[sf-lug] license count != software popularity (Re: [Balug-Talk] Open Source less popular than Free Software)
asheesh at asheesh.org
Wed Sep 26 08:48:15 PDT 2007
On Wed, 26 Sep 2007, Michael Paoli wrote:
> [yeah, don't send/reply to lists one can't post directly to ... tends to be
> discourteous and annoy the list maintainers/moderators]
> license count != software popularity
> Installed base and use of installed base of software, or statistical
> approximations thereof, are typically better measures of a software's
I can't use this to claim a count of installed userbase. But I can almost
believably measure the size of the Free Software idea/community vs. the
Open Source idea/community. So in community size, I stand by the original
flamebait in the Subject line: that Open Source is a smaller phenomenon
than Free Software.
> Of course, again, one may need to excercise appropriate
> care in how the counting is done (if I could exceedingly cheaply
> create a very large number X of computers, and simultaneously install
> on all of them ...)
You know, I have been going on about how great virtualization is lately.
Keep it short for pithy sake.
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