Not that again!
Brian Stevens did a interview about the upcoming RHEL 5 release. In this, he talks about the important of driving changes upstream through Fedora has been a important development criteria ensuring transparency instead of trying to differentiate the product by a large amount by keeping patches internal.
Thought some people tend to pick the up the “Fedora is a alpha” quote that doesnt really convey the whole story since as Brian admits RHEL 5 “so what we did is we blew up the notion of an Alpha”. The problem here is not the actual development process which is something Red Hat can be truely proud of but a issue of using a terminology that conveys the wrong impression of robustness rather than merely what we get as feedback from ongoing development.
Some users do understand this . As I conveyed to Max Spevack and Brian Stevens, we can do better with this even if as Brian claims in our offlist discussion that the industry would take time to understand this.