Maintaining a free software application where you simply code and upload your packages to the repositories makes very difficult to know if is there somebody out there using what you are producing.
I started KLog not for the users but for personal use and I keep that spirit, however the users of KLog are important as some of them are actively supporting KLog by reviewing, reporting bugs, providing suggestions, patchs, translations and I have even received some donations that I have used to pay for the hosting 🙂
On the other hand, I guess that the users that are actively saying “hello I am here” are just a small percentage.
Some days ago I realiced that maybe I could get some data from the Debian Popularity Contest and here is the data:
KLog is clearly not one of the most popular Debian packages. It is in the #36167 position out of 87160.
The interesting data comes when we compare with other hamradio logs as the results allow me to be more optimistic.
In the following graphic you can see a comparison of the different logs that Debian is providing by the number of installations. I am comparing just the last 5 years.
If we check for the most recent use of the log, KLog gets the first position mand it’s been the most used for a couple of years or so… or at least that is what we can see as KLog is the purple line.
With a two years span, we can see that people is installing cqrlog and maybe is people coming from xlog, that is clearly wining the contest but with a descendent tendence.
Again focusing on if the users installing the package are really using it, KLog is usually the winner.
It would be really interesting to have similar data coming from other sources, to see if one of the main differences of KLog (being native multiplatform) is noticed or not. How many macOS users does KLog have? How many Windows users does KLog have?
Anyway, these data are just for information and I hope it is funny for you to see what the popcon package is providing as it was for me to write this post.
Thank you for using KLog!