Bryan Clark wrote:
So we've been collecting some application usage statistics  on
mugshot for a little while now and it's starting to reveal some
interesting (and obvious) stuff. You could look at evolution vs.
thunderbird and firefox vs. epiphany or gossip vs. gaim. It's a bit
hard to pull enough context into those comparisons to really get down to
the reasons why some are used more than others but it's a good start so
As we are here on the *Desktop* list, I think it telling that the second
most used application is the terminal, very close to the first place
(indeed, as you said, not enough context to get to the reasons, but it
seems one can't effectively use a Fedora desktop without the terminal).
I think one data point would be very useful to determine the context:
the total number of counted users, for example right now Firefox has 818
users and the terminal 764 users, but without knowing hte total number
of users, you have no idea if this is 90% of users or only 40%. And you
can't just add the number of, for example, Firefox and Epiphany users
and declare this the total number of users.
So now we're moving this application statistics idea on to a new
and are looking for ideas. During our talk at FUDCon we showed a couple
of mockups  of things we were possibly looking at doing. While we're
still touching on most of the different areas shown there we now have a
decent prototype for the statistical application usage information and
it would be great to drive in that direction for a little while.
which I, as an end user, can include in my web page/blog and proudly
show to the world *my* application usage.
We're looking into, as it was suggested on the blog, that we
provide correlations between usage such that you could see xterm users
are more likely to run xmms. However there might be other correlations
that would be good to show as well.
Unfortunately the first 3 applications on the list (Firefox, Terminal,
Nautilus) are so disproportionately used, that they inevitably appear on
the correlation list for each other application,
Also we're trying to figure out how we can determine related
applications. Mime types are a bit of a mess to try linking similar
applications together so we might have to ask people to help edit the
information wiki style. The application categorires are problematic for
this as well. Right now there doesn't seem to be any existing
information on how thunderbird, evolution, and balsa are all email clients.
Asking people to manually edit the "related" info is the best solution,
otherwise it would be hard to correlate apps like Gimp and Inkscape or
Gimp and Fyre.
Could this application correlation gathered from users be used in some
way in a distant future for a better layout of the GNOME applications menu?
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