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Re: "What is the Fedora Project?"



On 10/08/2009 05:02 PM, Bill Nottingham wrote:
Paul W. Frields (stickster gmail com) said:
* ...expects things to "just work" as much as possible, and can
   sometimes be impatient as a result.
* ...doesn't want to go back to $OTHER_OS, and is therefore willing to
   fiddle occasionally -- on the order of 10-15 minutes or less per
   month -- to avoid it.
* ...accepts that software freedom has certain limitations, but wants
   to minimize (and if possible eliminate) any difference in
   capabilities vs. $OTHER_OS.

... here's where I wonder. Do we gain a large base by promoting the
free software aspect up front, or by giving them something that just
works and hits their needs, and showing them that it was free software
that did it later?


I think the latter. But I don't think we necessarily need to hammer it home to the end user. Keep in mind that we want to also promote FOSS to developers who would be otherwise developing proprietary software. If they see FOSS getting a large user base, and decide to go FOSS instead of commercial, I think we're succeeding in our mission.


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