It’s possible to make a program that’s only barely interesting to me, but still have enough effort and forethought invested to make it an intriguing piece of work.
dws is like that for me. dws runs to the Internet for you and collects statistics on given distros.
All right, all right. Stop digging around for the “reply” button so you can offer a scathing retort. I know Distrowatch scores are as useless as lips on a chicken. As useless as a screen door on a submarine. As useless as … as Distrowatch rankings.
Bear with me. dws isn’t big, it isn’t flashy, and really if I had my way, it would be a little less wordy in its output.
On the other hand, it doesn’t just grab whatever is on the front page. You tell it the distros you want to poll — and even better — tell it the range of data you want.
So, as in the example above, you can grab information across six months, and get a better approximation … of … well, you get the idea.
Dig for a few other options, and you might be able to find a use for dws. I know worthless stats are worthless stats, but dws at least does an admirable job of retrieving and collating them.
Take it for what it’s worth. 😐