The name of Fedora derives from Fedora Linux, a volunteer project that provided extra software for the Red Hat Linux distribution, and from the characteristic fedora hat used in Red Hat's "Shadowman" logo.
Warren Togami began Fedora Linux in 2002 as an undergraduate project at the University of Hawaii, intended to provide a single repository for well-tested third-party software packages so that non-Red Hat software would be easier to find, develop, and use.
Making changes upstream instead of specifically for Fedora ensures that the changes are available to all Linux distributions.
This is a copy of a complete Fedora distribution where new software is added and tested, before inclusion in a later stable release.
As such, Rawhide is often more feature rich than the current stable release.
The Council is the top-level community leadership and governance body.
Other bodies include the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee, responsible for the technical decisions behind the development of Fedora, and Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee, which is responsible for the promotion of Fedora Linux worldwide.
The key of Fedora Linux and Red Hat Linux was that Fedora's repository development would be collaborative with the global volunteer community.