I have some problems with the definitions of the 4f's.
friends - this is a clear thing , we are all friends, the world is
pink and there are no conflicts (until proven otherwise)
features - is a clear thing to, fedora is a distribution huge amount
of features (perhaps not enough features ;-) we need more).
first - there is my first problem. This is like a racing duel with
other distributions. We can not win on all sectors. This is more a
destination, our goal.... We WANT to be the first, but we are not
always the first.
Look at it this way: there's really no difference between Fedora, openSUSE,
Ubuntu, & Mandriva. Maybe, circa 2006 it was a little different, but today not so
much. Only differentiators would be things like YaST, MCC, Ubuntu Software Center, etc.
Other than that? What Fedora/RH has is a lot of the features that all these distro(s)
share whether used as a desktop or server were originally either written by RH/Fedora dev
(NetworkManager, etc) or first implemented in Fedora (PulseAudio). It's not bragging
rights, it's just the way it is. Should 'First' have been used in the creedo,
freedom - This one is my biggest problem. What's the definition of freedom?
The definition of freedom, which was definied by the FSF, formed the
understanding of freedom in the whole world. And the FSF (Richard
Stallman himself) said, that fedora is not free. So what's the current
understanding of freedom in the fedoraproject?
I haven't found arguments to discuss with someone about it.
Not to sound pragmatic, but the whole 'freedom' thing has gone out the
window. 'Free' as in beer, 'free' as in no cost, 'freedom' as in
no closed binaries or other odd-licensed modules, etc, etc. Thanks to companies like IBM,
Intel, ATI, AMD, (note: who have contributed to the linux kernel) and the like have
changed it where GNU/Linux is now a viable, supportable, extensible, dependable OS that
can scale from calculators, to set-top TV boxes, to large big-iron mainframes. As things
go, thanks to the GPL at least the GNU/Linux as an OS concept (not so much the delivered
product) is pretty much as close to free as anything.
I really don't think the 4 F's were meant or intended to create some political
kind of movement, all things considered I think it is as close to a good jist or marketing
slogan for new user(s) as you can get. Not to mention, 'Linux for human beings'
was already taken. hehe.
Josephine "Fine" Tannhäuser
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