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{{Admon/note | Preferred option | This option is preferable in most instances, because of the benefits listed below.}}
 
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The Fedora Project or Red Hat can buy a domain and arrange for it to be pointed to the fedoraproject.org domain name servers.  Since we control those name servers, it is very easy for the [[Infrastructure]] team to then point to the appropriate community server(s).
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The Fedora Project or Red Hat can provide a subdomain in the ''*.fedoracommunity.org'' domain, and arrange for it to point to the fedoraproject.org domain name servers.  Since we control those name servers, it is very easy for the [[Infrastructure]] team to then direct host queries to the appropriate community server(s).
  
 
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To use this option, first determine the current status of the domain desired, then email the [mailto:fedora-advisory-board@redhat.com fedora-advisory-board] with your request.  You may also Cc: other individuals as desired.  The Fedora Board will respond as quickly as possible, consider the request, and take appropriate action to get the domain purchased for you.
 
To use this option, first determine the current status of the domain desired, then email the [mailto:fedora-advisory-board@redhat.com fedora-advisory-board] with your request.  You may also Cc: other individuals as desired.  The Fedora Board will respond as quickly as possible, consider the request, and take appropriate action to get the domain purchased for you.
  
Note that we cannot guarantee availability of a domain, nor that we will necessarily provide more than one domain for a particular community group.
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Note that we cannot guarantee availability of a domain other than ''*.fedoracommunity.org'', nor that we will provide more than one domain for a particular community group.
  
 
{{footnote|1}} Examples of costs that would not be reasonable and expected include unusually high extra registration fees imposed by a locality, or prices for a domain demanded by a current owner.
 
{{footnote|1}} Examples of costs that would not be reasonable and expected include unusually high extra registration fees imposed by a locality, or prices for a domain demanded by a current owner.

Revision as of 22:07, 4 February 2009

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This page is a draft only
It is still under construction and content may change. Do not rely on the information on this page.

This page gives some informal guidance on how Fedora communities in different locales can establish Internet domains with the word "Fedora" in them. The Fedora trademark guidelines have specific requirements that must be met for setting up these domains, in order to preserve the value of the Fedora trademarks. The Fedora trademarks are owned by Red Hat worldwide, and apply to all Internet domains regardless of their country of origin or registrar.

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Buying a separate domain

Not every local community requires a local domain. Many local communities can function perfectly well in the existing Fedora Project domain(s). Fedora already offers the ability for communities to provide complete translations for our main web site and other pages. We are also working on the capability to have a translated MediaWiki that will not require as much manual work on the part of translators.

In addition, splitting off a domain has the tendency to keep local community members from getting up to date information that flows on the official Fedora channels. It multiplies the number of areas a community member needs to monitor and thus takes away from the time they could otherwise spend on contribution directly to Fedora.

However, there are some good reasons for local domains to exist, and the Fedora Project realizes the importance of enabling the community to grow Fedora in localities around the world. Therefore we have a few options available to people who want to set up a domain to support this effort.

Options

There are essentially two options open to local communities who want to purchase a domain with the word "Fedora" in the name for purposes of Fedora community work.

Pre-purchased domain

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Preferred option
This option is preferable in most instances, because of the benefits listed below.

The Fedora Project or Red Hat can provide a subdomain in the *.fedoracommunity.org domain, and arrange for it to point to the fedoraproject.org domain name servers. Since we control those name servers, it is very easy for the Infrastructure team to then direct host queries to the appropriate community server(s).

Benefits: Drawbacks:
  • Red Hat will pay for registration and maintenance of a domain name, provided the costs are reasonable and expected.1
  • Domain purchases or transfers initiated quickly and maintained by Iron Mountain.
  • Encourages a standard for domain names where practical.
  • Red Hat automatically renews domains regularly.
  • Easiest way to preserve Fedora trademark coherence around the world since Red Hat technically owns the domain.
  • Community does not own the domain name itself, although it controls the domain content.

To use this option, first determine the current status of the domain desired, then email the fedora-advisory-board with your request. You may also Cc: other individuals as desired. The Fedora Board will respond as quickly as possible, consider the request, and take appropriate action to get the domain purchased for you.

Note that we cannot guarantee availability of a domain other than *.fedoracommunity.org, nor that we will provide more than one domain for a particular community group.

^  Examples of costs that would not be reasonable and expected include unusually high extra registration fees imposed by a locality, or prices for a domain demanded by a current owner.

Self-purchased domain

Communities may purchase their own domains, but only after receiving a trademark license from Red Hat, pursuant to the trademark guidelines.

Benefits: Drawbacks:
  • Community owns the domain name as well as the content.
  • Individual community leader must go through required paperwork for a trademark license agreement, and be legally responsible for the domain.
  • Delay of a few days to a few weeks, depending on locale.
  • Community leader(s) must deal with local Internet domain regulating agency.
  • Local community must pay all fees and costs for the domain registration.
  • Local community must remember to renew the domain regularly.

To use this option, email the fedora-advisory-board with your request, before you purchase any domain. The Fedora Board will respond as quickly as possible, consider the request, and arrange for a license agreement as appropriate.