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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RE[2]: uh
by Eugenia on Sat 9th Dec 2006 23:42 UTC 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[3]: uh
by Lunitik on Sun 10th Dec 2006 00:21 in reply to "RE[2]: uh"
Lunitik Member since:
2005-08-07

If you combine all the distro's currently using ubuntu-standard and ubuntu-minimal (which makes the distro an ubuntu deriv) there is a LOT of testing for the actual system, which benefits ALL the derivs... Kubuntu, MEPIS, gNewSense, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, etc etc...

KDE, XFce etc etc might not get the same kind of attention, but the work of those people is very specific, so its easier for them to keep track of things thanks to the popularity of the overall system...

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RE[3]: uh
by Joe User on Sun 10th Dec 2006 00:38 in reply to "RE[2]: uh"
Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

If Ubuntu used KDE as default, and if there were a gUbuntu version with Gnome, I'm sure the main version using KDE (Kubuntu) would be more popular.

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RE[4]: uh
by Clinton on Mon 11th Dec 2006 06:58 in reply to "RE[3]: uh"
Clinton Member since:
2005-07-05

If Ubuntu used KDE as default, and if there were a gUbuntu version with Gnome, I'm sure the main version using KDE (Kubuntu) would be more popular.

I really doubt it. I think Gnome offers new Linux users the simplicity necessary to make the initial transition to Linux. While KDE has very nice features, it isn't as user friendly.

There are plenty of KDE distributions out there (i.e. Mepis, Linspire, Xandros, etc., etc., etc.) that are based on Debian, but none of them has enjoyed the success of the Gnome based Ubuntu.

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RE[3]: uh
by gregk on Sun 10th Dec 2006 05:08 in reply to "RE[2]: uh"
gregk Member since:
2006-03-13

Well, I think that quite a few people start with ubuntu and then install and use the KDE desktop. Are they using ubuntu or kubuntu?

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RE[4]: uh
by archiesteel on Sun 10th Dec 2006 06:40 in reply to "RE[3]: uh"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Kubuntu is more a subset of Ubuntu than a full-fledged variant. As a Kubuntu user, I still feel like I'm part of the Ubuntu user community.

I think a significant portion of the Ubuntu traffic may really be from Kubuntu users. Case in point: when I search the web for HowTos and such, I use Ubuntu as a keyword rather than Kubuntu, and I'm sure I'm not the only one to do that.

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