In the news: Zarafa

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at
Tue Apr 20 16:59:21 UTC 2010

On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 10:04 AM, Adam Williamson <awilliam at> wrote:
> So, Zarafa is getting a lot of press attention:
> some of it is fairly unflattering:
> I'm a bit uncomfortable with this myself; the availability of Zarafa in
> Fedora seems to be being read in ways in which we certainly didn't
> intend it (as an aspect of commercialization, as some kind of Red
> Hat-parachuted feature and hence an indication of RH's future
> directions, etc).
> I'm wondering if perhaps we should pull Zarafa's mention as a 'feature'
> of Fedora 13, or if not that, then certainly develop a more coherent
> story about its inclusion, what it's for, why it's in Fedora, and the
> whole 'open core' angle on it...
> What do people think?

>From experience with past releases, pulling it now will just get a lot
of press of another Red Hat 'FAIL' or confirmation that it was a
future direction. Its a no win situation with some kinds of press and
for others they just need to know what is really going on and they
will correct themselves.

Stephen J Smoogen.
“The core skill of innovators is error recovery, not failure avoidance.”
Randy Nelson, President of Pixar University.

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