Less messages to FreeBSD.org lists
andrew at cream.org
Sun Jan 25 14:01:32 PST 2004
Kris Kennaway wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 25, 2004 at 07:38:37PM +0000, Andrew Boothman wrote:
>>Agreed, but it would seem surprising to me that FreeBSD's installed base
>>is growing and mailing list traffic isn't. We have no method for
>>estimating the number of installed FreeBSD boxes, but I would have
>>thought that mailing list traffic was quite a good indicator.
> Statistics are available and have been posted from time to time in the
> past. CD sales, FTP downloads, website traffic from FreeBSD clients,
> Netcraft webserver counts, etc. I don't recall any other indications
> of shrinking user base (on the contrary, my memory is that they
> support robust growth).
I'm glad if that's the case. I don't feel that FreeBSD constantly chases
market share in the same way that a certain penguin-oriented OS does,
but no one would be happy to hear that we had a decreasing user base.
>>Perhaps we're just so good and documenting now, that nobody needs to ask
>>a question? ;)
> Don't underestimate that possibility. A hell of a lot of work has
> gone into improving the documentation, and a lot of mailing list
> traffic is in the category of newbie questions that are answered in
> the documentation.
FreeBSD does have excellent documentation, I always kick myself when I
work something out on my own and then realise a few days later that it
was all laid out in the handbook for me.
Perhaps this does adequately explain decreasing list traffic...
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