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fedora's free media project [Jul. 5th, 2007|09:30 am]
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Some of you, I'm sure, are quite familiar with the Fedora Free Media Project. For those of you who aren't, it's our community-run distribution engine.

Fedora only produces enough DVDs and CDs to ship mass quantities out to various events or groups that need them in quantities of several hundred each. We simply don't have the people power to ship out media on a one-off basis.

That's where the Free Media program comes in -- they harness volunteers who are willing to burn any number of Fedora discs and mail them out all over the world. Each month, they do about 100. We'd love to increase the capacity, but that requires more volunteers.

The point of this blog post, though, isn't necessarily to call for more volunteers, but to give some credit to Thomas Chung, who leads the Free Media program. Obviously there's a non-trivial cost associated with producing Fedora media and mailing it all over the world.

Over the past few months, Thomas has been very quietly asking for donations to support the Free Media project. He'd get a few, and I would help make up any shortfall out of my general Fedora Project budget.

That shortfall has been decreasing every month, and in June, there wasn't one. The Fedora Free Media program has become self-sustaining. Which is a great accomplishment. And which means that now we should try to double its capacity, let the Fedora Project again help out financially, and build it up once more to be self-sustaining (but twice as big)!

Anyway, a big public thank you to everyone associated with the Fedora Free Media Project -- especially all of the volunteers and local coordinators.