Package download statistics

Francois Tigeot ftigeot at
Mon May 6 05:13:59 PDT 2013

It has now been a week since DragonFly 3.4 has been released.

Given many people are feeling it's time to end support for i386 machines, I
have decided to create some statistics on the relative usage of the 32 and
64-bit architectures.

The following raw numbers represent the number of DragonFly 3.4 package
downloads on :

*  3436 pkgng/dports x86:32 downloads
* 14223 pkgng/dports x86:64 downloads

* 120 pkgsrc i386 downloads
* 139 pkgsrc x86_64 downloads

In percentages, this means:

* 80.15% of downloaded packages are for the amd64/x86_64 architecture

* 98.55% of downloaded packages are pkgng/dports versions

The ~= 80% 64-bit usage is mostly in line with what some Linux distributions
are reporting. With almost 20% users, it's a hard-sell to remove support for
32-bit machines at this time.

Now, the _very_ interesting (and unexpected) part is the less than 2% pkgsrc
packages usage.
Maybe it's just that pkgng is so much better, maybe it's that pkgsrc users
prefer to build software from source. Difficult to know.

In any case, I don't see a reason to continue building pkgsrc packages with
these numbers.

Francois Tigeot

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