Personally, I think of Linux as ice cream and the whole distro thing as Baskin Robbins (remember that?).
Baskin Robbins with 31 flavors (distros). Just wanted to put that out there, to make thread humorous.
I dont really like to compare distros but I think the Linux community gains as a "whole" when distros
gain achievements and milestones. Yes, Distrowatch is NOT 100% accurate!!
Is there any way how to gauge popularity of one distro? My personal answer is that "gauging" popularity of Linux distros is not our goal.
For example, that's why I am in the Laredo Linux Users Group instead of a Laredo *distro* Linux Users group because we see Linux as a "whole". But I personally use Fedora for its SECURITY and stableness and feature-rich desktop and plain 'ole reliability. Thanks for everyone for their input!!


2010/11/18 Larry Cafiero <>
I would agree with Arif -- this isn't a beauty contest and anything that promotes Linux/FOSS is a good thing, so it's more appropriate to take all the numbers together as a whole instead of breaking them out into Fedora and Ubuntu and Mint and  . . . .

Further, the statistics on are based on page visits, not downloads, which is not exactly the most scientific method of gauging popularity.

Someone else mentioned that there are different audiences for Fedora and Ubuntu -- arguably yes, but bear in mind that the myth that Fedora is "only for experts" has been repeately disproven lately -- ask me sometime about the 70-year-old who got a Linux conversion in my shop and chose Fedora over Ubuntu after trying both -- so that gap is closing.

(And kital is right about comparing us and them: Don't).

Larry Cafiero

On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 5:46 AM, Anuj More <> wrote:
On 11/18/2010 2:39 PM, Christoph Wickert wrote:
> Am Mittwoch, den 17.11.2010, 21:01 -0500 schrieb David Ramsey:
>> "Fedora ranking pulled ahead of Ubuntu" -
>> referenced "Linux Distributions - Facts and Figures" -
> Only within the last month and this is because we had a release in this
> timeframe, Ubuntu didn't. It's always like this when one of us releases
> a new version.
> Regars,
> Christoph
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Someone on IRC (I think it was Kital) asked me to stop comparing Fedora
with Ubuntu. After using Fedora myself, that sounds sensible.

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