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I received a notification from the Linux Counter project that it was time to review my membership. The project is a very simple little thing. You register the fact that you are a Linux user and you register simple information regarding any number of Linux machines that you use or control. You can also run an update script on those machines that pings the project with kernel version and uptime. The project then compiles some simple statistics about Linux usage worldwide.

After updating my profile, I poked around on the site for a few minutes and discovered this page listing the nine countries in the world for which they have no members or machines: Countries that do not use Linux.

I figured there might be something I could do about that. I dug through our data warehouse and pulled out the table below showing that we have seen requests from five of these countries on a regular basis this year:

Average requests from Firefox on Linux in countries not represented in the Linux Counter project

Average requests from Firefox on Linux in countries not represented in the Linux Counter project

I think it would be fun if some of these Firefox on Linux users saw this post and registered with the Linux Counter to get their non-member country list down to four (or even zero)!

So, if you or someone you know uses Linux in one of the following countries and are proud of it, consider visiting the Linux Counter project and letting them know.

French Southern Territories, Solomon Islands, Pitcairn Islands, Norfolk Island, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Christmas Island, Central African Republic

One Response to “Calling all Linux using Gambians”

  1. on 11 Dec 2009 at 11:04 am Linux

    It’s a very interesting website. Linux Counter has been around for a long time and I always find it interesting to see which countries have more users than others.

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