"What is the Fedora Project?"

Máirín Duffy duffy at fedoraproject.org
Thu Oct 22 01:00:19 UTC 2009

On 10/21/2009 09:01 PM, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 20:19:20 -0400,
>   Máirín Duffy <duffy at fedoraproject.org> wrote:
>> 2) Fedora is a desktop distribution.
>> Specifically focusing on #2, I would like to suggest that the target
>> user for Fedora the desktop distribution is a person of RHCT or
>> equivalent technical skill who would like to check their webmail in a
>> browser.
> I'd suggest leaving out the check webmail part. I have no desire to access
> any email through a web browser. I don't think how someone checks their
> email is tied to the definition you give below.


>> I am a person who is comfortable with computers. I hear about Fedora. I
>> go to the Fedora website. The Fedora website appeals to me and convinces
>> me that it's something worth trying. I find a download of Fedora that
>> will work for me quickly and without stress. I am able to download that
>> file and manipulate it in a way that it is install media I can insert
>> into my machine in 10 minutes or less. I am able to successfully run the
>> installer on my first attempt and progress through the questions it asks
>> me in 5 minutes or less. I expect to have a running system in 15 minutes
>> or less. I expect it to boot without errors or crashes on the first
>> attempt, and I expect to be in a running browser in less than 3 minutes
>> from a fresh boot.
> You may need to warn such a user away from some of the spins. The games
> spin isn't going to install on a lot of machines in 15 minutes.

How long does it take?

> How does this mesh with our no patented codecs stance? Are we going to give
> people a prominent heads up about why that is and how to mitigate that
> situation?

If they are going to use the web browser for most tasks, mp3 codecs
don't matter as much as flash. That is an issue. Flash is an issue no
matter what user we choose, though, so I don't think it validates or
invalidates the target user proposal here.


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