Using Linux Counter


Here is a quick guide to getting off the ground using Linux Counter to count your systems as Linux fueled!


  1. First if you haven’t already done so, create an account over at
  2. Next once your account is created, copy your API key that is listed on your profile page
  3. Download the script :
  4. Fix the permissions :
    chmod +x
  5. Move the file to a proper executable location:
    mv /usr/local/bin/
  6. It will ask for your API key — paste that in (ctl-shift-v on most terminals)
  7. Run the script and select option 1 to create a new system on your account
    lico-update -i
  8. Run the script and select option 3 to scan your system for hardware and OS information
    lico-update -i
  9. Run the script and select option 4 to upload that data
    lico-update -i
  10. Run the script and select option 5 to create a weekly cron job
    lico-update -i
  11. Done!

I would like to point out a few things:

  1. Check each machine’s listing for accurate information
  2. Check each machine’s listing for sensitive information
  3. Not all hardware is listed, create a listing if need be (true open source attitude!)
  4. View your public profile to see if anything that shouldn’t be there isn’t.

View my public page :

From here onward you should be able to just let it pop off the weekly updates.  If you have rather infrequently used machines (old laptops for example) the machine will go into an “offline” status after some time of zero updates.  This is okay, and reflecting the infrequency of use.  Anacron (usually installed) will catch it up on boot when you do use that system.