Cnet cites Max: Red Hat wants Fedora to be a foundation for those who want to build their own Linux products on a Fedora foundation.
dwmw2 wrote: I'd love to see more functionality -- more _possibilities_ -- merged under the 'Fedora' umbrella.
There are more such statements from other people; the general idea is floating around for some time now in Fedora-land. I'm wondering if we should issue something like Max statement above as official goal for the next few Fedora-years, to have a target we can work towards.
But can Fedora really be a proper foundation for other distributions? What if somebody wants to create a complete OpenVZ or Linux-VServer distribution (just as example) with Fedora as a base *within* the Fedora-project to ensure updates and patches for all non-OpenVZ and non-Linux-Vserver stuff floating back and forth easily between this special spin (wich patches Fedora would not take) and the official Fedora? E.g. something similar to what OLPC in parts did?
Something like that afaics would be needed if we really want to be a proper foundation for other distros, as the "once Fedora-size fits all" is a good goal we should aim for with Fedora, but on the way to that sometimes special treatment and a semi-fork might be needed. Not to mention the old Who will ship the sources to fulfil the GPL-requirements problem that's still unsolved.
IOW: if we really want to be a proper foundation for other distributions there is much work to do afaics.
[Update 20071129-2110UTC]I just reused the word "foundation" (meant as in "base for a product/distribution" here) from the Cnet source. Do not confuse it with the "Fedora Foundation", a idea which was abandoned long ago.[/Update]