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Re: The number of etch installations is rocketing...

Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> However, changing the popcon debconf question to something like the
> following might be an acceptable compromise:
>         Would you like to participate in the Debian package popularity
>         contest meter? Blah blah blah. You may also choose to only
>         report once that you have installed this release of Debian on a
>         new machine. In that case no other information from you or your
>         machine gets recorded.
>         [ ] No, I do not want to participate at all.
>         [ ] I want to report once that I have installed Debian.
>         [ ] I want to participate in the package popularity contest.
> The new choice would then do something like generate a UUID for the
> machine and do a single HTTP query to report it and the contents
> of /etc/debian_version.
> How does that sound?

Sounds good!

I would suggest to also include at least some limited hardware
information. That could help to convince hardware suppliers that it pays
off to offer linux supported hardware; I'm thinking especially about
notebooks. It could also help shoppers to get an impression of how many
people use debian (successfully) on what type of laptop/hardware, even
though that information is no substitute to tuxmobil.org or

For laptops brand/model would be nice, although it probably will be
difficult or impossible to include that in an automated fashion.


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