Traffic to the new CentOS website

When we were redesigning the CentOS website, we decided to use basic Google Analytics to provide the stats and metrics surrounding website traffic. What we've seen for traffic has been reasonably impressive for the distribution. While I wasn't able to capture the launch-day traffic statistics (I may have had a typo in calling the javascript), I'm still happy with what we're seeing.

In the two weeks since launch, we've seen:

  • Averaging around 28,000 visits a day, and climbing
  • Over 300,000 visits
  • Over 260,000 unique visitors
  • Over 580,000 page views

I wasn't expecting to see quite the numbers we're getting from mobile devices either. Around 18% of the total traffic we get comes from a mobile or tablet. What's more interesting is that while the traditional 'desktop' type traffic dips noticeably over the weekend, the mobile interest is consistent, and steadily climbing. 

It will certainly be interesting to see how traffic changes over the course of the SIG and Variant development time-frame. 

RHEL7 beta disk partitioning changes

With previous el5 and el6 installs, I would clear the disks, and accept the default lvm layout, though I would adjust the sizes a bit. Ordinarily when I adjusted the sizes, I would leave myself additional free space within the volume group so that I could grow later as needed.

Upon installing the rhel7 beta, I discovered this is no longer how disk allocation works. After you select your disk(s) and adjust the sizes of the logical volumes how you wish, anaconda creates partitions just large enough to cover the space you assigned. To the end user, this means that immediately following installation the volume group is 100% full, with no free space immediately visible. To use the rest of the free space on the disk, you must create more partitions, initialize the new partitions as physical volumes, and add them to the volume group. Only then will you be able to use your remaining free space.

Videos from the Aldershot CentOS Dojo

A month or so ago, the folks at CatN were kind enough to sponsor a CentOS dojo that had some really good presentations across a wide array of topics. Justin Clift gave us an infiniband presentation that caused a near instantaneous sellout of infiniband gear on eBay. David Scott showed us his cloud building prowess, deploying an OpenStack cloud solution using Xen and Ceph.  John Cowie of Etsy demonstrated automated provisioning and burn-in testing using CentOS based live images.

Throughout the course of the day, there were several presentations, but only around 75 seats. While we did stream the event, we're now able to share the individual sessions via YouTube. If you missed something at the Dojo, or missed the Dojo altogether, you can watch the presentations you're interested in on the CentOS Project's YouTube channel, or by selecting from the list below:


Xen's triumphant return to CentOS

After a fair amount of work and collaboration, Xen is once again a functional and supported platform on CentOS and it's doing so with the kind of flare you'd expect. With articles on, blog entries, and a load of twitter feeds, the goal is to help folks migrate their older systems to the new platform.

It's not all sunshine though. For the purists, this does require replacing the stock kernel and libvirt, as well as a minor gotcha involving the bnx2 network driver. All in all though it looks pretty good, and should continue to improve as the community around it grows.

If you want to get started, give it a shot, and help us improve the project! You'll find the directions to get you going on the CentOS wiki. Congrats to everyone involved for putting this together and making it happen.
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