2010/5/4 Björn Persson <bjorn(a)xn--rombobjrn-67a.se>:
Thomas Janssen wrote:
> Well, i wouldn't call a software that counts serverside downloads of
> FOSS software and gives based on that downloads/installations, a
> popularity suggestion in packagekit, spyware.
> There's nothing at all that gets sent out of your box.
> Remind, i'm not speaking of exactly popcon. I spoke about something in
> the server, just counting the download/installation (not even unique
> installations via some hash or whatever) and a packagekit extension
> that shows the count or something like stars or whatever.
> So, it has to be on by default.
I'm sorry if I misunderstood you, but if you talked about download statistics
then that was far from obvious. I got the impression that you talked about the
same thing as "yersinia", and "yersinia" talked about Popcon.
Yeah, my bad. I wasn't very clear, sorry.
So what would it mean for download statistics to be on or off by
would a user override the default? Would there be an option in Yum that would
let the user choose whether their downloads should be counted? Would that
choice be communicated in every HTTP or FTP request?
Very good question. The thing that has to be on by default is the
server-side counting. The other part on or off by default would be the
"plugin" for packagekit, to get this little stars or numbers (to make
sense, on). And i think it wouldn't hurt to have it on by default
(assuming there's a switch to turn it off). Of course we could tell
the people that there's nothing to worry about (no spyware). That
could be done in the release-notes. I'm sure some of the bigger
portals will tell it the people anyways in their news when we release.
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