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Re: Q for the Candidates: How many users?

Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> writes:

> Bernd Zeimetz <bernd@bzed.de> writes:
> > Anthony Towns wrote:
> >>   * popcon.debian.org currently reports 91,523 submissions,
> >>   * popcon.ubuntu.com currently reports 1,493,440 submissions, and
> >>   * that this is something of a trick question,


> We're running somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 Debian stable
> servers. I'm afraid running popcon on them is a non-starter so far due
> to concerns about information exposure. When this was previously
> discussed on debian-devel, it became clear that we're far from the
> only ones in that situation.

Right. One possible explanation for such a low popcon result for Debian
is that those who are concerned about popcon exposure also want fine
control in many other areas, including support for many
marginally-popular packages, and so selectively prefer Debian. Those
hosts would therefore not show up on either list.

Other explanations are possible, of course.

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Ben Finney

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