I figured while I’m in a super-bloggy mood today I’d add this tidbit. Someone asked me a question about what might be missing from distributions like Fedora that would help it reach more users. This question isn’t new and I’ve given the subject a lot of thought over the last few years (even before being the project leader).
Red Hat and Fedora already invest a huge amount of time in desktop tech. We work upstream to make sure that ALL free software desktops are compelling, not just Fedora. When someone else has a compelling desktop in their free community distro, it means our work has been worthwhile.
Often people bring this point up in response to Fedora’s stance on software freedom. We believe strongly in software freedom, and that including proprietary software actively undermines our goals. We also have a goal of complete global freedom of reuse and redistribution, an objective with which proprietary software also often conflicts. We also believe in choice and that’s why we make it easy for third parties to provide very simple ways for people to get those technologies on their own in places where it’s free and legal.