Ubuntu Wildfire

Shawn Christopher schristopheraz at gmail.com
Mon May 16 14:59:57 UTC 2005

One thing that I have seen that SpreadFirefox does that we (the Ubuntu 
community) doesn't is display our download numbers. I know this isn't 
really too viable because you can download...burn...and share. However I 
think that would help "if anything" to identify the numbers of users we 
may have.

The reason I bring this up is because IBM recently decided that they are 
going to back their employees (all 330,000 of them) on the use of 
Firefox. One of the phrases that they used was "Can 52 Million users be 
wrong" however we are familiar that downloads does not equal users. 
However with such a large download that can help align the download/user 
basis, at least on a minimal level (people aren't going to download over 
and over again they'll use a CD which means a infinity:1 ratio) so this 
will show AT LEAST how many users there may be.

I'd love to prompt the company I work for to start creating software for 
Linux however the argument they continously make is there is no 
userbase. While compareable to Windows sadly this is true however if 
everyone continues to think this way...well then how can we get anywhere 
with this? Anyone have any thoughts about this or know how I can 
escallate this to someone at Cannonical?


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