Why questions don't get answered, or "No, I've already RTFM, tell me the answer!"

John Summerfied debian at herakles.homelinux.org
Fri Dec 30 03:38:28 UTC 2005

Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> Hi
>> I generally characterise Fedora as a rolling beta.
> That would somewhat fit in better with the  description of rawhide. 
> Fedora is meant to be robust. Since it has a large number of users and 
> its fast moving the chances of regressions are somewhat larger. Would 
> help if more people tackle updates-testing repository and provide feedback.
Oh, come one! From the website: "...combination of stable and 
cutting-edge software..."

Cutting-edge software is rarely robust. That's why it's called "cutting 

I was around when rawhide was created; its nature may have changed since 
then, but about the time of Valhalla it was a mismash of packages, 
whatever the Red Hatters were working on, and if Jeremy had recently 
released a new Anaconda it might even be installable, but there were 
many complaints that it wasn't.

It was also used for unofficial fixes; this resulted in people thinking 
packages there were official.

I found it a useful source of newer versions of some packages, perhaps 
when I required some new feature (likely I got dhcp3 there when 2 was 

Today, I suggest that
If you want stability and support, buy RHEL in the appropriate flavour
If you want stability and cheap, download one of the EL clones such as 
TAO, CENTOS, WBEL (are there more?)
If you want the latest and can bear the occasional breakage, use Fedora 
Core 4.
If you don't care for stability and/or want to help refine things, 
Fedora Core 5 beta (maybe blend in some rawhide?) is for you.



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