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Re: Hats!

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Karsten Wade escribió:
> On Sat, 2007-06-09 at 20:53 -0500, Gian Paolo Mureddu wrote:
>> If anything about Fedora I do not agree with (keep in mind I'm a
>> die-hard-supporter and fan of the distribution) is precisely the name.
>> Not because of anything else, but because Red Hat *deliberately*
>> depleted the word of meaning... So others wouldn't be "confused", but
>> that actually turned out to be even more confusing.
> I admit this whole thing has confused me, as well.  I think it was less
> a situation of "choice" and more one of "organic growth."  We had moved
> ahead with the merger of RHL and Fedora.us into a single project, picked
> a name, and put a distribution out with that name, before anyone noticed
> we had created the "hat" problem.
I know it wasn't "intentional" at first, as that what it was all about
(Red Hat using another "hat" as its community branch, or so it seemed
back then), however when the whole issue about the growth of Fedora
and the direction the distribution was heading (by the time FC 4 was
about to be released), with the change of "identity" and the
"prohibition" to associate Fedora (inherently a hat) with Red Hat
(pretty much back then still the "parent" company) started this whole
mess. The matter complicated even more as the distribution had gained
great exposure, acceptance and recognition... This was a problem, as
changing the name at this point, would have most likely generated
reactions similar to those back when the project was first announced,
and the cancellation of the old-style RHL distribution was in progress
in favor of RHEL.

However now that Red Hat has somewhat admitted that Fedora has become
its "upstream", I don't see the harm in the "hat" association, but
that's the field of the marketing guys and a bunch of stuff I simply
don't get.
> Remember Hanlon's razor:  "Never attribute to malice that which can be
> adequately explained by stupidity."
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon's_razor
Indeed... Maybe the project should have been named differently from
the start... But the name stuck and grew.
> - Karsten

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