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Old 11-11-2006, 10:33 PM   #1
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LXer: This week at LWN: Big decisions loom for Fedora

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The Fedora Project is in one of those relatively rare periods where the deadlines have passed, the distribution has been shipped, and no new deadlines have yet been set. Now is the time when participants in the project can engage in a bit of introspection, and that's exactly what is going on. Over the next week or so, decisions will be made which could significantly change the way this project works.

Old 11-11-2006, 11:06 PM   #2
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FC2-4 Provided my real introduction to Linux (after some dabbling in Mandrake), so I still carry a superficial interest in its status. This article, and the accompanying comments seem to suggest some real problems. I really don't see how a "community distro" which is reliant on an enterprise company for it's financial existence can survive in the long run. The developers at the center of the story seem eager to establish some degree of independence from Redhat, and I hope they can, but it must be frustrating for volunteers to have a corporate interest always peering over their shoulders, and evaluating their work based on it's potential benefit to that corporation.
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Actually I think you have it backwards. "community distros" with a corporate backing are more likely to survive and suceed than truely independant distros. The reason is really simple. The community wants to make a distro that works great for them and does lots of cool stuff and the corporate interest wants to sell/support a cool distro that works great and does a lot of cool stuff. They have strong common interests. Think of the corporate representative as quality assurance manager/marketing manager making sure that quality is not neglected nor unneeded/unrealistic features are added.


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