Distrowatch dot com judgment of Fedora's relation with the "community"

Bryan J. Smith b.j.smith at ieee.org
Wed May 9 15:49:08 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-05-09 at 16:11 +0200, Herman Meester wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I translated the recently refreshed section of "Major distributions" on
> distrowatch.com into Dutch.
> That text is in fact the opinion of the site's owner, Ladislav Bodnar.
> It's not "the gospel", but I do suspect many people new to Linux will
> check that page out and take its content for relatively authoritative.
> There was one remark on Fedora that I couldn't agree with.
> http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major&language=EN
> "Cons: Less community-oriented than other major distributions; its
> priorities tend to lean towards enterprise features, rather than desktop
> usability"
> I don't really agree with the 2nd line either, which is not really
> important to argue about (leads to a lot of nonsense on non-free stuff
> anyway), but especially since Fedora 7's merger of Core and Extras, the
> live spin thing, etc., I think that the first line, "Less
> community-oriented than other major distributions" is simply no longer
> true - if it ever was.
> Could "y'all" or some of you come up with good arguments to present to
> Mr. Bodnar (on this list, I mean), so I can object to this in a
> convincing manner? Or is there (still) some truth in his statement?

Well, the "less community oriented" is just argumentative, so you're
probably not going to get them to budge there.

I don't like the negative use of the word "desktop" which could be
interpreted to mean "corporate desktop" as well, even though they use
the sole use of the word "enterprise" in a contrasting note at the end.

I would have them rephrase it ...

"As Red Hat's leading edge technology community for new enterprise
server and workstation features, Fedora developments and releases may
have a discord with more consumer and home desktop features versus other

Or something like that.  I can't seem to peg the wording.

Bryan J. Smith         Professional, Technical Annoyance
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