What I would like to see, or "How many FreeBSD boxen are out there?"

Aftab Jahan Subedar jahan at scientist.com
Tue Jul 25 18:56:55 UTC 2006

IMHO this is the first and oldest one.
Aftab Jahan Subedar
CEO/Software Engineer
Subedar Technologies Ltd
Subedar Baag Bibir Bagicha #1
North Jatrabari 
Dhaka 1204

On Sunday 23 July 2006 00:09, User Freebsd wrote:
> On various lists, including this one, there is talk about how to we make
> hardware vendors sit up and take more notice of us ... alot of the
> negative responses back seem to be 'we are too small of a group', but, of
> couse, nobody out there can really give any even *reasonable* numbers of
> desktops and servers deployed with FreeBSD ...
> What I'd love to see is a *project initiated* (or FreeBSD Foundation)
> FreeBSD reporting mechanism similar to:
>  		http://www.mreriksson.net/uptimes/myuptimes
> Something just for FreeBSD users (well, all *BSD users should be invited)
> ... uptime not being the really big thing here, but stuff like version of
> FreeBSD being run, country being run in, maybe have it part dmesg on
> startup and report devices in use, etc ...
> Come up with reports like # of hosts using fxp vs em devices, etc ...
> although it may be a bit more difficult, I don't know, but report on
> specific hardware being used ...
> Statistics that either Core, or the FreeBSD Foundation, can use to show
> vendors they are talking to about what is currently in use ... but also to
> show developers themselves what device drivers are actually in use, that
> sort of thing ...
> Nothing that I'd think would be 'sensitive information', but information
> that would be useful from either a marketing, or support, point of view
> ...
> And market / promote it ...
> Basically, unless I'm mistaken, right now we have *nothing* to base
> numbers on, except maybe the netcraft report(s)? ... but, that only
> includes hosts running web servers ... how many are running firewalls?
> desktops?  mail servers?  etc ...
> We need to show vendors we aren't some "hobbiest group", and towards that
> end, producing some sort of up to date #s would really help, I would think
> ... show them we are a market worth looking at ...
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