This is only somewhat related to the thread, but still... From a recent DW weekly news:
Distribution usage based on browser statistics
Last week, a readers emailed us this question: "Have you ever thought of the idea to analyse the HTTP headers the browser sends and use that to generate statistics of what people are using? That would IMHO be a much more interesting statistic." The simple answer is "yes". In fact this data is already available courtesy of the Awstats traffic analyser and can be accessed here.
The question has prompted us to extend the Awstats program to include other distributions that were not originally tracked by Awstats, at least those that provide a custom browser string which enables their identification; these include BLAG, Elive, Gentoo Linux, KateOS, Kubuntu, Linspire, MEPIS Linux, Linux Mint, Pardus Linux, PCLinuxOS and Vine Linux. These distributions were only added to the list on 29 April (before that, they were classified as "unknown/unspecified"), so the statistics for April are not accurate, but starting from next month, the page should give more complete data about the usage of the various distributions by the visitors of DistroWatch. However, web browsers of many other distributions, including those in Slackware, KNOPPIX, SabayonLinux, VectorLinux, Puppy Linux and Zenwalk, don't identify themselves in any distinct way, so we won't be able to count those.
Is this something we want/need/desire, etc? Also, is it a proper thing to do? Just asking opinions here. If both replies are positive, then it could be included in the upcoming 1.1.2 package.
My opinion: 1) yes and 2) yes.
I think it would be trivial to add it in the form of, for example:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:126.96.36.199) Gecko/20070227 SeaMonkey/1.1.1 (VectorLinux)
I scroogled around for useragent strings, and found this page (clicky
) which has various FX strings. Some (Debian and derivatives) seem to use that format, others use a different one, appending the distro to Linux.
Deb and 'buntu style listed for FX:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.10) Gecko/20050925 Firefox/1.0.4 (Debian package 1.0.4-2sarge5)
So it would be possible to have something like "VectorLinux package 1.1.1-1vl58" if we wanted to get fancy.
Re the theme: do you prefer the old bookmark icon style with the VL subskins:
The subskin @import url("chrome://global/skin/subskin/folders-orig/bookmarks.css"); would do it. (been working on getting that subskin more complete)
Re the throbber: thanks. I'm pleased with the way the animation turned out.