"What is the Fedora Project?"

Máirín Duffy duffy at fedoraproject.org
Thu Oct 22 13:35:52 UTC 2009

Hi Colin!

On 10/22/2009 09:36 AM, Colin Walters wrote:
> 2009/10/21 Máirín Duffy <duffy at fedoraproject.org>:
>> 1) Fedora is a community that builds software, a set of projects on
>> fedorahosted.org, a set of spins on spins.fedoraproject.org - it's
>> basically a development platform for creating free & open source
>> software and applying free & open source software towards solving
>> specific problems.
> Sounds good.  But next, we mention just one specific problem:
>> 2) Fedora is a desktop distribution.
> I really don't like elevating the desktop to this level.  Fedora is an
> *operating system*, which the desktop is built on.  In short maybe,
> "Fedora has a desktop", not "is".


> I don't mean that on the get-fedora page, we start listing "minimal
> Amazon EC2 image" or whatever right next to the desktop.  But we
> should be producing images for servers, we should be doing some kind
> of tests on them (disk space as above, etc.), and they should be
> linked somehow from the get-fedora page.
> This doesn't mean that we expect a lot of people to necessarily run
> those specific images, and maybe Fedora should make its relationship
> with some of its more prominent derived operating systems clear here,
> and at least mention them.  But we should also be clear that we expect
> people to do development with us, and join the larger FOSS community
> (including the server) through us.

That's why I proposed that there be two Fedoras, though.

The folks you of your concern would join through #1. Maybe it would be
at fedoraproject.org, and the desktop would be at getfedora.org or

We don't have to be a one-trick pony do we?


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