We were asked by Neowin.com a while ago to provide information for an upcoming article. We decided that this request would be best answered by the marketing team as a display of our ability to take care of such requests.
Below is the original email...
Hi, I am on the news staff at Neowin.net, a technology site with a large community of over 800,000 members as well as our own Linux distro (Shift Linux).
I am going to be writing a comparison editorial piece about Ubuntu 8.10 and the upcoming Fedora 10 and openSuse 11.1, to appear on the front page of Neowin.net. Basically I will be installing each of the distros, doing a quick review with things I like and dislike, and also a section on how each aims to compete with Windows 7. I was wondering if a member of the development team would be able to answer the following questions as I know our members would be extremely interested to hear of anything new about your Linux distro.
1. Can you tell me what new features users could see in the next release, Fedora 11?
2. Microsoft is currently aiming for a 2009 Holiday release for Windows 7 and it has been said their main rival now is Linux. Are there any concerns about how Fedora can compete with Windows 7 in the future and can you give any hints as to what features you hope to include to rival Windows?
3. One of the reasons behind the popularity of Ubuntu, Fedora and openSuse is their improved ease-of-use, howeverLinux as a whole is still criticized for being too "techie/geeky". What else is being done to further improve the usability and ease-of-use of Fedora in the future?
I look forward to hearing from you and thank-you, in advance, for taking the time. -- Matthew Hopson News Staff Neowin.net
Paul Frields had suggested that we use these guidelines in answering the questions:
To frame the answers I would suggest some of the following key points:
- We don't "compete" with other Linux distributions; we advance free software in cooperation with upstream in a way that benefits everyone
- Windows 7 is (presumably) aimed at an extremely large audience, much of which falls outside our target audience of free software enthusiasts, developers, and remixers. Nevertheless, the stability and features in Fedora are loved by millions.
- Features are found on the wiki Feature List.
- We have lots of desktop features for ease of use that do not get in users' way and help people get things done quickly, securely, and with respect for users' freedom.
Fedora strives to have the best free technology first, and to be on the cutting edge of free and open software development. As such, we will constantly be working on current technology in F10 to ensure it reaches maturity as well as working on additional new technologies. The feature lists can be found at the Feature List, they will be updated constantly and more frequently as we move on in its development cycle.
Fedora strives to be on the cutting edge of open source software technology and development. As such, we are constantly working on improving current technology in Fedora to ensure it reaches maturity as well as developing new technologies to make Fedora better. The feature lists, found here, is updated frequently as we move on in its development cycle.
The stability and features in Fedora are enjoyed and appreciated by millions. Windows 7 is (presumably) aimed at an extremely large audience, much of which falls outside our target audience of free software enthusiasts, developers, and remixers. Fedora is built by people not only fixing issues but adding features that they are interested in on a personal and many times passionate level. By leveraging that community drive and focusing on providing the best experience possible we do not see that as competitive. If we are to be competitive it will be in the marketplace, not with Windows products directly, this could follow but is not in our goals at this time.
The stability and features in Fedora are enjoyed and appreciated by millions of users around the world. Windows 7 is (presumably) aimed at an extremely large audience, much of which falls outside the Fedora target audience of free software enthusiasts, developers, and remixers. Fedora is built by people not only fixing issues but also adding features that they, and other users, are interested in on a personal and many times passionate level. By leveraging that community drive and focusing on providing the best experience possible we are not trying to be competitive but rather produce a product our users have requested. Competition in the marketplace could be a future goal but is not being actively pursued at this time.