[Fedora-marketing-list] Re: Slashdot interview with Fedora Project leader Max Spevack

Rahul sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Wed Aug 23 10:09:58 UTC 2006

Nicola Losito wrote:
> Il giorno 22/ago/06, alle ore 06:16, Rahul ha scritto:
>> Nicola Losito wrote:
>>> When you install and run Ubuntu you got enabled a bunch of features 
>>> that doesn't make feel the user on his own (Gnome sounds enabled, 
>>> when i'm supposed to enter the sudo password the screen goes dark 
>>> leaving only the appropriate window "illuminated" and some other 
>>> fancier - yes, useless, but fancier things).
>> So boils down to eye candy basically.
> Nope.
> It boild down paying attention to fancier, little, useful visual and 
> "desktop" tricks, that enhance user experience (hidden window asking for 
> root password instead of something that focuses the attention and so on ...

Are you referring to new dialog boxes that does not receive focus 
immediately? Thats a GNOME feature and has been in Fedora for the last 
couple of releases.

> Why would I? I dont use third party repositories.
> Not a viable solution for a lot of people, and not realistic to think 
> that *now* anyone would drop the use of something they're accoustomed to 
> have (IMHO). Also, even if Livna or RPMforge are not official 
> "endorsed", in the Fedora users I know *everyone* who's got it installed 
> on a personal desktop have got them enabled. So ignoring their exsitence 
> for me is "childish" ... for the lack of a better word of my knowledge :-(

What should we do about them? We cant officially endorse any third party 
repository especially ones that carry non-free software.

>>  and Fedora might not be the right choice for me at that point.
> And this isn't a point to be worked on ?
> The 90% of people haven't got a nice connection, do we want to cut them 
> out _also_ because we haven't thought a way to go in their "direction" ??
> Italy, one of the 7th most rich and industrialized country in the world 
> has still no fibre connection, and *DSL are "slow", strongly asymetrical 
> and most of the time people have got pay per hours connections.
> What in Eastern Europe ? South America ? and so on ...

Yum and Pirut is getting support to access and install packages from 
media.  Pup is getting the ability to classify packages.


This wouldnt solve the problem of getting updates over a dial up 

>>> Here i could make a mistake but:
>>> - http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/components
>>> it's clear in the division of what's "ubuntu" or "canonical" and 
>>> what's not and also ...
>> It is pretty simple for Fedora and it is documented in Fedora wiki 
>> pages. Fedora Core is maintained by Red Hat and Fedora Extras, Fedora 
>> Legacy is community maintained.
> OK
> but to me it seems you're avoiding to see my point :-)

Just that your point was perhaps not clear to me.

> In universe / multiverse we have 99% of any additional software one can use.
> Then we can se "backports" (and these are self explainatory) a 
> "commercial" repo by Canonical (which get some way of agreement to 
> distribute Opera or Real with contracts that - i think - could be 
> obtained by any distro provided there's interest into it - Skype in 
> Mandriva installation media comes to my mind too). The rest of "ubuntu 
> 3rd party repos" are for "elite" needs into specific areas.

Again we dont support or include any software repositories that hold 
non-free software.  Other than that I dont see any difference.

> For Fedora we have (at least) the repos listed here:
> http://www.fedoratracker.org/tracker.py?mode=repoSearch
> where there's no clear policy of what goes where.

This is a community side which tracks all third party repositories. For 
formal repositories included with Fedora we have clear policies


> I know Fedora can't drive anyone into anything.
> But there could be a strict policy on how to provide packages for the 
> distro. 

For repositories included within Fedora there is one already as you can 
see above.

This issue i think it's related to the licences present in FC
> that's been discussed some (recent) time ago here or in the board list.
> When the licence's type area will become more "clear" we should find a 
> way to make people come into Extras or to Extras-nonfree (to say) 
> instead of making their "personal" repo, summoning up the community 
> efforts in few areas.
> I'd like my distro to have the major number of precompiled packages 
> available, no matter what.

Fedora Project will only include Free and open source software.

>> Things are getting better but if you want to install random 
>> repositories that's really your choice.
> Indeed. But if I need these repos to get the software i need /want to 
> test to run my machine productively and i have permanent, several issues 
> with them i'll change my distro. 

If install random repositories and have permanent issues with them you 
should discuss those issues with the repository maintainers.

> Again Fedora has come close to my need with 5 and it's mono inclusion 
> and such, but still it's too "complicated" to make it run on many of my 
> friend's machines since the issues i see using the various repos (or yum 
> when they're with slow lines).
> I have been present at the times at Fedora and at the time for Ubuntu, 
> and they since the beginning have fought to be stable as Debian and easy 
> as RH/SuSE. 
> Fedora has been (to cite Max's word) "We strive to produce a quality 
> distribution of free software that is cutting-edge, pushes the envelope 
> of new open source technology, and is also robust enough that it can be 
> relied on for server or desktop use."
> To me it somewhat sounds like "Fedora is an hacker toy, build to 
> pleasure is quest for knowledge without crashing every now and then", 
> which is fine, but then at some point I, as user, and many like me i 
> think, may leave this land.

Thats a very strange way to read it. Being a robust platform for Free 
software is the opposite to a crashing hacker's toy.


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