Watching Distrowatch

The number of distros over 1000 hits per day keeps rising. Only a little while ago it was ten. Now there are 13. I have no doubt this means more people are coming to use GNU/Linux and shopping for their personal distro. That’s what I did when I was ready to explore GNU/Linux. Distrowatch is number 626 on Netcraft’s list of popular sites, right in the neighbourhood of Tomshardware.com (601) and Wikipedia.org (650).

Distribution H.P.D
Mint 3813
Ubuntu 2069
openSUSE 1978
Fedora 1484
Debian 1429
Pear 1395
Mageaia 1393
Ultimate 1365
Bodhi 1290
Zorin 1266
Legacy 1243
Vector 1163
Arch 1155
CentOS 951

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Watching Distrowatch

  1. eug wrote, “no one really knows how many people use Linux.”

    Most sentient beings will know the number is far greater than the proffered ~1%. That number is an insult to intelligence given that numbers of Android/Linux devices are being cranked out in numbers greater than Wintel devices. The web-stats that are hopelessly biased indicate ~1% so that is a bare minimum number. We know many large roll-outs are behind firewalls hidden by a single unique IP address and count as just a few devices. The weighted sum of NetApplications is obviously hollow because the lowest share they show in any region is 0-0.5% but there are many populous regions with several %. Brazil, for instance has GNU/Linux in all schools and government offices and is used by millions of students but StatCounter shows IE tied with FireFox in Brazil at 24% and Chrome at 60% showing strong independence from M$ in browsers yet “Linux” shows 0.82%. Walmart in Brazil shows GNU/Linux as a “best-seller”.

  2. eug says:

    The exact number of Linux users has always been an illusive answer. Everybody wants to know, several have tried, but no one really knows how many people use Linux. But openSUSE knows how many people downloaded their 12.2 images in the first 24 hours after release.

    openSUSE usually sits around the fifth position in Distrowatch’s Page Hit Ranking list getting around 1500 hits per day and it is occasionally included in Top Five lists. Last popularity poll I ran it came in tied for second.

    http://ostatic.com/blog/opensuse-12-2-94-460-downloads-first-24

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