(I was going to send this as email, but when the title occurred to me, how could I resist posting?)
Not just because of all the new NetworkManager editing hotness, even thought that’s smoking hot. Not just because of the at-boot goodness of having your networks up earlier, even though that rocks. Not just because of the better VPN support, even though that’s killer too.
No, you are my new hero because you called out the crackrock-in-a-candy-wrapper that subtly undermines the whole FOSS spirit. It has never been a better time for Fedora developers — developers EVERYWHERE in FOSS — to talk about “Upstream!”
The whole point of FOSS, one of the defining features of the global community of developers, is to share code for the purposes of making it better, more elegant, more secure, and more functional. Brittle downstream crack is damaging to the spirit of true FOSS community. Not only does that strategy result in easily broken code, and unreasonably consume resources for maintenance, but it also limits the peer review and criticism on which FOSS thrives. Doing that in service of non-free bits is just the height of ludicrous. Fedora prides itself on the “Upstream!” mantra because that’s how true community building happens.
I spoke to a group of students and FOSS enthusiasts at the University of Maryland LUG last night. Being able to tell stories like this, and talk about what differentiates real community development from nasty used bandaids, is one of the best parts of my job. Thanks for making it that much easier for me.
Oh, and thanks for making NM so freakin’ great. ?