[lpi-discuss] Re: Linux Professional Institute changes
Recertification Policy -- Executive Decisions ...
Bryan J. Smith
b.j.smith at ieee.org
Mon Dec 4 22:49:46 EST 2006
On Mon, 2006-12-04 at 22:36 -0500, Bryan J. Smith wrote:
> I truly hope the DCC Alliance can do for Debian what Red Hat has done
> with Fedora. After all, such an alliance of multiple vendors would be
> _better_ than what Fedora can offer from 1 vendor's focus. It's not
> that Fedora is perfect. But when it comes to "Executive Decisions" on
> Fedora, they are made, and things move forward _now_, not later.
A lot of these seems like meta-discussion. Let me be _more_exact_.
How many times have we had the discussion about MTAs? Why sendmail?
Why this? Why not that? At some point, you have to pick what you can
support, for whatever reasons. E.g., optional sectioning cost real
money from Prometric/Vue, and at some point, there has to be a decision
One of the beautiful things about Debian is the _flexibility_ in kernel,
GCC and GLibC -- essential the base ABI/API (Application Binary
Interface, Application Programming Interface) in each release. It's
also one of the major _issues_ with Debian for industry. The DCC
Alliance is standardizing the ABI/API for industry. Many have balked
about this, but it's the type of "Executive Decision" I've talked about.
With Fedora, despite the flexibility, Red Hat _forces_ the base ABI/API
aspects. There will be 1 base ABI/API per release. It gets _specific_
to "get things done." It's not perfect, it's less flexible, and many
people don't like the limitations. But for _most_ of the community
_and_ all of the industry, it works and allows consistent releases in a
timely manner that are well integration-tested.
That was my analogy, in a nutshell. And I hope we seem more moves like
the DCC Alliance is making on Debian. If anything, I probably should
have just used pre-DCC Alliance Debian versus DCC Alliance Debian,
instead of introducing Red Hat Fedora. That might have been a better
move, without all the "brand name loyalty" emotions.
Bryan J. Smith Professional, Technical Annoyance
mailto:b.j.smith at ieee.org http://thebs413.blogspot.com
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