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Re: Proposal for the future of Fedora

From:  "Tom \"spot\" Callaway" <tcallawa-AT-redhat.com>
To:  Fedora community advisory board <advisory-board-AT-lists.fedoraproject.org>
Subject:  Re: Proposal for the future of Fedora
Date:  Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:55:38 -0400
Message-ID:  <4C72E04A.90601@redhat.com>
Archive-link:  Article

On 08/23/2010 03:17 PM, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 12:09, Rahul Sundaram <metherid@gmail.com> wrote:
>>  On 08/23/2010 08:41 PM, Stephen Gallagher wrote:
>>>
>>> My apologies, that statement came out more inflammatory and damning than
>>> I really intended it to be. I was merely trying to highlight that a lot
>>> of people have a view of Fedora as sort of the "White Sands" of Linux.
>>> They view it as where code goes until it's ready to be put into stable
>>> releases. This is a public impression that we need to change.
>>
>> It is not very inaccurate.  We are certainly early adopters of new
>> technology and sometimes it is rough around the edges.  We can either be
>> more conservative or try and test things more vigorously.  Probably a
>> combination of both would help.
> 
> It does not matter if it is not accurate or not. It is the one thing
> that I get over and over from people who used some release and found
> their system completely 'different' after a set of updates. "How can
> you guys expect this to be the next Enterprise Linux?" Sure they each
> want something new and cool on our system that no-one else has yet..
> but they really only want that not everything else. All of them have
> switched to 'other' OS's because while slower they could get better
> stability on what they wanted to remain stable.

I think part of this may simply be a need to set expectations appropriately.

There is some irony in the fact that the most common questions I get
asked are "What is new in Fedora $CURRENT?" and "What is coming in
Fedora $CURRENT+1", and the most common complaint I hear is "Why did you
change $FOO in Fedora $CURRENT?!?".

~spot


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Re: Proposal for the future of Fedora

Posted Aug 27, 2010 19:25 UTC (Fri) by mattdm (subscriber, #18) [Link]

Ever since I've been working on Linux distributions, I've seen this dichotomy. "Don't change anything ever! And also, why don't you have the latest version of package foo?"


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