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Re: Q for the Candidates: How many users?

On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 04:52:19AM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 05:19:20PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> > Bearing in mind:
> >   * www.debian.org/social_contract says Debian's "priorities are our
> >     users and free software",
> >   * 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,
> > What's your estimate of the current number of Debian users?
> On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 09:49:47PM +0100, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> > Then we can look at the official mirrors logs
> > (for distinct IPs regularly downloading package indexes in a given time
> > window), and at the same index downloads for security.d.o (which is
> > enabled by default and most likely not accessed via mirrors).
> I actually thought I'd done that at some point just for kicks, but I
> don't seem to be able to find what the results might have been. (Note
> security.d.o resolves to different IPs in different countries these
> days;

It gives 1.5 million unique IPs (with only 45k IPv6) over all mirrors behind
security.d.o (as of February 2010, only from HTTP logs, some more hits
with FTP).

> and both those measures are affected by undercounting due to proxies
> and overcounting due to dynamic IPs among other things)

Integrate a unique ID in the apt user-agent string ? :p

Simon Paillard

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