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Re: thoughts on LWN "how many Fedora users are there"



On 10/14/06, Rahul Sundaram <sundaram fedoraproject org> wrote:
Tim wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-10-13 at 21:32 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>> If you want to not even let the project collect anonymous hits you just
>> have to use a local mirror.
>
> And where would *that* get its files from?
>

This is a pedantic argument.  The central mirror list has certain
bandwidth requirements to be met before it is included. There are many
many mirrors out there which are public but dont meet the bandwidth
requirements and hence wont be included or counted as hits in our list.
Moreover if you dont use the central mirror list and instead pick one
specifically which is not the main mirror, you wont be counted by us.

Lets suppose that you did pick from one of the mirrors included in our
list, you rsync and hit the mirror once and you can setup a local mirror
that distributes to any number of local systems without hitting the main
mirrors at all.

Since I havent seen anyone express concerns over us collecting metrics
from anonymous hit logs that would be what we would be doing post FC6
release.  Maybe on FC7, we can have a opt in mechanism to collect more
stats. Having a better idea on how many users we have would be a good
thing and what we have been wanting to do for quite sometime.

Rahul



Is Red Hat requesting the number of users information because Fedora
now uses yum and yum does not require/provide the single point of
contact up2date provided?


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