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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Ubuntu/Kubuntu
by archiesteel on Sat 9th Dec 2006 23:53 UTC
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2005-07-02

I wonder if you shouldn't also add Kubuntu results to Ubuntu in the final count.

I can say that I'm not surprised. This isn't about quality of distros or how free they are, but really about mindshare (which is more than just popularity, in fact). I think it's clear to anyone that has followed the Linux scene over the last two years that Ubuntu has become the most-known Linux distro.

That's a bit of bad news for RedHat, SuSE/Novell and al., though I don't think it's that big of a financial hit (for now, anyway). It's actually good news for Debian, despite the uneasy relationship between the two distros. It has pushed the .deb packaging system at the forefront.

I myself left Mandriva behind completely some three months ago. It was the distro I learned Linux on, and it will always have its place in my heart, but I've now installed Kubuntu Edgy on both my laptop (Compaq Presario V2310) and my desktop (home-built Athlon 800MHz with GeForce 4 card and 1GB RAM).

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RE: Ubuntu/Kubuntu
by Eugenia on Sun 10th Dec 2006 00:05 in reply to "Ubuntu/Kubuntu"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

>I wonder if you shouldn't also add Kubuntu results to Ubuntu in the final count.

It's not possible to add in the google page, they only allow up to 5 participants. But I did include it in my comment above.

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RE[2]: Ubuntu/Kubuntu
by ShadesFox on Sun 10th Dec 2006 03:53 in reply to "RE: Ubuntu/Kubuntu"
ShadesFox Member since:
2006-10-01

>It's not possible to add in the google page

Sure it is. You use a |. For example.

ubuntu|kubuntu, ubuntu, kubuntu
http://www.google.com/trends?q=ubuntu%7Ckubuntu%2C+ubuntu~*...

http://www.google.com/trends?q=mandriva%2C+fedora%2C+ubuntu...

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RE: Ubuntu/Kubuntu
by Clinton on Mon 11th Dec 2006 07:08 in reply to "Ubuntu/Kubuntu"
Clinton Member since:
2005-07-05

However, if it weren't for the quality, I don't think you would have the mindshare.

In my opinion, Ubuntu brought Debian to the masses via a quality product that was easy to install and use.

This ease, combined with the quality of Debian and coupled with the fact that it is free (unlike Mepis, Linspire, Libranet, and Xandros at the time Ubuntu first came out), is what made this particular distribution rocket to the top.

Personally, there are a lot of things I like about Debian. Most of all, I like apt. Debian's packaging system is superior to RPM in every way (if that weren't true, the RPM systems wouldn't be going to such great lengths to mimic apt), but Debian's installer was too big of a hurdle for the average user.

Ubuntu changed that.

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RE[2]: Ubuntu/Kubuntu
by da_Chicken on Mon 11th Dec 2006 09:01 in reply to "RE: Ubuntu/Kubuntu"
da_Chicken Member since:
2006-01-01

"Debian's installer was too big of a hurdle for the average user. Ubuntu changed that."

Actually, Ubuntu took the the new installer that Debian had developed and used it to gain a competitive edge over Debian. But now there's not that much difference between Debian and Ubuntu, and the latest version of the Debian installer looks pretty cool:

http://www.thecodingstudio.com/opensource/linux/screenshots/index.p...

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