In the news: Zarafa

Greg DeKoenigsberg gdk at
Tue Apr 20 19:43:15 UTC 2010

On Tue, 20 Apr 2010, David Nalley wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 12:04 PM, 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?
> First, I don't think we can pull it at this point (Streisand effect and 
> all). Second, this (Zarafa's inclusion in Fedora) is a wonderful success 
> story that I think we should use the opportunity to highlight that a 
> community member (or two) worked to get this feature in the 
> distribution. Even if we have to tell that story as a correction - it's 
> still a powerful one, IMO. -- marketing mailing list 
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As an editor of a publication myself, I know the power of an interesting 
title.  If Bruce wants to allege that some of these changes are 
"troubling", that's his right -- but let's not draw any more attention 
than is due here.  Of the four commenters, three of them are us.

I think our defense is strong enough.  I'd say let things ride.


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