The Linux Counter
I recently updated my Linux Counter entry and got email from Harald Tveit Alvestrand, the person who started the Linux Counter oh so many years ago. I realized most TUX subscribers have probably never heard of it.
I am member number 5645. I registered with the counter in March, 1992. Harald sent me email because he said he likes to contact the oldtimers. I didn't want to feel that old but, in Linux years, I guess I am. Today, with almost 145,000 users registered, that does look like a little number.
So, what does all this mean? Well, first, it doesn't mean there are only 145,000 Linux users in the world. In fact, Harald has a guess of the number of the users. He is guessing 29,000,000.
If you have some time, the data is interesting. You can, for example, see how many people are registered in your area. Thirty eight in Nicaragua total and three here in Estelí. More interesting for me is the fact that I live in Estelí today because I was going to take a trip up here from Costa Rica and contacted a person on the Linux Counter. Came here, liked it and moved here.
Now, the Linux Counter is not an exclusive club. Any Linux user can join and it's free. So, stand up and be counted. You can find the counter here.