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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.
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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._
At the operating system level, we don’t just integrate. We do new things — we build a _platform_, not just a distribution. The _Features_ and _First_ foundations drive us to innovate. We do all of this as a transparent, collaborative community of _Friends_, and entirely as open source and free software — _Freedom_.
Our Method
The Fedora Project is a center for innovation in free and open source software. In our community, contributors of all kinds come together to advance the ecosystem for the benefit of everyone. The Fedora community contributes everything it builds back to the free and open source world and continues to make advances of significance to the broader community, as evidenced by the regular and rapid incorporation of its features into other Linux distributions. Regardless of which Linux distribution you use, you are relying on code developed within the Fedora Project.
We believe https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Software_Patents[software patents] are harmful, a hindrance to innovation in software development, and are inconsistent with the values of free and open source software. While tightly integrating proprietary and patent encumbered components might superficially improve ease of use, this practice does not benefit the community in the long run. The Fedora community prefers approaches that benefit the progress of free software in the future over those that emphasize short term ease of use.