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Fedora's Mission and Foundations
How do I get the software?
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Download one of the different editions of Fedora for your laptop/desktop, server, or containers at https://getfedora.org[Get Fedora], or explore other options provided by https://labs.fedoraproject.org/[Labs], https://spins.fedoraproject.org/[Spins], https://arm.fedoraproject.org/[ARM], and https://alt.fedoraproject.org/[Alternative Downloads].
Everything included is open source and free software — not only is it available at no cost to you, but you can share, remix, and modify.
What is Fedora?
The Fedora Project is a community of people working together to build a free and open source software platform and to collaborate on and share user-focused solutions built on that platform. Or, in plain English, we make an operating system and we make it easy for you to do useful stuff with it.
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What is Fedora all about?
The Fedora community includes thousands of individuals with different views and approaches, but together we share some common values. We call these the “*Four Foundations*”: Freedom, Friends, Features, and First.
|Freedom
image:divider-top-freedom.png[Four Foundations: Freedom,title="Four Foundations: Freedom"] We are dedicated to free software and content. Advancing software and content freedom is a central community goal, which we accomplish through the software and content we promote. We choose free alternatives to proprietary code and content and limit the effects of proprietary or patent encumbered code on the Project. Sometimes this goal prevents us from taking the easy way out by including proprietary or patent encumbered software in Fedora. But by concentrating on the free software and content we provide and promote, the end result is that we are able to provide:
releases that are predictable and 100% legally redistributable for everyone;
innovation in free and open source software that can equal or exceed closed source or proprietary solutions;
and, a completely free project that anyone can emulate or copy in whole or in part for their own purposes. |Friends ~~~~~~~ image:divider-top-friends.png[Four Foundations: Friends,title="Four Foundations: Friends"] We are a strong, caring community. image:photo-friends.png[] The Fedora community is made up of people from all walks of life, working together to advance free software. There is a place in Fedora for https://whatcanidoforfedora.org/[anyone who wants to help], regardless of technical skill level, as long as they believe in our core values. Like any friends, we occasionally disagree on details, but we believe in finding an acceptable consensus to serve the interests of advancing free software. We believe in a strong partnership between Red Hat and our enormous volunteer community, since they both provide essential contributions that help the Fedora Project succeed. ^|image:divider-bottom-freedom.png[] ^|image:divider-bottom-friends.png[] |Features ~~~~~~~~ image:divider-top-features.png[Four Foundations: Features,title="Four Foundations: Features"] We care about excellent software. The Fedora community creates many of the technical features that have made Linux powerful, flexible, and usable for a wide spectrum of millions of users, administrators, and developers worldwide. We recognize the status quo is worth changing to empower additional end-users, or to create a more flexible and powerful environment for building new solutions on the free software we provide. We also believe that these changes are best developed in direct concert with the https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Staying_close_to_upstream_projects[upstream software communities] whose work is part of the Fedora distribution. We work with the upstream in cases where we find opportunities for improvement, so all free software users benefit — even if they don’t use Fedora directly. Our feature development is always done openly and transparently, and anyone may participate. |First ~~~~~ image:divider-top-first.png[Four Foundations: First,title="Four Foundations: First"] We are committed to innovation. We are not content to let others do all the heavy lifting on our behalf; we provide the latest in stable and robust, useful, and powerful free software in our Fedora distribution. At any point in time, the latest Fedora platform shows the future direction of the operating system as it is experienced by everyone from the home desktop user to the enterprise business customer. Our https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases[rapid release cycle] is a major enabling factor in our ability to innovate. We recognize that there is also a place for long-term stability in the Linux ecosystem, and that there are a variety of community-oriented and business-oriented Linux distributions available to serve that need. However, the Fedora Project's goal of advancing free software dictates that the Fedora Project itself pursue a strategy that preserves the forward momentum of our technical, collateral, and community-building progress. Fedora always aims to provide the future, first. ^|image:divider-bottom-first.png[] ^|image:divider-bottom-features.png[]
Our Vision
_The Fedora Project envisions a world where everyone benefits from free and open source software built by inclusive, welcoming, and open-minded communities._
As a project, we want everyone to live in a universe of free and open source software; the user should be in control of their computing. But it’s not enough that the software is there, waiting to be used. It has to be accessible and usable. This vision also reflects our community approach — the Friends foundation. Fedora isn’t bits and bytes. Fedora is our people, and we want the statement to include our vision of a healthy community.
Our Mission
_Fedora creates an innovative platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users._