Defining the Fedora Project
Posted Oct 16, 2009 23:06 UTC (Fri) by Tet
Parent article: Defining the Fedora Project
Mike McGrath says:
I understand that by narrowing our focus we might lose some contributors who disagree with our values and mission
The Fedora project is already failing to live up to its stated mission (particularly the goal to produce a general purpose operating system). And yes, it's alienating me. Despite having dabbled with the other options at various times, I've always felt more comfortable in the Red Hat world, and it's been my primary Linux distribution since 3.0.3. But lately, Fedora releases have been of such low quality, and of such a specific nature that they're becoming problematic to use on anything other than a home desktop class machine running GNOME or KDE. That's fine. But it's not what the project was set up to do, it's not what I want from a distribution, and it bodes ill for future RHEL releases too. Is the solution to further narrow the focus? Personally, I don't think so. That's going to doom you to obsolescence, because there will always be those that want to use it for something outside your chosen focus, and I think the number of people in that category will only increase.
After 13 or so years, I find myself having to look for a new distribution, and it's a depressing thought. I don't much like Debian/Ubuntu, OpenSUSE isn't great either. Arch is looking promising, but hell, Fedora still gets a lot of things right that the others don't. I like having SELinux and SystemTap and other goodies in all sorts of areas where Fedora has blazed the trail and the other distributions are still lacking. But it really is getting to the point where I'm going to have to switch :-(
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