Raymond Bids Red Hat Adieu

Lora Bentley

In case you missed it, open source guru Eric Raymond, who wrote The Cathedral and the Bazaar, has given up on Red Hat's Fedora, opting instead for Ubuntu.

 

In a harsh letter distributed on a popular open source mailing list on Wednesday, he said an unsuccessful four-hour attempt to upgrade a single software package rendered his system inoperable, and that, in turn, was enough to end his 13 years as a Fedora developer and user. ZDNet UK reports that he accused Red Hat and the Fedora development community of "throwing away" its position as the leading Linux distribution with sloppy development community processes and by failing to fight for its share of the desktop market, among other things.

 

Interestingly, Raymond will now work on the Ubuntu distribution, which members of LinuxQuestions.org recently voted the best Linux distribution.



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