Provide a GUI option in the installer to enable popcon

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Fri Jun 26 05:52:08 UTC 2009

On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 01:07:23PM -0400, Andrew SB wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 12:02 PM, Matthew Paul Thomas<mpt at> wrote:
> > The absolute size of a sample is more important, statistically, than its
> > relative size. In other words, 1136581 popcon submissions is a large
> > enough sample regardless of how many Ubuntu users there are in total.
> > What is more important now is reducing bias -- bias towards current
> > users against potential users, towards users who fiddle with settings
> > against users who don't, and so on.
> I was recently looking up some info for the upstream author of a
> package I maintain in Debian and Ubuntu, and I saw that number. It's
> pretty impressive that we have over one million submissions from an
> opt-in program. In fact, Debian's number seems to be at only 84894.

That makes me suspicious in itself. I wonder if those one million
submissions are due to an installer bug ...

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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