"What is the Fedora Project?"

Mike McGrath mmcgrath at redhat.com
Thu Oct 8 21:10:39 UTC 2009

On Thu, 8 Oct 2009, Christopher Aillon wrote:

> On 10/08/2009 03:17 PM, Mike McGrath wrote:
> > We can advance the whole Linux field faster if we're not so focused on
> > people that have expressed an interest in not using our software.  Let us
> > innovate, let the other distros polish and customize as they see fit.
> No, that would advance Fedora's brand of Linux.  It would do nothing to bring
> more people to the total FOSS/Linux count, we'd just be shuffling people
> around from distro to distro.

You've incorrectly assumed that all Linux distros are the same.  People go
to the one that best fits their needs.  I've watched this first hand 2
weeks ago.

> Mozilla has made great strides in getting people to convert from proprietary
> software to free software by giving people an alternative which works just as
> well or better than the proprietary software for what people use it for.

There's not multiple mozillas to choose from.  Besides, Ubuntu has made
greater strides then us in this fashion.  Why not let them do what they've
proved themselves to be good at and let us do what we have prover
ourselves to be good at (innovation).

> If we are truly committed to advancing FOSS, we need to do the same as best as
> we can.

'advancing FOSS' could mean getting more people to use FOSS, or advancing
the technologies in FOSS.  I read it to mean the latter.  I suspect others
mean it to mean the former.


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