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    Does it worry anyone that Ubuntu is becoming unpopular?

    http://www.google.com/trends?q=ubuntu

    This has been my 'go-to' for Ubuntu popularity over the last few years. Now it seems the last time it was this unpopular was way back in 2007.

    Maybe it's because Windows 7 perhaps leapt ahead in usability, and the whole infrastructure of Linux is fading into obscurity, to be replaced by things built on top, like Android and Chrome OS. I admit, the last time I used Ubuntu on my machines was over 2 months ago.
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    Re: Does it worry anyone that Ubuntu is becoming unpopular?

    No, i'd like it to stay unpopular. Last time I used Windows @ home was like a year ago.


    I love the spikes at every new release...haha.

    Now compare it with Fedora

    http://www.google.com/trends?q=fedor...ate=all&sort=0

    if you want to worry about linux...fedora might be a distro to see fading away in the future.

    Im surprised that opensuse has done so well

    http://www.google.com/trends?q=opens...ate=all&sort=0

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    Re: Does it worry anyone that Ubuntu is becoming unpopular?

    http://www.google.com/trends?q=ubunt...ate=all&sort=0

    By your analysis, it would seem that Windows is becoming unpopular as well

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    Re: Does it worry anyone that Ubuntu is becoming unpopular?

    Well, these findings are definitely conclusive. Time to go back to using manual typewriters.

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    Re: Does it worry anyone that Ubuntu is becoming unpopular?

    Considering each release of Ubuntu breaks something, I can see why it would be becoming unpopular to some people.

    I wish there was another huge/well known Desktop distro (no, not RHEL/SLED) that gave a better example of the Linux desktop.

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    Re: Does it worry anyone that Ubuntu is becoming unpopular?

    No. Well, not me at least.
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    Re: Does it worry anyone that Ubuntu is becoming unpopular?

    Quote Originally Posted by thatguruguy View Post
    Well, these findings are definitely conclusive. Time to go back to using manual typewriters.
    Lol; Nothing like forum peer review to persuade a personal bias, now where is that damn typewriter?





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    Re: Does it worry anyone that Ubuntu is becoming unpopular?

    I don't really care, in all honesty. So what if millions of people use it? If it works best for you, use it. In reality, Windows works best for most people right now.
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    Re: Does it worry anyone that Ubuntu is becoming unpopular?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mazza558 View Post
    http://www.google.com/trends?q=ubuntu

    This has been my 'go-to' for Ubuntu popularity over the last few years. Now it seems the last time it was this unpopular was way back in 2007.

    Maybe it's because Windows 7 perhaps leapt ahead in usability, and the whole infrastructure of Linux is fading into obscurity, to be replaced by things built on top, like Android and Chrome OS. I admit, the last time I used Ubuntu on my machines was over 2 months ago.
    On LinuxToday, there was an article that pegged XP users at 60%. Don't ask me for a link. I looked, couldn't find it. Here's another:

    http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp

    Don't know exactly what you mean by "less popular". I've converted two computer users to Linux (Gnome Mint 9) which is (for all intents and purposes) Ubuntu. All the information I can find strongly suggests that Ubuntu is the most utilized Linux distro.

    However, here are two very different articles on Linux share:

    http://broadcast.oreilly.com/2010/09...he-1-myth.html

    http://thepcspy.com/read/one-percent...etty-accurate/

    I personally find the first to be more persuasive. So... I'm not persuaded that Ubuntu is, in fact, becoming less popular.

    I do notice a definite lone-wolf snobbishness among the Linux crowd. As soon as a distro becomes too popular, there's a kind of communal smack-down. How dare they ruin are private party with success!?!
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    Re: Does it worry anyone that Ubuntu is becoming unpopular?

    Quote Originally Posted by VTPoet View Post
    I do notice a definite lone-wolf snobbishness among the Linux crowd. As soon as a distro becomes too popular, there's a kind of communal smack-down. How dare they ruin are private party with success!?!
    Ha ha, well put. I like Linux (and Ubuntu) because it does just what I want it to (most of the time) not so I can look down my nose at windows users.

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