[ubuntu-marketing] Ubuntu users stats

Fabian Rodriguez magicfab at ubuntu.com
Thu Mar 8 23:52:37 GMT 2007


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Mirjam W?ckerlin wrote:
> Hello,
>
> recently, Mark Shuttleworth was asked in an interview about the
> numbers of users of ubuntu and he estimated this to be about 8 million
> [1].
Another project with figures:
http://counter.li.org/reports/machines.php

An article about estimating Linux users:
http://counter.li.org/estimates.php

Maybe also ask shipit.ubuntu.com about how many CDs have been sent
total since the project began

How many Launchpad users are there ? 878137 as of today. Can we
presume every one of them is a Ubuntu user ? Many may have registered
just to get a CD... so there is a correlation with actual Ubuntu
users. See:
https://launchpad.net/people (top right corner)

I was thinking we could put together a spec for actually counting
Ubuntu users, by proposing Launchpad registration with asimple
wizard-like app during the install process. The Ubuntu counter /
Launchpad account could also be tied. Additionally, a "send my
hardware profile" option. Hardware certification would benefit from
these numbers, for example, to demonstrate usage of devices Y or Z.

Just brainstorming :) But the answer doesn't seem easy unless we
provide means to have those numbers accurately gathered and verified.

Cheers,

Fabian
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