"We envision a world where free and open source software is accessible and usable."

What kind of long view are you going for - 10, 20, 50 years? In the past 10-15 years we've (the broader floss community) have already made and are making big strides towards this, so I don't think this really is a fresh inspiration. I think it could reach for more, since it's a vision statement.

The other issue with this, an issue with most technological endeavors - it's focused on the tech, not the people. If a piece of software is usable and accessible in the woods, does anybody know or care?

I would suggest a statement here that focuses more on the world we want to be in (that our work will help us create) rather than just narrowly on the tech within it eg

"We envision people around the world enjoying betterment across every area of life touched by technology, driven by free and open source software."

Or something like that. Focus on the ppl and why the software matters though is my main suggestion here, bc software isn't life and isn't the world. The accessibility and usability become a matter of course / an implementation detail bc if you state people are using it and it makes their lives better, it has to be so.

"In this world, software is built by communities that are inclusive, welcoming, and encourage experimentation."

So this hits on the project vs. community issue. The first sentence focused more on the project / software. This sentence, in contrast, focuses on the community. Is this full statement meant primarily to drive the project, or the management of the community, or both?

I also understand the importance of inclusivity, being welcoming etc. but the way it's brought up here it comes across as a chore or a finger wag or a check list. Plus inclusivity, welcoming, etc are a means to an end not the end. You're supposed to talk abt the end in a vision statement, right?

I'm also not sure I agree with it. Is *all* software *only* built by *communities*? What is a community exactly? If it's not a company, I disagree because while I think open communities are great at achieving some things in software there are other things (like support) they're not too good at. You know? And I think the solution is to rephrase in a way that doesnt invite that line of questioning / debate bc that shouldnt be the point.

Maybe smtg like this

"Diverse communities of people will participate in creation of this software, in an immersive culture of experimentation, collaboration, and sincere camaraderie."

"The Fedora Project will be a reference for everyone who shares this vision."

A reference is smtg you put up on a shelf to look at occasionally or to stand on to reach a jar on a top shelf. :-)

"The Fedora Project aims to inspire all who share this vision."

Hope this is helpful


On January 14, 2020 9:24:14 AM EST, Matthew Miller <mattdm@fedoraproject.org> wrote:
A few years ago, the Fedora Council updated the Fedora mission statement.
The result is functional but not particularly inspiring. It talks about what
we’re doing, but not much about the why. So, this year, we worked on a new
vision statement to serve as the proverbial “banner on a hilltop” that we
can use to rally our existing community and to attract new contributors.

Our draft is at:


We need your feedback and help in crafting a final version. Please reply
here in this thread to keep discussion in one place. We'd like to come to a
decision on this in Februrary.

Sent from my Android device with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.