Red Hat will close the Fedora Foundation, and re-organise the end-user-focused Fedora Project.

The Fedora Project was intended as a vehicle for Red Hat to engage the open source development community and provide for continuing development of free-use open source products. As part of that project, the Foundation was designed to hold open source patents and guarantee the public's right to use them.

"The scope of the Foundation quickly became too large for efficient progress," Fedora Project leader Max Spevack said in a message to Red Hat's Fedora mailing list. The Foundation was not helping the company to achieve its goals for the total project, he said.

Spevack's biggest criticism seems to be that the Foundation overlapped with the multi-vendor Open Invention Network (OIN), which Red Hat also backs, as do IBM and Sony. OIN is doing a better job of aggregating business open source patents commons, said Spevack. The Foundation had insufficient legal standing to defend related copyrights.

Instead of the Foundation, Red Hat will strengthen the board of the Fedora Project, and give it more powers to address concerns and provide support to its development community, Spevack said. He also said Red Hat will keep its promise of "once free, always free" on Fedora.