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#1 2017-06-25 11:06:33

nathg
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Registered: 2017-04-20
Posts: 11

Devuan popcon in ascii

Devuan now has own popcon server and a new package 'popularity-contest'.
Use of the package will populate the Popcon statistics.

Here is the link https://popcon.devuan.org/ .

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#2 2017-06-25 13:38:31

catprints
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Registered: 2016-11-30
Posts: 54

Re: Devuan popcon in ascii

Thanks for the reminder. I just enabled popcon and hope the devuan vua's find the results helpful.


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#3 2017-06-25 16:02:45

catprints
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Registered: 2016-11-30
Posts: 54

Re: Devuan popcon in ascii

Can anyone speak of any security risks of enabling popcon? On stable mainly.


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#4 2017-06-26 12:47:55

FOSSuser
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From: Surrey/Hants border UK
Registered: 2016-12-11
Posts: 149

Re: Devuan popcon in ascii

I've not heard of any risks concerning popcon on Debian, so doubt they'll be any on Devuan.

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#5 2017-06-26 15:23:28

fsmithred
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Registered: 2016-11-25
Posts: 378

Re: Devuan popcon in ascii

The webmaster can see the unique ID number found in /etc/popularity-contest.conf. I don't know if that is associated with your IP address or if they are logged separately. Either way, those numbers don't get published. Whether that's a security risk or not might depend on how paranoid you are. And right now, that's not even working correctly in the desktop-live isos - everyone who uses the same iso gets the same number (there are three in total).

If you install from one of the desktop-live isos, you should delete /etc/popularity-contest.conf before running the installer. That way, you will get a unique number and we get more meaningful statistics. To correct it after installing, delete the file and then run 'dpkg-reconfigure popularity-contest'.

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#6 2017-06-26 19:15:22

catprints
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Registered: 2016-11-30
Posts: 54

Re: Devuan popcon in ascii

If you install from one of the desktop-live isos, you should delete /etc/popularity-contest.conf before running the installer. That way, you will get a unique number and we get more meaningful statistics. To correct it after installing, delete the file and then run 'dpkg-reconfigure popularity-contest'.

I have no need for great paranoia so I re-enabled. Thanks for info (and instructions) people.


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