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Re: Editorial on competition and choice

Its not about jealousy in between distros.
It's about what making Ubuntu different that it reach lot more people than Fedora. Obviously, they have done something good in their distro and with their marketing that they are getting such acceptance.
I don't want to see Fedora being a niche distro, I want to see people using it on their desktop.
Browsing, emailing, watching movie, listening to songs, playing games etc.

Ofcourse, different distros will contribute in different level and I have no doubt Fedora makes significant contribution.
But when new people are not coming to Fedora or Fedora is choice of very small amount of user, then I would say that project have some problem. Also, it means that project was successful but not at that moment.
Your current success does not stay much long. We always need to do something better to even keep that success level.

And from marketing point of view its a disaster that you are getting new client and losing market share.
We must be inventive and find new ways to make Fedora reach lot more people.
With new people, you get stronger, fresh minds interested in you invest their time and money in you.
I hope always remember this and its always what people thinks about matters, how they perceive you.

Imtiaz Rahi

On 9/10/07, Paul Stauffer <paulds bu edu> wrote:
On Mon, Sep 10, 2007 at 09:12:09PM +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20070910#feature

This bugs me:

"ThinkPads booting into Ubuntu, and not Fedora, might soon be available from
the computer stores near you. If that does not make Spevack at least mildly
jealous, then I don't know what does."

Why do so many people seem to want the distros to be jealous of each other?

Ubuntu is doing their thing.  Fedora is doing their thing.  Those things
aren't really the same thing.  They each have their niche in the Linux
ecosystem, and the successes and contributions of each distro are on the
whole good for all the other distros too.

If Fedora's user base never grew by a single additional user, but the
project continued to make valuable contributions to the Linux community, and
continued to push the development of quality open source software forward,
then the project would still be a resounding success.  Ubuntu's numbers have
absolutely nothing to do with Fedora's success.

- Paul

Paul Stauffer <paulds bu edu >
Manager of Research Computing
Computer Science Department
Boston University

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