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Re: package popularity ratings



On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 05:39:51PM -0400, seth vidal wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-05-27 at 22:25 +0100, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> > On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 03:53:18PM -0400, seth vidal wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >  I got this bug assigned to yum the other day:
> > > 
> > > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=446836
> > > 
> > > it's not really a yum item, yet, b/c yum can really only USE the data,
> > > not generate it.
> > > 
> > > However, I don't know where it should go. Is anyone working on this sort
> > > of thing?
> > 
> > Isn't any package popularity rating going to be hugely skewed such that
> > the 'default install set' packages are basically always rated top, making
> > rankings of dubious value
> 
> that's been my general impression which is why I was curious who wanted
> to look at it since my overt bias against them is a bit discouraging :)

I think a more useful metric would be a popularity list based on  which
programs are *run*.  You'd obviously have to exclude things that are
typically batch-run/scripted - eg bash would dominate. Count any binary
run with a .desktop file perhaps, although that'd exclude mutt and emacs.
IIRC  mugshot/gnome live is already able to track this kind of metric

Dan.
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