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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This clearly recoup my personal experience
by roger64 on Sun 10th Dec 2006 10:16 UTC
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Well, I have never been aware of any trend, but I switched from a part-time Mandriva 10 (and 10.1) in 2005 to a part-time Suse 10 early 2006 to a full-time Ubuntu from June 2006 on.

The main two things that hooked me on Ubuntu are its easiness of use (not to forget suspend on a laptop) and its very friendly and helpful community.

Clearly for me, Ubuntu has overtaken XP now, even if I recognize that Linux needs a rather steep learning curve that makes it still unfriendly for many people.

Now, if I consider this overall progress and the new, bloated and expensive Vista, I give Ubuntu a very bright future.

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