Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 21st Mar 2005 11:22 UTC
Linux 2003 was the year with Gentoo written all over it in the Linux universe. Last year was Ubuntu's & MEPIS'. I believe that Arch Linux's year is the current one. Read more for a comparison of Arch to existing distributions, and why we think it rocks and where we think it still requires some work.
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RE: Statistics?
by Daniel de Kok on Mon 21st Mar 2005 13:24 UTC

Of course not, no one can. However, judging from the forums on Arch and even from some comments on osnews, many ex-slackware users have noved to Arch. For many, it felt like the logical step forward.

Were these people long-time Slackware users, or just distro hoppers? "Many Slackware" users sounds like a huge chunk out of the Slackware user base is gone, but on the other hand this may as well be people who ran Gentoo in 2003, Slack in 2004, and Arch in 2005.

I do not have much of a statistic either to support the contrary claim. But I have watched the top-50 statistics of some software distributors (like Mensys, which is pretty large in Europe), from 2002 till this day, and it seems to me that Slackware sales are pretty constant. My counter-conclusion is that the core of Slackware users are going nowhere else.