My very first exposure ever to GNU+Linux was about 1997 or so and RedHat 4.2. This, of course, was before they turned into a B2B distro. When that happened, they split off a version which became Fedora Core.
I was a big fan of the early versions of Fedora Core, but this was still back at a point in time when I couldn't do anything productive on it. The software hadn't either come into existence yet, or wasn't mature enough yet, for my needs. Also, at that time I was relatively ill-informed about a great many things (outside the world of technology, many of them political, philosophical, etc., and so not appropriate for discussion here on LMF) and as such I was still running Mac OS, and then later Mac OS X. From the late 90s through the early/mid 2000s, I had gotten into and built a number of x86 boxes, for myself, friends, and co-workers, and that was a lot of fun, though at the time I was generally putting some version of Windows on them.
Yes, it's true: I've also run Windows, though my primary platform was always Mac OS / Mac OS X.
To my understanding, RedHat and the Fedora Project have always been good about upstreaming their stuff, and once this gentleman's work has been fully validated and is considered ready, I have no doubt it'll be upstreamed, at which point Debian, Ubuntu, and anyone else out there will probably take a look at it and decide to include it. So while it's true that this can be a slow and sometimes annoying process, it ensures any changes get vetted numerous times and are made available for universal distribution. Personally, I wouldn't have it any other way.
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