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Re: Reverting to GNOME for jessie's default desktop

On Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:52 AM, Michael Gilbert wrote:
> The better question is whether the xfce switch had or has any
> influence on slowing the general debian growth rate [0]?  Is the
> slight downtick over the last few months due to the default desktop,
> or some other change that users aren't liking (maybe systemd), or just
> a random fluctuation?

Here's a really interesting view showing the downward trend starting
somewhere in April [0].  Note that the xfce trend was consistently
growing prior to and past January (when the default was changed), but
slowed a lot in April.  At the same time, gnome and base-files started
losing users.

I've chosen to highlight April 26th, which is the date systemd 204-9
was uploaded to unstable [1].  It was around that time that the
systemd packages introduced dependency changes that casual users were
forced to think about.  Anyway, nothing conclusive since correlation
!= causation, but something definitely worth pondering about systemd's
potential cause and effect.

Best wishes,

[0] https://qa.debian.org/popcon-graph.php?packages=base-files+task-gnome-desktop+task-xfce-desktop+gnome+xfce4&show_installed=on&want_legend=on&want_ticks=on&from_date=&to_date=&hlght_date=2014-04-26&date_fmt=%25Y-%25m&beenhere=1
[1] https://packages.qa.debian.org/s/systemd/news/20140426T230007Z.html

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