Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 9th Dec 2006 23:03 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu According to Google Trends, but also according to Distrowatch, our own statistics here at OSNews and overall sense of the industry during 2006, Ubuntu has a big leap in mind share ahead of its competition (please note that we don't dare to say "market share", although we are pretty confident that it's the most used Linux desktop out there today). The second Fedora has a very small edge ahead of SuSe (while in US is a clear second), while Debian is following fourth. Mandrake+Mandriva (add both names on Google Trends and then sum the results) is clearly way below the previous four distros, but a clear 5th nonetheless. Last year Ubuntu was only a bit ahead of the other distros worldwide, but 2006 seems to have skyrocketed the distribution in the people's minds and computers.
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by deanlinkous on Sat 9th Dec 2006 23:24 UTC
deanlinkous
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2006-06-19

Is "mind-share" or shall we say popularity a good thing? In some ways I guess, in other ways - a resounding NO!

:)

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RE: uh
by sbenitezb on Sat 9th Dec 2006 23:36 in reply to "uh"
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

Both. I started using Ubuntu after using Debian for years. Then I switched to Kubuntu. If I stayed with it is because it works fine for me, not because it is popular. But popularity helps a lot: there's more developers available to work on it, more users to report bugs, etc.

Edited 2006-12-09 23:36

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RE[2]: uh
by Eugenia on Sat 9th Dec 2006 23:42 in reply to "RE: uh"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

Kubuntu is not much more popular than Mandriva actually (which is already a lot, of course): http://www.google.com/trends?q=mandriva%2C+fedora%2C+kubunt...
It's the main Ubuntu version that seems to be extremely popular.

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RE[2]: uh
by Dekkard on Sun 10th Dec 2006 16:37 in reply to "uh"
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2006-01-07

n other ways - a resounding NO! Oh come ON!! Grow up. This isn't like a high school popularity contest. Uboingo is popular because for many it erases many of the issues that have kept people form using desktop Linux for so long. I am sick of people arguing that if they want to use linux they should take 4 or 5 IT courses, learn bash scripting, become masters of Vi or Vim, understand partitioning tables, refresh rates and video frequencies just to install a Distro.If its ease of use and installation bother you because it doesn't make you feel 37334 enough use something else. Popularity is bad. Rubbish!!

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RE[3]: uh
by twenex on Sun 10th Dec 2006 20:15 in reply to "RE[2]: uh"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

I am sick of people arguing that if they want to use linux they should take 4 or 5 IT courses, learn bash scripting, become masters of Vi or Vim, understand partitioning tables, refresh rates and video frequencies just to install a Distro.If its ease of use and installation bother you because it doesn't make you feel 37334 enough use something else.

The only people I ever hear saying "if people want to learn linux they should" do everything you said are people who claim linux users say that.

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RE[3]: uh
by deanlinkous on Sun 10th Dec 2006 17:29 in reply to "uh"
deanlinkous Member since:
2006-06-19

n other ways - a resounding NO! Oh come ON!! Grow up. This isn't like a high school popularity contest. Uboingo is popular because for many it erases many of the issues that have kept people form using desktop Linux for so long. I am sick of people arguing that if they want to use linux they should take 4 or 5 IT courses, learn bash scripting, become masters of Vi or Vim, understand partitioning tables, refresh rates and video frequencies just to install a Distro.If its ease of use and installation bother you because it doesn't make you feel 37334 enough use something else. Popularity is bad. Rubbish!!

perfect example of my point - thanks

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