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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Popularity is a fickle mistress, and that's just as true with Linux distributions as it is in the rest of life.
Lately, the DistroWatch page-hit rankings have provided a particularly vivid illustration: Mageia Linux, which didn't even appear in the site's top 10 when I wrote about it late last year, is now in the No. 4 spot for rankings over the past six months, behind only Mint, Ubuntu, and Fedora.
With an average of some 1,630 hits per day, it also continues on an upward trend.
It's not uncommon for individual distributions to shift up and down slightly on the list over time, of course. Still, this is quite a big jump. If nothing else, it makes me want to give Mageia another look.