Linux, musical road-dogging, and daily life by Paul W. Frields
If I’m lyin’, I’m dyin’.

If I’m lyin’, I’m dyin’.

Some important statistics from the first week of Fedora 11 release:

  • Over 140 Terabytes of Fedora 11 shipped via BitTorrent.
  • Approximately 200,000 direct downloads from unique IP addresses. (Incidentally, there were over 600,000 requests but some IP addresses requested more than one download.)
  • Over 1,000,000 1,200,000 visits to our web and wiki site in just seven days.

Note that our expert Fedora Infrastructure team made all this traffic almost unnoticeable to people, instead of crushing our servers to their knees. Hopefully Mike McGrath and some of the other team members will post a little bit about how they pull all this off. (Hint, hint!) I know that we use memcached, and that MirrorManager, maintained by Matt Domsch, figures heavily into our ability to get people to the closest Fedora bits when they request a download.

It never ceases to amaze me that our releases don’t seem to cause meltdowns like they used to. I think the Infrastructure team secretly yearns for release days to be more exciting, but it’s ironic that their own success makes that less likely. ?


  1. Jef Spaleta

    Can you put some of those numbers in historical perspective compared to F10?

    The 1 million unique ip hits in a week is very interesting. Could you back up and do a week by week break down starting May 1st? Maybe daily if you can muster it. See if you can capture the false start interest that may of happened on the communicated pre-slip target release date(s). That sort of spike relative to the actual release day spike, maybe an opportunistic view the impact of communication efforts in the alpha/beta timeframe.


  2. Aaron


    I’m curious, will there be a re-spin in a few weeks to pick up Installer bug fixes once they’re fixed?

    (I have no issues with the way the code was shipped, corner cases happen, I just want to be able to install this release without a full wipe)

  3. Jef Spaleta

    Fedora Unity usually provides exactly this sort of service for the larger community. I can’t speak for them, but I’d be shocked if they didn’t continue providing that service for Fedora 11.


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