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Re: Fedora and RedHat's autism toward personal users



On Mon, 2003-10-13 at 09:52, Alan Cox wrote:
> > There is nothing wrong with having dozens of web servers in an
> > "everything for web serving" repository but in Fedora Core that is
> > another thing: because of the drawbacks I mentioned you have to think in
> > how useful are the features of teh additional program, how many people
> > BADLY need them, how active is the maintenance of the program.  And once
> > you have thought about it you have to think again and again.
> 
> Linux is a program and not a collection. It does include lots of sound
> drivers, lots of disk drivers etc because there is a need to.
> 
> To take another example - which should we throw out of fedora core
> vi or emacs .... Clearly the answer is neither.

Vi or Emacs cannot be thrown: too many people depend on one of them.
On another hand an editor used by 0.1% of people would need to have
LOTS of features not found in either VI or Emacs in order to be
included.  At 0.1% of user share if a program is included it should be
because  the distrib maintainer thinks a larger adoption  of this
program would be important for the future of Linux and not merely
because it has a couple of  nice features not found in the defending
champion. 


> 
> I do broadly agree with you however. In the case of apache we have a 
> web server which does everything in the generic web serving space.
> 
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