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Re: website mockups, what is fedora?

Rex Dieter said the following on 08/21/2009 07:04 AM Pacific Time:
OK, I get the idea behind all of this, really I do. Much of it is great, but let me share what's been nagging at the back of my mind for some time. It's just been hard to put into words, so I'll try my best here.

Let's get back to the question: What is Fedora?

The question of "What is Fedora" has still not adequately been answered for me. Refocusing the download page is *part* of getting to answering the question, but I still do not believe we are as clear as we could be about what we *are* (present) and what we *want* to be (future). I realize others believe that defining it too much will stifle the project.

I thought a general consensus was something akin to: a solid flexible base distro technology that can be used for many different purposes

I think this is a definition we have historically held to, but to me it is too vague and uninspiring. It lacks focus. It tries to be too many things to too many people. It is a recipe for mediocrity, not excellence. I am not saying it cannot be one part of what we are, but if that is the sole definition of what we are and what we want to be, then we are destined to be "good," but never "great."

I want Fedora to be great. I cannot think of a super successful project or company that has 'been all things to all people.' They are usually very good because they focus on a few things and work on doing those things very well. Fedora still needs to be clearer about what things we want to do very well. And when we pick those things they need to be things we can measure and evaluate--another behavior of very successful companies. I realize Fedora is not a "company", but I think the principle still applies.

> Then, look at the new website mockups.
> (perceived) Answer: Fedora is the fedora-desktop spin

The website mockups are meant to address the requirements specified by the board and discussion on this list.

If the requirements are wrong, then that is separate discussion that we should have. Does there need to be more discussion around the requirements?


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