Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 9th Dec 2006 23:03 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu According to Google Trends, but also according to Distrowatch, our own statistics here at OSNews and overall sense of the industry during 2006, Ubuntu has a big leap in mind share ahead of its competition (please note that we don't dare to say "market share", although we are pretty confident that it's the most used Linux desktop out there today). The second Fedora has a very small edge ahead of SuSe (while in US is a clear second), while Debian is following fourth. Mandrake+Mandriva (add both names on Google Trends and then sum the results) is clearly way below the previous four distros, but a clear 5th nonetheless. Last year Ubuntu was only a bit ahead of the other distros worldwide, but 2006 seems to have skyrocketed the distribution in the people's minds and computers.
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by archiesteel on Sat 9th Dec 2006 23:53 UTC
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I wonder if you shouldn't also add Kubuntu results to Ubuntu in the final count.

I can say that I'm not surprised. This isn't about quality of distros or how free they are, but really about mindshare (which is more than just popularity, in fact). I think it's clear to anyone that has followed the Linux scene over the last two years that Ubuntu has become the most-known Linux distro.

That's a bit of bad news for RedHat, SuSE/Novell and al., though I don't think it's that big of a financial hit (for now, anyway). It's actually good news for Debian, despite the uneasy relationship between the two distros. It has pushed the .deb packaging system at the forefront.

I myself left Mandriva behind completely some three months ago. It was the distro I learned Linux on, and it will always have its place in my heart, but I've now installed Kubuntu Edgy on both my laptop (Compaq Presario V2310) and my desktop (home-built Athlon 800MHz with GeForce 4 card and 1GB RAM).

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