All of these questions are where Matthew Miller pulls out a clip from a dinosaur movie eating a lawyer on a toilet or similar comedic point. Why? Because raptors live here and will eat you if you do not have a proper escape policy.
- Some people mirror everything. They may not install any of it.. but just in case they ever need it.. they have it.
- Some people try to be helpful in promoting their OS by downloading the OS over and over again so that any count of downloads will be larger than the next guys. There are multiple IP addresses which download Fedora isos hourly. No one needs 24 copies of Fedora 8 every day... especially when they had just downloaded 24 copies of Fedora Zod.
- Some "web companies" do the same and then send us mailers about how we can see how they have increased our downloads and if we used them we could see even further growth.
- A lot of people use specialized download tools which try to torrent downloads via http. What they do is ask 20-100 times for a mirror and then use each one to download a bit of the file as a speed booster of some sort. This shows up as even more downloads.
- Then there are the people who are stuck on NAT over NAT or satellite links. They may show up as a dozen or so IP addresses in their attempt to grab a single IP address.
|Fedora OS yum checkins (oldest highest)|
- The above graph is a hack job I created using awk and gnuplot with a 7 day moving average calculated via python pandas. I expect that it could be made prettier or cleaner through various ways.
- The drop off in late 2008 was due to the webservers being mostly off during the security incident of that time.
- The hockey stick drop off in late 2014 is due to Fedora dropping support for RC4 encryption and various systems hard coded to use it not being able to check in any more. All of these systems were way past End of Life for each release so they were not getting any updates.
- Most releases have a growth pattern of continually growing until the day the next release comes out. That pattern changes for Fedora 8, 14 and 22 which seem to have continued to grow even after they were end of lifed (or close to it). These seem to be due to some VPS, cloud or similar provider continually basing images off of these releases.