Fedora's audience

David dgboles at gmail.com
Wed Dec 4 18:41:49 UTC 2013

On 12/4/2013 1:25 PM, Beartooth wrote:
> 	Recent exchanges here and in related places have reminded me 
> strongly of long discussions held on RedHat lists fifteen or twenty years 
> ago. 
> 	Was (now is) RH/F, and Linux generally, *for* all & sundry? Or 
> was/is it essentially a plaything of the Alpha Plus Technoids? Which 
> *should* it be?
> 	That distinction applied to shoes and ships and sealing wax, to 
> cabbages and kings; i.e., all the way from designing new apps for GUI, 
> for CLI only, or for some compromise -- to what sorts of posters and 
> questions ought to be welcome or unwelcome on the public lists. 
> 	I remember pointing out repeatedly that when the Baby Boomers 
> began to retire, and cease to be bound to their employers' systems, some 
> fraction of them would take up Linux -- and it wouldn't need a very big 
> fraction of their numbers to make a substantial difference to Linux. 
> 	To the best of my recollection, that issue never resolved into 
> any consensus. RedHat changed its whole strategy, and suddenly many of us 
> had far more urgent concerns than just the philosophic ones.
> 	 By this time, at an informed guess, the Boomers must be retiring 
> in spates and floods. My subjective impression is that I see more fellow 
> retirees than before, but I can't guess numbers. Does anyone here have 
> such numbers, or know of a source from whence to get them?

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