Fedora core suggestions
andy at warmcat.com
Fri Apr 21 19:29:16 UTC 2006
David-Paul Niner wrote:
> Those are some truly great suggestions; No one reasoning logically
> should have any reason whatsoever to be offended.
I am fairly hard to offend - what you read was disagreement.
> It would be nice if the newly-revamped Fedora governing body could
> include representation from the non-technical community. I realize this
> is probably a "pie-in-the-sky" expectation, and I can't imagine how one
> would go about selecting a person (or persons) for this role, but if
> this could somehow be accomplished then the distribution itself would be
> more universally appealing.
Could you explain a little deeper about how inclusion of "representation
from the non-technical community" at the beginning of your paragraph
gets Fedora to be "more universally appealing" by the end?
> 1. Pre-release non-technical user testing.
The test releases merely need to be given to non-technical users -- by,
eg, you -- for this to happen.
> 2. Marketing.
Why? I know why a commercial product is marketed, the goal is to
maximize profit. But I'm not sure of the application to Free software.
If you have some philosophical basis for it I am interested to hear
it, but you just assume marketing Free software is a righteous goal.
>>From the parent post:
> "Upgrading needs to be fail proof from version to version. Previously
> installed drives with personal user data needs to be able to be retained
> without fail from upgrade to upgrade if the user isn't doing a clean
> "Fedora is very decent at this already."
> This sort of response shows no willingness to re-examine current
> practices and is very off-putting to people looking to become involved
> in the project.
That "sort of response" in fact shows my excellent experience with an
rpm-based upgrade system, eg, upgrading boxes from FC1 through FC4 using
yum. As I said Fedora IS very decent at this already thanks to the
solid basis of RPM. If you believe otherwise please elaborate.
> Before you bother flaming, I realize these are very general statements.
> The point is to foster discussion.
If you want to foster discussion, please issue considered argumentation,
not unreasoned bulletpoints.
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