Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups (SIG) are smaller groups within the CentOS community that focus on a small set of issues, in order to either create awareness or to focus on development along a specific topic. Each SIG can seek a dedicated section on the wiki, along with an option to display the names of the people involved in that SIG. A mailing list on the CentOS list server can also be setup as well. As proper, and subject to available resources, other resources they might need (eg. a SCM system, web hosting space, admin services, etc.) may be offered.
The following SIGs already exist:
Future SIGs may include (voice your interest and opinion on the firstname.lastname@example.org mailinglist):
- PPC, Itanium, S390, Alpha, Sparc port
Documentation - Encourage and manage CentOS documentation (website, wiki, FAQ)
Hardware compatiblity - Collect information about specific hardware (laptops, devices, printers)
- RHEL Beta test-driving - Encourage people to try out RHEL Betas to improve future CentOS
- RPM Packaging
Translation - In charge of translating CentOS (media, website, wiki, flyer)
Setting up a new SIG
Anyone can propose to setup a SIG, but needs to get the agreement and participation of a member of the CentOS Devteam. To request a new Special interest group to be started, here is what needs to be done:
- Look at the presently functional SIG's and make sure that your effort will not overlap with another team
- Open a new discussion topic in the CentOS-Devel mailing list, asking for comments
- One of the CentOS Devteam members will need to join the effort, once that happens then that Devteam member can :
- Request a new mailing list to be created
- Request a wiki section to be setup
- If the SIG needs a version control system to be setup, that can also be requested
- Get listed as a SIG on this page
We expect each SIG to meet some basic requirements, these include :
The topic for the group must be related to CentOS, or a use scenario for CentOS
There must be adequate control and feedback into the CentOS community
- Generally, all communication as to the work of the SIG should be public, understanding that sometimes a matter may need to be private; in such cases, please consult with the Devteam member out of band of the SIG
- All code produced within the SIG must be compatible with a FOSS license presently used by CentOS; if a new license is wanted, again, please consult with the Devteam member
All documentation produced within the SIG must be compatible with the license of this wiki
We would expect teams to be watchful of general CentOS directions from the Devteam
At least one member of the SIG, who need not be the lead, needs to be a member of the CentOS Devteam. We are not trying to enforce any moderation, however, we feel that the actions of each SIG using CentOS resources needs to have visibility to the Devteam
Normally, the following rules for SIG membership apply:
- The mailing lists of the SIGs are open, and can be joined freely.
- SIG members are appointed by the SIG team leader, and may have elevated privileges, like write access to the relevant Wiki section or SVN tree, depending on the role of the SIG member.
- The SIG team leader may be asked to be a mailing list moderator; generally however, CentOS mailing lists are not moderated.