Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 24th Apr 2008 15:42 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The Hardy Heron has taken flight: it's the second LTS (Long Term Support) release of the world's most popular distro. New features include the Wubi Windows installer and Firefox 3 beta 5. Grab a copy here, and check out Linux Format's overview of the release.
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world's most popular distro?
by faltiska on Thu 24th Apr 2008 16:44 UTC
faltiska
Member since:
2007-11-06

Is this a fact?
Is it the "world's most popular distro"?
Or is this just your own opinion?

Shouldn't you guys be more objective than that?
I have a feeling that for some time already, on my favorite OS magazine, "here say" tends to be promoted to "hard facts" through a very subtle gradual process.

I can see articles on how X dislikes Vista. Then some more articles on what X hates about it. And after a series like that, there comes a new articles founded on phrases like "the fiasco that Vista's release".

I could argue that Ubuntu is not the world's most popular distro and Vista release was not a fiasco.
But the burden is not on me to prove that. It should be on you guys to document your statements.

After all, you are the journalists, not me, right?

Edited 2008-04-24 16:47 UTC

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

Page Hit Ranking = Distrowatch Site Statistics

http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20060717

"Ladislav has said time and time again not to take the distribution Page Hit Ranking too seriously"

http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS6997734761.html

"in his analysis Bodnar notes that "DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking doesn't mean all that much and we have been saying this for years."

http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=faq

"It is a light-hearted way of looking at popularity of distribution. Since each distribution has its own page, I though it would be fun to track the number of visitors viewing individual distribution pages. The HPD figure represents hits per day by unique visitors; as determined by the visitor's IP address."

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Is this a fact?
Is it the "world's most popular distro"?
Or is this just your own opinion?

*sigh*

Please give it a rest. It's not important. And arguing back and forth about it does not change its relative popularity one iota either way. It does, however, become annoying and wastes yours and other's time. Whichever "side" (if any) one happens to be on regarding this issue, it makes sense to let the other "side" remain overconfident. So the most effective strategy is to say nothing.

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

So the most effective strategy is to say nothing.


Well said!

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Sodapop Member since:
2005-07-06

I think it's important. Saying it's the "Most Popular" might confuse Joe User into downloading a distro that might not be for him/her. Thus turning him off to Linux.

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