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[3]: Another viewpoint
by brewmastre on Mon 11th Dec 2006 15:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Another viewpoint"
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"I also must add that ubuntu has come a long way. To be honest, i used to hate it, now i only have a mild distaste for it, I have kubuntu installed on a partition and i try to use it periodically so i can get used to it and maybe one day like it (yes i will force myself to use an os that i don't like to see if it grows on me.)"

I agree. The first Linux distro's I ever used were Corel Linux(Debian based), and Yellow Dog(Red Hat based at the time, and now using the more community driven Fedora Core) in 2000. Then later I tried Red Hat and some more of its derivatives (Mandrake/Mandrive, Fedora Core, Ark, CentOS, etc.) and realized that I couldn't stand them. The always seemed slow and buggy. But to be fair, I always install and try out new versions when they get released just in case I find one that grows on me. But no matter how good any of the Red Hat based distro's ever get, I always seem to find my way back to Debian and it's derivatives.
I guess I look at it like this: If you don't at least try new distros when they come out, even if its based on a system you don't like, then you will end up like a lot of other people out there that are way out of touch with reality and will be spewing things like "Yeah, well I don't like Linux because it doesn't have any hardware support", even though the rest of us know just how wrong they are.

Edited 2006-12-11 15:45

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