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 kaiwai on Mon 11th Dec 2006 08:40 UTC
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Mindshare as in 'users' or mindshare as in 'contributions to the development' and with that, how can one really counter the 'number of users' when wouldn't it be best to compare contributions and what they've contributed vs the number that have contributed.

Sure, Ubuntu is a great distribution, but I do have my missgivings given its quick rise; will we end up with a decrease in quality like we've seen with SuSE, just as what happened with Red Hat with the 2.96 fiasco and subsequent releases?

With that, they also need to better engage with the end user base and allowing those of us with little or no programming experinece (or wish to programme like me) to be able to contribute by way of design, marketing and so forth - it seems to me that many linux distributions are very closed shops when it comes to encouraging end users to 'muck in' and contribute.

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