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That's probably about the number of Debian users.
OT: CyanogenMod, Debian, etc.
Posted Jun 27, 2012 15:58 UTC (Wed) by debacle (subscriber, #7114)
I have no idea about the number of Debian users, less so if one counts in derivates, such as Ubuntu, Mint, etc. I would believe anything between 1,000 users (roughly the number of Debian developers) and 1,000,000,000 (roughly number of PCs in use worldwide).
Posted Jun 27, 2012 21:07 UTC (Wed) by SEJeff (subscriber, #51588)
Posted Jun 28, 2012 1:40 UTC (Thu) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
I don't know how many machines running Ubuntu are there; I seem to recall another million of desktops. But it is difficult to characterize those as Debian, really.
Then there are virtualized servers which are certainly Debian but they are not so easy to compute. I can create 10 instances at the push of a button; do they count?
It is indeed a tricky question. I am sure that the Debian people must have stats of how many updates they see per day, and it would not be too hard to finger-print them, but I think nobody does.
Posted Jun 28, 2012 8:51 UTC (Thu) by debacle (subscriber, #7114)
I don't believe Debian could say how many downloads there are. Debian is distributed by a network of FTP/HTTP mirror servers, most of them outside any control by Debian. http://www.debian.org/mirror/list shows 50 primary and 400 secondary mirrors.
But some people don't even use them. E.g. if one has a root server at a hoster such as Strato, they use by default their own mirror server to save on traffic. In my company we produce an embedded product that runs Debian and of course the installation is done using our own partial mirror. Setting up a Debian mirror is so easy (much easier than it was for me to install CM on my phone) that one can assume that there are many thousands of them in universaties, companies and even private households.
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