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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.


Written by mether

August 31, 2006 at 9:23 pm

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  1. fedora is alpha

    This is very unfortunate. Right after Max’s Slashdot interview to be cut down by Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens.

    Brian comes right out and says it very clearly. Red Hat views Fedora Core 5 & 6 as Alpha test releases for RHEL 5. I don’t ever see this “Fedora is alpha quality” meme ever dying any time soon. 😦


    September 1, 2006 at 12:34 am

  2. fedora is alpha

    Fedora is a alpha comment from Brian is not a reflection of the “quality” of the Fedora releases themselves but from the perspective of RHEL development. I agree that it is unfortunate however.


    September 1, 2006 at 12:38 am

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