Is this an "advertorial"?
Posted Nov 26, 2003 12:21 UTC (Wed) by ekj
In reply to: Is this an "advertorial"?
Parent article: Interview with Andreas Typaldos, Xandros CEO
First: Congrats on taking the critique seriously rather than sulking in the corner. That is a trait I see *waaay* to seldom in a journalist.
You want suggestions for better questions. Obviously I can only speak for myself, and not for all the others, but here are some of the things I'd like to hear about a new (for me) distribution;
* What makes them different from all the other gazillion distros out there ?
* In which way do the distro contribute to the overall Open Source development ? What code if any have they written, improved or released ?
* What is their position on the political scale ? Free as in Freedom only ? Free only in main-distro but proprietary add-ons available ? Proprietary parts in the main-distro that makes the thing useless for a user who prefers to urn only free stuff ?
* Which direction are they going ? What areas are they focusing on improving in the future ? What do they see as the important part ?
* Whats the scale of their effort ? How many programmers do they employ ?
(Sorry, I personally have very little interest in how many marketing-droids they have)
* How is the maintenance ? For how long are older releases supported ? Does it cost anything to receive bugfixes/updates (this was actually partly adressed in your interview), how does upgrades from one version to the next happen ?
Lastly, it matters perhaps more who you talk to than about what. This sounded like a marketing-guy. Noone here is interested or impressed that they have a utility for configuring grub and/or lilo, so has every other distro and it's nothing even remotely new or interesting. Try if you can get an interview with one of the engineers actually working on the distro. Ask him what he did this week, and what is his plans for the next half-year.
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