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Fedora 14: Strong follow-up to 13 still suffers from same niche appeal

Nov 15, 2010, 19:02 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"As far as Linux is concerned, there are distributions that are ready for the masses (Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Linux Minut) and there are distributions whose appeal doesn't go much further than a niche of users. Fedora Linux, however, is a distribution that seems to want to vacillate between target audiences. At one point Fedora wants to reach out to a massive scope of users. At the next point Fedora seems to focus on a far, far smaller audience. And it seems this vacillation happens just about every release.

"When Fedora 13 arrived, it seemed as if it was on the crux of leaping from the small, niche audience, to a grander scale. It was stable, it was fast, it played very well on the desktop and with desktop hardware. It looked like Fedora was ready to lock itself onto the fast track of becoming what could be a top distribution for the average user.

"And then Mark Shuttleworth made two major announcements:"

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