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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RE: money and marketing
by raver31 on Sun 10th Dec 2006 08:22 UTC in reply to "money and marketing"
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No, they didn't.

What made/makes Ubuntu so successful is that they have made Linux useable to the "Apathetical Users", you know the ones who cannot be bothered to download and burn there own version.

Now they dont have to both, someone else will post them out for free.

That means they can use their time more productively by drinking another jumbo size diet-coke

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