We need to start the Flock 2017 bidding process. I am going to send the
following email to the flock-planning list and post an announcement on
the Comm Blog on Monday. I'd appreciate any input you all have on the
email (from which I will draw the blog post) and the wiki page (see
It is time to start the bid process for this year's Flock. This year we
are back in North America for Flock 2017.
If you'd like to help host the event in your city, it's time to start
putting together a bid. To find out what you need to do, read the wiki
Bids are due by February 28, 2017, so do not wait to start. It takes
more time than you may realize to compile all of the required
information for a good bid.
Along those lines, keep in mind that committing to help plan a
conference is a lot of work and shouldn't be approached lightly. It's a
big time commitment, and as the local contact, you're critical to the
success of the event.
Flock has been held successfully on college campuses and in hotels. We
need to make sure that the space will both work for the conference and
be affordable. Details are on the wiki page.
Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions or need help
getting your bid together.
Brian "bex" Exelbierd
There's too much for me to summarize everything that's happened in 2016
— and http://communityblog.fedoraproject.org is probably the better
place for group recaps — but I wanted to give a quick summary of the
reception of the F24 and F25 releases, and look a little bit at the
data we have around that.
First: Fedora 24 and especially Fedora 25 did really well in the press.
Ars Technica liked F24 but experienced some problems, but called F25
the "best Linux distro of 2016". They liked the smooth upgrade process,
Wayland, and GNOME 3.22, MATE Compiz with GTK 1.3, Atomic, and
particularly the SELinux Troublenshooter in Cockpit for Fedora Server.
The full review is worth a read, if you haven't seen it already:
Also, the Fedora Media Writer got a _very_ positive reception. From PC
World, for example:
"If you’ve never tried running a Linux operating system, this is a
great time to dip your toes in the water. Total novices might want
to try Fedora 25 because of the ease of writing the image to a USB
I mentioned this on Twitter, but for the non-tweeting among us, it's
also noteable that F25 one of the fastest uptakes of any release. In
the mirror connection stats, Fedora 24 beat "N-2" release F22 in 13
days, and its predecessor F23 in 53 days. Fedora 25 beat F23 a day
faster — 12 days — and surpassed F24 in just 46 days.
We should be cautious comparing today's mirror numbers with those from
a few years ago, because — as I try to emphasize whenever I present
these! — they're based on IP addresess (counted once per day) rather
than any invasive tracking, so are subject to inflation by short DHCP
leases or people moving around a lot during the day and deflation
(possibly significantly) by NAT, proxies, and local mirrors — not to
mention systems which just plain aren't configured to check for updates
daily. The numbers on the Y axis shouldn't be taken as "number of
Fedora systems". I do think, though, that it provides a generally
useful comparison release-to-release - and it's the best we're going to
get without opt-out per-system tracking.
So with that said, in June, right before the Fedora 24 release, F23 hit
the highest on this metric ever, surpassing previous champion Fedora 8,
which for whatever reason was a statistical anomaly — over twice the
peak level of F7 and 70% higher than F9. I don't want to overstress
that (with an eight-year difference between those peaks) due to the
networking factors mentioned, but in any case it's nice to report that
the current numbers are higher. As I mentioned in a devel-list thread,
F24 never quite got there, simply because F25 came out so shortly on
If we look at the the total number of Fedora systems across all
versions, we've had a great couple of years. After a peak in 2010,
there was a sort of slump and downward trend, flattening off at F20.
This dramatically reverses with Fedora 21 and the launch of the Fedora
Editions marketing strategy as part of Fedora.next, and we're currently
at about 50% higher than we were two years ago.
Not everything is perfectly rosy, though: the chart shows an obvious
dip in 2016, which we are just now climbing back out of. This is odd
and concerning. I'm still digging into what may have caused that, but
check this out:
I've superimposed lines for architectures, and it appears the drop was
_almost entirely_ in i686, which fell significantly from April through
July of 2016. I have no really great explanation for this, and Stephen
Smoogen is helping me dig into it further. (PS: Sorry, ARM - you're on
the chart, but not yet making much impact on the total.)
So, anyway, I *think* that dip is a one-time oddity. I think that it's
real; unlike the overnight F12-F15 numbers drop we saw in Oct. 2014 due
to a change in SSL configuration, it's a gradual decrease. (I've filled
in estimated/projected values for the long-tail decline of those
releases on the "Geologic Ages" chart, by the way.) But, whatever
happened, it seems to have leveled off, and the total-systems number is
growing again. We'll see what happens in 2017, but I expect the growth
to continue, especially with Fedora 25's positive press and fast early
(Stay tuned for part two, where I look back on the aspirations for 2016
we discussed at the beginning of the year!)
Fedora Project Leader
Happy New Year, everyone! At the beginning of each year, I like to
start a conversation about where we as a project want to go in that
year, and what we want to accomplish. I'm working on a post along these
lines, and it's growing very long, so this is a preamble/warning. :)
I'm going to post three parts, which are basically "How Fedora did as a
distro in 2016", "What about the things we said we wanted to accomplish
at the beginning of the year?", and "What I think is important for
So, coming soon. But, I want this to be a community conversation in
which those are just parts. No need to wait for me: what do *you* think
about Fedora's past year - and where do you think we should
collectively go over this new one?
Fedora Project Leader