David, how long do you keep FTP download stats and can give us any
access to the ones pertaining to XEmacs downloads?
Gunnar Evermann <Gunnar.Evermann(a)nats.informatik.uni-hamburg.de> writes in
SL Baur <steve(a)xemacs.org> writes:
> Mauro Condarelli <MC5686(a)mclink.it> writes in xemacs-beta(a)xemacs.org:
> ...[re supporting non-Linux Unix]
> > If we;re going to take that stance we will have a lot less problems...
> > and a lot less users.
> A year or so from now, if things keep going the way they have been,
> nearly all of our users will be on either Linux or some flavor of
> Microsoft Windows. Linux has been the most popular Unix to run XEmacs
> on since 19.14.
I don't believe that's true. :-(
The statement is absolutely true under the condition given in the
>  With regards to counts of downloads of binary kits from the FTP site.
We don't have any other means of measuring usage. One can take note
of platform specific questions going through comp.emacs.xemacs but I
don't think that's a particularly reliable measure of usage either.
I'm basing my prediction on the rate of change of bug reports per
platform and the rate of change of build reports per platform as well
as the binary kit download stats from UIUC. All of those metrics
show Linux usage increasing exponentially.
Given the known volume of Microsoft Windows hosts and the rate at
which I've seen the XEmacs on Microsoft project grow, I feel safe in
predicting that it will continue to grow quickly.
;; I'm well-aware this can be inaccurate too as some get lax in reporting
;; on systems they are active in testing.
BTW. I don't want to start a Linux vs. 'commercial' Unix
Neither do I.
I really like Linux, but most larger installations (universities or
companies) use a 'commercial' Unix.
That's undoubtedly true. How much does it skew the numbers? I don't
know. The number is complicated by the fact that many XEmacs users
use it on multiple platforms including Linux at home. Do you count
I'm vaguely interested in getting an order of magnitude (or two)
count, but not enough to want to invade people's privacy.