On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 01:59:06PM +0100, Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller wrote:
First of all apologize for this taking so long, I ended up traveling
non-stop for some time visiting some of Red Hats desktop customers.
While not directly tied to the work of this working group I do hope to
take some of the lessons learned from those meetings with me into the
future work of the working group.
Anyway I tried editing the PRD a bit based on the feedback we got on the
first draft. I tried to make a few items a bit clearer and also to
include spelling fixes contributed and so on.
We probably want to do another WG meeting soon to discuss next steps.
Feel free to let me know if I forgot to include some important feedback
or if further clarifications are needed.
This mail is because I feel a slight unease about this
"Fedora Workstation" business.
I have had nothing else than Fedora on my primary machine
since the first Fedora Core (and before that RH starting with
RH2 from 1995/96). I use it everyday, many hours.
It is an excellent "ghost in the machine".
Profesionally I use: R, Stata (=comm), TeX(live), Gummi, LyX, Mutt,
Firefox and occasionally a Math package. I work mostly with 4/5 open
terminals and sometimes a second workspace.
As a hobby I write music using Musescore and Denemo.
Fedora with Gnome 3 fits my work and play habits perfectly.
Now it seems that "Fedora Workstation" will primarily target
developers and as an afterthought 'sysadmins', 'CS-students', etc.
"Other users", the category I would fall into, only seem to be
'tolerated' and catered to 'if time and resources allow'.
At least that seems to be the tenor of this draft document.
Now many of the goals stated would indeed profit all users but might
also "overload" Fedora with structure and tools I (and others
like me) might not need or even ever use.
I don't give a hoot about 'software development', 'system
administration' (other than my own system), 'the cloud', 'messaging',
'playing infantile 3D games', etc..
It seems to me the same goals could be accomplished by making
a "barebones", excellent quality 'base' Fedora and then having
a 'development group', a 'server group', a 'cloud group',
an 'other users group', etc.., of app packages that the user can
add to this 'base' Fedora as needed.
This "Fedora Workstation" approach sounds slightly 'threatening'
and 'unfriendly' to my 'other user' ears.