what is fedora?

Anton Arapov aarapov at fedoraproject.org
Fri Nov 28 11:04:24 UTC 2008

On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 12:56:59PM +0100, Jonas Karlsson wrote:
> 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?

Fedora is the way how Red Hat contribute to Open Source and Community.

-- Anton

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