Nikolas Britton wrote:

This may sound dumb but why don't we just put a registration link on
the FreeBSD main page... or "registration" in sysinstall. Isn't this
how everyone else handles the problem?

Not on the home page, I would suggest, because a) opt-in registrations have really low take-up and b) you want to count systems, not users. Who would register once per machine they run? How could you tell if they were lying? I imagine I could *easily* rustle up a dozen or more email addresses and then claim, say 20? 100? hosts per address.

Sysinstall is an option, but then you only get to count from the point where you get your change into a new release, and only count from that release forward. Every host running any older version is guaranteed to be missed. Eventually, you will start to get some kind of count, but again you will suffer from people who hate registering. Whether that will outnumber hosts lost to other counting methods, I could only guess.

And anything upgraded using cvsup would be missed too.


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