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Tensions Between Ubuntu, Fedora Mount Over New Website

Nov 16, 2010, 16:04 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Tozzi)

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"In an ideal world, free-software developers would happily get along and cooperate towards the same ends. But the world's far from perfect, as rising tensions between the Ubuntu and Fedora camps have made clear recently in the wake of the founding a new website intended, ironically, to promote "respect" within the open-source ecosystems.

"The site, OpenRespect.org, was launched about a week ago by Ubuntu community member Jono Bacon, who announced the new initiative on his blog. The domain currently doesn't host much besides a brief blurb titled "The OpenRespect Declaration" and some tools designed to help socialize the OpenRespect concept.

"While the site's content may be minimal, it nonetheless elicited a response from the community surrounding the Fedora Linux distribution, perhaps the second most popular open-source operating system among desktop users, that was less than enthusiastic. Several Fedora users expressed dissatisfaction with the site–or at least Bacon's decision to publish it without first seeking input from other groups–in a board meeting last week. Their objections ranged from concerns over whether the OpenRespect statement inappropriately equates politeness with respect, to complaints that it seems to be designed to benefit Canonical and as such leaves at least one Fedora user feeling "uncomfortable.""

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