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Re: amd64 is already the 2nd most important arch (WasRe: Let's remove mips, mipsel, s390, ... (Was: [Fwd: Re: GTK+2.0 2.6.2-3 and buildds running out of space])

[Dirk Eddelbuettel]
> [1]  I removed the entry "unknown" -- this corresponds to assuming that
>      "unknown" as  population corresponds to the distribution of all "known"
>      dists shown here.  Lacking knowledge of what drives "unknown", this 
>      appears fair.  If someone has a breakdown of "unknown", I will gladly 
>      use it.

'unknown' are the submissions without arch info, most likely machines
running debian/woody.  It might be fair to assume that the unknown
population have the same arch distribution, and it might not.  I
suspect some archs are over-represented in debian/sid and
debian/sarge, and others are over-represented in debian/woody.  But I
have nothing to back up my suspicion. :)

As for the accuracy with such small population, I believe the relative
distribution accuracy is very high.  It haven't changed much the last
few years, while the number of submissions have more than doubled.
Not too long ago, the i386 count was split it two, i386 and amd64, but
the sum of those two are very close to the value previously used by

Another minor piece of information to consider, is that slightly less
than 200 amd64 machines are from one cluster in Sweden.  If we ignore
this cluster, the amd64 population count would end up somewhere
between powerpc and sparc.  (I know this because I could see the steep
growth, and was approached by the cluster maintainer asking if it was
ok for 200 identical machines to report to popcon.  My answer was that
this was ok, as long as the machines were real machines and not just
for example chroots.

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