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Fedora Overview

Freedom: What *is* Fedora?

An operating system, a set of projects, and a mindset.

What is Fedora? Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora Project. The Fedora Project is open and anyone is welcome to join. The Fedora Project is out front for you, leading the advancement of free, open software and content.

The operating system is Fedora. It comes out twice a year or so. It's completely free, and we're committed to keeping it that way. It's the best combination of robust and latest software that exists in the free software world.

The mindset is doing the right thing. To us, that means providing free and open software and content, at no cost, freely usable, modifiable, redistributable, and unencumbered by software patents.


1. Overview 1. [#Freedom: What *is* Fedora?] 1. [#Free, Easy, And Efficient] 2. [#Freedom: Make ogg, not mp3] 3. [#Communicate: Fedora Community] 4. [#Governance: Fedora Project Board] 2. You Can Help 1. [#Triage: Join the Fedora Triage project] 2. [#Documentation: Join the Fedora Docs project] 3. Collection: Join the Fedora Packaging project 4. [#Translation: Join the Fedora Translation Team] 5. the Word: Become a Fedora Ambassador 6. CDs: Join the Fedora Live CD Project 3. Should I Help?

Free, Easy, And Efficient

Free as in freedom. Set yourself free and use our complete graphical installer, bundled with the latest free and open source software. Our desktop and administration tools are geared towards efficiency and we constantly strive to serve the needs of our different level of users.

Freedom: Make ogg, not mp3

Why is mp3 popular? Because it's better than everything else out there?

No. mp3 is popular because its creators licensed it broadly to spur its adoption. Then, once it was the de facto format, they started to enforce their patents aggressively and restrictively.

The free and open multimedia codecs such as the Ogg family of codecs are superior, and they are not patent-encumbered. Never have been, never will be. That's why we support Ogg Vorbis (lossy) and FLAC (lossless) for general audio, Speex for speech, and Ogg Theora for video.

For those people who insist upon using mp3, it's not difficult to figure out how to get these players. Still, we'd much rather change the world instead of going along with it.

Communicate: Fedora Community

Fedora Web Forums

For end user help, use our Fedora community web forums Fedora Mailing lists

Fedora Project has several mailing lists for users and contributors. Fedora IRC Chat Channels

Chat and ask questions live in the Fedora IRC channels at

For other ways of communicating with the Fedora community, refer to

Governance: Fedora Project Board

The Fedora Project Board is made up of Fedora community members both inside and outside of Red Hat. The Board defines the overall direction of Fedora, strengthens the ties between Red Hat and the community, and empowers the community to innovate in new and exciting ways. Some of such mentionable innovations include development and integration of SELinux, Xen, communication portal Mugshot. Most importantly, the Board ensures that Fedora remains forever free, for everyone.


How You Can Help

Triage: Join the Fedora Triage project

Fedora moves very quickly and has lots of users. As a result we see our fair share of bugs.

People often aren't so careful about how they file bugs, though. A lot of these bugs are poorly explained, not replicable, duplicates, or simply not bugs at all. It takes a very long time for developers to cull through these bug reports to determine which are valid and which aren't.

Fedora Triagers provide an incredibly valuable service. By ensuring that all bugs are good bugs, they save countless hours of developer time and allow Fedora to produce better software quicker.

Join the Fedora Triage project at

Documentation: Join the Fedora Docs project

The goal of the Documentation Project is to create easy-to-follow, task-based documentation for Fedora users and developers. Longer guides are available to cover major topics such as Installation.

Join the Fedora Documentation Project at

Package Collection: Join the Fedora Packaging project

There's a great big world of free software out there, and more being developed every day. The goal of Fedora Packaging is to make all of that software available to Fedora users with the click of a button.

It takes a lot of work to package and maintain software, though. What about that cool piece of software that just isn't available as an easy-to-install RPM? Someone just needs to package it up. Would you be interested to create this package for us?

Learn how to make good software packages, and share your favorite applications with hundreds of thousands of Fedora users worldwide.

Join our Fedora Packaging project at

Translation: Join the Fedora Translation Team

Fedora needs to be available for users all around the world. Does Fedora speak your language? If it doesn't, it should. You can help.

Join the Fedora Translation Team at

Spread the Word: Become a Fedora Ambassador

Do what we are doing here. Spread the good word of Fedora. Spread the glamor. Spread the action. Spread freedom. Make waves. Encourage participation. Encourage the community.

Do not forget to collect feedback and listen to users. Give a good critique, or hear the good critiques of others. Tell us what works and what doesn't. Help us improve the project and gain even more Fedora users. We love hearing from your community and local user groups.

Help Fedora Do the Right Thing. Join us at

Live CDs: Join the Fedora Live CD Project

Want to demonstrate the power, technology and usability of Fedora?

Want to take Fedora for a test ride?

Want to tinker and experiment?

Create your own Fedora Live CDs.

Use the Fedora Live CD's and creation tools at

Why Should I Help?

Your name in lights, an online CV, and maybe a trip to FUDCon.

First, contribute to Fedora and get your name in the distribution. Hey, fair is fair.

Second, if you're a Fedora contributor, you don't need a fancy resume; you can just tell potential employers to Google your name.

Third, top Fedora contributors receive travel stipends to attend the Fedora Users and Developers Conference at the location closest to them. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the giants of the open source movement in person, as their peers and equals.

And last, you'd be playing with this stuff anyway. Spend your time doing stuff that you will enjoy and helps other users in the community. Spread free software. What more incentive do you need? Join us.