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Spin Name

Fedora Netizen


Fedora Netizen Spin is an operating system providing privacy, security, analytics, and engagement tools for citizens, governments, and nonprofits operating and administering network devices on the internet.

Initial Release Goal

Fedora 22


  • Name: Corey Leong, MNM, MA*
  • Email: cleong at fedoraproject dot org

Detailed Description

Fedora Netizen is an open source operating system for enabling internet citizens to engage with online services and communities. The goal for Netizen is to pattern the operating system's features after Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs which was published in his 1943 paper, "A Theory of Human Motivation". As a professor of pyschology, Abraham Maslow theorized that individuals attempt to experience five stages of needs starting with physiological, safety, social, esteem, and then ending with self-actualization. Beginning with the first level of physiological needs, individuals' motivational needs ascend upwards to higher levels of needs in order, however, only after establishing lower levels of needs first before ascending to the next level.

The philosophy for Netizen closely relates to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs by establishing three primary software package levels in a hierarchical model. The first and lowest software package level addresses the need for Netizen Privacy in the areas of personal privacy, informational privacy, and communication privacy. After Netizen Privacy, the second software package level addresses the need for Netizen Security in the areas of data security, local security, and network security. After Netizen Security, the third software package level addresses the need for Netizen Engagement in the areas of publishing, education, and social engagement.

Future Netizen software package levels will address analytics, awareness, design, develop, and others.

Benefit to Fedora

In an effort to benefit Fedora, Netizen's marketing goal is to expose the spin project to new, alternative users not yet targeted such as:

  • Activists
  • Political Advocates
  • Volunteers
  • Researchers

In addition, organizations and institutions in the public and charity sectors are ideal entities for gaining new users and new installations. The following are Netizen potentials:

  • Government Agencies
  • Political Action Committees
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Research Institutes

As development continues, new types of users, organizations, and sectors may be identified for maximizing future marketing efforts of Netizen and its beneficial features as an ideal operating system and open source software solution.

Kickstart File

ISO Name / FS Label

  • ISO Name: Fedora-$release-$arch-Netizen.iso
  • FS Label: Fedora-$release-$arch-Netizen

Netizen Package Hierarchy

Netizen Privacy Packages

Package Name Web site Summary
aircrack-ng 802.11 (wireless) sniffer and WEP/WPA-PSK key cracker
gnupg2 Utility for secure communication and data storage
keepassx Cross-platform password manager
pidgin A Gtk+ based multiprotocol instant messaging client
pidgin-otr Off-The-Record Messaging plugin for Pidgin
privoxy Privacy enhancing proxy
ssss Shamir's secret sharing scheme
svrcore Secure PIN handling using NSS crypto
sweeper Clean unwanted traces the user leaves on the system
tor Anonymizing overlay network for TCP


Initially, generic logos have replaced the fedora logos. For the first official release, a custom logo and theme are planned for branding the spin.

No other modifications exist.

Testing / Quality Assurance

Each software package included in a netizen release will be tested for installation errors and software package bugs.

A quality assurance (QA) report will accompany each test for documentation purposes.


No dependencies exist.

Spins Page

Page URL to be added after approval.


Empowering Internet Citizens Everywhere.

Spin description

Fedora Netizen is a custom built linux operating system for empowering internet citizens, also known as netizens, for engaging online services and communities privately and securely. By aligning to netizens' virtual needs, Fedora Netizen offers a unique environment based upon a needs model similar to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Initially, three specific package levels comprise the netizen operating system: privacy, security, and engagement. With this unique approach of addressing netizens' needs first, Fedora Netizen provides professional productivity, communications, and development by including open source privacy and security tools.


Fedora netizen screenshot1.png


This is the latest version of Fedora Netizen. It's everything you need to try out Fedora Netizen Operating System which means you don't have to erase anything on you current system to try it out, and it won't put your files at risk. Take Fedora Netizen for a test drive, and if you like it, you can install Fedora Netizen directly to your hard drive straight from the Live Media desktop.


Trac/Git Wiki

Monitor our ongoing progress for this project on our trac/git wiki.

Help via Email

Fedora Netizen users and developers are also available on the Fedora Netizen mailing list at

For guidance on how to interact on Fedora mailing lists, please review the Fedora Mailing List Guidelines.

Custom branding

Customized Spin branding to be developed and incorporated for initial release.

Comments and Discussion