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Different questions and answers

Posted on 2006.08.15 at 18:09
Last year at the Fedora Project booth, I found that questions I heard and answered were around several themes:

  1. What is this Fedora Project thing then? Related somehow to Red Hat?

  2. What can Fedora Project do for me?

  3. Red Hat/you guys did something bad in the distro that messed me up and I'm still nursing my hatred for you


This year, I found quite a different set of questions and comments I answered and heard:

  1. We've got software or legacy support we want to give, how do we get involved?

  2. How is Fedora related to Red Hat?

  3. Where is the Red Hat booth?


It is the first and second questions that are really interesting, in terms of a sea change. They are proof in the pudding that our message is really sinking in to people. Personally, I had discussions like these:

  1. "I'm a hardware vendor who wants to provide more developers to work on non-kernel and non-Core projects; we might even want to start our own projects. How do we do that?"


    Happily, I said, "The Project Board is finalizing those guidelines, give me your card and I'll email you when they are ready."

  2. "We build systems and our customers ask for Fedora more than any other distro."


    "Thank you," I said. "You know about the Fedora Legacy project to provide support for your customers running older versions of Fedora Core? Oh, you do? Great. :)"


These have been very nice conversations to have.

Comments:


ext_2839 at 2006-08-17 04:06 (UTC) (Link)

legacy

Didja ask those system vendors to contribute some (ideally, human-power) resources to Fedora Legacy? Because that's kind of a weak spot....
iquaid
iquaid at 2006-08-18 16:57 (UTC) (Link)

Re: legacy

Thanks for the question, I'm pushing the reply to a new posting because I think it needs better visibility.
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