Fedora and MP3
Posted Apr 6, 2006 5:15 UTC (Thu) by loening
In reply to: Fedora and MP3
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I gotta second you here, and I think it points out that ESR's whole premise is wrong. Fedora, at least in its present incarnation, is never going to take over the world with or without MP3.
I've been a Redhat/Fedora user since the Redhat 4.2 days, and as much as it breaks my heart to say so, there's no way I would recommend Fedora for a casual user. Fedora is simply Redhat's Beta program for RHEL, and you really can't expect much more. It's pretty sweet when things work, and I love being on the cutting edge of things. But when things go wrong it's never a simple point and click to fix things. If anyone wants to prove me otherwise, I've got one word for you: SELinux. Whether you like it or not, maintaining a system running SELinux is a whole extra level of complexity over the already overly complicated task of running a Linux system.
I would love it if Redhat had a stripped down version of RHEL that was cheap and appropriate for the consumer. Your standard consumer doesn't ever want to reinstall the OS, so the 5-year upgrade cycle is key. But from what I can tell, Redhat is simply not interested in the consumer desktop world. The support burden's higher then business workstations/desktops, and the price people are willing to pay is to low. I think Redhat and Fedora have both conceded the consumer desktop market for the conceivable future.
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