Lat week Fedora’s hardware database hit another psychological mark: more than 50k system are now registered with the database.
Smolt, Fedora’s tool of choice to collect information about uses hardware, showed once again that it has a healthy growth: in the night from Thursday to Friday last week the 50k-users line was crossed.
Unfortunately the devices page is unavailable at the moment so it is impossible to get more detailed statistics about specific hardware parts. Still, the main statistics page still offers some basic information: the main system language is English (no surprise there, this is still Fedora), second is Japanese, third is German (which is a bit more surprising – I thought Open Source is not that popular in Japan?).
And the stats shows – once again – that more than a third of all Fedora users do have two processors or more. So many dual core systems out there…
But besides the raw statistics Smolt itself entered a new level these days: rpms for OpenSuse are now provided. This means that also OpenSuse users can now use Smolt to submit their user data to a central place.
This is interesting because in the beginning Smolt was introduced as a strictly “Fedora only” program, while the supposedly bigger LHCP should create a central place for all distributions. But the last code commit to LHCP was in February and there is not even a rpm for Fedora available.
So with OpenSuse now another distribution is at least covered. I wonder what the plans behind this are – but I would certainly welcome packages for Ubuntu as well!
Imagine Smolt becoming a central place for all hardware information submitted by all Linux distributions. It could help understanding the user. And of course I would like to see Smolt integrating the ability to send information about installed packages, just like Debian’s Popcon.