to use my experience to impact and help the Fedora project grow as a whole.

As a part of doubling active contributors, I can work on bringing in more mentorship angles for students who are in universities. I have been a part of the Mentor Summit that just happened and I can help the council drive the initiative forward.