Why Fedora 25?
Fedora 25 gives us PHP 7.1 for the latest in features and performance with NextCloud 11. We also get the latest MariaDB and Redis platforms. This helps to speed the overall platform and makes for a snappy experience that gets maximum benefits from a singularly tested and integrated base. The only package that we download and add onto the tested Fedora system here is NextCloud itself. Everything else is fully integrated by the Fedora team.
And Salt 2017.7.2 breaks pkgrepo.managed which would make it harder to add repos with newer versions :(
Unfortunately I'm still doing everything on Ubuntu, which means I have to chase around trying to fulfill dependencies on newer versions that aren't in the default repos
Why stay on Ubuntu?
Because I'm addicted to LXD. While I've heard you can install it on other OSes, I'm pretty sure I would run into some hiccups with things like the Salt LXD formula. So there would be some extra work ahead of me. Alternatively, I could try straight-up LXC or Docker, but that creates some learning prerequisites. Not that I don't like learning, it's just I have other things on the top of my learning priority list.
That doesn't explain it, though. You just install Fedora in your container.
That's a good point, there's no reason why most of my containers couldn't be running Fedora. Mostly I was thinking about switching from Ubuntu to Fedora on my personal laptop first (since there's will be no reason for me to run Ubuntu Desktop without HUD), but it should be pretty simple to switch to fedora containers for my projects and production servers. Thanks for clearing my mind-block!
:) No problem. I do the same thing with Ubuntu as the container host, but we use Fedora for actual workloads.