This is a part of the Elections Interviews series. Voting is open to all Fedora contributors. The voting period starts on Friday, 8 December and closes promptly at 23:59:59 UTC on Thursday, 21 December.

Interview with Tomas Hckra

Why do you want to be a member of FESCo and how do you expect to help steer the direction of Fedora?

I believe that my perspective as a fedora release engineer can bring some new opinions into the steering process. My focus is mostly on user/contributor self-service where possible so we can remove obstacles for new people coming into the Fedora project.

How do you currently contribute to Fedora? How does that contribution benefit the community?

Over the last decade, I went through package maintenance and app development. Currently, I am part of the release engineering team, helping out with releases and related infrastructure work. Right now I am working on dropping the Product Definition Center from our workflows so we can reduce the complexity in our package-related processes and tooling.

How do you handle disagreements when working as part of a team?

Most of the team disagreements I was part of were caused by communication issues and misunderstanding of one or the other side. So I strongly believe that most problems are resolvable by listening, considering the other side, and communicating about the disagreement clearly. The next step is building consensus keeping in mind all the viewpoints that caused the conflict in the first place.

What else should community members know about you or your positions?

I am a full-on open-source nerd, everything in my house is running open-source SW. I am not shy of public speaking you can find some of my talks on YouTube like this one about opensource home automation:

Two main ideas that define my approach to technology:
“I want all things open and all sources shown”
“Where is a serial console there is a way”