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Date:      Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:17:01 -0600
From:      Chad Perrin <>
Subject:   Re: a metric for number of users
Message-ID:  <20121018181701.GA3559@hemlock.hydra>
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References:  <20121015173418.GA27414@hemlock.hydra> <>

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On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 10:57:49PM +0200, C. P. Ghost wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 7:34 PM, Chad Perrin <> wrote:
> > Is there some way I could get the number of unique IPs hitting FreeBSD
> > servers for software updates?  I'm curious about the direct comparison =
> > numbers between FreeBSD, Ubuntu, Fedora, and SUSE for this metric.
> You could ask for this, but beware of drawing wrong conclusions. Where I'm
> currently working, we're fetching sources, ports and distfiles only
> once, rebuild, test, and then mirror internally to a couple of 10k
> machines. And I'm sure we're not alone doing this: it's certainly not
> such an uncommon scenario out there.

I'm familiar with the problems of trying to accurately measure users.  I
just want a kind of ballpark comparison of some metrics between different
systems, even if the way the numbers hash out make direct comparisons
wildly inaccurate, to satisfy my own curiosity.

I'm not sure who I'd ask, by the way.  That's part of the problem.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]

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