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What is The Fedora Project?

The Fedora Project is a Red-Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project. It is also a proving ground for new technology that may eventually make its way into Red Hat products. It is not a supported product of Red Hat, Inc.

The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community to build a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from free software. Development will be done in a public forum. The project will produce time-based releases of Fedora Core about 2-3 times a year with a public release schedule. The Red Hat engineering team will continue to participate in the building of Fedora Core and will invite and encourage more outside participation than was possible in Red Hat Linux. By using this more open process, we hope to provide an operating system that uses free software development practices and is more appealing to the open source community.

To learn more about the process, refer to About, the Objectives, and the FAQs.

Test Release Available!

A Fedora Core test release (codename Severn) is now available. As shown on the schedule, the test release 1 testing period will last from July 21 to mid September. Everyone is encouraged to download it and participate by either submitting bugs or submitting fixes. All bugs, requests for enhancements, and fixes should be submitted via Bugzilla. Please keep up to date via Rawhide or RHN.

Read the announcement. To learn what has changed and been improved, read the Release Notes.

Join the fedora-test-list mailing list or chat with other participants on IRC.


Another objective of The Fedora Project is to be widely available and freely redistributable. Each release of Fedora Core will be available for free download via FTP and other distribution mechanisms (for example, BitTorrent). Anyone interested in using, developing, testing, or evaluting Fedora Core is encouraged to download the latest version (or the latest test release if available) and try it.

The New Name

The Red Hat Linux Project, as this used to be called, is merging with the Fedora Linux project. We had so many common goals that to work apart would be a waste of effort. We have months of effort before we can have a unified infrastructure, so we still have two different web sites, two sets of documentation, and so forth, but we will be unifying our work over time. Red Hat would like to thank Fedora Linux project developers for proposing the merger and committing time to making the merger a reality.

Red Hat would also like to thank the Fedora project at UVA and Cornell for cooperating with us in the use of the "Fedora" name.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

The Fedora Project is one of the sources for new technologies and enhancements that may be incorporated into Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the future. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the solution that provides a robust, stable operating system supported by Red Hat, Inc. and a wide variety of independent software vendors (ISVs). For production use, support, service level agreements (SLAs), and ISV support, we proudly ask that you look at Red Hat Enterprise Linux.



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