Originally Posted by canadensis
But you may be right, I thought that Distrowatch counted hits on each distro website. Is that incorrect?
DistroWatch just counts pageviews on their site about a distribution. It ranks curiosity about a distro rather than use of a distro.
My understanding of DistroWatch.com is that it counts the number of times its page about a distribution is viewed. For example the Slackware page is http://distrowatch.com/slackware
. DistroWatch couldn't know about the page views of individual distribution web sites (http://www.slackware.com
) unless the sites were viewed from DistoWatch or each distro web site installed a counter accessible by DistroWatch.
DistroWatch explains their statistics here
The misunderstanding regarding the DistroWatch statistics will NEVER end.
It's interesting to note that on DistroWatch in 2002 there were 200+ HPD (Hits per Day) for Slackware and Slackware was 7th on their list. Recently there have been twice that number 400+ HPD and Slackware is 23rd on the list. Curiosity about Slackware is increasing but not as fast as other distros.
EDIT: Slow typist. Others already explained to canadensis.