Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Unscientific Linux Popularity Contest

Filed under
Linux

Have you ever wondered which Linux distro is the most popular? Many people will point to the statistics at DistroWatch.com. These statistics are generated by the number of "hits" for each distro page at DistroWatch. Unfortunately, this allows the possibility of "ballot-stuffing" by making multiple visits to distro page that you like.

Therefore this data cannot be considered scientific, and it is has a high probability of being inaccurate. Even so, it still has some value. We can tell which distro has the most (real visitors + "ballet-stuffers"), which will roughly correlate to the actual popularity of the distro.

Here are some interesting long-term trends:

2002: Top 5 Distros
1. Mandrake
2. Red Hat
3. Gentoo
4. Debian
5. Sorcerer
6. Suse

Full Story.

It's not just the "ballot stuffers"

I read DistroWatch Weekly every Monday, and usually check in several times a week to see what' new. But I don't ever visit my favorite distro's page there because, quite simply, I already know its URL. And if I forget, there's always Google. So does that mean my favorite distro is less popular in the DistroWatch rankings, because people like me hardly ever look up the distros we use there? It would appear so.

In fact, about the only time I check for a distro on DistroWatch is when I can't quite remember its name. So does that mean I'm "artificially" pumping up the stats for obscure distros, in my own little way?

So, no disrespect meant for DistroWatch or its rankings, but there's more than one reason they should be taken with a grain of salt.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Open-Source Radeon 2D Performance Is Better With Ubuntu 14.10

While we're most often looking at the OpenGL 3D performance of the Linux graphics drivers, in the tests currently being done of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Ubuntu 14.10 are also a number of 2D graphics benchmarks. In the article today are our 2D benchmarks between Ubuntu 14.04.1 and Ubuntu 14.10 for various AMD Radeon graphics cards and it shows off significant performance improvements. Read more

Today in Techrights

Today's articles: Links outline:

KDE With Theoretical Client-Side Decorations, Windows 10 Influence

KDE contributor and graphics designer Ken Vermette has penned an interesting series of KDE "What if..." articles where he talks about (and has some visual mock-ups) about what KDE might look like with client-side decorations along and separately if KDE were to use Windows 10 design components. Read more Also: What if… Plasma Used Launchers from Other Systems & Enviornments? (Part 1) What if… KDE Used Windows 10 Design Components?

Pondering FOSS foundations

In the case of the Document Foundation, the LibreOffice project needed an independent, solid and meritocratic entity dedicated to support it. In other terms, the OpenOffice.org community wanted to be its own boss and stop relying on corporate – or even third party – good will. If you attend the Community Track on the 31st you will be able to learn more about the Document Foundation and the other entities, but my message here is that while there is no silver bullet in these matters, forcing a community be hosted or to bend to a software vendor never works. It bends if it wants to; it goes whereever it wishes to go. In the case of the Document Foundation, independence and community rule prevailed over convenience; today the results do not need to be proven anymore. But it does not mean we hold the truth more than anybody else: we just ensured the community was in charge. Read more