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Fwd: Debian architectures, according to popularity-contest

There was just a mail from Petter Reinholdtsen on debian-devel about the
popularity of archs:

----- Forwarded message from Petter Reinholdtsen <pere@hungry.com> -----

It has been a while since I reported the architecture distribution in
Debian, as reported by popularity-contest.  The raising star is 'arm',
now used by 1.3% of the population.  'alpha' and 'sparc' continue to
drop.  Here are the numbers.  You can find the details on

  11678  86.35% i386
   1106   8.18% amd64
    223   1.65% powerpc
    181   1.34% arm
    117   0.87% sparc
     50   0.37% alpha
     42   0.31% hppa
     32   0.24% ia64
     27   0.20% mipsel
     20   0.15% armeb
     12   0.09% mips
     12   0.09% kfreebsd-i386
      9   0.07% hurd-i386
      6   0.04% s390
      5   0.04% m68k
      2   0.01% i486
      1   0.01% ppc64
      1   0.01% kfreebsd-amd64
  13524 100.00% total (ignored 325 without arch info)

The 325 machines without arch info are most likely running
Debian/Woody or earlier versions of debian.

If you want to help the Debian project to get a more accurate view on
the architectures used, make sure your machines have the
popularity-contest package installed and enabled.  The reported data
is also used to decide which packages go into which installation CD,
so you will increase the chance that the packages important to you are
available on the first CD as well.

----- End forwarded message -----

Of course, the numbers are highly misleading to wrong assumptions: 

- there are of course more i486 machines out there than m68ks
- and of course more kfreebsd-amd64 and ppc64 machines as well
- there are (maybe) just 5 m68k machines runnning Debian

It's most likely that someone will take those number to argue that m68k
should be dropped from the release. That happened before and will happen in
the future again. 

A way to help your m68k port is, to actually run popularity-contest on your
m68k machine in order to show that *there* *are* real users on m68k. 
(Keep in mind that 3 out of the 5 m68ks above are my personal m68ks, so just
two single other m68k boxes are running popcon.)

If you want to support the m68k port, one of the easiest things you can do,
is to run "apt-get install popularity-contest" right now! :-)

Ciao...                //        Fon: 0381-2744150 
      Ingo           \X/         SIP: 2744150@sipgate.de

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