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
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
> 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