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Linux Leaders: Debian and Ubuntu Derivative Distros

Mar 03, 2011, 16:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

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"By any standard, Debian is the most influential Linux distribution ever. Not everyone uses Debian, but, both alone and second hand through Ubuntu, it is the source of more derivative distributions than any other. How influential is Debian? One indication is that three of the four most frequently downloaded distributions on Distrowatch are based on Debian: Ubuntu, Mint, and Debian itself. Together, these three account for 49% of the top ten downloads. Assuming that these downloads are representative of the interest in Linux, just under half of anybody's experience with the operating system comes through Debian or a distro based on Debian.

"Or, to give a different metric, of the 323 currently active distributions listed on Distrowatch, 128 are based on Debian, and another 74 on Ubuntu. In other words, just under 63% of all distributions now being developed come ultimately from Debian. By comparison, 50 (15%) are based on Fedora or Red Hat, 28 (9%) on Slackware, and 12 (4%) on Gentoo.

"Given these figures, it is not surprising that Debian should have its Derivatives Front Desk and Ubuntu its Derivatives page to track their relationships with other distributions. As incomplete as both these efforts at keeping track currently are, they are still additional proof (if any is needed) of Debian's and Ubuntu's far-reaching influences."

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