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[6]: uh
by Clinton on Mon 11th Dec 2006 17:58 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: uh"
Clinton
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2005-07-05

I'm not trying to start a flamewar either. Why do people think that every time a statement is made comparing the two?

I am making my statement based on my personal experiences with introducing Gnome vs. KDE to new users.

Most new users I've dealt with prefer Gnome. Many of them move on to KDE later, but initially, Gnome isn't a frightening as KDE, I guess.

Personally, I like E-17 and can't wait for it to be finished.

I agree that Gnome/KDE/FVWM/E/XfCE/... is not what makes Ubuntu popular though. I think it is the Debian base that does. Ubuntu successfully brought Debian to the masses.

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