And, in the spirit of following my own advice: I think, at this point, there is a quite compelling case to make sure Fedora Cloud image in its traditional form is well-represented, well-maintained, and well-presented to users. That’s because:
… it represents 15.2% of all persistent (installed for more than one week) Fedora Linux 34 systems observed to date, and …
… a whopping 30.5% of the “ephemeral” systems. (Those that show up initially but never report as being installed for more than a week.)
So, that’s a lot! It’s important! I mean, it’s obviously greater than any number of systems from any other deliverable we have, but it’s also greater than all of the non-Workstation desktop releases put together, even for persistent installs.
(Note that CoreOS, Silverblue, and IoT numbers are low because they just started getting the countme feature. They will be higher for F35 numbers.)
The huge difference in persistent vs. ephemeral for Cloud and Server does speak to a different use case for sure. But that 15.2% persistent systems makes me wonder still. Is it really better for those to be Cloud, or should we bring some of that cloud knowledge and expertise into the Server Edition? (Likewise, 5.7% of ephemeral systems are Fedora Server Edition? That’s a lot. Might those be better steered towards Cloud?)
Here is where I really need your expertise. I was really deep in doing cool stuff with Cloud at my previous non-RH job. When I joined the company, I was, like, OMG all these people who have worked at RH for 10 years have no idea how the computing landscape has changed. Now, I am those people. So, I need you to help me understand how the persistent systems installed with Fedora Cloud represent use cases different from those outlined for Fedora Server. (Which, really, is no slouch at these levels; Fedora Server is always going to be in a unique position against LTS/LTM distros and that’s fine.)
Or to put it another way, I actually fairly frequently get the question: “I don’t get it — why isn’t Fedora Cloud just, like, Fedora Server available to me in Amazon / Azure / GCE / DigitalOcean?” Help me answer that question with confidence.