Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 2nd Jul 2008 23:50 UTC
Linux posted an interesting article by utilizing the Google Trends system to show the trends in the Linux ecosystem. While these trends don't mean "market share", they are interesting and pretty accurate in terms of what average users care about. According to it, "Ubuntu" might even overtake the word "linux" in Google's searches.
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user friendly?
by pinky on Thu 3rd Jul 2008 09:37 UTC
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The article concludes that other distributions has to become as user friendly as Ubuntu. I read such statements quite often but i don't think that they are always true.

Sure, Ubuntu is a great distribution and Ubuntu is user friendly but others are too.

It always depends on the tasks you look at. E.g. Fedora has for all common tasks a user friendy tool available.
Let a normal user open the port for his p2p app on Ubuntu and on Fedora. On Fedora i has a nice small tool to adjust his firewall. On Ubuntu you have nothing like that. So for this task Fedora would be more user friendly than Ubuntu.

My conclusion: The quality and the user friendliness is quite good on all major end user GNU/Linux distributions. The big advantage of Ubuntu in my eyes is marketing. They have a great "end user friendly" website, helpflul forums etc. and they can communicate their message really good.

It's marketing where other distributions has to catch up. On the technical side (user friendly, tools,...) everyone can learn from everyone, even Ubuntu can learn in this area from it competitors like shown with my firewall example.

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