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[3]: uh
by Joe User on Sun 10th Dec 2006 00:38 UTC 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"
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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[5]: uh
by archiesteel on Mon 11th Dec 2006 15:54 in reply to "RE[4]: uh"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

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.

I respectfully disagree. I *really* don't want to start a Gnome/KDE flameware here, but in my personal experience Windows users tend to feel more comfortable with KDE, while Mac users tend to favor Gnome.

I've used both, and I like both, though these days I'm using KDE more. I do believe that the Ubuntu philosophy goes beyond DEs, though and that they'd still be as popular as they are today if they had opted for KDE instead of Gnome (though it is idle speculation, and in fact we'll never know...)

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