Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 2nd Jul 2008 23:50 UTC
Linux posted an interesting article by utilizing the Google Trends system to show the trends in the Linux ecosystem. While these trends don't mean "market share", they are interesting and pretty accurate in terms of what average users care about. According to it, "Ubuntu" might even overtake the word "linux" in Google's searches.
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My path to Ubuntu, and why I stayed.
by OMRebel on Thu 3rd Jul 2008 14:02 UTC
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I started off using Mandrake about 5 years ago. I stayed with it for a year, but just hated the interface. I was a newb to Linux at the time, and felt that I would have to struggle to get software installed. I switched over to Red Hat for about 2 - 3 months. I thought it was a really slick looking distro, but it just didn't feel "right". Granted, this wasn't anything technical, but the user experience seemed awkward. It could very well be because I had come from a KDE distro to a Gnome one. If I were more familiar with Gnome, then I might have stayed. But, I went with SuSE afterwards (with Gnome), and the user experience was different. It felt more polished, and was much smoother. I stayed with SuSE until a couple years ago. I was hoping Novell would have done something with Yast, as it was just horribly slow. And, after each new release, the distro itself would become more sluggish.

That brings me to Ubuntu. I was resistant because I thought all of the stuff about it was just hype. But, I went ahead and tried it. And, for two strong years, I couldn't be happier. All of my hardware worked right out of the box, the layout was beautiful (after changing the colors to the standard Clearlooks), multimedia was easy to set up, and most importantly - the Ubuntu community. With the previous distros, whenever I had a problem, I would have to deal with a bunch of arrogant arses who would talk down to me and not really try to offer any help. The Ubuntu forums are VERY friendly, and people are more than willing to help you out. And, it's that community, in my worthless opinion, that makes Ubuntu so popular. If you need help, you can get it easily. And, the people are not going to talk down to you while helping you out.

It was the little things that kept making me switch from one distro to the other. Something didn't feel right with one, too many problems and not any solutions for doing X on the other. One of the biggest assets to Ubuntu is the community that is willing to support it and offer help, instead of criticism.

I can understand why people get tired of the hype - I was tired of it. But, as it turned out, there is legitimate reason for it.

Edited 2008-07-03 14:03 UTC

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