"8: Linux transparency
Converse to 7
The next release of any Linux distribution is never shrouded in
mystery. Because of the nature of open source, the release candidates are
always available to the public (and not on a limited basis), and the timeline
is always made available. Any user can know exactly when a feature-freeze
happens for a release of any distribution. And all Linux distributions work
under the full disclosure model. Because of this, there is little false
advertising going on with Linux. And unlike with Microsoft, you will never hear
of a distribution claiming that its next release will revolutionize computing.
If you go to the Fedora Project Wiki, you can view all the proposed and
accepted features that will be included in the next release. You can also view
the completed release schedule, where you will see that Fedora 11 has set an
alpha release of 02/03/09, a beta release of 03/24/09, and a final release of
05/26/09. These dates are fairly firm and almost always on target."