what is fedora?

Jonas Karlsson jonas.karlsson at fxdev.com
Thu Nov 27 11:56:59 UTC 2008

After reading a lot of pressreleases and surfing around reading papers 
in magazines about fedora, I keep wondering what is Fedora? And 
specifically what is fedora to the general pulic! Don't get me wrong, 
I've known linux since before RedHat was born, and been a fedora user 
since early pre fc1. Why do I raise this question then? Well the tought 
that occurs to me is: is fedora a community driven project or is it a 
Redhat EL playground. Today it is both.... But when you read 
pressreleases and info about fedora in the papers, fedora do not stand 
on its own. Many magazines writes similair to: "Fedora is the test 
version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux" and to me that has the sound of a 
product in development or in beta. Then there are magazines that 
occationally get it right and talks about a community driven project, 
and the next thing that occurs is you read a copyright notice. When 
installing F10 you get a "Copyright © 2003-2008 RedHat, Inc. and others. 
All rights reserved." Well there is the 'others' part... but it do not 
have the sound of community, well others.... I'm not writing this as an 
against RH thing, if it hadn't been for RH, 'the linux os' wouldn't 
progressed to what it is today. I'm writing this because I think it is 
not entirely clear what fedora is to the general public. This is 
important to gain ground, to get the message out that fedora is not a 
testbed product, but a product that incorporates new leading edge features.

Am I compleatly wrong or have anyone of you been asking the question, 
what is fedora?

btw, F10 is king!


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