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Re: Exclusive Fedora Interview, - With project leader, Paul W. Frields

Reading this question makes me wonder about what a lot of people are thinking. When I think about Fedora and Open Source in general, I think about the whole idea of sharing ideas. At work, my goal is not to be better than anyone. It is to share my knowledge. Our team becomes better when we work together and not against each other. I work with many others who's single goal is to be better than others, sometimes deliberately sabotaging others in the process. I hope I am never like that. I pass my knowledge along to my kids, helping to create a base for them to grow from. Hopefully to make them a better person, or to at least learn from my mistakes. I joined Fedora to pass along that good will. I promote Linux and open source as an alternative for people to build on, not to be used as an argument against any other distro or OS. I see a lot of what is in Fedora now being deployed in other distros including Ubuntu. That is where growth comes from. I just don't understand why a lot of companies and papers think that distros are pitted against each other. The single most aggravating statement I ever hear is when a company's #1 goal is "Increase shareholder value". Wow. I hate those three words.

On Sat, May 24, 2008 at 3:19 PM, Rahul Sundaram <sundaram fedoraproject org> wrote:


"Softpedia: How does Fedora intend to overtake Ubuntu?

Paul W. Frields: Interestingly, this question assumes that Fedora's goals, and the way we achieve them, are exactly the same as Ubuntu's. Like Ubuntu, we have millions of users. We're able to report that, based on the entirely open source technologies we use for our project. The key to Fedora's strategy is realizing that doubling our number of users doesn't help advance free and open source software as much as doubling the number of active contributors. The work those contributors do creates a far better experience with Linux, and that work reaches audiences through many channels besides just the Fedora Project. Some technology examples include NetworkManager, PackageKit, IcedTea and OpenJDK 6, and ext4. You can see these technologies in distributions other than Fedora, which shows the impact this "culture of contribution" idea is having across FOSS."


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