Draft Product Description for Fedora Workstation

Chris Murphy lists at colorremedies.com
Sun Nov 3 19:37:03 UTC 2013

On Nov 3, 2013, at 11:57 AM, Mateusz Marzantowicz <mmarzantowicz at osdf.com.pl> wrote:
> Do I understand correctly that first problem could be solved by
> stabilizing APIs used in various Linux projects? Because developers
> don't want stabilizationt they invent workarounds like sandboxes?
> Wouldn't it be easier to have stable API for some period of time?

Interface stability is a continuum. Windows has extremely stable interfaces that last seemingly decades. Legacy compatibility is a Windows mantra. 

And then Apple has little problem wholesale abandoning interfaces for entirely new ones. The compatibility for applications between major versions, 10.7.x to 10.8.x is quite good but it's always the case some applications don't work or have odd behaviors. It continues to surprise me they get away with this once a year with next to no user backlash, overwhelmingly OS X users upgrade en mass within months. And some developers are ready on day 1 release, and others take a while to support the new OS, and that's their choice.

In any case, the WG should pick the location on that continuum for Fedora. It needs a suitable compromise between stability and pushing innovation, and therefore things are going to break. But hopefully only a little broken and with some notice of more significant breakage being anticipated.

Chris Murphy

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