This is a part of the Elections Interviews series. Voting is open to all Fedora contributors. The voting period starts on Friday, 9 December and closes promptly at 23:59:59 UTC on Thursday, 22 December.

Interview with Fernando Fernandez Mancera


What is your background in Fedora? What have you worked on and what are you doing now?

I am using Fedora workstation on a daily basis, for personal and professional use. I also do packaging tasks for nmstate and nispor packages.

In 2020, I have actively participated as a mentor for the Fedora organisation in the Google Summer of Code and Outreachy programmes. I have also participated in several Fedora events like the Fedora Nest 2020, Fedora 36 release party and Fedora Nest 2022.

In addition, I have also organized a Fedora Hatch 2022 local session in Vigo, Spain.

Please elaborate on the personal “Why” which motivates you to be a candidate for Mindshare.

As a free software enthusiast, I have always liked to motivate potential contributors to step forward, as others motivated me. I love working in mentoring programs like Outreachy or GSoC. I find that the work of organisations like Fedora make a difference in the spread and adoption of free software.

In my opinion, local communities enable people to strengthen their relationships and are a fundamental part of a well-functioning global community. Fedora is really big community and its impact could be amplified by local communities. In addition, Fedora is a good place to grow and improve, helping others and being helped by others.

Is there a specific task or issue you think that Mindshare should address this term and how would you contribute to that effort?

I would like to work on mentoring programmes as an organizer, communicating with different organizations that promotes this kind of programmes so Fedora can also participate and contribute to them.

Last but not least, I would like to promote and organize local events like the Fedora Hatch 2022. These events help Fedora contributors and users to get in touch easily and promote collaboration between them.