Wanna give me a hand debunking this?

Kelly Miller lightsolphoenix at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 22:43:35 UTC 2007

Although I imagine people don't want to spend too much time feeding the 
trolls, I want to at least be able to post something showing that I was 
trying to do the right thing before I write this off as a stupid troll 
argument. So someone want to point me in the direction of some evidence 
showing how much of a lie this is?

"“My guess is that Novell tries to elevate levels of participation in 
OpenSUSE because that’s the distribution Novell feeds on. It hopes that 
it can hide in the fog while others do all the labour.”

This describes exactly what Red Hat does with Fedora. Not that it was a 
bad thing, as everybody working on or using Fedora is conscious ofusing 
a bleeding-edge distro.

So, to explain in more detail: Fedora was meant to help the development 
of Red Hat’s codebase with the help of the community. Red Hat uses 
Fedora (good as it may be) purely as a test-bed, where they can try out 
new technologies that could prove to be too unstable for RHEL without 
any risk. Fixes from RHEL don’t go upstream to Fedora because the 
codecase it too different. Not because of evil intent from Red Hat’s 
side but just because the enterprise-distro and the 
bleeding-edge-testing distro are too far apart.

The only part that is really negative about Fedora is that something 
doesn’t happen before a release that happens before openSUSE-releases: A 
decided corporate effort at bug-squashing. It doesn’t happen because Red 
Hat cannot afford to put its complete ressources at de-bugging code that 
they won’t use for their commercial product anytime soon (while for 
Novell it makes sense because openSUSE’s code goes back into SLED, soon).

The result is that Fedora is a fine distro but a bit rough around the 

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