Ben Cotton: How Fedora Is Run And Why

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Ben Cotton is the Senior Program Manager at IBM subsidiary Red Hat and "primarily" the Fedora Program Manager. He presented How Fedora Is Run And Why in about 30 minutes at the joint openSUSE/LibreOffice Virtual Conference 2020 this week. He explained that Fedora is "mostly" independent and not completely controlled by Red Hat or its owner IBM.

written by 윤채경 (Yoon Chae-kyung)  2020-10-17 - last edited 2020-10-17. © CC BY

Video Copyright 2020 Ben Cotton / openSUSE+LibreOffice Virtual Conference 2020. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.

"By and large they don't just swoop in and say "You must do this or else". There are some things that certainly feel that way but by and large that's not the case."

Ben Cotton on his owners/employers management style

Ben Cotton's presentation from the joint openSUSE/LibreOffice Virtual Conference 2020 covers these areas:

When What tl;dr
3:20 What is Fedora? A Linux distribution. And a "community" made up of Red Hat employees and some non-Red Hat employees
5:30 Fedora Editions Server, Workstation, IoT, Spins, etc
7:16 Governance The Fedora Council is the top-level governance body in charge. The Fedora Project Leader, Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator and Fedora Program Manager positions are founded by Red Hat. Other members are not.
12:00 The changes process How changes are made to the Fedora distribution. The important values are "communication, coordination and accountability".
14:40 Release schedule Releases every 6 month with a one year support for each release
16:00 Release process How the release-process works
18:50 Building packages How Fedora packages are built
21:20 Q&A Questions. And answers.

Ben Cotton has a Twitter account at and a blog at

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