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.

fyl - Mon, 2020-08-22 07:04.

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#406144 here

And one from New Zealand!
I'm getting to like the Penguin...

Pete (not verified) - Sat, 2020-12-31 03:52.

like the population of canada

like the population of canada!
linux id:398389

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-09-22 16:54.

A wake-up

Thanks for the wake up call, slack and lazy as usual I just registered. Only thing in the article I which got on my tits a bit was your comment "oh so many years ago" that made me feel old and obsolete here. we're talkin a tad over 10 years here not a 100... At my 35 years of age I must be ancient relic according to the article!


Bard (not verified) - Tue, 2020-09-06 18:08.

RE: A wake-up

I registered many more years ago than I can remember, but when I checked, I was not there, it said you are de-registered after 6 months unless you revisit, so the number is meaningless. What's older than a relic? - 63 years and 7 months young and have been a Linux user since Linus first posted to the Minix mailing list.

Sid Boyce (not verified) - Sun, 2020-09-18 13:53.

#390077 was here too

I'm trying to get all my linux-user-friends to register!

a French guy (not verified) - M - , 2020-09-05 09:42.

I'm # 364381

I live in the south and I see that most registered are in the Pacific Northwest. What's up with that????

livsmom (not verified) - Wed, 2020-08-31 22:51.

User 216375 here!

I have been part of the counter since 1999. I have learned of the project when I first tried the Slackware Linux distribution, which happens to populate your inbox with an autogenerated e-mail message welcoming you to the distribution and mentioning the counter, among other things.

Rouben (not verified) - Tue, 2020-08-30 06:36.

The guys from LC Rock

I just came back after a while and I couldnt log in. And they just sent me my password, it was really nice getting that instant support. No company gives.

Alex (not verified) - Fri, 2020-08-26 14:12.

Reporting in...

I'm #15,480 myself.

TUX magazine has nearly 60,000 subscribers now. If we all went out and added ourselves to the Linux counter, the count would grow by 40% instantly. Lets get on out there and show our support.

admin - M - , 2020-08-22 11:21.

user #396,545

user #396,545

Lunarcloud_88 (not verified) - M - , 2020-08-22 10:52.

have been for a while. hey!

have been for a while.
hey! 19 others in my city!

how do u log in to the forum thing here?

Lunarcloud_88 (not verified) - M - , 2020-08-22 10:56.

no login

To post a message you just click on "Add new comment" (in green text) on the bottom of the article right next to "printerfriendly page"


bard (not verified) - Tue, 2020-09-06 17:56.