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Groklaw: Some Facts about openSUSE and Distrowatch Figures - correction

Jan 12, 2007, 14:15 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

" When I click on the links he provided, I don't see openSUSE listed as number one. I find that Ubuntu is listed as number one, and according to that page, it has been number one in Distrowatch page hits for the last year, the last 6 months, the last 3 months, the last week, the last everything on those pages. When I set the Page Hit Ranking app to the last seven days, I see Dreamlinux is number three for the last week, just for context, so maybe there was a temporary upsurge for openSUSE, but apparently not enough to last.

"Oh, and according to what I see, Fedora hasn't slipped. It was number three for all of 2006. In 2005, it was number four, so by that metric, it's actually gone up.

"Barney, as you saw, correctly wrote that Distrowatch counts page hits, so I don't know how the downloads-hits confusion got started, but it is important to be accurate, and it fooled me too. I linked to an article in News Picks that repeated the wrong information, without checking the statistics. After reading Aslett's correction, I wrote to Distrowatch's Ladislav Bodnar and asked what their figures mean to them. Here is his answer:"

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