Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 22:56 UTC, submitted by Dart
Linux When GNOME did its version 3 and Ubuntu came up with Unity, the popularity of Linux Mint sky-rocketed, because they stuck with GNOME 2.32. The Mint team has been working on their next version for a while now, and today, they first unveiled what they're working on. There's good news - the team is working on making GNOME 3 likeable. Their question for this release: "How do we make people like Gnome 3? And what do we provide as an alternative to those who still do not want to change?"
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by kurkosdr on Mon 7th Nov 2011 12:20 UTC
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1% of user market share is what they say"

Correct. The real numbers are even lower. If you take out from that 1% all the Fedoras, Archs, Gentoos etc that don't stand a chance of being well received by the average consumer, the actual market share Ubuntu and Linux Mint have combined is even lower. After all, there is no “Linux“ or “GNU/Linux“. Just “Linux-based OS“. What people call "Linux" is a bunch of different semi-compatible OSes that simply have some common codebase in the kernel and basic utilities. So it would be more accurate to list the percentage of each "distro" (aka the percentage of each linux-based OS) seperately. Oh, and you personally might be a techie and have managed to convert your relatives to some linux distro, but for most people linux-based OSes are a no-no. Sorry, but that's the way it is. You can pretend linux-based OSes have more than 1% share by pointing out to slashdot visitor statistics, but sadly it won't make it a truth.

As regards the Mint vs Ubuntu thing, it's sad to see the Linux Desktop being broken into too major "distros" (instead of one major "distro"). You have to choose between having a Software Center that has paid games and hence is actually worth visting (Ubuntu) and an environment that's usable but doesn't have a Software Center with paid games (Mint).

On the other hand, I am glad to see Canonical and their "release every 6 months even if it's broken" method, to be replaced by Mint and it's "when it's done" method. If it's possible to use Canonical's software center with Mint, then Ubuntu should be abandoned IMO.

Edited 2011-11-07 12:27 UTC

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