Fedora 11 countdown counter

I just got a little bored and I decided to make myself a little bit more useful by creating a Fedora 11 countdown counter. Just for the heck of it. =)

It’s a small script that counts towards the (current) official release date of Fedora 11, 05-29-2009. It’s written in PHP and uses a customized version of Mo’s Beta wallpaper and was inspired on Paolo Leoni’s website banner.

Fedora 11 countdown counter

Fedora 11 countdown counter

You can download the package (~77kb in 3 files: 1 png file – 1 PHP script and 1 font file) here: http://berkenpies.nl/leonidas/countdown.tar.gz

If you are interested in using the banner than please consider downloading the package and putting it up somewhere yourself to save my bandwidth. 😉 The only requirements I can think of are PHP and GD.

And if you are not able to have it hosted somewhere for whatever reason, feel free to link to the version above.

PS. I’m not a graphics artist so it doesn’t have spiffy rounded corners and the image might not be perfectly cut out and scaled down, but it’ll do for me. Feel free to send me any changes and/or variants of the background. I’d be happy to whip up different counters.

PPS. If you want to display the script as an actual image you might want to add a .htaccess file to the directory you’ve put the scripts in containing:

RewriteEngine On

RewriteRule ^countdown.png$ countdown.php [L]

CC BY-SA 4.0 Fedora 11 countdown counter by Eelko Berkenpies is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


  1. nicu says:

    Do you know there is an official counter in multiple language which can be used by just including a script in your HTML? see https://fedoraproject.org/en/counter

    We have it not running yet for F11, for the last releases it ran for something like the last month or so, when we were pretty sure the release is not going to slip. A good thing about running the “official” script is that in case of a change of the release date, you don’t have do adjust your script.

    I noticed you use a different image size for your graphic, it probably suit better your website layout.

    And one more thing: the release graphics will change post-beta, we are not going with the Greek landscape and temple any more, it will be a lion image. If you want the counter to fit the theme, keep that in mind.

  2. Thanks for bringing that link to my attention, I guess I must have missed it.

    I am well aware of the fact that I’m using a fixed date, the script is just a quick mockup (for now) and seems to be pretty much useless with an “official” one hosted at fedoraproject. 🙂 I guess I could centralize the final date, that wouldn’t be that bandwidth consuming. (Multilingual and multi-backgrounds would be nice too.)

    The image is also part of the quick mockup. I grabbed the image from the F11 art page and altered it a bit (Gimp ftw!). I’m more of a programming type, so I was quite satisfied with the result in general.

    It is probably a good idea to either extend or leave this project. I’ll keep the lion part in mind though. I tend to watch the release path of F11 closely but apparently not closely enough.

    Thanks a lot for your feedback!

  3. george says:

    Nicu: D’you know if the official counter will start counting soon for F11? It’s currently displaying F10. I’d like to but it on my WordPress blog and Eelko’s looks too complicated for me (sorry Eelko) at least that’s how it looks.

  4. George, if you don’t know how to use the scripts then feel free to use one of the images I’m hosting myself. Either http://berkenpies.nl/leonidas/countdown.png for the temple design or http://berkenpies.nl/leonidas/countdown_king.png for the lion one. If you need any help just let me know. 🙂

  5. nicu says:

    @george: for F8-F10 we had it running approximatively for the last month. It will get running when someone will push it to the websites list (I believe Paolo Leoni, who did it for F10, is willing to take care of it again – I ran it for F9 and then got Paolo to contribute)

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