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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Lies, damned lies, and statistics
by da_Chicken on Sun 10th Dec 2006 01:12 UTC
da_Chicken
Member since:
2006-01-01

Actually, DistroWatch statistics show that OpenSUSE has been catching up with Ubuntu for some time now, and OpenSUSE is clearly leading if you change the data span to "Last 7 days" and hit the refresh button. Both Google Trends and the DistroWatch page hits counter show which distros are currently in fashion but they don't show if people actually install and use these fashionable distros.

DistroWatch has another statistics page, which suggests that most of its visitors still use MS Windows.
http://distrowatch.com/awstats/awstats.DistroWatch.com.osdetail.htm...

Oh, and those people who search for Mandrake in Google are probably seeking information about that comic strip, Mandrake the Magician. :-P

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Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Ummmm, it says over 2006 as a whole! Not over the last 7 days because the newest version of Open Suse just came out. LOL!

And no one is even talking about Windows here. We all know Winblows is number 1. Dang. LOL!

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da_Chicken Member since:
2006-01-01

Ummmm, it says over 2006 as a whole! Not over the last 7 days because the newest version of Open Suse just came out. LOL!

That's why I wrote that "OpenSUSE has been catching up with Ubuntu for some time now." If you change the data span you get the following results:

Last 12 months -- Ubuntu 2646, OpenSUSE 1972
Last 6 months -- Ubuntu 2469, OpenSUSE 2007
Last 3 months -- Ubuntu 2550, OpenSUSE 2360
Last 30 days -- Ubuntu 2293, OpenSUSE 2292
Last 7 days -- Ubuntu 2467, OpenSUSE 3375

Do you notice any trend here? ;-)

And no one is even talking about Windows here. We all know Winblows is number 1. Dang. LOL!

Still, it's kind of surprising that only 33.1% of DistroWatch visitors use Linux while 57.6% of them use Windows. Clearly these are people who are interested in Linux but a large majority of them still prefer to use Windows for some reason.

Is it the same with Google Trends and the Page Hits Counter? They obviously show what people are interested in but does this interest correlate with actual usage? It's these kind of problems that I was trying to point out.

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Blikkie Member since:
2005-08-16

While it may be true that there are a lot of people that surf distrowatch from a windows machine, that doesn't always mean that those people don't use linux. I suppose that many of those people surf from their day-time jobs, and that many of those have little influence on the IT budget of their organization.

Other people may look at distrowatch for a serverside solution in a mixed environment.

The prevalence of Windows Server 2K3 suggests that there are quite a few system administrators browsing distrowatch, no more, no less.

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