"What is the Fedora Project?"

Seth Vidal skvidal at fedoraproject.org
Thu Oct 22 15:06:36 UTC 2009

On Thu, 22 Oct 2009, Colin Walters wrote:

> 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).

Breaking  with the FHS and having package bundles and including libraries 
in certain packages are 3 points I have heard specifically raised as 
desired goals over the last few years.


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