Last edited by Jacobonbuntu; November 22nd, 2011 at 07:52 PM.
Easy head over there and keep clicking links and visiting pages as that is all it is.
I have visited lots of links on there, doesnt mean i use and am interested in any of them
The stats are page hits it does not reflect usage at all.
Alot of the recent hits are probably because people keep linking to the site and so people head over there and browse mint and others to see what all the fuss is about which is of course fuss.
Who cares, use what you like and works for you.
use the forums for support with your given issue and thats it. And this isnt directed at you Ollie just in general about distrowatch and other stats of no importance or consequence when all this is is here is a support forum.
for those with issues with Unity or any other feature or distro why not ask for your money back
Last edited by haqking; November 22nd, 2011 at 06:32 PM.
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- suggest slow adopters to consider another flavour or version (carefully without insulting them),
- suggest tweaks or even better minor improvements in the default settings so that the first experience will taste success. This already started by rg4w and Jacobonbuntu in this thread
DistroWatch stats represent page hit counts at DistroWatch only. DistroWatch is a site frequented by distro-hoppers, but rarely if ever by the rest of the computing world. Almost none of my friends, many of whom are long-time computing professionals, have ever even heard of the site.
For comparison, we can look at Alexa site rankings as a useful measure of relative interest:
In short, DistroWatch numbers bear no relationship at all to any actual measure of installed base or even general interest for the market as a whole.
Moreover, as Ubuntu continues to grow among the general population we can expect its relative ranking at a site that caters specifically to distro switchers to drop, since a large majority those switching to any other distro are likely coming from Ubuntu.
These realities of the inherent nature of DistroWatch stats have been discussed time and again, yet they keep coming up.
Aren't any other statistics, any at all, that show Ubuntu popularity in the sort of alarming decline so frequently suggested here?
Dell offers machines with Ubuntu Linux in 220 Chinese stores
Ubuntu launches at retail in Portugal with ASUS
Asus will preload Ubuntu Linux on three Eee PCs
Very few people ever choose an OS; they just use whatever came with their computer.
Where are the Mint machines?
I'm glad when new machines are sold with Ubuntu. Actually I bought one with gutsy installed way back in 2008.
I think that Mint cannot be be sold with the computer because of licensing issues. The multimedia support is delivered with the system and it includes software that must be downloaded by the end-user to be (more or less) legal. Correct me if I'm wrong!
What version and flavour of linux would you suggest to a newbie? Why?
Given the shortcomings with distrowatch's ranking being based simply on numbers of visitors clicking on a link, is there a source available which might indicate better the actual numbers of users of each distro?
Perhaps the traffic from a single server supplying Ubuntu OS updates over time would be better than distrowatch's rankings. For example, have the numbers of systems requiring Ubuntu updates dropped of the proverbial cliff since Unity came along? Yes or No?
Does Canonical have figures available for the relative popularity of Ubuntu versus the rest of Canonical's family of OSs? Are there any shifts?
How popular amongst users is each distro currently? How popular will each distro be in 6 months time. Place your bets folks.
It's a popularity poll, like a talent contest? Numbers of update uploads speak louder than words.
Last edited by Jacobonbuntu; November 22nd, 2011 at 10:41 PM. Reason: correct was not correct :)