On 01/12/14 13:10, Alec Leamas wrote:
> So we come back to the question: is any number better than no
> at all?
> Even to get a trend?
Yes, I think so. Even a bad number can be used for trends and comparisons.
That said, let's not limit this discussion to the "download counter"
concept. There are other approaches, perhaps some kind of reporting app
which send reports on installed sw to a central server, like the abrt
thing. Or something else, which I cannot imagine.
In the old days, we used to have a service like smolt, to collect
hardware data. The installer asked for participation in this service
after install. IMHO that was a service, reporting every month or so.
Debian has popcon, to collect statistics.
One could even argue: when fedora already knows, what I have installed,
it may be nice to get a reminder to update packages, when there is a
known security issue. Of course, that needs to be opt-in, but it may be
a nice service.