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Re: "What is the Fedora Project?"

On Thu, 15 Oct 2009, Máirín Duffy wrote:
Sure, and I think you guys have done a good job advocating for that.

No one said we were advocating for it. And I think that's been a source of misunderstanding. I'm saying, given what our STATED goals are this is what results.
If we want to change our goals then we should do that.

I'm trying to point out if our goal was to only reach for software-freedom-religious folks who are heavily involved in it, we could still do a much better job for *them.*


my short answer to this is easy:

newest != stable.

Newest - 1 != stable either, since it gets abandoned in 6 months. Older than that != stable as well, since it's abandoned. I used to run rawhide. I retreated to newest release. Should I now retreat to newest release - 1 and update every 6 months to newest release - 1?

If that's the case, totally fine, but I think then we need a little bit of rebranding. I don't think people like feeling that they are behind the curve, especially if they are your target user of techie! E.g. current model:

'Rawhide' = Rawhide = dear lord, no.
'Newest release' = F11 = hope you've got a thick skin.
'Newest release - 1' = F10 = okay, i can handle this.

to this:

'Unstable Development' = Rawhide = dear lord, no. (no releases)
'Stable Development' = F11 = hope you've got a thick skin. (releases)
'Newest Release' = F10 = okay, i can handle that. (releases)

You're not changing anything you're doing then, just renaming things. Just an idea; may or may not be the right problem to be solving.

Think back to RHL days. Remember the 'avoid the .0' strategy that A LOT
of people adopted?

Every fedora release is more or less a .0. THAT IS BY DESIGN OF OUR GOALS.

There is no x.1 then. There is nothing to use unless you want operating your computer to be a Sisyphean running-up-the-escalator-the-wrong-way affair. How does my tolerating that benefit Fedora though? There's no system for me (or others) to easily allow Fedora to reap any benefit of my blood; I just bleed in the corner, in vain. [1]

So, if our target is people who are willing to submit themselves to pain for Fedora's benefit, our top priority should be building tools to reap the most benefit from their sacrifice [1], making it dead simple to identify and report the issue and follow up when the developer needs more information to fix the problem.

All in all, it does sound like *I'm* not a target user for Fedora. In fact, it sounds like (please please please please correct me if I'm wrong) that the Fedora you and Mike are pushing for is not meant to be used as a productive desktop by anybody, rather it's meant to be a laboratory setting they submit themselves to for the benefit of science and progress!

Actually Mike and I aren't really pushing for it - we ARE pushing for us to be realistic about our goals vs what we are actually achieving.

You know what this discussion says to me more than anything else:

Lots of people claim to want fedora, but what they really  want is centos.

Not rhel.


why, you ask?

b/c they want something that a lot of people spent a lot of time making stable and they want it secure and updated.

and they want it all for free.


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