The Debian popularity contest allows you to vote for your favourite Debian packages, so that the most-used packages can end up on the first Debian CD. That way, most people can just use a single-CD Debian distribution to get most of their stuff, and then auto-download the rest of the things they want from a Debian web mirror using APT. But the best thing about the popularity contest is that it's automatic. Just install the popularity-contest Debian package, and your results are sent to the collection site (anonymously, of couse) once a week. Then another script collates the results and posts them at http://people.debian.org/~apenwarr/popcon/ for public viewing. Yet one more script can automatically fill up Debian CDs with packages from the contest results. As a side effect, the popularity contest results tell us once and for all which is better: vi or emacs.
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