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It’s nearly impossible to tell how many people are using any given Linux distribution. Each distro probably has some internal statistics that they can use to judge relative popularity, but tracking how many people have installed a distro or use it regularly is currently not possible. However, we can look at some general trends online to get an idea of a distro’s relative popularity.
Looking at these Google Trends, there seems to be some indication that Ubuntu is losing mind share to Linux Mint. While Ubuntu still holds a clear advantage in almost all online indicators, there is a slight downward trend that can be seen. Also, Linux Mint has been steadily gaining ground since it was introduced.
While it’s hard to quantify the most “popular” or most used Linux distros, we can look at five which are widely accepted by the general Linux community.