Monday, August 25, 2008

Loaded Red Hat: A Thousand Emails a Day

How did we celebrate the success of our memory swap ballet last week? We loaded 1.7 million Red Hat emails. It's geeky, but so are the lists! We've now got the complete set archived.

The first Red Hat messages start back in May 1996. At that time then there were just a few hundred emails each month. The chatter has grown a lot since, with recent numbers topping 30,000 messages a month. That's 1,000 per day.


It's interesting to see the #1 most common file attachment is of type patch. That makes sense as these are mostly developer lists.

But can anyone explain why on a Linux list the #2 most common attachment is the Outlook-generated winmail.dat!? Is that a good sign or bad sign?

2 comments:

jimpop said...

> But can anyone explain why on
> a Linux list the #2 most common
> attachment is the Outlook-
> generated winmail.dat!?

It's most likely because that is|was what people are|were forced to use at work, even if their dayjob involves administering Linux servers.

Michel S. said...

and 1000+ messages out of 300,000 is a bucket drop in the ocean, really. Even the number of patches is not that significant -- most developers and regular users submit patches on Bugzilla.