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 wouldn't blame Red Hat
by mishoo on Sat 22nd Nov 2003 12:55 UTC

Let's figure: most (95%) of the applications are not made by Red Hat. It's impossible, for a single company, to create all that. Even Microsoft, with all their money, doesn't have such a huge applications number as can be found on a Linux distribution.

All these apps are buggy (like all software, after all), being in constant development. If by "lack of QA" you mean that Red Hat shouldn't include these apps in the distro, then you're wrong. Including an application in the Linux distribution will firstly improve feedback and bug reporting and ultimately increase the will of developers to continue working and improving the software:

Take Gnome, for example. Do you think it would have reached thus far without being included in virtually every Linux distribution? There are hundreds of developers involved in lots of different areas of the project and they work in their free time and usually for no profit; if their project is not being used, then they eventually lose interest. Really, this is happening. When, on the other hand, their project is being used by thousands of people, then they receive feedback, appreciation, donations maybe and this ultimately reflects in the quality of their software. You can't contradict me on that.

I'm a Linux user for about 7 years now and I have watched the evolution of some great applications and let's be honest, shall we: things are improving. I used Mozilla since 0.8--compare that to 1.4 or Firebird! 0.8 was crashing 5 times per day while 1.4 would stay on for weeks.

Now let's get to the quality of commercial OS-es. And so, let's take Windows. The core itself is okay. Real good multimedia indeed, user interface is stocked in the kernel itself which explains why it is that fast (well also let's be honest about this: probably all hardware vendors favor Microsoft and this explains the good HW support and particularly fast multimedia). However when it comes to application quality, you will find that IE is crashing too (and sometimes, depending on the Windows version, the whole system goes down with it ;-). OutLook is a bunch of security holes and responsible for my 20M daily inbox. Word sometimes wouldn't read documents created with Word, or if you save them as HTML they'll look right only in IE. And almost always (as if some weird mind-reading algorithm has been implemented) it will reformat your documents exactly when you reached a final state, turning hours of your work useless. Where's the big QA?

I think open source is better because developers actually use the software they make. Do you think Microsoft is using Word or FoxPro or even Visual Basic? I seriously doubt it..