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mapleoin committed Sep 19, 2012
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<h4>Packages tracked by distribution</h4>
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<h4>Submissions for each distribution version</h4>
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+ <h3>How it works</h3>
+ <p>Users of RPM-based Linux distributions (such
+ as <a href="">openSUSE</a>
+ or <a href="">Fedora</a>) provide
+ weekly <a href="/FAQ#anonymity">anonymous</a> information about the
+ packages they have installed. This is done by simply installing the
+ <strong>popcorn-client</strong> package on their machines.</p>
+ <p><strong>popcorn-client</strong> collects basic metadata about a
+ participating user's system and all their installed packages. It also
+ figures out when those packages were last used and splits them into
+ four categories: <em>recent</em>, <em>old</em>, <em>voted</em>
+ or <em>nofiles</em>. Once a week it sends this data to the popcorn
+ server (here). Read more about the popcorn-client <a href="#">here</a>.
+ </p>
+ <p>The <strong>Popcorn server</strong> receives the data sent
+ by <strong>popcorn-client</strong> and stores it in a database. We
+ don't track user IPs or even the history of a system's installed
+ packages over time. It then makes this data available to everyone
+ through <strong>charts</strong> (like the ones above and on the
+ various API documentation pages) and a <a href="/api">RESTful API</a>
+ (for other services to use).</p>
+ <h3>Why?</h3>
+ <p>Linux distributions are built from open source packages. But there
+ are a lot of them and people resources are often very
+ limited. Figuring out which packages our users really use would help a
+ lot with prioritising tasks. It's also good to know that someone uses
+ that package you were up all night trying to build.</p>
+ <p>There are a lot of questions that Linux distributions ask
+ themselves: from things as simple as figuring out what CPU
+ architectures people are using to more specialised questions like:
+ </p>
+ <ul>
+ <li>Should we bother to package gems as RPMs or is everyone installing
+ them as gems anyway?</li>
+ <li>Is anyone actually using python3 at this point?</li>
+ <li>How long do people use an old distribution release for after
+ we've declared it End of Life?</li>
+ </ul>
+ <h3>How you can help</h3>
+ <p>The best way to help right now (and the easiest) if you're an
+ RPM-based Linux distribution user is to <strong>install
+ popcorn-client</strong> and then forget about it. It will send us the
+ data we need to make your distribution better for you.</p>
+ <p>If you're a developer you might want to check
+ out <a href="">the sources</a> and
+ hack something on the server. It's mostly python under an MIT
+ license. Look for bugs in our <a href="">issue tracker</a> or think up
+ new features.</p>
+ <p>If you want to develop a third party service, go ahead and look at
+ the <a href="/api">API</a>.</p>
+ <p>If you have a question that you think popcorn's data might be able
+ to answer and you can't find the answer by looking at all our crazy
+ graphs, <a href="/contact">contact us</a> and we'll try to figure out
+ an answer for you.</p>
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