Its from a post called FUDcon Lawrence: Overhauling the Fedora release model. Note the little jumping person and the gap. This indicates that Fedora understands that there is a barrier between using Fedora distro of GNU/Linux and contributing to it. This is something they hope to address.
If I replace "Fedora" with "GNU" in the above picture, what happens?
- Hear about GNU
- Go to GNU website
- Download GNU
- Try out live media
- Install GNU
- Use GNU
Step 1 - Hear about GNU. Not a problem. GNU gets mentioned fairly regularly in the press.
Step 2 - Go to GNU website. There is a web site, www.gnu.org. The main page is a bit cluttered, but, it exists. There is a www.gnu.com, which is a snowboard company, but, there's little chance of confusing the two.
Step 3 - Download GNU. From the main page, there is "What is GNU" and a big green "Download GNU Now" button. Visually it can get lost because the page is very text-heavy and the button it is almost too big. But overall, it is functional. It takes you to the distros page.
The FSF is not responsible for other web sites, or how up-to-date their information is". It is highlighted so it must be important. It sounds scary. But what does it mean? Up to this point, the term "FSF" has not been defined and its relationship to GNU has not been defined.
Also, there is no real distinction made between these distros or why or how one would use them. Since they are treated equally, the first one, "BLAG" becomes the de-facto distro by virtue of its early appearance in alphabetical order. So clicking on that takes us over to BLAG.
Step 4 - Try out live media. So I've downloaded the live media.
Cool, but, how do I use it? What do I do with it? If I go back to the main Blag page and click on the documentation link, I get
Step 5 - Install GNU OS. Installing GNU from live media become the same as installing Fedora from live media the way it was done back in 2011.
Step 6 - Use GNU OS. Cool. We're using GNU.
If I go back to the main GNU page to look for information on how to use the distro I've just downloaded, I get nothing general. There is the documentation to many pieces of software that may or may not appear in that distro, though.
Step 7 - Contribute.
On their part, Fedora knows that there is a big leap between using Fedora and contributing to Fedora. For GNU, it isn't just a leap from using GNU OS to contributing to GNU OS. It is a complete disconnect.
Once someone has downloaded the Blag respin of the Fedora distro of GNU/Linux, what force is there to push them back to GNU the website, or the official GNU software projects? What force is there to push them to contribute financially to the FSF?
Once someone had made the decision that he or she wants to contribute, he or she can end up back on gnu.org and see this.
Note the categories listed under the Take Action box or the yellow bar: you can contribute by
- working on the FSF campaigns
- contributing to high-priority software projects
- or maintaining unmaintained software
So, all in all, the flow of moving people from curiosity about GNU OS to using GNU OS to eventually contributing to GNU needs work.
DISCLAIMER: I don't speak for GNU and have no influence over its policies, or management. I am only just barely a member of GNU by virtue of being the maintainer of the ncurses bindings for guile. Guile-ncurses is a project that is so niche and so obscure that it has never been packaged by any distro and never has been downloaded or used by anyone ever, other than me, as far as I can tell. I also used to be a committer on the main Guile project, during the 1.8 to 2.0 transition, but, I've retired from Guile development, mostly.