The importance of distro independence

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Parsifal

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The importance of distro independence
« on: March 02, 2011, 01:20:03 AM »
Most of the popular GNU/Linux distributions today, including Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva Linux and OpenSUSE, are backed by a business with a commercial interest in the software, who has final say in crucial decisions affecting the distribution's releases. (In the case of the aforementioned, the backing entities are Canonical, Red Hat, Mandriva and Novell, respectively.) While these distributions can and often do have communities which take on a significant share of the development load, their wants and needs can be and often are overruled by their commercial overlords.

Case in point:

Fedora ran a wallpaper and theme concept contest for version 14 to entice community members to get involved with distribution development. With its recent release out the door the design team gathered to discuss the direction of artwork for the upcoming Fedora 15. That’s when the news surfaced that Red Hat had already made the decision.

During an IRC team meeting the discussion for planning the Fedora 15 default wallpaper came up. That’s when Máirín "Mo" Duffy broke the news. The Red Hat Desktop Team, who has discretionary control, wants Fedora 15 to use the upstream GNOME 3 wallpaper by default. And it didn’t sound negotiable.

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As the meeting ended, no real bottom line was explicitly stated, but everyone knew the upstream GNOME 3 wallpaper will be default. Just how that will effect the rest of the distribution is the question left unanswered. Needless to say some team members stomped off, slammed the door, and walked into the sunset with steam puffing out their ears.

This overruling of the community's wishes illustrates why community-backed distributions with no commercial interest -- which includes Debian, Arch Linux and FreeBSD -- are still important players in the open source world. In distributions like these, it is the community, the volunteers actually doing the work, that makes the decisions. They can't be overruled because there is -- at least in the case of Debian -- no one person or entity in charge.

That is why distro independence is a very valuable thing, and it is one of the main reasons why Debian continues to be my operating system of choice.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2011, 01:25:41 AM by Parsifal »
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Re: The importance of distro independence
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2011, 01:24:13 AM »
I use Windows because everything is compatible with it.

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Re: The importance of distro independence
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2011, 01:32:08 AM »
Spotted yellow dinosaurs and lily toads are irrelevant to this discussion. just sayin.

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Re: The importance of distro independence
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2011, 01:38:35 AM »
Oh noes not the default wallpaper that I will likely change anyway!
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Parsifal

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Re: The importance of distro independence
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2011, 01:41:03 AM »
Oh noes not the default wallpaper that I will likely change anyway!

The wallpaper is incidental. The issue at hand is who has the final say with regard to the release.
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Re: The importance of distro independence
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2011, 09:56:19 AM »
Fedora ran a wallpaper and theme concept contest for version Just how that will effect the rest of the distribution is the question left unanswered.
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Re: The importance of distro independence
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2011, 03:23:13 PM »
He who pays the bandwidth has the final say.
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Re: The importance of distro independence
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2011, 05:12:35 PM »
This is exactly why commie projects with no boss and/or money behind it are bound to fail.
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