"What is the Fedora Project?"

Colin Walters walters at verbum.org
Thu Oct 22 15:03:42 UTC 2009

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM, Seth Vidal <skvidal at fedoraproject.org> wrote:
> sig in fedora would love to produce a linux and freesoftware desktop that is
> a lot like mac osx. They seem interested in breaking track with a lot of
> things that fedora - especially as a server-oriented os - uses. This
> includes the packaging system, package management, dynamic vs static linking
> of libraries, bundling libraries with apps. It may include good portions of
> the filesystem hierarchy standard.

No, this is incorrect.  Look - no one has a stranglehold on
innovation.  Mac OS X has some nice things that we look at, yes.  But
so does Windows.  And so does Linux/Unix/Fedora/X/GNOME.

And all of these systems have various not-so-good things.  The desktop
SIG is not interested in changing all of the technical goo just to
change it.

> Now, folks who are interested more specifically in servers DO care about the
> pkg mgmt system, about replicable and configurable deployment, about shared
> libs, about the FHS and about continuity with the last 30yrs of unix
> computing.

No, the desktop SIG cares about a lot of that too largely. For
example, you may have seen me complaining about changes to the live
image only that aren't reflected in comps (which is how we expect
people to do replicated, configurable deployment).

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