On 10/31/2012 09:19 AM, Florian Monfort wrote:
I skimmed the article. My first impression is that the author is
probably mixing statistics that are not measured or defined the same.
Thus, direct comparison is at best difficult and possible virtually
impossible. This is problem is common with FOSS software - how does one
measure market penetration and use? Distrowatch has a ranking of Linux
distros on their main page that currently shows Linux Mint in first
place. What does this ranking mean? Distrowatch cautions people to not
read to much into their rankings as they are determined by internal page
hits on each distro's Distrowatch information page and does not
represent actual verified users.
Now that's an awkward article, is he right about what he says ?
The author cites statistics from a download site showing AOO is more
popular than LO but does not address the obvious question of which is
promoted by the site AOO or LO. I would suspect most users looking for a
MSO replacement would be happy with either AOO or LO thus the how the
site promotes each could skew the downloads. Most Linux distros supply
LO by default thus a Linux user would need to install AOO specifically
to even use it. This obviously skews usage statistics because I suspect
most Linux users are satisfied with the distro's default choice not to
change it. IMHO, if AOO was the default choice I doubt most Linux users
would change to LO.
My other question is; what is the author's agenda - to bash LO and
promote AOO or to discuss the difficulties in determine the market
penetration of any FOSS project. The tone appears to bash LO because he
did not like statistics from LO. There are numerous problems with
everyone's statistics because of double counts, installation of
different suites, etc. that make interpreting them difficult.
IMHO, the only substantive issue is how can one determine market share
and usage without resorting to using polling from download statistics,
distro installations, etc.
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