Fedora Leadership

The Fedora Project is led by contributors from across the community. Different functional areas of Fedora at times evolve, build, or dismantle their own formal (or informal!) leadership over time. Because Fedora is an open source project, we encourage new contributors to identify problems, find solutions, and collaborate with other members to achieve results. Our community recognizes and empowers able leaders from among our peers.

The Fedora Project aims to have a thin layer of governance that enables decision making without excessive drag.

The following are current examples of leadership groups in Fedora.

Fedora Council

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The Fedora Council is the topmost governance and leadership body in Fedora, and is made up of appointed and elected members from across the Fedora community. Details about the Council such as size, constitution, and succession planning are found in the Fedora Council Charter.

The Fedora Project Leader (or "FPL") serves as the chair of the Council.

Fedora Engineering Steering Committee

The Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (commonly known as "FESCo") is a community-elected body empowered by the Council to manage the technical features of the Fedora distribution and specific implementations of policy in the Fedora Project. You can find further information about FESCo, its members, and its policies on the FESCo section.

Fedora Mindshare Committee

The Mindshare Committee represents leadership for user and contributor community growth and support.

Other groups

The list above is not a complete list of every group of empowered community members. Other groups steer specific parts of Fedora as well, empowered and supported by the relevant teams. The list above shows the three leadership groups that most often work on issues of policy or practice affecting large portions of the Fedora Project.

Community members are always encouraged to get involved in leading Fedora in ways that are important to them, while minimizing overhead and governance project-wide.

Working Groups

Fedora Editions — currently, Atomic, Server, and Workstation, — and sometimes Fedora Project Objectives are lead by Working Groups. These groups are either independent subcommittees of FESCo, Mindshare, or the Council. They have formal membership and decision-making processes, but generally the membership is intended to include active contributors and the decision-making power reflects that. A seat on the Working Group itself is not at all required to participate meaningfully in the work on Editions or Objectives.


Subprojects are long-standing major areas of effort under the overall Fedora umbrella. Each subproject has its own governance.

Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups, or "SIGs", are much less formal. The process for creating a SIG has no red tape. Different SIGs have different structures; some use formalized voting and others don’t. Some SIGs may eventually become subprojects; for others, the lightweight framework is perfect.