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: Ubuntu/Kubuntu
by Clinton on Mon 11th Dec 2006 07:08 UTC in reply to "Ubuntu/Kubuntu"
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However, if it weren't for the quality, I don't think you would have the mindshare.

In my opinion, Ubuntu brought Debian to the masses via a quality product that was easy to install and use.

This ease, combined with the quality of Debian and coupled with the fact that it is free (unlike Mepis, Linspire, Libranet, and Xandros at the time Ubuntu first came out), is what made this particular distribution rocket to the top.

Personally, there are a lot of things I like about Debian. Most of all, I like apt. Debian's packaging system is superior to RPM in every way (if that weren't true, the RPM systems wouldn't be going to such great lengths to mimic apt), but Debian's installer was too big of a hurdle for the average user.

Ubuntu changed that.

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