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| The Fedora Free Media Program is a '''volunteer initiative''' by local Fedora Ambassadors and contributors to distribute Fedora Media (DVDs) for free to individuals who can't afford to buy or download Fedora.  There is ''no funding from Fedora'' for this initiative. The media comes from volunteers from around the globe that coordinate their efforts using Fedora Infrastructure. The number of discs is limited to the resources of those volunteers. We are constantly looking for more Fedora Ambassadors or contributors to participate. If you have any question about the FreeMedia program, consult '''''[[User:Susmit|Susmit]], [[user:yn1v|Neville]], [[user:frankly3d|Frank]] or [[user:Bckurera|Buddhike Kurera]]'''''.
 
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{{admon/warning | Where to get media  "KEEP READING" | Please do not write directly to program coordinators asking for media. }}
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The Fedora Free Media Program was a '''volunteer initiative''' by local Fedora Ambassadors and contributors to distribute Fedora Media (DVDs) for free to individuals who can't afford to buy or download Fedora.
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{{admon/note | Getting help | If you need help troubleshooting once you've received the media, please have a look at [http://fedoraproject.org/get-help http://fedoraproject.org/get-help]. }}
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'''This program was retired in February 2021 due to a lack of participation for some time.''' You can read more about the background of this decision [https://pagure.io/mindshare/issue/252 in the Fedora Mindshare Team ticket #252].
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The following sections describe how the FreeMedia program works in detail.
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'''If you would like to obtain physical Fedora Media''', please consult the following list of vendors from whom you may obtain copies for a nominal fee:
  
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* [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/OnlineVendors Online Vendors List]
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* [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/LocalVendors Local Vendors List]
  
== How FreeMedia Works ==
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If your current circumstances would make purchasing media a hardship at this time, you are most welcome to '''[https://pagure.io/mindshare/new_issue open a public or private ticket with the Fedora Mindshare team]''' for assistance.
 
 
[[File:Media.png]]
 
 
 
You use the form to request a Fedora CD\DVD This form captures requests from all people. This form does not include those countries that are listed as embargoed in the [[Legal/Export|  Export Matrix List]]. When you click "Create Ticket", the volunteers pick the closest request so the shipping costs are kept low.<br/>
 
'''Names and Address in English, the common language among volunteers'''
 
 
 
=== Time line ===
 
# When one user requests Media, a ticket is opened. The user receives an email confirming that the ticket is open.
 
#* '''If there in no Fedora Freemedia Volunteer in your Area or  Country you may never receive a disk'''
 
#* Tickets may be closed due lack of description. Please use '''Full Name''' or ticket will be closed as invalid. The user will receives an email stating that the ticket has been closed
 
#* '''If you make a mistake with your addess, "DO NOT CREATE A NEW TICKET", USE "REPLY TO ALL" in your email program with correct address.'''
 
#*'''All Duplicate Tickets''', will lead to all your tickets being closed.
 
#* '''I want Fedora''', '''I need Fedora''' and such tickets will lead to all your tickets being closed, it takes time to sort them out.'''
 
#* Tickets not created in the form, will also be closed.
 
#* '''As we depend on voluntary resources, we cannot assure that every ticket will be fulfilled.'''
 
# When a FreeMedia Team Member accepts a request, the ticket will change from '''Status:new''' to '''Owner: someone'''  and the requester receives an email, <br/>'''and may have to answer some questions, USE "REPLY TO ALL" in your email program with correct address, if you do not reply ticket will be closed.''', .
 
# The Member can take some time to burn the media and take it to the post office, sometimes up to ten days.
 
# When a FreeMedia Team Member sends the media, the team member closes the ticket and the user receives an email stating that the Media is on its way.
 
#* Shipping the media can take some time depending on where in the world the FreeMedia Team Member resides.
 
# '''Not all media is sent track and trace, it may be standard mail'''
 
 
 
 
 
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== Policy ==
 
 
 
* One media per person per release + source media if requested.
 
* Any duplicate requests will be cancelled.
 
* If you're a Fedora Ambassador or Fedora Contributor, you will not receive any DVD via this program. Freemedia does not provide disks for events.
 
* Please note that this is a volunteer initiative by local Fedora Ambassadors or Contributors.
 
* Please note we can't ship media to U.S. embargoed or restricted destinations. See [[Legal/Export|  Fedora Export Control Product Matrix]]
 
* Per Fedora Project Board's [https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-advisory-board/2008-March/msg00135.html recommendation] , physical media with source code is available upon request.
 
* Media is produced by volunteers, we don't ship media with commercial grade labels or printing.
 
 
 
=== Private requests ===
 
 
 
* The only way to get free media shipped via postal mail is the [http://fedoraproject.org/freemedia/FreeMedia-form.html freemedia form].
 
* Generally private requests for media shipping SHOULD NOT be accepted by fedora project contributors.
 
* Contributors SHOULD do the following when they gets private requests:
 
** If the requester lives near the contributor's place, the contributor may ask the requester to meet in person and get the media burned.
 
** If not, the contributor should use [[FreeMedia_private_request_reply|reply]].
 
 
 
 
 
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== Form ==
 
Before you fill in the form, please remember that this program runs with limited resources.  We ask that you use the form only if you cannot [http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora download media], attend an [[Events | event]], or get media elsewhere such as magazines carrying free disks, [[Distribution/OnlineVendors | online vendor]] or [[Distribution/LocalVendors | local vendor]]. You can ask to an [[Ambassadors/MembershipService/Verification|Ambassador]] ([https://fedoraproject.org/membership-map/ambassadors.html map]) to point you in the right direction taking into account local options. By limiting form usage to people who are truly in need, we can make sure that our efforts are properly prioritized. As this is a voluntary effort '''we provide home made media''', do not expect elaborated labels and printing.  Thank you!
 
 
 
* '''Remember until someone accepts your request-ticket, you are not getting a CD\DVD from Freemedia
 
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*'''Here is the [https://fedoraproject.org/freemedia/FreeMedia-form.html FreeMedia form].'''
 
 
 
* All '''non-accepted''' tickets will be closed after a time as '''No Volunteer''' 
 
 
 
 
 
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== Helping US ==
 
=== Join us===
 
Freemedia is a wonderful idea and coordinates small contributions from people around the world to deliver media to those who otherwise would not be able to enjoy Fedora. All this is made using Fedora Infrastructure. If you like this concept, and you like Fedora, you can easily become a member. We ask for two disk monthly plus shipping, please consider [[Distribution/Freemedia/Join_freemedia | joining the Freemedia team]] .
 
 
 
We appreciate all of the support and interest we have received so far, and we hope that more volunteers will step forward to help us increase our capacity and accept a larger number of requests.
 
  
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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* The last version of this page before retirement may be viewed [https://fedoraproject.org/w/index.php?title=FreeMedia&oldid=523190 here].
 
* For historical records, visit Fedora Free Media Program [[Distribution/FreeMedia/Information|  Archive]] page.
 
* For historical records, visit Fedora Free Media Program [[Distribution/FreeMedia/Information|  Archive]] page.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 17:53, 10 February 2021

The Fedora Free Media Program was a volunteer initiative by local Fedora Ambassadors and contributors to distribute Fedora Media (DVDs) for free to individuals who can't afford to buy or download Fedora.

This program was retired in February 2021 due to a lack of participation for some time. You can read more about the background of this decision in the Fedora Mindshare Team ticket #252.

If you would like to obtain physical Fedora Media, please consult the following list of vendors from whom you may obtain copies for a nominal fee: If your current circumstances would make purchasing media a hardship at this time, you are most welcome to open a public or private ticket with the Fedora Mindshare team for assistance.

History

  • The last version of this page before retirement may be viewed here.
  • For historical records, visit Fedora Free Media Program Archive page.