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I was wondering about whether elementary OS appears as itself or as Ubuntu in analytics programs (such as Piwik), so I checked out this user agent query page to see what the result would be. I unfortunately got this:

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux i686; rv:47.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/47.0

So elementary OS appear as Ubuntu. Is this something that can and/or will be changed, or shall elementary OS appear as Ubuntu for the foreseeable future?

  • On Chrome it says Linux x86_64 – Suici Doga Jun 19 '16 at 14:00
  • @SuiciDoga I just tried it on Midori as well and didn't get much better either. Was that Freya that you tried or Loki? I was on Freya, and perhaps Loki might give off something new (which I don't have installed on my 32-bit loaner). – Stromfeldt Jun 21 '16 at 12:12
  • I am using freya 64-bit – Suici Doga Jun 21 '16 at 12:32
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The versions of Firefox and Chromium in the AppCenter are packaged by the Ubuntu developers. I would be surprised if the elementary team packaged their own custom versions of these applications in the future; their focus seems to be on the included Epiphany browser.

If you'd like elementary to show up in your user agent string, you can use Epiphany as Maxim suggested, or use a user agent switcher plugin. User Agent Switcher for Firefox and User-Agent Switcher for Chrome/Chromium should do the trick.

All that said, many analytics packages summarize things down to Windows, macOS, and Linux. As a web developer, I keep an eye on analyltics for Linux but don't typically break things down by distro. Linux as a whole represents about 2-3 percent of traffic.

If you'd like to encourage web developers to improve support for Linux browsers, just browsing with the default user agent string should do the trick! :)

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Useragent of Loki default web-browser (Epiphany) is branded as elementary OS now:

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/602.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0 Safari/602.1 elementary OS/0.4 (Loki) Epiphany/3.18.5

Probably to achieve the same effect for third-party browsers from Ubuntu repositories (Firefox or Chromium for example) elementary OS developers need to place packages with related patches in os-patches PPA. But I don't think that same trick is possible with third-party proprietary browsers (Chrome or Opera for example).

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