Fedora Project: Announcing New Direction

Jos Vos jos at xos.nl
Mon Sep 22 20:42:39 UTC 2003

On Mon, Sep 22, 2003 at 04:28:45PM -0400, Havoc Pennington wrote:

> > Well, as you say, we already have Debian (and many other "truly open"
> > community distributions).  We also have many "not completely open"
> > commercial distributions (fill in the names yourself).  And we had
> > a (truly?) open commercial distribution: Red Hat Linux.  IMHO this
> > is what we seem to loose now: a fully open distribution, but still
> > controlled by a single entity (company).  Red Hat Linux played this
> > role, between the community distributions and the not-completely-open
> > commercial distributions.  So I still think we *do* loose something.
> Well, you have to define "open" - Red Hat Linux had open source
> licensing, but the devel model for Red Hat Linux was not the open source
> methodology.

Yes, maybe I should better use the phrase "freely available and
freely distributable" here, i.s.o. open, but even this could start
many discussions ;-).

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