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Mat
6th August 2004, 04:59 PM
looking at their page I find that nice ranking of the distros their visitors use..

I'm wondering, where they get this info from?

looking at $env(HTTP_USER_AGENT) my browser sends to my webserver, I only receive

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040706 Moonpony/0.9.1 (Firefox/0.9.1 polymorph)

so how do they do it? is there another var I'm not aware of, or do their visitors need to change their identification strings to display their distribution?


Mat

ewdi
6th August 2004, 08:37 PM
they count by how many people click on the Fedora link instead of reading host type

Mat
7th August 2004, 02:51 PM
do you know that, or is it a guess? cause it seems very unlikely to me..

ewdi
7th August 2004, 06:06 PM
i know that, i used to mirror for them on osforge, also linuxcult, i asked him about page ranking, they count by unique click divided by days it's been there, which give average daily clicks

Mat
7th August 2004, 09:42 PM
dooh!

I just realized, I misinterpreted that 'page hit ranking'... I thought they'd count how many visitors use a certain distro..

sorry for the stupid question ;)

Mat

imdeemvp
7th August 2004, 10:09 PM
they count by hits....

Jman
8th August 2004, 04:02 AM
Currently Fedora (http://distrowatch.com/fedora) is #2! :)

I've heard they refer many people here, to fedoraforum.org.

crackers
8th August 2004, 06:10 AM
By the way, it is possible to extract host information from an HTTP request - if it's not disabled. Some browsers (*cough*IE*cough*) don't, or at least didn't, allow you to disable this particular header.

imdeemvp
8th August 2004, 06:13 AM
Currently Fedora (http://distrowatch.com/fedora) is #2! :)

I've heard they refer many people here, to fedoraforum.org.

and getting more popular....just look at our forum activity :D

Mat
8th August 2004, 03:54 PM
By the way, it is possible to extract host information from an HTTP request - if it's not disabled. Some browsers (*cough*IE*cough*) don't, or at least didn't, allow you to disable this particular header.

but that info would be listed in HTTP_USER_AGENT, right?

crackers
8th August 2004, 06:02 PM
I think it's a separate request parameter, but as I said, I don't exactly remember.

Ug
9th August 2004, 02:48 PM
Currently Fedora (http://distrowatch.com/fedora) is #2! :)

I've heard they refer many people here, to fedoraforum.org.Indeed they do. I believe that at one point or another they were the #1 referrer. FedoraNEWS was #3 and Google #2.