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[News] Fedora Responds to Gossip, Red Hat Rebuts Slashdot FUD

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Gushing, gossip, grapevine, gabble.

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| If you’ve seen our feature list for Fedora 11, you know how extensive it is. 
| These features will likely end up in other distributions as well — which is a 
| purposeful goal of our upstream policies. Jerry-rigging changes in our own 
| distribution that only change Fedora, and that would make our contributors 
| work too hard trying to keep those differences coordinated, would make no 
| sense. Instead we try to work heavily and directly in upstream communities 
| like the kernel, X.org, freedesktop.org, GNOME, and so forth, so the advances 
| we’re making will benefit free software users everywhere. The specific goals 
| for a Fedora release include informing the public about all the work we’ve  
| done to advance these various features for the good of all.        


Discouraging Software Patent Lawsuits

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| Recently we’ve seen some surprising comments about Red Hat’s stand on 
| software patents and, in particular, about one of its patent applications 
| related to the AMQP specification. It looks like clarification is called for. 
| Our views and our position, as expressed in our work for patent reform, our 
| Patent Promise, and our work with the AMQP project, have not changed.    
| Red Hat has worked hard to address the problems of our patent system. We 
| believe there are serious problems with the existing system, particularly as 
| it affects free and open source software. In just the last few months, we 
| have supported new patent reform legislation, submitted a brief in the Bilski 
| case arguing against patenting of software, and created an innovative patent 
| settlement in the FireStar case that gave broad protection to the open source 
| community. We are also proud of our work in helping establish the Open 
| Invention Network, supporting the Peer-to-Patent program, and developing our 
| Patent Promise.         



Another 100,000+ week for Fedora 10

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| Fedora 10 has been gaining new users at impressive rates.  This past week
| alone Fedora 10 has picked up over 100,000 more.


Red Hat Fedora Claims It's the Leader in Linux

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| Red Hat's Fedora community Linux distribution has now tallied its user base,
| and it's a number that on the surface would make it the largest installed
| base of any Linux distribution, with at least 9.5 million users and possibly
| as many as 10.5 million.

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