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Gentoo Public Relations Project


1.  Project Description

Extending and improving a meta-distribution such as Gentoo isn't possible without the continued involvement of the users. Apart from the bug reporting, enhancement requests, mailing list/IRC activity and other important aspects, the motivation of the users is one of, perhaps even the most, influential facet of distribution activity. Such motivation can be brought to the users by well-coordinated public relation efforts.

PR goes well beyond just "informing the world". It embraces research, planning, communication and evaluation manufactured to the organisation's core values. It does not stop with explaining the virtues of the organisation and the decisions made, but also extends to uncovering the principles that are used to go where the organisation wants to go.

2.  Developers

Developer Nickname Role
Donnie Berkholz dberkholz Lead ( Lead )
Alex Legler a3li Member ( Website, Social Media, misc )
David Abbott dabbott Member ( Media )
Markos Chandras hwoarang Member ( Social Media, GMN )
Jeff Horelick jdhore Member
Kurt Lieber klieber Member ( Vendor Relations )
Joshua Saddler nightmorph Member ( GMN Lead )
Sebastian Pipping sping Member ( Events, misc )
Ben de Groot yngwin Member

All developers can be reached by e-mail using

3.  Subprojects

The pr project has the following subprojects:

Project Lead Description
website Alex Legler The Website Team strives to improve the Gentoo website(s).
presentation It is vital that Gentoo-presentations and -folders contain correct information and are updated with the most recent information available. This subproject writes and maintains presentations, folders and other material that users and developers can safely use to promote or demonstrate Gentoo.
press coverage Several sites (and other media) exist that occasionally talk about Gentoo using (submitted or self-written) articles. This subproject maintains a list of all available Gentoo articles and updates the several press media about Gentoo.
gwn The Gentoo Weekly Newsletter informs the Gentoo userbase (and other interested parties) about the latest evolvements in Gentoo with a weekly publication.
events The Free Software Community is colored with many happenings and events. Very important on such events is the availability of the major players, including distributions. This subproject tries to cover all events where Gentoo can present itself.
userrel Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto The Gentoo User Relations Subproject offers a point of contact between the development and user communities.
gmn Markos Chandras The Gentoo Monthly Newsletter informs all interested parties about the latest proceedings in the Gentoo community via a monthly publication.

4.  Resources

Resources offered by the pr project are:

5.  Mailing lists

If you are interested in participating, please join #gentoo-pr on Freenode IRC and subscribe to the gentoo-pr mailing list by sending an e-mail to If you want to contact the PR team without using the mailing list, please direct your attention to

Important: The Public Relations team does not provide user support or troubleshooting. If you need help with your Gentoo system, please visit our forums or IRC channels.


Page updated June 11, 2012

Summary: The Public Relations Team improves Gentoo's visibility towards the rest of the world.

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