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#1 vetFourjays

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 11:29

Got another Q&A for you guys. :D

Paul Frields of Red Hat, has very kindly agreed to take some time to answer your questions. Paul has worked with Fedora since 2003, and became the Fedora Project Leader earlier this year. Amongst other things, Paul is also chairman of the Fedora Project Board, which makes decisions on how Fedora will move forward.

All the questions for Joe Brockmeier a few weeks ago were very good, and I look forward to seeing what questions (whether about Fedora specifically, or Linux in general) you can come up with this time. You have until the 3rd January, which is when I will be forwarding the best questions to Paul, for him to answer for you.

So ask away! :)

Edited by Fourjays, 27 December 2008 - 12:52.



#2 kyro

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 11:48

Jan 3rd right? otherwise my time machine is broken :p

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 12:52

Jan 3rd right? otherwise my time machine is broken :p


:laugh: You are right. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:59

Just so you know guys, you are free to ask questions similar to the ones that you asked Joe Brockmeier as Paul may have a different opinion. :)

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 10:57

As some people will have been busy or away due to the holiday season, Paul has agreed to extend the time for questions another week. Please put forward any questions you have for Paul, whether they are about Linux in general or Fedora.

A question from me to try and get things rolling:

One of the things I have always noticed about Fedora is the default desktop wallpaper, which gives a real sense of effort and refinement when you see it for the first time. Did Fedora choose to go this route, or did it happen by chance? Is there any particular thought process or symbolism behind the images and how long does it take the artist to create them?

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 14:35

Maybe its just me but I don't see to many members seeking interest in this thread ??

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 14:38

Interested to know Paul's take on the current state of Linux. It felt to me like 2008 was an excellent year with distributions like Fedora and Ubuntu gaining some real ground, and firmly finding their feet - especially now with surge in Netbook sales, people are looking to (and finding a great product) in Linux.

Does he see this continuing on into 2009 and beyond? Will Netbooks continue to be prime real estate for Linux vendors?

Thanks :)

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 14:44

Another question if I may.

Many people (rightly or wrongly) attribute the increased success of MacOS and a number Linux distributions to Windows Vista. Microsoft look to be trying REALLY hard to make sure Windows 7 doesn't launch into the same kind of hate-storm. What are vendors such as Red Hat doing to make sure that they're ready to compete with Windows 7? Are there any killer features on the horizon (beyond the good stuff we're already used to?) :)

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 15:00

Another question if I may.


Post as many as you like. :)

#10 fixxxer2014

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 15:23

I just want to know what he thinks the future of linux will be like ? Can it compete and hold its own against microsoft and apple ? Does he think one day linux will become soo popular people will have to pay to use it ? I too want to know how they intent on competing with windows 7 which looks to be a solid, fast system.

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 15:43

How much actual influence on Fedora does Red Hat have, and vice-versa - how does Fedora relate to the current Red Hat desktop OS?

#12 Vieira

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 16:11

Given the oppurtunity (thanks neowin :p) I would like to ask the following questions:
  • How is the Fedora Team working to make the project unique, ie, what features will we find in Fedora next releases that won't in other similiar distributions like Ubuntu?
  • What is Fedora's top priority for 2009? What goal do you want to achieve the most?
  • What is the main target market of Fedora? Inexperient users tend to find Ubuntu, Mint more friendly while power users prefer Gentoo, Archlinux or slackware so how does Fedora positionate?
  • Would the Fedora team consider changing the release method to a rolling release instead of the actual six month scheme? Why (not)?
  • There are people that consider that Linux's main DEs (Gnome and KDE) try to mimic OS X or Windows behaviour, style and features. What do you think about this?
  • Emacs or Vi? Gnome or KDE? :p
Sorry for my bad english. Feel free to correct or exclude any questions.

#13 OP vetFourjays

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 23:03

Please keep the questions coming guys. The more the better! :p

#14 Syanide

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 23:59

I'd feel kind of lame asking questions since I'm a Linux noob, just wanted to give thumbs up for the thread, this is going to be really nice to read (Y)

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 18:48

Just a reminder that the closing date for questions is this Saturday! Want as many as possible for Paul from the Neowin community. :)