Automated package-popularity survey (was Re: We need easier installation.)
Avery> Hmm, it seems I compiled my kernel without BSD accounting support
Avery> in it.
Kernel accounting support is in by default since around 1.3.72, in other
words for a couple of years now.
Avery> However, I think your method is based on the _frequency_ of
Avery> calls to a program -- that's probably not really fair.
True. But how is that different from you measuring access time? Doesn't that
do exactly the same thing?
Avery> Oh, the first two columns are the access time and the
Avery> attribute-changed time. If the two are very close together, it
Avery> probably means that dpkg has recently upgraded the package, so we
Avery> don't really know anything about its popularity.
Well, using acct information protects against this bias too.
Linux is not only free; it is, arguably, a better operating system, offering
a degree of stability and an ability to scale up that NT cannot match.
-- The Economist, Oct 3, 1998