Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Linux Counter

Ever wonder how many people are really using Linux? Guesses can be made from downloads of the different distribution ISOs, but downloading doesn't mean people liked it, and are using it. So the Norwegians came up with a way to get a more reliable number. How? They asked Linux users to register.

Check it out: http://counter.li.org

First time there, register for an account. Once you have the account, you will create records of any machines you have that run Linux. They ask for some details on your machine, and this helps with the statistics they run.

If you don't know some of the info they ask for, use the Hardware section in the Control Center. If you change anything like your distribution, or upgrade your hardware, you can come back and update your records. It's really easy. In fact, they did one step beyond that, and made a script that monitors for these kinds of changes, and will automatically send the data in. All the information is on the website. Take a look at the stats, as they show some interesting trends.


Once you are registered, display your user number and a link to the Linux counter proudly in email signatures or websites/blogs you own. As for me, I am registered as user #387675.

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