popularity package context on fedora

Björn Persson bjorn at xn--rombobjrn-67a.se
Mon May 3 22:32:15 UTC 2010

Thomas Spura wrote:
> I don't think it's spyware, if it's enabled by default on the server
> side, do you? e.g. sourceforge does the same with their statistics
> counter (or any other web counter online).

No, extracting download statistics from web server logs isn't spyware. Spyware 
is software that runs on a user's computer and, without the user's explicit 
permission, sends out data that otherwise wouldn't have left the user's 

It can be considered unethical to publish or sell detailed information about 
individual users' activities even if no spyware was involved in gathering the 
information, but I don't think anyone thinks a download count is a problem.

Björn Persson
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