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Linux Counter Drops 90.000 Users

Hemos posted about 13 years ago | from the add-it-up dept.

Linux 190

hta writes "Over the 7 years that the Linux Counter has been operative, a lot of people have registered who can no longer be verified. We do not want to publish false data to the world. So we have to remove the data when it is too old, and have decided to give two grace periods." See below for more information - but go out and get counted!

  • Two years for entries with an email that might be valid
  • One year for entries without a valid email entry
More technical details are available from the Counter.

Since there has not been any routine for this before, there is a backlog of almost 100.000 entries.
We have decided to pull the whole backlog at once on November 1.
After this date, the aged-out entries will not be included in the Linux Counter user count, and will not receive email notifications from the counter.

If you registered with the Linux Counter long ago, go over there and log in in order to make sure your entry stays counted."

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Count me! (0, Offtopic)

my brain hurts (451541) | about 13 years ago | (#2431351)

Count me in.

Re:Count me! (2, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | about 13 years ago | (#2431446)

<AOL>Me Too!</AOL>

Re:Count me! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431457)

for the fag disco you ass raping cum eater. Go fuck so 5yr old up the ass, you sexual anal healer you.

Daschle got an anthrax letter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431610)

Just think how this will reflect on his zeal to crack down on free speech...

Anthrax threat is a scam (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431636)

There's no anthrax.

It's all a scam to force you into submission. "How dare you question the official line?".

After all, the US has economic interests to take advantage of in Afghanistan...

Re:Anthrax threat is a scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431659)

Yep. We destabilized Russia and the *Stans were liberated. Now the shortest pipeline route to America-controlled waters cuts through...[drum roll]...Afghanistan.

Any bets on how long before we are introduced to Afghanistan's democratically elected "President"?

Re:Anthrax threat is a scam (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431700)

Just take care of Iraq and you've assimilated the whole of the Middle East.

Oh well, the Afghans could never have grown anthrax in their "caves". It MUST be coming from Iraq...

Case closed.

first posts are gay (-1)

Sexual Asspussy (453406) | about 13 years ago | (#2431354)

kiss on my hand

uh-huh (-1, Offtopic)

The Turd Report (527733) | about 13 years ago | (#2431357)

Ok, whatever, guys.

wa00 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431363)

fp!

or something
thats cool
and gets past the lameness filter...

Counter (-1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | about 13 years ago | (#2431375)

It's not a loss of users, it's odometer fraud!

Yeah, well... my entry is moot. (-1, Troll)

Beowulf_Boy (239340) | about 13 years ago | (#2431376)

I suppose they don't accept "sex machine" as a valid computing platform, do they?

Much better numbers... (5, Funny)

Unknown Bovine Group (462144) | about 13 years ago | (#2431377)

May I suggest using the tactic many mass-emailers use: Assume EVERYONE is a Linux user, and force them to opt out if they DON'T want to be counted.

Re:Much better numbers... (4, Insightful)

zpengo (99887) | about 13 years ago | (#2431442)

It worked for Microsoft. The world now assumes you use Windows unless you loudly proclaim otherwise.

Re:Much better numbers... (0, Funny)

Dead Fart Warrior (525970) | about 13 years ago | (#2431482)

Honestly, do you think you had to actually explain that, or do you think everyone here is a complete moron?

Nope, just you!

Re:Much better numbers... (2, Insightful)

czardonic (526710) | about 13 years ago | (#2431529)

The world now assumes you use Windows unless you loudly proclaim otherwise.

Probably because of the overwhelming likelihood that you do use Windows.

Re:Much better numbers... (-1)

Sunken Kursk (518450) | about 13 years ago | (#2431694)

I'm a proud windows user!

  • They help me see other cars while I'm driving.
  • They bring more light into my house.
  • They let me see the pretty trees outside (It's fall!)
  • They say I'm a valued and quality worker (My office has 'em)
  • They help me make eye-contact with the employees at drive-thru places.
  • They help me send professional mail without addressing both the envelope and the letter.

I can't understand why so many people have such a problem with windows. After all, I absolutely love them!

Re:Much better numbers... (1)

AlgUSF (238240) | about 13 years ago | (#2431704)

Yeah, and Microsoft assumes all hotmail users (most of which joined years before the MSFT purchase) are passport users. I hope they aren't including my 15 bogus hotmail accounts that I have made up over the years.... :-)

it still exists?? (2)

jilles (20976) | about 13 years ago | (#2431382)

I think I even registered a slackware install way back in '96. I had no idea the linux counter still was alive. In any case I think it safe to say that most people who installed linux over the past few years are not aware of the existence of the good old counter so it must be way of by any standards and removing 90000 unverified users won't do much good.

Re:it still exists?? (4, Funny)

dattaway (3088) | about 13 years ago | (#2431415)

I'm afraid to tell you about the recent tragedy of the counter's death. It happened today.

It has been slashdotted.

Nazi past of X-Files actor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431706)

The actor David Duchovny, aka Fox Mulder of X-Files fame, has an unknown, very dark past. This photo [feldgrau.com] proves that he was, during WWII, a member of the Croatian Waffen-SS legion 'Waffen-Gebrigs-Division der SS "Handschar"' (he is the second from the left). Probably it was fears that this dark fact would become known that prompted his dismissal from the TV-series. One can only speculate about the atrocities he has committed and taken part in, as this particular legion, mainly recruted among Bosnian Muslims, was notorious for it's brutality.

is that 90k or 90.000? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431384)

I am an American, put a comma in that sucker. God Bless America, D~y

Significant Digits? (2, Funny)

jawad (15611) | about 13 years ago | (#2431386)

Yea, I didn't expect 90.033 users, or something. Of course it would be a whole number!

~stupid american

Re:Significant Digits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431418)

Europeans (but not all of them, ie people from the UK) switch the , and . characters around. ie:

1.234,56 is 1,234.56 in `american` format.

Re:Significant Digits? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431449)

only jews and accountants use 1,234 it is frowned upon by everyone else.

Al Qaeda vows serious consequences for U.S. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431395)

Osama bin Laden believes he has successfully defined the terms of the conflict with the U.S.-led coalition as a battle for saving Islam, representatives of bin Laden's al Qaeda organization told CNN on Monday.

(I think he's wrong.)

Re:Al Qaeda vows serious consequences for U.S. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431477)

I think you need to stop reaming your dead mothers ass and read the FUCKIGN TOPIC!

This IS a Crusade! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431679)

This is a crusade against the dirty mohammedian influence.

Do you want...


...your women denied education?
...your women denied human treatment?
...your kids education?
...inhuman, moslim laws?
...no alcohol.
...no drugs (aspirin, anyone?!?!).
...no freedom of speech!

Who's next? (3, Funny)

sulli (195030) | about 13 years ago | (#2431401)

Will slashdot delete all those unused and bitchslapped troll accounts?

Nope. (-1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | about 13 years ago | (#2431443)

I use mine to sell crack.

I'm even offering free samples today!

Re:Who's next? (-1)

tristan f. (259738) | about 13 years ago | (#2431484)

Better not. -1 and going strong. Don't fuck with me, Rob.

Re:Who's next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431709)

I ignore AC posts, and I moderate at a +1 threshold. Sometimes, I even mod down AC posts just because they're ACs!

So whatcha gonna do you motherfucker? Nothing? I thought so.

If you see yourself modded down somewhere, it might just be me. And you can't do fuck shit about it either. :)

Metamod, baby! (-1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | about 13 years ago | (#2431722)

You are a walking advertisement for meta-moderation.

I hope one day your moderation ability is yanked as a result.

You are an ass.

Re:Who's next? (2)

Wakko Warner (324) | about 13 years ago | (#2431546)

If it can keep its database up long enough, sure.... :)

Re:Who's next? (1)

Rob.Mathers (527086) | about 13 years ago | (#2431553)

Actually, something like this might really help /. I'm not familiar with their database setup, but clearing out users that haven't logged in in x amount of time (there must be thousands) might save quite a bit of space, and possibly some cpu cycles.

Re:Who's next? (2, Funny)

sulli (195030) | about 13 years ago | (#2431658)

I doubt they'd actually want to, though, because high userid numbers make the place look more popular than it is. ("Look Ma, half a million accounts!")

Re:Who's next? (-1, Offtopic)

sllort (442574) | about 13 years ago | (#2431554)

Will slashdot delete all those unused and bitchslapped troll accounts?

Why is it that people just instantly assume they can discriminate against bitchslapped accounts? Bitchslapped accounts are like normal accounts, but different. You need to work with them a little longer to get them to the point where they can talk to everyone else, but the feeling of satisfaction you get from working with the bitchslapped is well worth the effort. We need to become a more understanding society. Comments about throwing the bitchslapped away like household garbage really get me going.

How would you like it if you were bitchslapped and everyone started talking about throwing you away! Speaking as a heavily bitchslapped American, I can honestly say that my bitchslapping has made me a better person.

Shame on you.

Better (-1)

Strom Thurmond (R-SC (310866) | about 13 years ago | (#2431654)

that the accounts which post at +2 be deleted. That would really make things better...

Re:Better (-1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | about 13 years ago | (#2431673)

Damn Strom!

Brimming with wisdom as usual. God bless you.

Re:Better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431692)

Maybe YOUR account should be deleted, asshole. You're OBVIOUSLY not contributing ANYTHING useful to the site.

Anyone with negative karma should be deleted.

Re:Better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431717)

You wus. Post with your real account. At least Strom has the brass to use an account.

So there, mofo.

Re:Better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431703)

yes. I agree.

There should be a 'bandpass' filtering option for posts on Slashdot.

I'd like to never again see any of the pompous BS comments by people with +1 accounts.

Rob, get on it. Set it up so I can have a logged in account and filter out all comments with greater than one moderation.

only 90.000? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431410)

I don't think many linuxers submitted their machine. I know i never heard of this counter

The Ethics of Slashdot (4, Offtopic)

bperkins (12056) | about 13 years ago | (#2431427)

Sometimes it seems like slashdot is this raving monster, destroying everything in its path. Small sites with cgi scripts seem particually vunerable to being sent into oblivion.

Isn't there a better way of doing things?

Maybe we could remind people to lay off just after the story is posted.

Maybe we could have a slashdot turnstile where you can wait in line to get into the site. The biggest problem I see is figuring out when people are have finished downloading.

Re:The Ethics of Slashdot (3, Offtopic)

DeputySpade (458056) | about 13 years ago | (#2431479)

Actually, the inteligent thing to do would be for slashdot to cache a copy of the page the way google does (wget, anyone?) BEFORE the article gets posted then make the cache link available as well. Heck. Make the cache link prominent and add a "original story" link at the bottom of the headline posting.

Re:The Ethics of Slashdot (-1)

Dead Fart Warrior (525970) | about 13 years ago | (#2431500)

RTMFF [slashdot.org]

Re:The Ethics of Slashdot (2)

pi_rules (123171) | about 13 years ago | (#2431655)

I read CmdrTaco's reasons... and it seems like a pretty poor excuse. It's simple, use your own judgement as to whether or not the site should withstand the Slashdot effect. If it's in question, mirror it and mark it clearly as a mirror. I don't see anybody complaining that Google is doing it, and we usually end up with a Google link for slashdotted sites anyway.

If it's commercial, don't mirror it. If it's anything else mirror the darned thing. I don't beleive Slashdot has ever received a complaint about somebody putting the google.com cache link in comments, but I wouldn't doubt in the least somebody was irked when their piddly site got slammed by thousands of Slashdot readers.

Google's already set a precedent here... doesn't that solve the wishy-washy matter of the whole thing?

Read the FAQ (2)

Raunchola (129755) | about 13 years ago | (#2431670)

They've already answered the questions about caching pages [slashdot.org] .

HTH.

Re:The Ethics of Slashdot (2)

garcia (6573) | about 13 years ago | (#2431681)

but then that would end the /. effect! What the hell, that would be as bad as removing "first post".

Oh wait.

Re:The Ethics of Slashdot (-1)

tristan f. (259738) | about 13 years ago | (#2431507)

Actually, the inteligent thing to do would be for slashdot to cache a copy of the page the way google does (wget, anyone?) BEFORE the article gets posted then make the cache link available as well. Heck. Make the cache link prominent and add a "original story" link at the bottom of the headline posting.

Re:The Ethics of Slashdot (1)

g2g (22747) | about 13 years ago | (#2431563)

Ouch! This reminds me of Fileplanet. Who wants to see 'You are 3954 of 4132'?
I know it really peeves me when a company [godgames.com] puts all their patches on Fileplanet so I have to wait _forever_ to get them.
OTOH, a queing system may be better than taking down the site -- I think.

It was submitted by the owner of the site (4, Insightful)

Per Abrahamsen (1397) | about 13 years ago | (#2431597)

... so it is hard to fault /. ethically in this case.

--
Per Abrahamsen, registered Linux user #367.

Re:It was submitted by the owner of the site (2)

bperkins (12056) | about 13 years ago | (#2431639)

Good point. I should have looked closer before choosing the title, but I think the point is still valid.

I was just rather astonished at the amount of time it took for the site grind to a screaching halt.

90 x 10^5 is nothing... (1)

haxor.dk (463614) | about 13 years ago | (#2431435)

...when you consider that the Linux following counts millions of users.

A drop in the ocean.

Re:90 x 10^5 is nothing... (-1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | about 13 years ago | (#2431475)

ummmm...90*10^5 = 9*10^6 = 900,000 (900.000 EUR)

You're a little off, there.

Re:90 x 10^5 is nothing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431663)

So are you troll boy ...

90*10^5 = 9*10^6 = 9,000,000 (9.000.000 EUR)

or as people who real programming languages such as Fortran & PL/1 say ... 9E6

a determined confession (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431450)

about this story, I think that zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. . .

Linux Is Dying (0, Flamebait)

Knunov (158076) | about 13 years ago | (#2431451)

Red ink flows like a...

Nevermind.

Where do I sign up?

/. Poll (-1)

Dead Fart Warrior (525970) | about 13 years ago | (#2431454)

Linux counter is about as reliable as a /. Poll, yet, since it has the word "Linux" in it, it is worthy of a frontpage article here.

PATHETIC!!!!

Bang! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431455)

Slashdotted. You shouldn't post your URL on Slashdot if your servers aren't up to it...

Mostly Useless (5, Insightful)

Kruemelmo (21012) | about 13 years ago | (#2431461)

This has really become useless, hasn't it. While many geeks would register some years ago, the big majority of Linux users wouldn't ever today.

In a way, everyone is a Linux user as soon as they surf the net, using apache installations. If the number of non-geek desktop Linux users grows, they certainly won't register there because they just won't care.

There are more reliable ways to get estimates for numbers of Linux users.

Finally, the counter is currently slashdotted.

Re:Mostly Useless (1)

czardonic (526710) | about 13 years ago | (#2431604)

In a way, everyone is a Linux user as soon as they surf the net, using apache installations.

And in that same way, everyone uses an M$ platform as soon as they surf the net, using IIS installations.

Re:Mostly Useless (1)

RobNich (85522) | about 13 years ago | (#2431611)

In a way, everyone is a Linux user as soon as they surf the net, using apache installations.

In a way, everyone is a Windows user as soon as they surf the net, using IIS installations. ;)

Re:Mostly Useless (1)

Unknown Bovine Group (462144) | about 13 years ago | (#2431699)

In a way, everyone is a Windows user as soon as they surf the net, using IIS installations.

In a way, everyone is a Mac user as soon as they surf to a design-heavy site full of giant jpgs and rollover animated gifs. ;)

Wouldn't it be better... (5, Interesting)

jd (1658) | about 13 years ago | (#2431470)

...if the Linux Counter people ran a mass OS fingerprinting campaign, fingerprinted every reachable machine on the Internet and added in any non-reachable address for which a registrant has given some data.


THEN we might see some real, useful figures.


Well, until the RIAA sued them for infringing their patent on mass-scans. (See earlier article.)

Re:Wouldn't it be better... (1)

JWRose (139221) | about 13 years ago | (#2431720)

Except that not every Linux user has a persistent connection to the internet. Some of us pathetic users still have dial-up...

Dang ./ so good that even google's mirror dont wrk (2, Informative)

Bender Unit 22 (216955) | about 13 years ago | (#2431471)

google mirror [google.com]
Now this is a proper ./ effect.

ok, it works after a while, but I guess you cant register yourself since their scripts still are overloaded ..

hmm just got a flashback..."Amiga forever, forever.. ever ver.. er.. r." :-)

Re:Dang ./ so good that even google's mirror dont (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431502)

you like to shag Jay's courpse now, you fagot fuck

Re:Dang ./ so good that even google's mirror dont (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431606)

What the hell is ./?

Re:Dang ./ so good that even google's mirror dont (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431697)

It's the working directory.

Linux Counter Drops...PERIOD (3, Funny)

Knunov (158076) | about 13 years ago | (#2431485)

It's been up for 7 years and all it took was 30 seconds on /.'s front page to bring it down.

On the bright side, I'm sure that 90K will come back in spades.

Better tracking idea (5, Interesting)

Arethan (223197) | about 13 years ago | (#2431498)

I can't get into the site since it's been slashdotted, but from the sounds of it, the system in place is based on the honor system. You could very easily falsely register yourself as a Linux user, or simply not register at all. What might work a little better is an opensource project to write a piece of software that occasionally contacts a registration server to 'touch' it's record. When you register the machine, you might even want to specify it's use (personal desktop, business desktop, business server, etc). Records that go 'untouched' for over 6 months are considered extinct and are removed.

This would obviously only work for machines that have internet access, but it's still better then having to manually update your entry...

Re:Better tracking idea (2)

hta (7593) | about 13 years ago | (#2431690)

The counter contains such a subproject.
There is a script you can install that will update the data for a machine on email - this is the basis for the "uptime" and "kernel version" statistics.
So far, a few hundred people have registered machines there; DO install more!!!!!!

Nice headline (1, Redundant)

wrinkledshirt (228541) | about 13 years ago | (#2431520)

Linux Counter Drops 90.000 Users

At least that's better than the time they dropped 89.947 users. My buddy still can't find his finger.

Unless we're talking about dropping body parts... (5, Funny)

volpe (58112) | about 13 years ago | (#2431522)

Might I siggest that it is sufficient to say ninety users have been dropped and that there is no need to specify that to three decimal places? I can't think of 1.000 good reason why it is necessary to be that precise.

:-)

Re:Unless we're talking about dropping body parts. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431545)

90.000 = 90,000.
Decimal points replace commas in many foreign cultures.

Re:Unless we're talking about dropping body parts. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431566)

Decimal points replace comments in posts by those affected individuals who wish to somehow appear worldly and different but instead look like big dumbasses who can't figure out English conventions.

Re:Unless we're talking about dropping body parts. (2)

volpe (58112) | about 13 years ago | (#2431577)

setenv ACCENT "Foghorn-Leghorn"
echo "That's a joke, son. Ah say, ah say, that's a joke"

Not Lost. Ran away (0, Flamebait)

SirStanley (95545) | about 13 years ago | (#2431527)

They weren't dropped. They actually installed FreeBSD and were much happier because of the existance of decent MM. Im still baffled as to why Linus and Alan are developing with two completely different. MM's. This can only cause problems. Issues like that need to be resolved BEFORE it gets implemented.

Ahhrrrghhhh!!! (1)

hhe_hee (470065) | about 13 years ago | (#2431535)

And how am I supposed to register when that darn LinuxCounter already is slashdotted? Couldn't we use snail mail?

And now the serious part of the comment, how do they do this counting stuff anyway? It's rather clear to me (and to them too???) that just a small part of the Linux users ever would find that page and sign up. I've run Linux for several years now and have never heard about that site until today.
And do they think about the fact that not all of those who finds it will register? My guess is that many people hesitate to sign up because they just think they will be spammed. Or maybe they just don't bother to get a crapmail-account-to-be-used-for-signing-up-stuff to sign up with. I bet thay haven't thought about that. This counting stuff should be named "Counter for those Linux users who bother signing up when they finally finds this page"

Re:Ahhrrrghhhh!!! (3)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | about 13 years ago | (#2431656)

You must use an inferior Linux distribution. I know that on Slackware, the root user has an e-mail waiting for them after the system is installed to add themselves to the Linux counter.

90.000 (0)

part!cle (473500) | about 13 years ago | (#2431542)

90.000 means 90K right? What is everyoune blathering about missing body parts?

Who let the dogs out? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431543)

Who? Who who?

Eggplants!? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431555)

Eggplants! [eggforge.net]

These guys might be able to help out

Consider the source of the news (1)

Version6 (44041) | about 13 years ago | (#2431569)

Americans who venture outside their native land are often confused by the European convention for decimals and separation of thousands, which are exactly the reverse of those in the United States,
making 90.000 in fact ninety thousand. I suspect that this was not a typo, simply a lack of conversion to the American "standard".

Re:Consider the source of the news (0)

part!cle (473500) | about 13 years ago | (#2431648)

yeah very true. Its not just a European standard though.

McDonald's should do this (3, Funny)

thilmony (248711) | about 13 years ago | (#2431574)

Go verify that the billions and billions served were really served... those signs may have to change!

Re:McDonald's should do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431644)

funny guy, not!

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The Counter should go away. (5, Interesting)

grytpype (53367) | about 13 years ago | (#2431579)

It may have made sense when the community was small and a there was a reasonable likelihood that the count might be accurate, but now, it just makes no sense. The vast majority of Linux users aren't going to register, so what are you counting? You're just generating an inaccurate, meaningless number.

Comes with a neat certificate (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431588)

I registered when I first got involved with Linux. When you register, you get a neat little certificate you can put on a web page (can see mine at http://gma.sourceforge.net). It is a worthwhile effort.

Re:Comes with a neat certificate (0, Funny)

gazbo (517111) | about 13 years ago | (#2431634)

I have never felt as sorry for anybody as I do for you now.

Are they spam-free? (2)

sandler (9145) | about 13 years ago | (#2431607)

Has anyone here signed up with an email address? Did you receive any unwanted email as a result?

Re:Are they spam-free? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431643)

I signed up a long time ago (User #139724), and I only received the initial sign-up e-mail.

Re:Are they spam-free? (2)

hta (7593) | about 13 years ago | (#2431718)

well, the reason 139724 hasn't gotten a reminder is that the registered email address doesn't work any more....

Re:Are they spam-free? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431649)

I've been signed up there for two years with a real email address and have never received any spam.

Never received any email from them either.

America was great while it lasted (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431632)

Just like they said in that Robert Altman film, "We must be doing something right, to last 200 years".

Fast forward to 2001. Rudolph Giuliani, the 44th President of the United States of America, is now a British Knight [cnn.com] ! This was just days after he called the I.R.A. and all other freedom fighters "terrorists" in front of the assembled U.N. Now those sneaky limeys have finally reigned in those Pilgrim "Terrorists" once and for all. We'd all better get used to the Union Jack, bad teeth, BSE, and heroin.

Do Not Register!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431652)

When the SSSCA passes, the government will get a copy of the list by implying the maintainers are
"Terrorists" if they don't provide it. Then they (in conjuction with the RIAA) will hunt down all *nix & *BSD users and nail them to the proverbial cross. Can't you see it now? There will be Big Brother and the `Nix Resistance.

I used to want to be a cryptanalyist for the CIA,
now I want to be a cryptanalyist for Germany or
Russia (or at least I will if the SSSCA passes.)
We need a country that makes sense, or failing that, a country in turmoil like Russia that we can mold into something sane!

~mccann@telalink.net

P.S.: Course, Russia and Germany will need to
start speaking English because I'm too
lazy to learn a second language.

Counting users (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431674)

Why not simply ask the various Linux companies, i.e., Redhat, Suse, Debian etc., how many sales they have had, this should give a reasonable indication of how many CD's have been shipped either directly to people or to stores.

Its not a particularly scientific way of getting the info, but will yield numbers. More to the point, if numbers can be got for the various versions (i.e., rh6.2 vs rh7.1)..that would be much more interesting to me. I'm interested in who stays on the bleeding edge vs remaining a little behind the curve because of stability, compatibility or whatever reasons

Way to ./ a site (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2431688)

Ah, yes post a link here, and get all slashdot viewers to register all at once, why not?

The site is dead - thanks to slashdot, no one can register. Aside slashdot could've offered technical expertise and hosting space temporarily, instead of just listing a site with measely T1 and badly written Perl CGI scripts up on slashdot.
Way to go Taco Boy.
perlpimp

What is the OS distribution for /. readers? (1)

reneky (31046) | about 13 years ago | (#2431716)

Is the USER_AGENT logged? Any public statistics? Would be interesting to know both web browser and OS ...
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