Gotta start somewhere ... how many of us are really out there?

Nikolas Britton nikolas.britton at
Wed Aug 2 04:04:22 UTC 2006

On 8/1/06, User Freebsd <freebsd at> wrote:
> On Tue, 1 Aug 2006, Nikolas Britton wrote:
> > Ok.. lets start from the top, again. Why do we need uniqueness?
> We want to count each host reporting *once* ... without uniqueness per
> host, how are you going to know whether to update a hosts record, instead
> of add it as a new host?

But no matter what you do you can never guaranty a hosts uniqueness...
What you want to do is akin to DRM and there is no way to do this in
the open source world.

What is wrong with a total host count? If all hosts are reporting in
once per month then whats the problem?... just simple addition:

6.1-STABLE i386
6.0-RELEASE i386

Using that sample data above we had a total of 3 hosts report in
during the month of X. After that you can break the data down, for
example there are two I386 system for every one AMD system etc. etc.
etc. We don't need to tracking each host to get a count of new
systems... Just take the total from month X and subtract it from month
Y to get Z, the new hosts that reported in.

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