It's interesting to watch the pace of change with Linux on the Desktop.
Want technology on the leading edge? Fedora is here today with best of breed solutions, all of which merge to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the largest commercial Linux Distribution in the World.
Fedora was first to implement systemd.
Fedora is first with a robust implementation of state of the art technologies including rpm-ostree and Docker on their Project Atomic platform. And, Cockpit eases the process of managing servers and containers in the cloud via a unified web management interface.
You see, at release 21, Fedora split into server, workstation, and cloud divisions.
The transition was amazingly uneventful, due to Red Hat's senior guidance and the incredibly hard work done by the Fedora Team coordinated with upstream GNOME Project.
Fedora takes what they do very seriously and when it comes to meeting target milestones, they galvanize into action and meet them in a timely business-like fashion.
Every time Debian runs into delays, that pushes back Canonical's Ubuntu milestones who hitched their wagon to Debian and delays get passed in turn down the line to the rest of the Ubuntu derivatives who hitched their wagons to Ubuntu. It's a serious problem, particularly for Canonical Ltd. who are trying to run a business.
No, the real work is done by Red Hat/Fedora in the business world. No messing around. No divisiveness, stalling, stonewalling. Tasks move along with rhythm and cadence, all oarsmen stroking to a beat, following directions and executing them as ordered in synchronous precision.
Debian is the proverbial speed-bump on the road to innovation and with an 18 month release cycle nothing gets done in a hurry.
Debian devotees won't like to read this but, Debian isn't behaving like a professional Distro should. They allow themselves the luxury of procrastination and all the while 'make pretend' some highly technical issue must be considered before embarking on any kind of work. I call it 'work avoidance'. Because, that is really what it is under a veil of techno-speak designed to obfuscate what is or isn't really happening in their hallowed organization. If they are to survive, a radical change must be made to their release management policy.
The real world can't afford to behave like 'hobbyists'. The real world won't wait. Debian is falling farther behind, but that's okay as far as they are concerned.
The work will get done. Eventually.
Fedora does the real-world work. Debian is for hobbyists. -- Dietrich