As I’ve said in the past, the DistroWatch.com listing of page hit rankings is a good way to see if one’s distro’s page is being looked at. With folks looking at the pages, one would hope that downloads and actual use of the distro would follow. So while it may not give an accurate description of actual use of the distro, the page hit rankings do give folks an idea which distros are doing well and which may not be.
Bear in mind, too, that what is shown on the Distrowatch front page is the top 100, and there are about 200 others below this. You can see the absolute top-to-bottom rankings here.
All that said, it bears mentioning that CrunchBang, which once ranked somewhere between the 20s and the 40s in the top 100 rankings, is moving up. Looking at the rankings from today (July 17) at different intervals, we see:
Data span: Last 12 months:
As you can see, CrunchBang has broken into the teens at 17. But wait, there’s more:
Data span: Last 6 months:
Well, up to 14 in this category. How much higher can it go?
Data span: Last 3 months:
OK, so we’re moving up a notch to “lucky 13.” How about a look back at the last month?
Data span: Last 30 days:
Oops. Looks like we dropped a bit, but if you’ll notice at the right, next to the number, all the numbers have a little up-arrow — that’s a good sign. So let’s take a look, finally, at last week:
Data span: Last 7 days:
So there you have it — we’re number 11. Over the last week, the 11th most looked at distro was CrunchBang, and with this kind of attention, chances are there have been a lot of downloads.
Not bad for a distro where project leader Philip Newborough has said, “It is a common mistake to think that every developer wants their project to be widely popular.”
So thank you, Philip, for giving us this great distro. And thank you, CrunchBang community, for adding the quality help in the forums — give your fellow CrunchBang community member a pat on the back and, heck, give yourself a pat on the back as well.
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Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.