Draft Product Description for Fedora Workstation

Stephen Gallagher sgallagh at redhat.com
Tue Nov 5 01:00:21 UTC 2013

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On 11/04/2013 05:00 PM, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> Stephen Gallagher wrote:
>> Did you read this link? It talks about exactly what you are
>> doing: asserting that the world must either be "distro-package
>> only" or "absolute chaos". Josh's perspective is that the problem
>> is far more nuanced, which you appear to be ignoring while
>> pushing your false dilemma on us.
> Oops, I managed to proverbially shoot myself in the foot by posting
> the wrong linkā€¦
> IMHO, there is no false dilemma here, but a true one, and the
> proposed "middle ground" actually makes no sense: 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_to_moderation

Heh, we've all done that. Still, I'm not sure that this accurately
describes the situation. Particularly because (as I have noted in
other parts of this thread) what we are actually talking about doing
is simply "legitimizing" a behavior that is happening anyway and doing
so in a manner that allows us to do a better job of keeping tabs on
it. Instead of people who want a specific version of e.g. Node.js
going to the nodejs.org website and downloading the binary tarball
there, we offer them a place to download a vetted version of the same.
We can then at least minimize some of the problems inherent there,
like coordinating updates of bundled software.

The developers of the world really are split between what I call "pure
deployment" (with no bundled libraries and proper API/ABI versioning)
and "rapid deployment" (where they throw everything together as a
matched set and maintain the whole stack themselves). If we're not
addressing the second case, we're irrelevant to them and they're
probably not going to prefer to deploy on our products.
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