Why did Linux Mint dethrone Ubuntu as the most popular distro on distrowatch.org?
distrowatch.org lists Linux popularity based on page hits. For as long as I can remember Ubuntu was either rising in popularity (in the mid-2000's) or was at the top (late 2000's, early 2010's). Linux Mint has usurped Ubuntu and has been there for at least a year.
I do have my personal theory to explain Linux Mint's recent rise in popularity but I'm curious as to what the denizens of ubuntu forums think. I only actively started using Ubuntu again last September but I had paid half-hearted attention to Linux news so I was surprised to see that Ubuntu had been dethroned and not by a small margin either (I stopped using Ubuntu/Linux 3 or 4 years ago when my eldest was born).
Or, is my memory failing me (http://www.pcper.com/news/General-Te...buntu-Top-Spot and comments below). Was Ubuntu never particularly popular?
PS I figure this is a recurring question but I didn't see a thread like this there so I put it in 'Ubuntu, Linux and OS Chat'.