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Re: Node.js and it's future in debian


On Thu, May 3, 2012 at 2:22 PM, Patrick Ouellette <pouelle@debian.org> wrote:
> I can find numbers of potential node users by examining the number of
> active amateur radio licenses and make educated guesses as to how many
> may be using the ham radio node software as either a user of the system
> or a system provider/administrator.
> FWIW, the bug log from Node.js when they examined the Debian installations
> of each found them to be a similar number as reported by popcorn.  (N.B.
> I don't put much stock in popcorn's numbers because it can be opted out of)

I don't think anyone is trying to imply that popcon is a *reliable*
source of information on how many people are using a certain package.
But the difference is striking, the nodejs package is at least 7 or 8
times more popular according to popcon. It would be very hard to
believe that nodejs is not more popular than node package. There are
also other ways to measure nodejs's popularity. For instance, Google
returns less than 20 million results for ham radio, and almost 60
million results for node.js.

So while I don't think decisions shouldn't be taken based solely on
popcon stats, I think it would be silly to think that ham radio would
be more popular than node.js. I understand you're reluctant to undergo
this transition and I empathize, but this argument is really a long


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