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Old 08-11-2006, 01:03 AM   #1
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Question A classical trivia question: how many copies of Penguin there are out there?


Well, it's a DIFFICULT question.
If I had ask for Windows or Mac OS X, apart from industrial secret, it's not so an hell to answer: you count selled copies.
But Linux distribution model make it a non trivial question: you can download the kernel and make your distribution, you can modify an existing one, so many distroes are out there to consolidate data, and if you burn a copy of your Penguin for aunt Chessy, no NSA agent will knock at your door.
But, wanna we try the same and extimate?
Kisses,

Nat
 
Old 08-11-2006, 01:13 AM   #2
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More every day. That's enough information for me..
 
Old 08-11-2006, 01:19 AM   #3
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More every day. That's enough information for me..
LOL
Well, b0uncer, be an angel, a friend of mine is doing a school research.... don't you believe it quite a shame to assign a research it resembles a telequiz?
 
Old 08-11-2006, 04:29 AM   #4
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LOL
Well, b0uncer, be an angel, a friend of mine is doing a school research.... don't you believe it quite a shame to assign a research it resembles a telequiz?
Not really a shame, this research project will get someone to look at all the different flavours, and hopefully look deeper into their differences, i wish i had projects like that when i was at college.

I dont think you can put an accurate count on it, because you'd have to count every distro ever, since some may still be in service. A good guestimate, and citing the most popular ones would be your best bet
 
Old 08-11-2006, 04:35 AM   #5
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or you can just be lazy and use the linux counter numbers http://counter.li.org/
 
Old 08-11-2006, 04:45 AM   #6
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or you can just be lazy and use the linux counter numbers http://counter.li.org/
Good URL!
But, don't you believe that number is underestimate?
 
Old 08-11-2006, 06:19 AM   #7
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in General and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 08-11-2006, 07:33 AM   #8
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Here :
http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

Linux is about 3.5% of the total number of connections in August, 2006.
If you know the number of windows XP computer (75.2%), you can estimate the number of linux computers with this rule :
linux computers = windows computers * 3.5 / 75.2

Roughly, there are 20 Windows computers for one linux computer. Weird, isn't it?

Last edited by Agrouf; 08-11-2006 at 07:37 AM.
 
Old 08-11-2006, 06:06 PM   #9
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But, don't you believe that number is underestimate?
Without a doubt. For instance, linuxquestions.org itself has more registered users than the Linux Counter site.
 
  


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