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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?
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.
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
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.
Our Community
Fedora is more than just software. It is a community of contributors from https://fedoracommunity.org/[around the world], including volunteers and Red Hat employees, who work with each other to advance the interests of the free culture movement. Everyone is invited to join. No matter what your skills are, we have a place for you in our community! We are https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PackageMaintainers[software engineers], https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Design[designers and artists], https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Infrastructure[system administrators], https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Websites[web designers], https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DocsProject[writers], https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors[speakers], https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/G11N[translators], and more — and we are happy to help you get started.
We believe that all contributors should https://fedoraproject.org/code-of-conduct[be excellent to each other]. By creating an environment for constructive contribution, we can more effectively and successfully compare and challenge different ideas to find the best solutions for advancement, while building the size, diversity, and strength of our community.
Leadership and Governance
The xref:council::index.adoc[Fedora Council] is responsible for stewardship of the Fedora Project as a whole, and supports the health and growth of the Fedora Community. As in any large project, there are many different levels of responsibility, accountability, and decision-making. As a general rule, we want people working on a Fedora https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Subprojects[subproject] to be make meaningful decisions about their areas of interest and expertise. More details are available on our page on https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Leadership[Fedora Leadership].
Our Vision