"Red Hat Releases Fedora 18 Beta"

inode0 inode0 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 03:02:11 UTC 2012

On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM, Matthew Miller
<mattdm at fedoraproject.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 08:03:40PM -0600, inode0 wrote:
>> view of Fedora even within Fedora. Fedora is different things to
>> different people and unfortunately one of the persistent, although
>> perhaps waning, issues we deal with promoting Fedora is people put off
>> by the impression that is really all Fedora is. So I'd like to see
> I hear understand this point of view, but would like to counterbalance it.
> (Speaking here as a Fedoraean, not a Red Hatter, although I am that too.)
> Fedora is particularly interesting to some people *because* of our
> relationship with Red Hat, and that's a very nice thing for us. Both Fedora
> and Red Hat take huge benefits from that mutual, bidirectional connection --
> *as do users of both operating systems*.

Actually that is exactly why it was particularly interesting to me
years ago. It did not take long after getting involved to see how much
more it was though.

> There is a very real risk of Fedora being a self-referential toy operating
> system no one really uses (where "no one" excepts a few strange people like
> me who have been running it as my sole OS for years). Instead, we should
> emphasize and take advantage of our ecosystem -- Fedora, RHEL, EPEL,
> CentOS/Scientific Linux, the whole shebang. Each part makes the whole thing
> stronger.

I agree with this but the fact is that I don't see any of that even
mentioned in press releases and similar reporting except for the
connection to RHEL which is why people not inside the project come to
think it is only about RHEL. And, of course, the many people who
contribute without external affiliations to other identifiable parts
of this ecosystem are always left out.

If we can find a way to broaden this sort of message I'm all for that.


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