I think you do miss the point, actually. Since FC release is time-driven
rather than QA-driven, it is a test package.
Its time driven but not rigid. Releases have been postponed for better
QA in Fedora. Both the first and second releases of Fedora Core 5 have
been delayed for this reason for a recent example. Projects driven by
time are not test packages. That would mean openbsd or gnome would be
test packages. There is always a balance between the number of features
and bug fixes made between releases and the need to do frequent releases
in the open source world. Release early, Release often.
Fedora Core is a PROJECT, which Red Hat expressly states is intended
to involve the USERS in the testing. That means, IMO, it is beta test.
Its called a project to invite more community participation and also
indicate that Red Hat does not sell Fedora as a retail product. Though
much of the answers are outdated now the first one still applies here.
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