Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Thu 21st Aug 2008 23:44 UTC
Linux "Where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular?". Pingdom has taken a stab at answering this question using the Google Insights for Search. Read on for our observations on the results.
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by jack_perry on Fri 22nd Aug 2008 03:41 UTC
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Two of the major, and most influential, Linux distributions have had their starts in the United States, and neither one of the states where they started appears high. (Red Hat in North Carolina; Debian in Indiana.) Slackware is the brainchild of a guy whose degree is from Minnesota, but I don't know if he started it while he was there.

Weird, huh? Well look at the method used to determine popularity:

How we determined popularity

To have a way to judge popularity, we have looked at where a specific search term is most popular, i.e. how likely it is for someone in a region (country or state) to search for that specific term, for example "Linux" or "Ubuntu".
Well gee, maybe no one in North Carolina needs to search for Linux, since Red Hat's HQ is at NC State University in Raleigh? ;-)

I'm kidding, but I am curious whether people think this is a legitimate measure of popularity though.

(Edit: quotes corrupted, had to fix)

Edited 2008-08-22 03:42 UTC

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