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 Arakon on Sun 10th Dec 2006 13:34 UTC
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I tried Ubuntu, it wouldn't boot on my laptop (Toshiba Satelite M65 - S809) and it failed to start Bluetooth support on start up so I could use my mouse and keyboard on my Desktop (MS Bluetooth Desktop, yeah yeah evil empire, but I like the keyboard).

Funny thing is when the machine starts both the mouse and keyboard work like a standard USB mouse/keyboard until the CD goes into its detect/start up phase. So DOS/Bios recognize my keyboard as a USB keyboard and work, but Ubuntu refuses to look at it.

I used to try pretty much every distribution as it came out just to see the improvements but lately I just don't have the time anymore. Ubuntu is probably going in the right direction to have so many people on board. A unified experience across the board would be a great thing, especially if they combined all the system settings into one dialog so I didn't have to go crawling the "/etc/" and ".conf" files.

That being said I have a file Server that I installed Xandros on it 2 years ago and its still running like a champ. SO I'm not a linux hater before any flame wars start, I just haven't found a version of linux that I could use as my primary desktop that didn't require excessive configuration and days of reading errata on how to get newer hardware to work.

I make no claims to being a linux guru or a programming god, but I am competant user / system builder and I have installed a lot of OS's, from OS/2 Warp, IRIX, Windows 3.1 -> XP MCE, and about a dozen flavors of linux configured to be Myth TV boxes to Firewalls.

I'd just like a flavor of Linux that works with relatively new hardware without hassle. I don't care about open or closed drivers. Make it work, with no manual editing conf files (Driver downloads are acceptable as long as the system boots with a default mode capable of at least connecting to the net and 256color graphics). Do this and I will buy that distro.

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