1986 Richard stallman Free software foundation 0: The freedom to run the program for any purpose. 1: The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish. 2: The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor. 3: The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements (and modified versions in general) to the public, so that the whole community benefits.
1. apache foundation, nsa, you 2. fedora contibutors 3. users, sys admins, developers, .. 4. (bug reports, patches, new contributors, ...) 5. enterprise linux
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And projects? The Fedora Project spends lots of time and resources to advance and integrate technology on the development end Free Software vendors like Red Hat spend a lot of resources all over Free Software support and innovation, their supply chain Governments shift their resources to being spent at increased efficiency through collaboration
You? You spend lots of time and resources to make Free Software work for you just the way you want it on the consuming end
Diagram Source: Red Hat Free Software Community: - 200.000+ separate projects - divergent roadmaps - millions of people - thousands of mailing lists, fora, bugzilla's - no support - no release cycles Fedora Project: - steady release cycle - steady support cycle - no true support - platform for Free Software development - governance (meritocracy) - guidelines A snapshot of Free Software
Fedora packages the Free Software product and puts it in a Linux distribution
Millions of people get to use it for the first time
Results from millions improve the Free Software product even further
You (government, business) get a taste when the product solidifies into a supported Linux distribution
How does this work?
From point project to rhel might take 6 years: - Security Enhanced Linux released in 2001 - Major feature in Fedora Core in 2004 - Major feature in RHEL5 in 2007
The Fedora Project adopts new products and new technologies and releases those often and early The Fedora Project thrives innovation by being a platform for developers , while ensuring users and consumers can cope with the changes fashionably The Fedora Project strongly commits to upstream ensuring continued long-term sustainability, continued development, less diverging product releases, efficiency and awesomeness for everyone, not just Fedora What does Fedora do?
Participate! - ensure the future meets your needs and expectations - have your voice be heard and directly influence development - ensure your needs and expectations are met with future products - assign (some of) your resources to participate in: - testing (Fedora) releases - developing (Fedora) components - maintaining (RPM) packages - troubleshooting software - fixing software Innovate! - think of Free Software as yours already - think of innovation as a service What can you do?
Why should you care? You are a consumer of Free and Open Source Software and rely on the larger Free Software community as a core competency Your participation: - gets us a different perspective The enterprise perspective vs. the user perspective - gets you a sneak preview of what to expect for the (near) future - gets you to participate efficiently, effectively - ensures the next generation of supported Linux distributions meets your needs and expectations - makes you pro-active in pursuing your goals instead of reactive to your software vendor - enables you to take control of what you care about - gets you / your employees ahead of the game
So what? Studies show: - 49% over 31% of students prefer creativity & innovation in their future jobs rather then stability & security - Being on MySpace is more important then the way you sound - The proprietary software model limits innovation to 1/6 th of it's potential - I could go on and on and on..., but Free Software has obsoleted traditional industrialization processes within the software industry. What the top industrialists could not achieve with proprietary software and financial capital, free software has demonstrated with community development and intellectual capital.
References: - http://www.vkbanen.nl/werkgevers/725364/Starter-wenst-afwisseling.html - http://people.redhat.com/tiemann/STS-Forum-Tiemann-2006.pdf - http://www.kennislink.nl/publicaties/professioneel-netwerk-maakt- muzikanten-succesvol Contact Information: Bert Desmet < [email_address] > , http://blog.bdesmet.be , @biertie Presentation is based upon: “ Fedora in the enterprise” Jeroen van Meeuwen <firstname.lastname@example.org>