Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 13th Nov 2003 05:19 UTC
Fedora Core Fedora Core 1 has been out now for a few days now and many faithful Linux fans have already installed it. Red Hat's Linux is still one of my favorite distributions because of one main reason: compatibility with Linux software. Red Hat is a market leader and following the market leader assures the least trouble for most users. But is this the case with Fedora Core?
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I think that the imperfections in Fedora are a feature, not a bug. RedHat has said (prominently) that Fedora is to be a *community* project, not just a fancier version of rawhide.

RedHat *doesn't care* what you want. They, if they are involved at all, are participating as just a few more individuals in a large project. Fedora is a *fork*. It is not "RedHat's new desktop distro." RedHat is shaping no goals, laying no groundwork, determining no future for Fedora; it is up to the community. It is what we decide to make of it.

The favor that RedHat has done us is this: that now the delineation between proprietary add-on tweaks and true, core OSS project development is just that much clearer. It's $179. If you want the proprietary tweaks and services, spend the cash. Buy RHEL 3 WS. No one's stopping you.

If you don't, then if you want things from a community project, you need to pay the traditional price: participate in the community.

So, in brief, stop whinging and contribute.

Joe