“Where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular?”. Pingdom has taken a stab at answering this question using the Google Insights for Search. Read on for our observations on the results.
Pingdom has done a good job of picking interesting categories and nice visual representations to show their results. They have links to the Google Insights for each category. But when I tried the Insight for Search it gives me nothing but a non-descriptive error (maybe that’s why it’s still in beta).
US didn’t even make it on the top 10 for world wide Linux interest. But a break down of the different states show a slightly stronger interest near west coast than the central and east coast side. Utah tops the list among the states, followed by California. I could see California right up near top, but Utah on the top was a surprise.
Noteworthy is that the results are normalized by the size of the population. As Pingdom explains:
I was (pleasantly) surprised to see that India tops the list on Linux popularity. There is a lot of enthusiasm about Linux in India right now.
- What effect does the great (fire)wall of China have, when we do such analysis using Google’s Insight for Search?
- The popularity of Linux among the developing countries makes me wonder if Linux is perceived as a poor man’s equivalent of some proprietary OS (*cough* Windows).