FESCo Elections: Interview with Neal Gompa (ngompa)

Originally published at: FESCo Elections: Interview with Neal Gompa (ngompa) – Fedora Community Blog

This is a part of the FESCo Elections Interviews series. Voting is open to all Fedora contributors. The voting period starts on Monday, 20th May and closes promptly at 23:59:59 UTC on Thursday, 30th May 2024.

Interview with Neal Gompa

  • FAS ID: ngompa
  • Matrix Rooms: #devel:fedoraproject.org, #asahi:fedoraproject.org, #asahi-devel:fedoraproject.org, #kde:fedoraproject.org, #workstation:fedoraproject.org, #cloud:fedoraproject.org, #kernel:fedoraproject.org #centos-hyperscale:fedoraproject.org, #okd:fedoraproject.org, #budgie:fedoraproject.org, #multimedia:fedoraproject.org, #miracle:fedoraproject.org, #cosmic:fedoraproject.org, #centos-kernel:fedora.im, #admin:opensuse.org, #chat:opensuse.org, #bar:opensuse.org, #obs:opensuse.org, #RedHat:matrix.org, #networkmanager:matrix.org, #rpm:matrix.org, #rpm-ecosystem:matrix.org, #yum:matrix.org, #manatools:matrix.org, #lugaru:matrix.org, #buddiesofbudgie-dev:matrix.org, #PackageKit:matrix.org, #mir-server:matrix.org, #mageia-dev:matrix.org

(There’s quite a bit more, but I think that sort of covers it. 😉)


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

As a long-time member of the Fedora community as a user and a contributor, I have benefited from the excellent work of many FESCo members before me to ensure Fedora continues to evolve as an amazing platform for innovation. For the past few years, I have had the wonderful privilege of serving as a member of FESCo for the first time, and I enjoyed my time serving to steer Fedora into the future, and I wish to continue to contribute my expertise to help analyze and make good decisions on evolving the Fedora platform.

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

The bulk of my contributions to Fedora lately are on the desktop side of things. Following on the work I did to improve Fedora’s multimedia capabilities, we now have a SIG that takes care of bringing in and updating multimedia software into Fedora. The successful bring-up of the Fedora Asahi Remix by the Asahi SIG to support Fedora Linux on Apple Silicon Macs has brought notoriety and several new contributors to the community. Most recently, I am mentoring new contributors to support the development of the Fedora Miracle Window Manager and the Fedora COSMIC efforts, including assisting in setting up SIGs and guiding them in the processes to support their work.

Beyond the desktop and more into the clouds, I helped revamp the tooling for creating Fedora Cloud images as well as the base Vagrant and container images to leverage the new KIWI image build tool, which enables both Fedora Cloud contributors and third parties to much more easily build things leveraging Fedora Cloud content. This has led to renewed interest from folks who work in public clouds, and we’ve started seeing contributions from notably Microsoft Azure now.

My hope is that the work I do helps with making the experience using and contributing to Fedora better than it was ever before and that Fedora’s technical leadership in open source draws in more users and contributors.

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

I attempt to explain my viewpoint and try to build consensus through persuasion and collaboration. If there isn’t a path to consensus as-is, I try to identify the points of disagreement and see if there is a way to compromise to resolve the disagreement. Generally, this ultimately results in a decision that FESCo can act on.

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

To me, the most important thing about Fedora is that we’re a community with a bias for innovation. Our community looks to solve problems and make solutions available as FOSS, and this is something that Fedora uniquely does when many others take the easy path to ship old software or nonfree software everywhere. We work with tens of thousands of projects to deliver an amazing platform in an easily accessible and open fashion, built on FOSS infrastructure and tools. This makes Fedora special to me, and we should continue to hold ourselves to that high standard.

I’m also a big believer in community bonds and collaboration, which is why people tend to find me all over the place. I’m involved in Asahi Linux, CentOS, openSUSE, and several other similar projects in leadership roles as well as a contributor in order to demonstrate my commitment to this philosophy.

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