Re: Fedora Desktop future- RedHat moves

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On Wed, 2008-04-23 at 16:29 -0700, Paul Shaffer wrote:
> Just to clarify, I don't disagree with Fedora's approach to the
> licensing and software patent issues at all.  In fact, I think it's
> quite admirable.  Just maybe not the best way to build user base for a
> distro that is ostensibly for "lazy" users.
> I suspect the target users are not really the vast majority of
> potential users at all.  The more advanced users and administrators
> who can effectively diagnose problems and submit bug reports would
> seem much more amenable to Fedora's real strategy.  What a brilliant
> way to sustain a virtual army of qualified beta testers and push their
> business associates and cients towards the $$ lines.
> The whole open source/upstream/patent debate is just a sideshow.
> Brilliant.
> I agree to a point. It would be telling to show just how many of us
> chucked in the $29 for the first Bob's living room boxed sets of
> RedHat?? Let's face it, in the very early days of Linux, getting a
> desktop to work at all was no small miracle. A CD drive was almost 500
> bucks. How many did their first install from a stack of floppies with
> Slackware?? How many ran the very first single floppy that tested to
> see if your machine would handle Linux at all, by just by booting it
> to see?? Looking back, the assertion that the Desktop first user
> becomes the Server Admin user, is probably valid marketing-wise and
> not to be dismissed lightly. Food for thought, Ric

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..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
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