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Old 08-11-2010, 04:04 AM   #1
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Surveying the Linux/Unix Customer Statistical data


I have been assigned with a job to survey the customers who use Open Source Linux and Unix distributions.Though Red Hat and Ubuntu are the most popular distros, but if someone who have ever got involved in tracking what % of the Linux Distribution being used by the customers.
Any relevant link or survey information?

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Old 08-11-2010, 04:24 AM   #2
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I do not correctly understand you. Can you re-phrase your question?
 
Old 08-11-2010, 04:25 AM   #3
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Chaitanya,
All I want to know is there any website which surveys what percentage of Customers are adopting the Linux Distros?
 
Old 08-11-2010, 04:31 AM   #4
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counter.li.org gives the number of users using Linux and sort it according to various options. Distributions and countries are two of the parameters they show.
 
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Click the link my sig and you will know.
 
Old 08-11-2010, 04:32 AM   #6
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[EDIT]
posted too late.

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Old 08-11-2010, 04:54 AM   #7
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Does counter.li.org monitors your system config too.
Say if I am working on Windows Xp will it count that too.
 
Old 08-11-2010, 05:23 AM   #8
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No it will not. They only monitor Linux users. And that is voluntary. So only those who have registered will be counted as Linux users.
 
Old 08-11-2010, 06:22 AM   #9
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I think the website should include that feature.
In that way, our LQ is more advanced. If you login through openSUSE it will show openSUSE logo at the left behind your profile. Isn't interesting? How it does that?
Hope Jeremy knows that.
 
Old 08-11-2010, 06:36 AM   #10
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They will not monitor windows users. The site is Linux user counter. They got nothing to do with windows users. And the logo is shown according to the useragent option set in your browser.
 
Old 08-11-2010, 06:47 AM   #11
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useragent?? Wheres the option?
 
Old 08-11-2010, 06:49 AM   #12
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browser user agent string

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useragent?? Wheres the option?
In Firefox (and probably similar Mozilla products), look in your about:config page. Use the search bar in there and enter "useragent" or just "agent" and you will see it.

For other browsers, I have no idea.
 
Old 08-11-2010, 07:12 AM   #13
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-- was wrong ==

Last edited by r3sistance; 08-11-2010 at 07:21 AM. Reason: info was incorrect
 
Old 08-11-2010, 07:14 AM   #14
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You are posting from windows so I do not know much of it. But on my Ubuntu system, if I type about:config in address bar and look for useragent string, I can see Ubuntu as value.
 
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Here is a user agent string from my server. This site can show you your own, several scripting languages can be used to get access to this string or information in it...

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.9.0.18) Gecko/2010021718 CentOS/3.0.18-1.el5.centos Firefox/3.0.18

Generally speaking I usually use Opera but as this is a server I am keeping it light and thus not installing it, I presume many distributions, smaller ones more so may not declare distribution or may declare "generic". however it compares interestingly to my Windows PC

Opera/9.80 (Windows NT 6.1; U; en) Presto/2.6.30 Version/10.60

I would note that Windows NT 6.1 release is the build release that is known as Windows 7... 6.1 does not equal 7 so I do not know why MS called it 7. I would note that guides on how to change user agent strings are available and browsers often can spoof other browsers and in some cases other OSs... http://www.walkernews.net/2007/07/05...-agent-string/ gives some basic examples. so such strings are not 100% reliable.

Some additional weaknesses with User Agent strings are that... Opera declares as /9.80 because many webservers are unable to register the major version numbers in the double figures, a limitation of the servers, not opera, the real version number appears later. and Opera is the only major browser that does contain "Mozilla" within it's user agent string, "Mozilla" is used by IE, Safari, Chrome and Firefox what is a legacy method to show compliance with Netscape Navigator, as Mozilla was the original user agent/project name for Netscape Navigator (mozilla.org toke this name later on based on Netscape's original naming), IE was the first browser to copy Mozilla into it's user agent string (that I know of). This legacy compliance was used as many websites use to filter based on user agent string for the word "Mozilla"

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