Fedora.NEXT Products and the fate of Spins

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Thu Jan 30 17:09:14 UTC 2014

On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 09:58:51AM -0600, inode0 wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM, Paul W. Frields <stickster at gmail.com> wrote:
> > So let's not start by putting too much sacred value on the term
> > "Spin."  Rather, let's think about what specific technical and
> > community-building problems are caused by using Remixes, how to solve
> > them, and then consider that effort on balance against status quo.
> Paul, my personal problem with all this remix talk is more of a
> branding thing. While a spin can be called a remix in the same sense
> that a square can be called a rectangle we lose important information
> by doing that. Spins are special cases of remixes that assert values
> about the spin and its creators that are important both to the
> creators and to the consumers. Saying this image is all free software
> from Fedora matters to people. And I think it matters to Fedora too
> which is why we allow spins to use trademarks differently than
> remixes.
> I can imagine a new organization of things. Perhaps a different way to
> build and distribute what we now call spins. But I'm having a real
> hard time calling them remixes or treating them in the same way as
> remixes. And I think deciding the "fate" of spins before we even see
> the "product" that will be all that is left to replace them is putting
> the cart before the horse.

That's fair.  I'm not advocating at this point that such a fate even
needs to be decided immediately.  What I tried to advocate was that we
not proceed in discussions about change from presumptions that things

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