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Fedora Philosophy - (Was F8 ETA?)



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Subject: F8 ETA?
From: John Summerfield <debian herakles homelinux org>
To: For users of Fedora <fedora-list redhat com>
Date: 10/31/2007 07:38 PM

Paul Lemmons wrote:
-------- Original Message  --------
Subject: F8 ETA?
From: Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
To: For users of Fedora <fedora-list redhat com>
Date: 10/30/2007 03:16 PM
 > <snip>
I wish fedoralegacy hadn't gone from support forever to no support, two years is often enough to update production machines! I really like FC better than Ubuntu, and RHEL/WhiteBox/CentOS are just a little too slow to offer features.

Agreed, many production servers have a long upgrade requirement. Lets define "production server" though. In particular, it is a *server* not a *workstation*. It chugs along every day doing what it did the day before. Not much excitement or need for new features for the poor lonely server. It is happiest in a stable, working, static environment.



You need to define "production" too. A software developer might have a different view from that of a provider of online financial services. The former might thin Fedora 8 the ideal server offering for its production work, simply because it needs the latest features to develop and test against. Someone targeting RHEL6 should be using F8, if not today, then certainly tomorrow.


I think I did...

What you describe is a production *workstation* for developers. Not a production *server*. Developers have clearly different needs that include a more current and possibly less stable environment. I would also say that the developer's workstation would have a short update period so that it could stay current. My workstation fits that category.

I know I am stepping on toes here but I get a little frustrated sometimes. There are literally dozens of distributions out there. Each is differentiated from the other by philosophy not technology. The technological differences are only there because of the philosophical differences. Each distribution tries to meet some specific need. I have some preferences based on how closely those philosophically choices align with my goals.

The Fedora project does not pretend to be *production server* centric. It does not even pretend to be *production server* friendly. The personality of the Fedora project is fast paced, (b)leading edge, leaving the past behind quickly. It is a great proving ground or test bed for current technologies. It is fun. It will never have the stability or extended support that a server class distribution does.

To expect differently is like expecting Microsoft to adopt the FOSS philosophy because you want them to. I choose not to use Microsoft because their chosen paradigm does not align with what I want. The same applies to Gentoo and Debian. I choose Fedora because it does. I also choose CentOS and RHES and apply each distribution to the need it is best suited for.

If Fedora does not match what you are looking for in a distribution, there are lots of choices out there. Choose the one that does.

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