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Re: Fedora (Linux) is Destroying it self

On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 12:35 PM, Seth Vidal <skvidal fedoraproject org> wrote:
> "This thread will bear no good results and I'm tired of everything being full of bile and vitriol"

Part of the problem may be that people who are happy have no trigger
that fires to tell them, "I should post a message about how happy I
am!"  So you wind up with lots of threads started by unhappy people.

Let me tell you how happy I am.  I switched from Slackware to RedHat
Linux during the RedHat 4.3 era.  I followed every upgrade up through
RedHat 9, and then switched over to Fedora.  I've had every Fedora
release since installed on one machine or another.  Yes, there have
been some problems, but I bugzilla them and they get fixed eventually.
 In the meantime, I get what attracted me in the first place: the most
up-to-date applications and drivers available for Linux.  With
Slackware, I was constantly cursing the fact that I needed feature X
available in version Y of application Z, but Slackware only gave me
version W < Y.  I've been much happier with RedHat, and now Fedora.

Things have been even better since Ville talked me into donating my
private stash of RPMs to Fedora.  Now other people get to take
advantage of the packaging work I did, and the upstreams benefit from
having more users using their code [1].  Life is good.

> I won't be running for the fedora board in the next round of elections. You can run, Ralf. I hope you have great success tilting at windmills.

Because of the negativity, or for other reasons?  I've mostly stayed
on the sidelines in the great debates that have taken place on this
list.  Speaking from that position, I'll say that I have recognized a
small set of people whom I can count on to whine on a regular basis.
Those people are only hurting their own reputations.  I know who they
are, and I have no respect for them at all.  If one of them were to
run for something, I would immediately find ANYONE else to vote for.
I want people who jump in and fix things running the show, not

Long live the meritocracy!

[1] Except that I *still* have a large number of packages waiting for
me to submit.  If anyone sees something on [2] that you just have to
have in Fedora, let me know and I'll bump its priority up [3].
[2] http://jjames.fedorapeople.org/
[3] Actually, what is mostly holding me up is finding time to review
other people's packages, so I don't wind up with negative karma.  I
think I'm a more efficient packager than I am a package reviewer, but
that probably just means that I need more practice at the latter.
Jerry James, who did too much Usenet in the 90s

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