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Re: FC2 doubtful quality?

On Tue, 22 Jun 2004, Andy Green wrote:

... Only RH folks can do this because of the project structure. Some people who do great work helping on the ml are threfore finding themselves becoming slightly shrill and embattled fanboys, equating acknowledging the problem they cannot do anything about with heresy against the project and the great RH people who lead it.

there was one other point that i thought was worth making -- it didn't really fit in the original post, but it's appropriate here, i think.

there's a constant emphasis that fedora core is *not* red hat -- that FC is a state-of-the-art, leading edge, way out there, community-based, use at your own risk distro meant partially as a proving ground for new technologies that will, someday, find their way into red hat's stable, enterprise-level offerings.

uh, yeah. and the last time i looked, 69% of americans still thought saddam hussein had something to do with 9/11.

the point being that, regardless of what you tell people and regardless of the reality, a lot of folks are going to associate fedora core with red hat, and their experiences with FC are undoubtedly going to color their perception of red hat. it may not be fair, but it's going to happen.

so the constant refrain of "if you don't like it, don't use it." is going to be interpreted by some as a sign that *red hat* is not really interested in their business or their satisfaction. and this is something that red hat might want to be just a wee bit concerned about. in this case, image really might be everything.


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