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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Re: My perspective
by synergy on Thu 13th Nov 2003 18:59 UTC

"I think what we'll have to get used to is, that Fedora, while in fact beeing in direct competition to Windows and OS X, is _not_ a finished end user product but more like a breeding box for developers and users who like to get in touch with latest developments (aka enthusiasts)."

that might be the primary goal, but if it's not usable, it doesn't make sense at all, because i don't think that even the enthusiasts are willingly to bugfix their whole installation to have a usable product.
it as well doesn't rule out that usability (for private users) should play an important role in the development process, also and especially because the red hat enterprise desktop (or suses offers etc.) is certainly not the last word in terms of ease-of-use and features, and also because it might not be clever for red hat to leave that potentially biggest market to players like lindows, xandros etc. as well as, from the bigger picture, linux for the desktop needs the active contributions of big players like red hat to mature-which brings us to the next point:

"The quality assured and (hopefully) bug free versions are the Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases, of which none exist (yet) for the general home user, because Red Hat thinks, that it can't really deliver for this market (yet), to which I would agree (yet). Before it would really start to make sense for Red Hat to develop such a release, I think the software wouldn't just need some more polish (see Gtk still lacking the "real" file selector, see GStreamer not yet beeing ready, etc."

the old henn and egg-dilemma-you might take the lack of polishment as an excuse not to engage in this market, or (like smaller players with much less cash do) as a task that needs to get tackled, as a reason and motivation to change that status quo. with the same reasoning, linux wouldn't have made it in the serverroom also...

"You can't release a snapshot of the current Linux desktop and expect it to be satisfying user needs for the next three years. It doesn't "just work", yet) but Linux itself also needs more backing by hardware and software vendors."

maybe not, but that's not a reason to not even start to work on it (see above). as for the backing, it's the same...

"And to get the latter, the plan of Red Hat is to bring Linux on the corporate desktop (for which it works really well already) with their Enterprise Linux products. We'll just have to see how it turns out and meanwhile, there just isn't any Linux home user product from Red Hat for anyone but developers, enthusiasts and people who want to learn something new."

1. nearly every distro goes in the corporate-market (even xandros)
2. this strategy might well backfire, especially after the announcement of userlinux by bruce perens)

"There are still SuSE, Mandrake, Lindows, etc. I don't think they really deliver to the promise and some of them aren't completely Open Source though (which, to me, elliminates all advantages of using this alternative plattform)."

so help accerlerating the development of app. tools and programs instead of canceling it!

"Personally, I love Fedora and I'm very excited to watch it's further development."

me too!

kind regards.