As we prepare to enter a new year, the big names that have dominated the Linux world for the past decade–Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), Canonical/Ubuntu, Debian, SUSE–are unchanged. But they may be joined in 2013 by a newcomer to the open source channel, Mageia Linux, which has been enjoying staggering popularity since its creation barely two years ago. Where might it head next?
Measuring the market share of Linux distributions is never an exact science. After all, it’s hard to maintain precise numbers on a product that, in most cases, users download and share for free. But according to distrowatch.com, Mageia Linux is the second most popular distribution available today. That’s impressive, given the distributions that have been around for many years–including Ubuntu, openSUSE and Fedora–dominate most of the rest of the top of the list. And Linux Mint, which distrowatch.com believes to be the most popular distribution, is closely based on Ubuntu.
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