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The Fedora picture book is a project of the Marketing team.

Team members

Name Role
Ian Weller People wrangler, artsy guy
Doug Berry Book worm, scribbler
Nicu Buculei Artsy guy, photographer
Máirín Duffy Artsy gal, photographer
Clint Savage Technical guy, photographer


  • Pre-FUDConF11: Determine process for acquiring photos and stories; create release forms
  • FUDConF11: Take photos, get stories


Driven by the Fedora Ambassadors, the goal of this photo project is to communicate what Fedora means to us and our communities. Images should show a Fedora user holding or wearing an "I am Fedora" sticker. Submissions should include a short description (250-500 words) of how the subject uses Fedora and free software and how this photo demonstrates one of the four foundations (freedom, friends, features, first).

Photographers are open to interpret this theme as concretely or abstractly as they like. For example, you could choose to photograph something as straightforward as a teacher you encouraged to use Fedora in the classroom holding an apple with a Fedora sticker on it, or you could have someone photograph you holding a personal item that symbolizes what inspired you to join the project. Feel free to brainstorm for whimsical ideas as well, such as a developer covered in peanuts (because you have to be "nuts" to work for free, right?). Group photos are also acceptable, such as a group of ambassadors holding stacks of livecds to be distributed or XO's in the wild.


One photo per week will be posted on a website (perhaps a blog provided by Infrastructure[1]). Once enough submissions are collected [one year's worth = 52?], selected photos will be published in a collectable book available for purchase. All proceeds will be donated to $cause[2].


Jef Spaleta's suggests drawing inspiration from The Love Book


Images should be of high quality. You don't have to be a professional photographer, but composition, focus, and lighting are vital to communicating a strong message. If in doubt of your photography skills, feel free to ask a friend or post your idea to $mailinglist to see if we can find someone in your area who's willing to help[3].

Images must contain at least one person holding an object. The criteria defining both person and holding is flexible and could incorporate using hands, feet, or items resting on the body of people, robots, statues, animals, or other creative interpretations as long as it applies to Fedora and you can explain how it demonstrates infinity, freedom, or voice. The subject's face does not have to be visible (if it is, a model release form needs to be signed).

Images must be licensed under a license compatible with CC-BY-SA (CC-BY is the other CC license compatible with this one).

Get inspired!

Want to contribute to The Book but aren't sure where to begin? Read over the following list of power words to see if any experiences of how you've enriched someone's life because of Fedora come to mind:

  • success stories
  • empowerment
  • pride
  • culture
  • diversity
  • strength
  • knowledge
  • community
  • extraordinary people
  • solutions
  • freedom
  • sharing
  • adoption
  • innovation
  • contribution


  1. They are working on this for Fedora Magazine, btw.
  2. possible causes: OLPC...
  3. It would probably be a good idea to maintain a wiki page for volunteer photographers and where they are located.

Brain Dump

Jef Spaleta: Don't try to do one big book that gets as many people's photos in as possible. 300 pages is a tome. No one will want to lug something that big around. Do narrowly focused thematic books and use photos selectively to support the theme. Think small books you can slip into the bag you carry my OLPC XO in to events. Think 1 pound book or lighter.

The goal for the books isn't to be comprehensive, the goal is to tell the story of how the thematic focus is expressed in the people making up the Fedora project. We can be comprehensive about recording the faces of our contributor base by other means like a website for the photos and community bios. The books don't need to try to be that.

4 editions to start: features,folks,friends,fun. Each book tells the story of that word using a mix of text, graphics, and photos.

open up book layout to any small group inside Fedora for special editions. If a SIG wants a book 6 months from now as a keepsake to tell the story of their work as a It's okay if photos get reused in these special editions from previous editions.