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* '''Fedora is [[Overview | about]] the rapid progress of Free, Open Source software and content.'''
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* '''Fedora believes in the statement "once free, always free."'''
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This page explains the objectives of the Fedora Project.
  
== Objectives of Fedora ==
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== Creating a Free (as in Freedom) distribution ==
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* '''Create a complete, general-purpose operating system built for and by a community.''' The operating system is [[Default offering|an integrated set of software]] that addresses and balances needs of [[User base|a wide variety of users and contributors]].
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* '''Build the operating system exclusively from free and open source software.''' Fedora is self-hosting and self-building, and requires no non-free software to create the distribution.
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* '''Emphasize usability and a "just works" philosophy''' in default configurations and feature designs. 
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* '''Include a wide range of packages''' that fits into the various different needs of the users. This package set is limited, of course, to packages that Fedora can legally provide, and also subject to our [[Packaging/Guidelines|packaging guidelines]].
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* '''Produce robust time-based releases every six months''' using a release model that allows the development team the flexibility it needs to ensure quality, while making sure that a release does not slip indefinitely.  Our schedule may shift from time to time based on participant needs, but only after consideration and approval by the community governance entities that oversee the Project.
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* '''Ensure that releases will always be available for free download''' in binary, source packages and as installable images.
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* '''Provide timely updates for releases''', throughout [[Fedora Release Life Cycle|the supported lifetime of a release]].
  
* To create a complete general-purpose operating system built for and by a community — those who not only consume, but also produce for the good of other community members.
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== Building open source software communities ==
* To build the operating system exclusively from free and open source software.
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* '''The community includes current and potential or future contributors.'''  Our outreach begins with our free distribution, and we constantly develop ways to give collaborators additional on-ramps for participation.
* To do as much of the development work as possible [[PackageMaintainers/WhyUpstream |  directly]] in the upstream packages.  We will in general prefer moving to a newer version for updates rather than backport fixes.
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* '''Do as much of the development work as possible [[staying close to upstream projects]].''' We promote upstream communities by collaborating on patches, providing the latest upstream versions for our development and testing branches wherever possible, and making sure upstream products work consistently and well in our stable releases.
* To provide a robust development platform for building software and robust general integrated set of software that balances the needs  for both desktop and server users.
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* '''Be on the leading edge of free and open source technology''', by adopting and helping to develop new features and version upgrades.
* To be on the leading edge of free and open source technology, by adopting and helping develop new features and version upgrades.
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* '''Promote rapid adoption of new releases''' by allowing for [[Upgrading | easy upgrades]], with minimal disturbances to configuration changes.
* To emphasize usability and a "just works" philosophy in default configurations and feature designs.
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* '''Establish and implement technical standards for packages''', ensuring the quality and consistency of the operating system.
* To promote rapid adoption of new releases by allowing for [[DistributionUpgrades easy upgrades]], with minimal disturbances to configuration changes.
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* '''Promote a global perspective''' by supporting as many languages and geographic locales as possible.
* To include a wide range of packages that fits into the various different needs of the users. This package set is limited, of course, to packages that Fedora can legally provide, and also subject to our [[Packaging/Guidelines|  packaging guidelines]].
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* To establish and implement technical standards for packages, ensuring the quality and consistency of the operating system.
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* To produce robust time-based releases every six months but also using a release model that allows the development team the flexibility that it needs to ensure quality while making sure that a release does not slip indefinitely.
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* To provide timely updates for releases, throughout the lifetime of a release.
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* To promote a global perspective by supporting as many languages and geographic locales as possible.
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* To ensure that releases will always be available for free download in binary, source packages and as downloadable images.
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== Non-Objectives of Fedora ==
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== Developing the science and practice of building communities ==
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* '''[https://www.theopensourceway.org/wiki/How_to_loosely_organize_a_community Use existing models that work]''', (re)building on them only as needed in each case.
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* '''Self-identify as a [https://www.theopensourceway.org/wiki/Communities_of_practice community of practice]''' and keep a balance of [https://www.theopensourceway.org/wiki/Communities_of_practice#Elements_of_the_Community_of_Practice domain, community, and practice] in the Project.
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* '''Promote a scientific approach to continuous learning''' through [[:Category:Bugs|failure]] and [[Features|advancement]].
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* '''Follow sound and [http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=+author:%22Wenger%22+intitle:%22Communities+of+practice:+Learning,+meaning,+and+identity%22&oi=scholarr scientific] community principles''' that are [https://www.theopensourceway.org/wiki/Communities_of_practice#Principles_for_Cultivating_Communities_of_Practice derived from eons of humanity's lessons learned and relearned].
  
* Fedora is not interested in having a slow rate of change, but rather to be innovative.
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== Objectives Outside of the Fedora Project ==
* Fedora is not interested in being a platform for [[ForbiddenItems| proprietary components]].
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* '''The Fedora Project is not interested in a slow rate of change between releases, but rather to be innovative.''' We do not offer a long-term release cycle because it diverts attention away from innovation.  For those community members who desire a long-term release cycle, there are [[derived distributions]] that satisfy this requirement.  For community members who require a business-class support model beyond community maintenance, we recommend [[Red Hat Enterprise Linux]].  Our center of innovation and fastest rate of change is in [[Rawhide|our development branch]].
* Fedora shall not be a dumping ground for unmaintained or poorly designed software.
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* '''The Fedora Project is not interested in having its distribution be a platform for [[ForbiddenItems| proprietary or patent encumbered components]].''' While we do not purposely make installation of such components more difficult, we also do not allow our schedule or processes to be driven by theirs.
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* '''The Fedora Project is not a dumping ground for unmaintained or poorly designed software.''' Sheer quantity of available software is not a measurement for the quality of a distribution.  We do not include free and open source software that interferes with the Project's mission of advancing free and open source software.

Latest revision as of 08:10, 22 September 2010


About Fedora
Vision statement: Our vision.
Foundations: Our core values.
Overview: Our mission.
Objectives: Our specific objectives.
User base: Our users.


This page explains the objectives of the Fedora Project.

[edit] Creating a Free (as in Freedom) distribution

  • Create a complete, general-purpose operating system built for and by a community. The operating system is an integrated set of software that addresses and balances needs of a wide variety of users and contributors.
  • Build the operating system exclusively from free and open source software. Fedora is self-hosting and self-building, and requires no non-free software to create the distribution.
  • Emphasize usability and a "just works" philosophy in default configurations and feature designs.
  • Include a wide range of packages that fits into the various different needs of the users. This package set is limited, of course, to packages that Fedora can legally provide, and also subject to our packaging guidelines.
  • Produce robust time-based releases every six months using a release model that allows the development team the flexibility it needs to ensure quality, while making sure that a release does not slip indefinitely. Our schedule may shift from time to time based on participant needs, but only after consideration and approval by the community governance entities that oversee the Project.
  • Ensure that releases will always be available for free download in binary, source packages and as installable images.
  • Provide timely updates for releases, throughout the supported lifetime of a release.

[edit] Building open source software communities

  • The community includes current and potential or future contributors. Our outreach begins with our free distribution, and we constantly develop ways to give collaborators additional on-ramps for participation.
  • Do as much of the development work as possible staying close to upstream projects. We promote upstream communities by collaborating on patches, providing the latest upstream versions for our development and testing branches wherever possible, and making sure upstream products work consistently and well in our stable releases.
  • Be on the leading edge of free and open source technology, by adopting and helping to develop new features and version upgrades.
  • Promote rapid adoption of new releases by allowing for easy upgrades, with minimal disturbances to configuration changes.
  • Establish and implement technical standards for packages, ensuring the quality and consistency of the operating system.
  • Promote a global perspective by supporting as many languages and geographic locales as possible.

[edit] Developing the science and practice of building communities

[edit] Objectives Outside of the Fedora Project

  • The Fedora Project is not interested in a slow rate of change between releases, but rather to be innovative. We do not offer a long-term release cycle because it diverts attention away from innovation. For those community members who desire a long-term release cycle, there are derived distributions that satisfy this requirement. For community members who require a business-class support model beyond community maintenance, we recommend Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Our center of innovation and fastest rate of change is in our development branch.
  • The Fedora Project is not interested in having its distribution be a platform for proprietary or patent encumbered components. While we do not purposely make installation of such components more difficult, we also do not allow our schedule or processes to be driven by theirs.
  • The Fedora Project is not a dumping ground for unmaintained or poorly designed software. Sheer quantity of available software is not a measurement for the quality of a distribution. We do not include free and open source software that interferes with the Project's mission of advancing free and open source software.