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= Change Proposal Name Welcoming-language-for-git-repos


The Fedora community strives to be open and welcoming. Some language around our git repositories could be improved to be more welcoming. Currently many of our git repositories use 'master' as the default branch. This change will move many of those repostories to use a 'main' branch as default. This small bit of naming adjustment will help show that Fedora is committed to being welcoming to newcomers and existing community members alike.


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 34
  • Last updated: 2020-11-30
  • FESCo issue: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>
  • Release notes tracker: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

The Fedora project controls a number of git repositories. This change will move the default branch (that is, the git branch used when nothing is specified) from 'master' to 'main'. Existing git clones will need to pull to get the changed default branch. Existing PR's against the 'master' branch will need to be rebased against the 'main' branch. Documentation will be updated.


Benefit to Fedora

The Fedora project will be a more welcoming place for new contributors.


This change will take place in a number of phases:

Phase0 - 2020-12-07

  A guide will be published to explain how maintainers/project managers can change the default
  branch on, which they can then do based in their projects desires.

Phase1 - 2020-12-08

The following repos will be switched:*

Phase2 - 2021-01-13* default for new projects will be changed to 'main'
  • Proposal owners:
  Switching all above listed projects git repos to use 'main'
  Deleting the 'master' branch
  Announcing when changes have been made on devel-announce / other lists.
  • Other developers:
  Other developers are encouraged to change their upstream projects on, github or gitlab.
  • Release engineering:
  Releng will adjust any scripts that assume 'master' branch to use 'main' instead.
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A
  • Trademark approval: N/A
  • Alignment with Objectives:

Upgrade/compatibility impact

Users with old checkouts will need to re-clone repositories that have changed before they can see any new changes.

Repos used to build content for can change the default git branch, but the Antora module version (in antora.yml) should remain master pending support for alternate "unversioned" versions upstream.

How To Test

git clone <one of the listed repositories> cd <repositoryname> git branch should return: * main

User Experience

Users and developers will see more welcoming language and that the fedora project expended effort to be more welcoming to them.



Contingency Plan

Repositories could be reverted back to the unwelcoming 'master' name.


A short guide on how to change this for will be produced.

Release Notes

Many of the git repositories that are used to create Fedora releases have been moved to use a 'main' branch instead of a 'master' branch. The Fedora project strives to be a welcoming project for everyone.