----- Original Message -----
From: "Christoph Wickert"
Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2011 8:49:18 PM
Subject: [Ambassadors] It doesn't really matter if Fedora is the 2º most used Linux
> We need to continue working on Fedora for continue because we are
> so close to the first place. People know that Fedora have what
> they need as ambassadors and we must pass on those.
Fedora does not strive to become the most used distro. Instead, we
working on emerging technology and technical excellence. We are the
leader in Free and Open Source software because we have the biggest
impact on the whole ecosystem. Other distributions now switch to
technology we developed and used for years.
That's the main reason why I decided to be a part of Fedora community,
not any others.
That's also the reason encourages more people to join with us.
If we get more users, that's fine, but what we really want is
contributors to extend our technological lead. Sure, a larger user
base means more potential contributors, but it's not that simple:
1. Users must be willing to participate. Ubuntu and others have
always tried to be easy to use for newbies, but as these
people hardly contribute back, they have gained nothing.
+1. Case study from Ubuntu is fit in this case.
2. We need to make it easier to get involved in Fedora. If
decide they want to contribute, we need to offer them a chance
to participate in a way that suits their needs and their skills.
Even if we want the latest and the greatest technology, we must
not focus only on geeky developers. Instead we must give
everybody something to do in Fedora, whether it is testing,
marketing, design, packaging, translations or something else.
People just need to have sharing culture. Then they need to know that
Fedora is the best place for them to contribute most to the whole FOSS
ecosystem. That's one of our main missions as an ambassador.
The real success of Fedora cannot be measured in the number of users
in the number of contributions to the whole Linux ecosystem and I wish
that all ambassadors understand this message and spread it.
Last but not least: Lets not argue or compete with other distributions
about stupid numbers, let's all work together to make more and better
I totally share with Christoph's ideas.