Seeing how there are prebuild systems available with Fedora installed by default (instead of Windows, ChromeOS or Ubuntu), why not go further and provide options that go in line with what companies like Microsoft do ever since:
Selling trusted install media in form of DVDs -or- nowadays rather read-only USB-Sticks.
I believe this is very important for the following reasons:
By manually downloading and writing ISO-Images to an USB-Stick, you need to fully trust your current device. That might be a concern for let’s say “security unaware” people out there that want to do the switch to privacy friendly Operating systems.
By selling trusted install media, more people can directly install Fedora without having to rely on a second device, that, again, needs to be trusted and is a cost factor.
Why do I say that?
Because there are plenty of prebuilds that ship without an OS by default. And then there is the DIY group. Those people would be forced to purchase a retail Windows License if they don’t have access to another trusted Windows, macOS or Linux device.
And that’s not only a financial, but also an ethical concern if you need to go trough Microsoft or Apple first, before you can install Fedora or any Linux Distro for that matter.
When it comes to the averave Joe, it hits different coming across “this free open source OS worked on by volunteers with sponsorship by RH/IBM that you can get from their website” vs “buy a Fedora Workstation Copy instead of a Windows License”
Aside from the financial risks by distribution, availability and actually selling enough of them…it begs the question if it would even be doable and sustainable?
There are 2 Fedora releases per year, each release gets about 1 year of support, so that would absolutely rule out selling trusted Fedora USB Media…
But what if someone develops a minimal, purpose-built version of Fedora that just securely pulls an up-to-date bare minimal ISO from the fedoraproject website/server and runs the installer?
That would all need to be loaded in RAM and won’t survive a reboot - thus requiring downloads on each boot - but it’s technically possible, right?
How about the possibility to port or develop Fedora Media Writer for Android and iOS?
While that would not be as secure/robust as selling read-only USB-Sticks, it would still be highly beneficial, considering the much laxer security architecure of Desktop Operating Systems in general.
Almost anyone owns a capable phone these days, so from the financial perspective it would remain cheap for all parties involved. Plus that might also come in handy in case of “emergency”.
Would love to hear what you think of this.