[tex-live] TL 13 -- how many maintained installations are there?

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Tue Apr 15 20:07:30 CEST 2014

My basic question is, supposing that a number was collected somehow,
what could one do with it?  Given that we know in advance that the
number will not in any way reflect the actual number of users or usage.
I mean, say we get a number of 1,234 in, say, three months.  Then after
another three months, we get 2,345.  What does this tell you?  Exactly
nothing, as far as I can see.  It says nothing about the number of
people using TeX Live (much less TeX), or the number of people who
installed TeX Live, or anything else.  So what's the point?

Anyway, I think TL is the wrong place to collect such information, even
if there were a reason to collect it.  Years ago, Peter Flynn (and I)
put some work into creating a web form where TeX users could submit
however much or little information they wished.  We never brought it to
fruition, because there seemed no point in collecting information which
had no apparent use.


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