Max (spevack) wrote,
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linux tag, day 4

Just a quick final blog post from LinuxTag.

It's Saturday in Berlin, and by far the busiest day of the show. Merchandise is moving out of the Fedora booth -- the place has been packed.

I taught a few folks how to use pungi, and how to use kickstart.

Mostly though I've been sitting in on all the Ubuntu talks today. I've seen their "general this is Ubuntu" talk, a "talk" between two guys doing a race to see who could get Kubuntu or Ubuntu up and running first. This talk, unfortunately for the two presenters (who were obviously well-meaning guys), was the epitome of Murphy's Law. Jono Bacon is giving his Ubuntu community talk in a while, and I expect that will probably be quite good.

After identifying myself as a Red Hat employee (I raised my hand when they asked "are there any Red Hat folks here"), I asked the first speaker how much Ubuntu spends on Ship It. He told me that he didn't know, but even if he did know, he wouldn't tell me. My response was "Don't you believe in being transparent with your use of community funds?" His response was that Canonical is a private company.

We followed up the conversation later on, and I suggested to him that regardless of whether or not Canonical is a private company, is there not some obligation to give their community insight into how money is being spent on Ubuntu? He conceded that perhaps their was, but offered that Red Hat does not provide any further information than is required by US law for public companies.

My response to that was to tell him that we put every penny that Fedora spends on its community on the public wiki for review. He responded by saying that was Fedora's money, and not Red Hat's. My response was "well, Fedora is owned by Red Hat, and the money that I have to spend on Fedora is given to me by Red Hat." He asked if he could quote me on that, so I figured I'd just go ahead and quote myself first.

Both Fedora and Ubuntu enjoy the benefits of having a corporate sponsor that provides money and resources. Those benefits come with certain responsibilities. For Fedora, the added responsibility of Red Hat's sponsorship is to provide a useful upstream from which all of Red Hat's product groups draw.
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