About FreeBSD.org visitors

Christopher Henderson redcommiebastard at riseup.net
Fri Oct 4 15:25:09 UTC 2013

Hello Unix Fans,

I'm an on again/off again BSD/Linux user.  I'll spend a few years in one, then 
the other, etc.  I'm getting the FreeBSD itch again so I visited the website.  
One big problem for me is that there is no obvious link from the front page 
listing supported hardware.  I finally stumbled upon the release notes but its 
just a flat text file.  Why not HTML?  I hated having to scroll through it to 
find out if my wifi card is supported (Alas, it is not.  But OpenBSD supports 
it.).  That is my only real complaint.  The general design hasn't changed 
since the 90s when I first discovered FreeBSD 3.3 but I don't see that as a bad 
thing.  The NetBSD site was in bad need of an overhaul.  I like the new look.

On a final note, I have a BSD tattoo if anyone is interested.  I don't know if 
it is appropriate to share a picture on this thread.


On Thursday, October 03, 2013 11:14:48 AM Eitan Adler wrote:
> Here is an overview of the people that visit FreeBSD.org:
> http://people.freebsd.org/~eadler/files/Report-10.01.pdf
> Some takeaways:
> - More than half (60%) the people that come to our website leave
> without going to another page (called 'bouncing').  However these
> users spend more time than any other user per page.
> - Non-bouncing users had an average of just over 4 pages per session
> but spent about an average of 0.86/s per page.  They spend most of
> their time on the last page.
> From these I think we can take away that most people come looking for
> something very specific.
> How can we fix this? Better search maybe?  Improved navigation bar?
> Its up to you to work on this.
> - New users spend a lot *less* time on the site than repeat visitors.
> Do we need better advocacy data?  Less text to confuse new users?  Is
> this trend specific to FreeBSD or is it true across the board?
> - Internet Explorer is 10% of our traffic.
> Many of ours users use Windows as there primary desktop platform.
> Probably more if we include not-IE on Windows.
> What other insights do you see?
> What other data might be helpful for us?

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