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Re: Fedora and the System Administrator -- there are a lot of variables here ...



Quoting David Holden <dh iucr org>:
> All of the above makes sense but leaves the question if redhat only
> wants the niche market of higher margin enterprise customers what
> fils the gap for the rest, currently its largely microsoft...

Er, I have to disagree because I think you're making some assumptions that are 
incorrect.

You see, Microsoft's "shrink wrapped" products _are_ (and _always_ have been) 
currently defnined by its enterprise customers, and large volume sales.  The 
fact that they also sell on the retail shelves is just to further that volume 
even more.  But the small volume consumers have _no_say_ in the product's 
design, simply because they are not worth Microsoft's bother from a financial 
perspective.

Red Hat is basically moving to this same model with a twist.  Like Microsoft, 
it let's its "shrink wrapped" products be defined by its enterprise customers, 
because it's not worth it to spend money to accomodate the small guy.  But 
unlike Microsoft, they give the community basically everything in their "shrink 
wrapped" products.  That way the smaller volume community has a way to define 
its products into what _they_ want as well.

I think Red Hat has got the "best of both worlds" down from a business and 
consumer standpoint.

The only fear I have is this.  I just hope the "QA/integration testing" that I 
am used to in Red Hat Linux is still available in Fedora Linux, without 
suffering the "tag lag" like we see with Debian Stable.

I.e., I used to find Red Hat Linux the best of both QA/integration testing and 
half-way recent/current packages.  In the Debian world, the two see to be 
mutually exclusive -- Stable = former, Testing = latter.

And, of course, Mandrake is totally the latter, nothing of the former.  ;-ppp


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