Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 476314
Insufficient communication from Fedora leadership in the event of package failure
Last modified: 2008-12-14 18:14:41 EST
Description of problem:
Following the release of a buggy dbus package, a number of systems encountered serious problems. This bug is to address the communication failures from the Fedora leadership. There is a reasonable expectation that
1) the Fedora project site could have been updated with details
2) the Fedora announce list could have been employed sooner
3) Explicit acknowledgement of the problems should have occurred sooner
4) a timetable should have been communicated as to when all the problems could have been fixed.
(Problems and mistakes are natural and they do occur. This bug is to address the failure in communication from the Fedora leadership.)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
The buggy packages were released on 7-Dec-08. An email communication was released via Fedora announce on 13-Dec-08. This communication addresses one broken package (packagekit). As yet, there has not been any acknowledgement via communication that a number of other packages are still broken. There has been no timetable communicated as to when the problems may be resolved. The Fedora project site has not been updated. The broken packages have not been documented in the 'common bugs' section of the Fedora project site.
Explicit and open communication. Better use of Fedora's public-facing resources.
Not sure I've seen a bug filed against general project processes before. Perhaps it belongs under the 'fedora-marketing' component?
Regardless, Paul is a more clear owner for this until a bug fixer is found, so I'm reassigning to the Fedora Project Leader.
For the sake of accuracy, the announcement was made on 12-Dec.
The community has identified several issues to address here, not the least of which is how to ensure that maintainers do not accidentally break major system components. We also need an avenue for informing users that (1) doesn't rely as heavily on their visiting specific web sites, and (2) also doesn't rely on users registering their contact information. In this case, a notification based system might have been affected by the DBus breakage and thus ineffective. Other solutions are being discussed on fedora-devel-list.
The D-Bus package breakage has been added to the "Common F10 bugs" wiki page.
Since these problems have been under discussion on the open community mailing lists for some time now, and we intend to have a solution in the near future, possibly before the next release of Fedora, I'm going to close as NEXTRELEASE.