Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Mar 2007 22:09 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Red Hat Though Red Hat is poised to roll out its much-anticipated Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 release shortly, work still continues on previous versions of RHEL. This week Red Hat rolled out a beta release of its fifth update to RHEL 4 officially tagged Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5, providing users with a small taste of the virtualization that is to come in RHEL 5.
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RE[8]: redhat and timeframes?!
by manmist on Sun 4th Mar 2007 22:18 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: redhat and timeframes?!"
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I'm not spreading misconceptions. I'm commenting upon what has been true for years now. An implementation detail that remains true for years may as well be design"

A implementation detail regardless of the length of its time should always be treated separate from design. Software engineeeing 101.

"Why should regular folks contribute their time, for free, to try to make it stable if RedHat doesn't care to make it stable, and arguably does not want it stable? Why should they not contribute their time and effort to a distro for which stability is a major goal rather than a secondary consideration?"

Fedora is a community project where everyone can contribute. If a single entity has to take on all its tasks then it would purely be a commercial product. What makes it a community project where everyone can contribute and does to various extends is the volunteer contributors. Much of the packages you can get from Fedora Extras, L10N, documentation etc.

Red Hat does employ people to lead the QA team in Fedora and write automated tests that help improve robustness. So there is no doubt that there is a focus in it. RHEL 5 for example is derivative of FC6 so there is a commercial interest in doing this.

However the scope of Fedora is much larger than RHEL and including the latest software makes it much more difficult to provide the level of robustness and hence more community participation is necessary.

Fedora is a complete leading Linux distribution that users can get. Users pay back by their contributions. Simple Free software mechanism.

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