Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 17:38 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Debian and its clones Last September, some of the Debian Linux distribution's leadership wanted to make sure that Etch, the next version of Debian, arrived on its December 4th due date. Almost two months later, though, according to the February 17th Release Critical Bug Report memo to the Debian Developers Announcement list, there are still 541 release critical bugs.
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RE[3]: I love Debian, BUT:
by da_Chicken on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 21:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I love Debian, BUT:"
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It's hard to say anything definite of the usage stats of non-commercial distros. Nevertheless, it looks like most of Ubuntu's users come from somewhere else, not from Debian. It's also possible that some Ubuntu users want to check out the "mother-distro" once they've played around with Ubuntu for some time. And Debian has a solid (and well-earned) reputation as a very reliable server distro.

There's DistroWatch popularity stats that doesn't show decline in Debian's popularity:
http://distrowatch.com/stats.php?section=popularity

And there's the two-years old Netcraft report that shows growth for Debian:
http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2005/12/05/strong_growth_for_debi...

And then there's the recent news that Hewlett-Packard makes good money by selling support for Debian. This probably wouldn't be possible if there weren't a lot of people using Debian. ;-)
http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3661481

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