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?
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.