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Which Linux is the most popular Linux?

Aug 23, 2010, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"As everyone who ever tried it knows that trying to count how many people use a particular Linux distribution is almost impossible. Now, Rick Lehrbaum, founder of LinuxDevices and a friend and former editor of mine, has tried a new and interesting way to count Linux users on his new site, LinuxTrends: look at Google search results for the various Linux distributions.

"Some of the results aren't surprising. Ubuntu has become far more popular than the other mainstream distributions of 2004/2005: SUSE Linux, Fedora, Debian and Mandrake/Mandriva.

"Still, these distributions' decline to the Ubuntu juggernaut is nothing like as bad as the fall in popularity seen by the second-tier distributions of 2004/2005. Of Slackware, Gentoo, Arch and CentOS, only CentOS, a RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) clone, has retained much of its popularity."

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