Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 17th Dec 2011 00:26 UTC
Linux Without corporate backing or advertising, Puppy Linux has become one of the world's ten most popular Linux distributions. In the past few months Puppy has whelped a litter of like systems, each with its own unique DNA. This article summarizes Puppy and then describes the new brood.
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Puppularity?
by Nth_Man on Sat 17th Dec 2011 17:34 UTC
Nth_Man
Member since:
2010-05-16

> Puppy Linux has become one of the world's ten most
> popular Linux distributions
No. It just means that its link it's one of the most clicked in a particular website. That doesn't mean that is one of the "world's ten most popular Linux distributions"

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RE: Puppularity?
by benali72 on Sun 18th Dec 2011 04:11 in reply to "Puppularity?"
benali72 Member since:
2008-05-03

Good point. As per Distrowatch:

"The DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics are a light-hearted way of measuring the popularity of Linux distributions and other free operating systems among the visitors of this website. They correlate neither to usage nor to quality and should not be used to measure the market share of distributions. They simply show the number of times a distribution page on DistroWatch.com was accessed each day, nothing more."

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RE[2]: Puppularity?
by righard on Sun 18th Dec 2011 15:33 in reply to "RE: Puppularity?"
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

Also why would I as a happy Arch/Debian user ever visit those distros on Distrowatch?

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RE[2]: Puppularity?
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 19th Dec 2011 15:40 in reply to "RE: Puppularity?"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Not to mention, Puppy has been releasing on new versions on a regular basis (monthly, from a quick glance on DistroWatch using the news filter) and recently made a release. On top of that, DistroWatch themselves ran a story/review... so duh, obviously it's going to get more page hits at their site.

Face it, the more often a distro puts out a new version, the more often DistroWatch puts it on its front page, the more often it's listed in DistroWatch Weekly, the more often that distro's page gets visited. More news means more visibility, and therefore more clicks. People like news, it interests them... simple. It's human nature.

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