"What is the Fedora Project?"

Christopher Aillon caillon at redhat.com
Thu Oct 8 20:51:20 UTC 2009

On 10/08/2009 02:54 PM, Máirín Duffy wrote:
> On 10/08/2009 02:38 PM, Mike McGrath wrote:
>> I'm in the view we cannot please everyone all the time. My experiences on
>> this earth have lead me to believe that is impossible without an infinite
>> amount of resources. So we have to pick otherwise we have the mob rule we
>> have now. You're right, our software isn't designed for non-technical
>> folks. The question is, should it be?
>> Where we're left is no hope of building a prius. The larger tires and
>> roll cage being designed by some engineers just won't work with the
>> smaller more gas efficient engine our other engineers are designing.
> If we focus on highly-technical users, which is a totally valid path,
> can we achieve our goals as a project?

Great question, actually.

I don't believe we can, tbh.  Highly technical users already know the 
benefits of FOSS.  We don't really need to promote it to them, they 
already use FOSS in some manner, most likely.

We'd essentially be competing against other distros for their love.  We 
need to show people that FOSS can be just as viable for them to use as 
commercial software, and to that end, we need to show that to less 
technical users, IMHO for FOSS to really become a truly viable choice.

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