Linked by David Adams on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 16:05 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux As we mentioned in a previous article, Red Hat advocate Greg DeKoenigsberg claimed that due to the much larger amount of code it's contributed, Red Hat is a better open source citizen than Canonical, adding, "Canonical is a marketing organization masquerading as an engineering organization." A Computerworld blog retorts that that's no insult; and that marketing Linux could be just as important to the cause as contributing code. Updated
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sorpigal
Member since:
2005-11-02

In spite of Red Hat's significant technological contributions to Linux in general, and the inroads they have made with Linux on servers, they never made much of a dent in the average Joe desktop market.

I don't want to belittle Ubuntu's accomplishments, because they really did raise the bar in terms of out of the box usability, and they made the rest of the Linux distros sit up and realize that mediocre would no longer cut it, but do you know that Red Hat isn't even trying?

Seriously! They gave up on Desktop Linux around 2000, back when it was a much harder sell. Fedora may exist and get a certain amount of incidental backing, but there is no Red Hat Desktop Linux effort. The reason Ubuntu is better at this than Red Hat is that Red Hat are not attempting to be in that market because they don't know how to profit at it. Which, as it happens, Ubuntu isn't doing.

So let's not compare apples and oranges.

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

So my Fedora 13 powered MacBook is not a desktop system?
Does it edit pictures? Check
Does it Play MP3's ? Chek (add another repo you yum )
Does it work with 3G wireless Dongle ? Check
Wireless OOTB ? Yep.

So, unless I'm very much mistaken pretty well everything I need from a desktop is there.

Sigh.
Unfortunately thanks to Canonical's viral marketing far too many people thing that Linux == Ubuntu and nothing else.
Believe me, I was once an Ubuntu fan. The aroun Fiesty, the lova affair soured. Buggy beyond belief. So I switched and never looked back.
I certainly don't have 'apt' withdrawal symptoms.

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

So my Fedora 13 powered MacBook is not a desktop system?


Fedora has an explicit role as "hobbyist" distribution, with no long term stability promise for any release. It's a victim of anti-marketing: no matter how good it is, it's downplayed by the makers themselves.

If Fedora was established as production quality distribution right from the start (like Red Hat that it replaced), we wouldn't have needed Ubuntu. But history happened.

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Fedora is not a Red Hat system. It's a community-run distribution. Red Hat does not put marketing muscle behind it at all, not in the way Ubuntu, Microsoft and Apple market thier OSes. Red Hat prunes technology and shares some of the base... but you cannto buy a Red Hat desktop system. You can get RHEL in a workstation flavor, I believe, but this is more of an afterthought and it's made to complement the server version and not to stand alone in the home.

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