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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
As I’ve said in the past, the DistroWatch.com listing of page hit rankings is a good way to see if one’s distro’s page is being looked at. With folks looking at the pages, one would hope that downloads and actual use of the distro would follow. So while it may not give an accurate description of actual use of the distro, the page hit rankings do give folks an idea which distros are doing well and which may not be.
Bear in mind, too, that what is shown on the Distrowatch front page is the top 100, and there are about 200 others below this. You can see the absolute top-to-bottom rankings here.