User base

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The user base of Fedora has many aspects. The Board decided in October on a set of four characteristics which represent the widest audience for Fedora that we feel we as a Project can reach with the Fedora distribution. This is the minimum group of people we wish to reach with our default offering (NEED LINK).

These four characteristics describe a large class of users who can meet these minimal criteria. Our contributors are among them. This class is not a statement of our present Project membership, but is rather a goal we are instituting for the Fedora distribution in the future.

The Board considers these aspects applicable to the work of the entire Fedora Project. The Board will encourage process changes where appropriate to ensure we are meeting the needs of as many members of this class as possible.

Contributors

Fedora contributors understand that they may not be representative of a very large class of users who may find free software serves their needs as well. By setting the bounds of this larger class, we can make good decisions about how to make Fedora work well for as many people as possible, including ourselves.

For example, package maintainers who contribute actively and regularly to Fedora are more than just computer-friendly. A package maintainer has a high level of technical skill beyond that of the general user base, she is not only likely but in fact a frequent collaborator, and while she may use her systems for general productivity use, she also uses them for specific technical domain work.

Another example of a different kind of contributor is someone on Fedora's marketing team. This person might much more closely resemble the baseline characteristics above. He may not have a high level of technical skill, and uses general productivity tools to complete his personal work in addition to Fedora specific tasks, although he is a frequent collaborator.

By tailoring our processes to appeal to this wide superset of users, we can ensure Fedora's ongoing relevance and appeal, and thereby encourage more people to become interested in free software and participate in the Fedora Project.