Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop
Posted Sep 13, 2012 21:27 UTC (Thu) by khim
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You know, people cannot complain that Fedora is the perpetual alpha/beta of RHEL and that RHEL is not developed in the open at the same time.
Yes, they can. Because both facts are true. Fedora is perpetual alpha/beta of RHEL and RHEL is not developed in the open.
High risk/high disruption things are done in the open. But then “enterprise features” are added behind the closed doors. So Fedora users are used as free alpha/beta testers but never receive the end result which is developed in secrecy. It's not too bad: if you really want the finished product without the support service then CentOS closes the loop. But to claim that Fedora users are not treated as alpha/beta testers for RHEL or that RHEL is developed in the open is to lie about the state of affairs.
And this is RedHat! One of the most FOSS-friendly companies around!
These things are mutually exclusive.
Absolutely not. Google does the same with ChromeOS BTW: 99% if code is developed in the open, but 1% which makes it possible to, you know, watch the videos on Netflix or talk with your peer in Google Talk... these pieces are developed privately.
But, my point was and still is something else. It is the commitment and expertise that counts. The engineering resources, the contract with OEMs and ISVs, the financial capacity and most importantly a stable strategic direction.
Right. And this is where all the secrecy comes from. You need to herd the cats: ASUS, Acer, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung may want to jointly develop OS—but they don't want to ever show the unique differentiators before release! And of course if they need changes in the system core they don't want to show them to the cheap chinese competitors, too. That's how all the complexity Android's VCS is born.
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