was announced by RedHat in 2005 that 'The Fedora foundation' would be assembled
as a non-profit organisation with several objectives, mainly serving the Fedoracommunity in order to:
Provide a non-profit entity to organize and
Ensure that the work of these volunteers remains
Provide a fund-raising arm for the development
and protection of Fedora and related open source projects.
Provide an entity for copyright assignment, so
that what is free is also defensible in a court of law.
Fund patent filings for inventors in the open
source community, so that dedicated individuals can help to build a protective
patent shield around open source code.
Over time it has become obvious that people are expecting
more from this foundation than was ever planned to deliver—the scope of the
foundation has been expanding so rapidly that it has hindered any decent
So what now?
The foundation is to be replaced with the 'Fedora Project
Board', this board consists of five RedHat members and four community
members—In addition to these 9 members, a RedHat appointed chairman has veto
over any decisions.
This new board will make all operational decisions
for the Fedora project including budget and the strategic direction of the
For the full story take a look at this post to the fedora-announce list: http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-announce-list/2006-April/msg00016.html