Fedora.next in 2014 -- Big Picture and Themes
Robert M. Albrecht
lists at romal.de
Tue Jan 28 19:34:23 UTC 2014
> * Although it's certainly not the only reason, Fedora as _solely_ a hobbyist
> desktop is not ideal for an upstream for RHEL server and cloud products.
No other system can be reinstalled / upgraded every six months. That
single fact IMHO kills all other use cases.
If I need a stable Fedora-like server, I get CentOS. It's kind of a
> * General trend in Linux towards the base distribution being "boring" and
> not mattering. I asked several dozen different people at a gigantic Amazon
> conference why everyone was using the distribution they chose instead of
> Fedora, and the answer was almost universally "oh, I don't care; that's
> not really an interesting question because there's nothing important at
> that level".
All (of the big) distros are mature today. At the early days one chose
his distro by drivers, by installation-tool, by packages, ...
Nowady every distro has a working installer, has a bazillion packages,
... they basically all work.
So non-technical topics become more relevant: is there a LTS-release,
can I start with a free(beer) distro like centos and later change to a
paid-support-modell (RHEL) without rebuilding all my configs and apps,
how good is the documentation, ...
The real innovation is happening on the desktop: power management,
Wayland, Mesa, wifi/3g/4g, color-management, pulseaudio, ...
> Now, that might not be really _true_, but it's definitely an
> increasing perception. How can we either fight that perception, or make
> sure that Fedora expands to also do work in the "interesting" space?
I don't know anything about the statistics on Fedora contributors and
their jobs. But if there are lot of hobbyists, students, ... these
people are not able / interessted in large enterprise stuff like
OpenStack, ... they work on devel-tools like languages and
desktop-stuff, that's what they are using.
If Fedora want's more innovation in those topics, Fedora must possibly
reallign the devel-community. Most enterprise-project like libvirt,
freeipa, Spacewalk, ... are done by Redhat-people ? Or am I totaly
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