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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
It's the same situation only a different day. Watching Distrowatch.com may be a non-scientific way to get the pulse on those Linux Distributions which are trending up or down, but it's the only method we have for gauging what is happening, unless we can measure sales reported by a commercial Distro. (Image credit: rapgenius.com)
Ubuntu, ChromeOS, and SuSE, are the only commercial Distros which are marketing Linux Desktop systems.
With the exception of Chromebook, none is doing measurably well in the U.S. market. Neither Canonical nor SuSE Gmbh furnish sales data that can be relied upon. Google's Chromebook on the other hand is the only real Desktop system with sales now coming from multiple OEMs and, in addtion to the U.S., is expanding into six new markets.