I'm fairly certain that I'm not the first person to ask this; but is there a small program, ported for every Linux distribution, that is able to register with an on-line database about how many users actually run Linux on-line? Debian already has an optional "Popularity contest" program that sends out information about what software packages are installed on the users' system. If the poll was anonymous (and voluntary) I wouldn't mind sending out that information as a Linux/GNU/FOSS advocate. If true Linux market shares were known it could help the entire community/movement in many ways.
June 27, 2009