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== Core Principles ==
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{{admon/important | Mission and core values | The [[Overview]] page contains explanations of the Fedora Project's mission.  The [[Foundations]] page explains the Project's core values.}}
  
* '''Fedora [[Overview | promotes]] the rapid progress of Free, Open Source software and content.'''
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== General ==
* '''Fedora [[Foundations | believes]] in the statement "once free, always free."'''
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The following sections contain the general positive objectives and non-objectives for the Fedora Project.
  
== Objectives of Fedora ==
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=== Positive objectives ===
 
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* '''Create a complete, general-purpose operating system built for and by a community.''' The community is comprised of not only those people who consume, but also those who produce for the good of other community members.  The operating system is an integrated set of software that balances needs of both desktop and server users.  Respect for these needs has created opportunities for innovation and teamwork, while being mindful of the rich architectural heritage that makes a stable, superior operating system.  For instance, SELinux has been improved for better operation in desktop environments, and desktop solutions like PolicyKit have emerged to create flexibility within the confines of the UNIX-like security architecture.
* '''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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* '''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.
* '''Build the operating system exclusively from free and open source software'''.
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* '''Do as much of the development work as possible [[staying close to upstream projects]].'''  In general, we prefer to move to a newer version for updates rather than backport fixes.
* '''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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* '''Be on the leading edge of free and open source technology''', by adopting and helping to develop new features and version upgrades.
* '''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 develop new features and version upgrades.
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* '''Emphasize usability and a "just works" philosophy''' in default configurations and feature designs.
 
* '''Emphasize usability and a "just works" philosophy''' in default configurations and feature designs.
 
* '''Promote rapid adoption of new releases''' by allowing for [[Upgrading | easy upgrades]], with minimal disturbances to configuration changes.
 
* '''Promote rapid adoption of new releases''' by allowing for [[Upgrading | easy upgrades]], with minimal disturbances to configuration changes.
 
* '''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]].
 
* '''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]].
 
* '''Establish and implement technical standards for packages''', ensuring the quality and consistency of the operating system.
 
* '''Establish and implement technical standards for packages''', ensuring the quality and consistency of the operating system.
* '''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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* '''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.
 
* '''Provide timely updates for releases''', throughout the lifetime of a release.
 
* '''Provide timely updates for releases''', throughout the lifetime of a release.
 
* '''Promote a global perspective''' by supporting as many languages and geographic locales as possible.
 
* '''Promote a global perspective''' by supporting as many languages and geographic locales as possible.
 
* '''Ensure that releases will always be available for free download''' in binary, source packages and as downloadable images.
 
* '''Ensure that releases will always be available for free download''' in binary, source packages and as downloadable images.
  
== Non-Objectives of Fedora ==
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=== Non-objectives ===
 
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* '''Fedora is not interested in having a slow rate of change, 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]].
* Fedora is not interested in having a slow rate of change, but rather to be innovative.
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* '''Fedora is not interested in being 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.
* Fedora is not interested in being a platform for [[ForbiddenItems| proprietary or patent encumbered components]].
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* '''Fedora 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.
* Fedora shall not be a dumping ground for unmaintained or poorly designed software.
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Revision as of 14:53, 6 April 2009

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Mission and core values
The Overview page contains explanations of the Fedora Project's mission. The Foundations page explains the Project's core values.

General

The following sections contain the general positive objectives and non-objectives for the Fedora Project.

Positive objectives

  • Create a complete, general-purpose operating system built for and by a community. The community is comprised of not only those people who consume, but also those who produce for the good of other community members. The operating system is an integrated set of software that balances needs of both desktop and server users. Respect for these needs has created opportunities for innovation and teamwork, while being mindful of the rich architectural heritage that makes a stable, superior operating system. For instance, SELinux has been improved for better operation in desktop environments, and desktop solutions like PolicyKit have emerged to create flexibility within the confines of the UNIX-like security architecture.
  • 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.
  • Do as much of the development work as possible staying close to upstream projects. In general, we prefer to move to a newer version for updates rather than backport fixes.
  • Be on the leading edge of free and open source technology, by adopting and helping to develop new features and version upgrades.
  • Emphasize usability and a "just works" philosophy in default configurations and feature designs.
  • Promote rapid adoption of new releases by allowing for easy upgrades, with minimal disturbances to configuration changes.
  • 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.
  • Establish and implement technical standards for packages, ensuring the quality and consistency of the operating system.
  • 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.
  • Provide timely updates for releases, throughout the lifetime of a release.
  • Promote a global perspective by supporting as many languages and geographic locales as possible.
  • Ensure that releases will always be available for free download in binary, source packages and as downloadable images.

Non-objectives

  • Fedora is not interested in having a slow rate of change, 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.
  • Fedora is not interested in being 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.
  • Fedora 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.