On Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 6:08 AM, Andrea Bolognani <abologna(a)redhat.com> wrote:
According to Langdon this topic has not really been discussed
properly yet, so I'd like to bring it up now. I know it's kinda late,
but hopefully not quite *too* late :)
Long story short, I'm not sure releasing the output of the Modularity
effort as Fedora Server, which seems to be the current plan, is
necessarily the best idea.
The Fedora Server moniker has been used for a pretty long while now,
and in that time users have come to expect certain things from it.
Modularity causes some of those expectations not to be met in its
current form. Quick example:
# dnf install screen
No match for argument: screen
Error: Unable to find a match
For users who have not been paying close attention to recent Fedora
development, and are just downloading the Fedora Server 27 .iso
expecting it to be "Fedora Server 26, but with newer software",
installing the new OS and hitting something like that right away
could lead to some frustration. Looking up more information about
Modularity would certainly explain things in a satisfactory manner,
but the importance of first impressions should not be underestimated.
At the same time, calling the output of the Modularity effort Fedora
Server doesn't do much to highlight just how much of a reimagining
of the traditional server OS it is.
Based on the above, my proposal is to drop the Fedora Server moniker
entirely and release as Fedora Modular Server instead.
The advantage of doing so is that using a different name signals a
clear break from previous Fedora Server releases: it's a new product,
one that you shouldn't expect to be a drop-in replacement. It's also
a name that you haven't heard before, which might pique your interest
even if you haven't been using Fedora up until now. I think it would
have a positive outcome on the way this release is received.
Moreover, the repositories themselves are already named like that!
So it would be just a matter of doubling down on that name and
making sure it's being used consistently everywhere.
Looking forward to your feedback :)
I think you make a pretty good case for this. I'd be interested to
see what the Server group thinks.
>  Note that I have no idea how much actual work that would entail
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