[Ambassadors] Red Hat's investments (was Re: Going passive)
mspevack at fedoraproject.org
Tue Nov 9 19:57:16 UTC 2010
On Tue, 9 Nov 2010, Christoph Wickert wrote:
> One could certainly argue if Red Hat get's more valuable by the
> community or by the work of their employees, but the general tendency
> that the community is doing more and more work that ends um in RHEL is
I don't think anyone, anywhere, is trying to deny that community
contributions to Fedora make their way into RHEL.
Isn't it the opposite? Aren't we celebrating that fact? Aren't we
holding up Linux overall as a *better* option *because* contributions
can come from so many different places, and that there can be so many
There are people who are paid by Red Hat to spend all of their time on
Fedora. Some of those people do technical work. Some of those people
do logistical work. Some of those people do what could vaguely be
called "leadership" or "management" work. (And that last point is,
admittedly, a tricky role to fill. What happens if someone is placed in
a leadership role that the community doesn't respect or want in that
There are people who are paid by Red Hat to work on specific technology
(kernel, virtualization, GNOME, etc.) for whom Fedora is a tool that
they use to distribute their work to a massive audience, for free.
Now, if there are people in either group who are operating in ways that
disrespect the larger Fedora community, that's always a problem that
needs to be addressed.
But I fail to understand the point of trying to compare contributions to
a project that is, ultimately, entirely voluntary. If someone doesn't
like the fact that Fedora is a distribution that a company chooses to
invest lots of money (in the form of cash and people's time) into, then
that someone should find a distro that doesn't have any corporate
Because Red Hat believes in the value of Fedora. There is *tremendous*
value in separating the fast paced open source technology innovation
from the supported, long-term stability of an Enterprise Linux.
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