INTERVJU: Tom "Spot" Callaway, The Fedora Engineering Manager

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Though sometimes described as the bleeding-edge testing ground to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (or RHEL for short), Fedora is one of the most popular Linux-distributions around, along with Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Mandriva.

So what is it that makes this distribution tick? We've asked the Fedora Engineering Manager, Tom Callaway, some questions.

Fedora is one of the most popular Linux distributions, being the prefered distribution of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and ranking as the fourth most popular distribution on distrowatch. Do you know how many people use this distribution?

Well, it's difficult to get extremely precise numbers, but we actually have pretty good statistics on how many users are getting updates:

As of right now, we have 11,240,384 Unique IPs which have made a connection to a Fedora Update repository. Of course, those numbers are influenced by dynamic IPs and NAT, but we're at least in the ballpark.

That's quite the number. How many people work with Fedora to make it work for so many people?

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