In a comment on Chris' blog story that I posted here the other day +Adam Williamson
posted something that really needs to be said more often:
"It's actually funny to read all the stuff about red hat, as if we were some kind of borg. I wish I could post the archives of the red hat internal mailing lists from when Lennart first started pushing systemd internally. Do you really think everyone said 'oh, he's @redhat.com
so t must be fine"? Heh, no. Red hat does not work that way. Lennart also doesn't work by getting some senior management type on board and then having them ram his idea down everyone else's throat; he works by going into the trenches and convincing people he's right. You think a tech company the size of red hat doesn't have a curmudgeonly sysadmin contingent? All the battles that are being fought now with Debian were fought before with Arch, and before that with fedora, and before THAT within red hat. I have like five strata of the same old 'sysv should be good enough for anyone'stuff in my archives of various mailing lists, and every time, once people actually went and looked with an open mind at what systemd does and why, the majority got behind it."
Yupp, Red Hat is not a single person with a single opinion. In reality most Red Hat engineers were opinionated community members before they joined Red Hat, and they didn't check their opinions at the door. In most cases the discussions on things like systemd internally of Red Hat aren't too distinct in volume, noise or topics from those in the public community...