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Re: lwn article on the death of Fedora Legacy



On 10/24/06, Mike McCarty <Mike McCarty sbcglobal net> wrote:
Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> On 10/20/06, Matthew Miller <mattdm mattdm org> wrote:
>
>> On Fri, Oct 20, 2006 at 09:36:15AM -0600, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
>> > The problem is that we are just beat. Jesse has a kid, a release
>> > cycle, a new knee, and a lot of other stuff on his real job. The other
>> > people who have been doing stuff have also had 'stuff happen', and
>> > temporary schedule changes that have become permanent.
>>
>> Yes.
>>
>> In order to survive the project needs some real support from Red Hat. (Or
>> some other large company who wants to do Red Hat a favor, but that seems
>> even less likely.)
>>
>
>> Using the "Chasm" marketing model [*], without Legacy, Fedora is only a
>> viable solution for Early Adopters and of dubious value to the second
>> "Pragmatist" group. However, Fedora has been enough of a success that
>> many
>> Pragmatists are indeed using Fedora.
>>
>
> I would argue that the pragmatists had been using it out of a trust
> model. They had used Red Hat Linux when it has crossed the chasm, and

I don't believe that Linux in general has crossed the chasm yet. I think
it's *all* still in the "early adopters" stage. But within the "Linux
community" (oxymoron) FC is the early adopters of the early adopters.


That would put you in the conservative column then. So far at the 3
10,000+ person companies I have worked at for the last 5 years, we
have replaced 90% of our Solaris, AIX, mainframes etc with Linux. From
what I have been helping with at other sites this has been the trend
in the last 4 years. One site a friend works at just bought 5000 sun
boxes. Although they each have a Solaris license, none of them will be
using Solaris.. its just that the AMD hardware was considered better
to run the clusters on.


[snip]

> 2) I use Fedora to alpha/beta test for the next/current Red Hat Enterprise.

How come when I state that FC is beta test, I get dog-piled, but
you don't?


Because I said I used Fedora as a beta test.. not that Fedora is a
beta test. The two are not equal statements. Red Hat may not use it as
such, but I as a consumer do.


--
Stephen J Smoogen. -- CSIRT/Linux System Administrator
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed
in a naughty world. = Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice"


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