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Evans Data Pulls FreeBSD From Its List of "Linux Distributions"

Mar 30, 2001, 12:53 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

By Michael Hall, LinuxToday

Evans Data released the results of a survey of "Linux developers" yesterday indicating that of all the Linux distributions, FreeBSD came in fourth in popularity. This raised a few eyebrows.

Since then, the firm has removed FreeBSD from the results table on its site and placed a small message at the bottom:

"It has been brought to our attention that FreeBSD is not a Linux distribution. The data was revised to exclude FreeBSD, and the numbers above reflect the corrections. We apologize for the mistake."

The revised results for the survey didn't do much to change the outcome, though. Red Hat continues to lead with 78 percent; while SuSE, Mandrake, and Caldera all came in at or around 22 percent. Debian took over the fourth place spot vacated by FreeBSD at 17.9 percent. Nor does it answer another question, which is how many other, non-Linux answers were culled from the responses.

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