On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 12:27 PM José Abílio Matos <jamatos(a)fc.up.pt> wrote:
On Tuesday, March 9, 2021 4:34:48 PM WET Vitaly Zaitsev via devel wrote:
> Fedora is. Linux isn't. Linux is just an OS kernel. It cannot be used
> without helpers like GNU libraries and utilities.
Fedora is the project.
How do you distinguish the project from the distribution?
I can't speak for others, but I have always used "Fedora" to refer to
the collection of software that is installable as an operating system
on my computers, and "The Fedora Project" to refer to the entire
Fedora community. This has also long been reflected in the
`fedoraproject.org` name, and as far as I can tell, was also reflected
in the decision to acquire/use the `getfedora.org` domain (instead of
something like `getfedoralinux.org`. "Fedora" clearly already refers
to the operating system, and "Fedora Project" clearly already refers
to the community as a whole.
This is similar to how I use "Apache" to refer to the webserver and
"Apache Software Foundation" to refer to the organization, and how I
use "Eclipse" to refer to the IDE software, and the "Eclipse
Foundation" to refer to that organization.
To me, it makes sense to keep the shortest name possible for the thing
I refer to most often. In this case, it's the operating
system/software stack. Nobody is ever confused when I say "Fedora" to
refer to the operating system... but if I use it to refer to the
Fedora project as a whole, people always get confused because they
think I mean the operating system. If I said "Fedora Linux", I think
people would just think I'm being redundant, because "Fedora" implies
the Linux kernel (in addition to the other OS components it ships
I'm not bothered by the name change, if people really want it... but
it doesn't make sense to me, and won't change the fact that I will
still refer to the operating system as simply "Fedora", because people
already understand that and know what I mean.