Reasons for hall monitoring

Bruno Wolff III bruno at
Sun May 9 19:15:59 UTC 2010

On Sun, May 09, 2010 at 11:09:12 +0100,
  Adam Williamson <awilliam at> wrote:
> I'm tempted to agree in practice with Matej that it is. I don't think we
> can kid ourselves that we're doing a particularly good job of making a
> desktop for end users; if we were, we wouldn't be being trashed by
> Ubuntu in this area (let alone OS X and Windows). Yes, yes, I know,
> Ubuntu's statistics are unreliable and all that crap. I know we can all
> rationalize for ten hours about how it's all Microsoft's fault for being
> evil and Ubuntu's fault for being good at marketing and users' fault for
> being stupid and blah de freaking blah.

I don't think Fedora is going to be able to outdo Ubuntu in the general
population unless the practice of allowing software patents is stopped.
(Or at least exceptions are granted to be compatible with standards or to
interoperate with other systems.)

Video support is another big issue that can't be fixed overnight. While
some big strides have been made in the last year, there is a lot more work
to do. Besides some needing polishing to make things work more generally,
there is still a lot of performance work needed for modern (with shaders)
video cards. This is an area where getting some more good people could
really help Fedora. Despite Redhat already providing a lot of support here,
I'd like to see them hire a couple of more good people here to speed up
development as I think the impact on the usability of Fedora could be greatly
helped by that effort.

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