popularity package context on fedora

Björn Persson bjorn at xn--rombobjrn-67a.se
Tue May 4 14:11:23 UTC 2010

Thomas Janssen wrote:
> Well, i wouldn't call a software that counts serverside downloads of
> FOSS software and gives based on that downloads/installations, a
> popularity suggestion in packagekit, spyware.
> There's nothing at all that gets sent out of your box.
> Remind, i'm not speaking of exactly popcon. I spoke about something in
> the server, just counting the download/installation (not even unique
> installations via some hash or whatever) and a packagekit extension
> that shows the count or something like stars or whatever.
> So, it has to be on by default.

I'm sorry if I misunderstood you, but if you talked about download statistics 
then that was far from obvious. I got the impression that you talked about the 
same thing as "yersinia", and "yersinia" talked about Popcon.

So what would it mean for download statistics to be on or off by default? How 
would a user override the default? Would there be an option in Yum that would 
let the user choose whether their downloads should be counted? Would that 
choice be communicated in every HTTP or FTP request?

Björn Persson
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