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 twenex on Mon 11th Dec 2006 01:02 UTC in reply to "YALD"
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Mandrake. and where did that go? Ubuntu has all the rage now but so did Mandrake in its day. Where's the difference?

Exactly. Mandrake had a lot of problems (financial, bad press, buggy software, etc.) but now other distros have overtaken it, because it's a near-as-dammit swap-in swap-out story with other distros.

twenex, the gnu/linux approach is great for technology, great for geeks, but bad for implementation and usability. Another distro that tries to do the same thing but 'better' is not good for users and not good for developers

Sorry, I disagree. In its efforts to become "easier and easier" and "protect" copyright owners from theft and users from God knows what, Windows is becoming completely inflexible and therefore the complete antithesis of a computer. Not only that, but (in a wonderful example of the inconsistency Linux is supposed to propagate) a friend reports that Windows Vista has no less than 7 ways to shutdown include hibernate and suspend - do we need more than three? or even one? And let's not even mention the fact that in Windows if you want to shutdown you press "Start".

I just don't get the "more than one distro is bad" argument either. Is having more than one toaster manufacturer bad?

Usability is on par with Windows - if you're used to Linux then Windows is just as awkward to you, as it would be the other way round. Same with Macs.

There are problems with Linux, but outside of driver installation and software availability, I haven't seen one cogent argument that would lead me to prefer Windows over Linux. Sure OpenOffice is clunky, but have you tried Word or WordPerfect lately? (Though I do love the Reveal Codes feature in WP.) 2.0 is also a lot less clunky than 1.x.

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