It seems that Moblin will be switching from Ubuntu to Fedora Linux as their base operating system. I’m interested in finding out the underlying reasoning for such a move. The stated reason is because they wanted to use RPM instead of DEB. I can’t quite buy that but perhaps that is because having come from both camps I think that packaging is an implementation detail that too many people put way too much stock in. This has the effect of causing unnecessary emotional splits within the community resulting in animosity which often overshadows real threats.
The second reason given, which has to do with building a community is pretty broad but more believable. Fedora has made huge strides while also sticking to its guns in the freedom department and being valuable upstream contributors. It may be that we sacrificed short term gains which can be gotten via a bit more differentiation, or out of the box “just works” on closed hardware but as companies are being convinced to open up their specs and open drivers are being written, a large portion of which is being done by Fedora developers working upstream, little of the short term gains matter much.
I suspect the real reason is somewhere in the community vein, staring with the Kernel and X team developers who work tirelessly making sure their work is fit for upstream consumption and can be supported in the long term. Following their lead the rest falls naturally out of that single notion of moving Linux forward as a whole. Kudo’s to all my Fedora friends – keep moving forward.[read this post in: ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]