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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Lies, damned lies, and statistics
by da_Chicken on Sun 10th Dec 2006 01:12 UTC
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Actually, DistroWatch statistics show that OpenSUSE has been catching up with Ubuntu for some time now, and OpenSUSE is clearly leading if you change the data span to "Last 7 days" and hit the refresh button. Both Google Trends and the DistroWatch page hits counter show which distros are currently in fashion but they don't show if people actually install and use these fashionable distros.

DistroWatch has another statistics page, which suggests that most of its visitors still use MS Windows.

Oh, and those people who search for Mandrake in Google are probably seeking information about that comic strip, Mandrake the Magician. :-P

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