The current getfedora.org site has been in place since 2014, with a couple of minor refreshes. It’s time for a big refresh.
- New decade, new look!
- Refreshed design which covers stakeholder needs in line with updated Fedora Mission and strategy.
- Unified site for end users and for people looking to get more involved with the project.
- Keep use-case focused paths clear for first-time users, while also making all the options Fedora has to offer easily discoverable and available.
- Easy to maintain and keep updated. (It’d be nice to for individual teams to own and maintain content related to what they work on.)
The current https://getfedora.org page was launched in December 2014, six and a half years ago. The main URL https://fedoraproject.org/ is just a redirect, because the companion site meant to go there never reached implementation. This site was based on the Fedora.next initiative, and has not been updated to match the new Mission, Vision, or guiding policy. It’s time for an update!
The recent Fedora Council meeting with Fedora Server had a lot in common with issues recently discussed by the Fedora Workstation Working Group. Both teams are struggling with where to direct people as the “home” of the project. The Get Fedora page is too focused on downloads only, the wiki is too chaotic, the docs site too much like walking into a big uncatalogued library, and taiga and pagure don’t present enough of a “landing”, especially for new folks.
When first designed, the plan was for Get Fedora to be specifically (and only!) an end-user brochure, with Fedora Hubs – and awesome new active tool for contributor engagement – to be at https://fedoraproject.org/ (the current top-level redirect there was meant to just be a temporary thing). Without depressing ourselves too much, let’s just say… that didn’t work out. Without that, the redirect just stayed forever, and people have started thinking of Get Fedora as the main Fedora Project page, when really the main page just… doesn’t exist. (The front page of the wiki is the closest we have, but it’s only one or two clicks from there to vast wastelands of incorrect and outdated wiki pages.)
The new design should be based at https://fedoraproject.org, and https://getfedora.org reversed to point either at that URL or a new download-focused subset. (Like https://getfirefox.com today.) (This will help with our search engine juice as well.)
Additionally, when we did that brochure page, we intentially focused on the three Editions, which were meant to be an easy way to steer users to the right thing by use case. This plan was absolutely a success, as we can see significant Fedora growth after it was implemented. We had hoped for other Fedora Spins and Labs to thrive through separate promotion, but that really hasn’t worked out to everyone’s satisfaction. (And we decided in 2018 to do away with the Spins/Labs distinction, as people found it more confusing than helpful… but the sites still remain separate.)
We’d like a new design which ties this all together, serving as a home for our various Linux OS offerings and as a center for both users and contributors. It should make it easy to just “get Fedora”, but also easy to find out more about the project, our various teams, and how to get involved. And it should be exciting, inspiring, and welcoming.
- Key Stakeholders:
- Edition WGs (Workstation, Server, IoT, CoreOS)
- Desktop Spin Teams (KDE, Cloud, Xfce, Cinnamon, Silverblue, etc.)
- Other Spin/Lab teams (Python, Design, Astronomy, etc.)
- Alt Arch Teams (Aarch64, Power, S390x)
- Fedora Council
- Other Stakeholders:
- Marketing (sigh)
- Outreach Revamp
- Join Fedora
- Fedora Linux users
- Design Team
- Websites & Apps Team
- Initial small stakeholder meetings (Council, Design, and Web & Apps team representatives plus representatives from the key stakeholder groups.)
- Initial broad design + larger stakeholder information gathering + interate on general design
- Exploration of specific designs, feedback from stakeholders, testing of ideas.
- Select and implement final design
It’d be super-exciting to have this in place for the Fedora Linux 35 launch in October. But we could also plan for F36 in April 2022 – or launch out of sync with the release schedule.
- Discuss with Council (and everyone here!), refine this.
- Take to Mindshare, Design, and Websites and Apps Teams.
- Get someone from the new Program Management Team to help organize and coordinate this.
- Organize stakeholder meetings.
- Follow rough schedule above.