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GNU-Darwin: Yearly report

Dec 04, 2001, 02:33 (6 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to proclus for this link. ]

The GNU-Darwin CD images are easily among our most popular downloads, and will soon rival AbiWord, Xdarwin, E!, OpenSSH, PyMOL, and even the package manager itself. More interestingly, the x86 iso is at least as popular as the ppc image, and we are seeing a similar situation with x86 packages. We may soon face the possibility that the GNU-Darwin Apple users will be outnumbered by GNU-Darwin Intel users. See for yourself, and be sure to give rrp your vote of confidence.

In addition, GNU-Darwin served a quarter million page views and over 125,000 downloads in November, which is a continuation of the exponential growth that we have been experiencing since our founding last year. (the web counter broke badly in August, but it seems fine now). Our future is pregnant with potential. A short lull is expected over the holiday seasion (as in last August), but 2002 promises a return to exponential growth building towards Apple's release of Mac OS X.2 next summer. At that time we hope to see another surge of interest in the Distribution as mainstream and long-time Apple users finally begin to discover free software and the Unix command line.

Of course, these facts suggest that we should commence CD duplication as soon as possible, and offer hard CD's for sale for benefit of the Distribution; for continued development, and the hardware and internet services that are required to support that development, as we can. In the interim, we will continue to develop and polish the CD installers, but we need to know how many people would be interested in purchasing GNU-Darwin CD's from standard internet outlets. Please state whether you would purchase x86, ppc, or both, and also how many friends of yours will would do likewise. We will tally the numbers and take them to the publisher.

Recent events have brought a fresh load of diverse and energized users to the Distribution, and it is an exciting time! Many of these users have been asking how they can help or contribute to the Distribution, so we have set up a PayPal so that people can help the Distribution now, instead of waiting for the release of hard CDs. In addition, if you are good with making T-shirts or mouse pads for GNU-Darwin users, and would like to donate some of your proceeds to the Distro, then we can certainly point to your webpage. As always, good coders with ready packages are also welcome.