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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money and marketing
by Adurbe on Sat 9th Dec 2006 23:58 UTC
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ubuntu have clearly worked out the best balance of these

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RE: money and marketing
by raver31 on Sun 10th Dec 2006 08:22 in reply to "money and marketing"
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No, they didn't.

What made/makes Ubuntu so successful is that they have made Linux useable to the "Apathetical Users", you know the ones who cannot be bothered to download and burn there own version.

Now they dont have to both, someone else will post them out for free.

That means they can use their time more productively by drinking another jumbo size diet-coke

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RE[2]: money and marketing
by Gone fishing on Sun 10th Dec 2006 15:12 in reply to "RE: money and marketing"
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Before I waddle over to the fridge, to get my Jumbo diet Coke and watch the Jerry Springer Show on TV. Ahh sorry I forgot I don't have a TV, I couldn't get the Jerry Springer Show without a satellite dish and there isn't a Mac Donald's in the country. Of course your right probably the main reason I use Ubuntu not Open Suse, or Fedora core are the free CDs which I can get sent to me. (I usually go for 10 and the give most away)

I'm sure it's great where you are with cheep, probably Cap free band band, but here in the third world things are different. The dial up rate is 0.22 cents a minute and on that makes downloading an ISO very time consuming, expensive and inconvenient. OK I've got broad band (read twice as fast as a modem and costing 430 US$ a month) shared between another 25 PC users. I think there'll be unhappy, if I use all the bandwidth downloading a Linux distro to play with (all though when Haiku comes out they'll have to deal with it). Yeah Ubuntu has partly got where it is by giving disks away and I wish other distro's would do the same.

Having said that, Ubuntu wouldn't have stayed on my computer if it wasn't Good. I find the community helpful and most things work without too much difficulty. Now I think I'll waddle over to the fridge and have that Coke No I'll make it a beer as it hot and Summer here.

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RE[2]: money and marketing
by Adurbe on Sun 10th Dec 2006 13:17 in reply to "money and marketing"
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sending out free cds = money

the fact you know the cds can be sent to you = marketing

make no mistake, not every distro could afford to do this.

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