"What is the Fedora Project?"

Máirín Duffy mairin at linuxgrrl.com
Thu Oct 15 20:52:59 UTC 2009

On 10/15/2009 04:45 PM, Seth Vidal wrote:
> I think the problem is that we'll get yelled at on the other end:
> "you're holding fedora back! What happened to latest and greatest?!"

Who would say that? We've not ever tried this, have we?

> "If people want stability they should go use rhel!"

> Like we have gotten whenever the subject of more stability has come up.

Stability is only one variable. This is why it's better to recommend a 
distro based on a full use-case rather than focus on one specific 
variable. Yes, RHEL is more stable. However, there's a dozen other 
variables in my use case that it does not match.

Fedora release today:

stability          [=====_______________] orange
latest technology  [====================] green

USER: I have no idea. Help?

CentOS (my perception):

stability          [=================___] green-yellow
latest technology  [=======_____________] yellow

USER: system administrator or home user wanting to offer network 
services or learn in order to be able to administer RHEL.

What I want:

stability          [==========__________] yellow
latest technology  [================____] green-yellow

USER: enthusiastic FOSS contributor looking to eat dogfood and expend 
some effort to help improve the dogfood flavor

I don't care about a few loud angry people. There's going to be loud 
angry people no matter what we do. There's loud angry people right now. 
We need to pick a direction we believe in, and go with it.

I'm not sure I can believe in Fedora as a science lab. I'd like to talk 
to some people who believe in that. You said yourself and Mike aren't 
advocating for it. Who is? Are we just standing in a circle beating on a 
poor old scarecrow?


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