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joshknape 08-11-2005 06:07 PM

most popular Linux distribution?
 
From curiosity, is there a clear indication out there of which distribution is the favorite, statistically or otherwise? I expect it would probably be Red Hat, Suse or Mandrake; I wouldn't guess Debian, because it probably annoys novices.

RoaCh Of DisCor 08-11-2005 06:16 PM

Well..redhat is discontinued as far as I know. It's now the fedora project...which is popular. Judging by distrowatch...ubuntu is most popular. Personally I prefer SuSE over it.

detpenguin 08-11-2005 06:27 PM

distrowatch is a good place to see what the most popular(well, most downloaded)distro is currently. it changes, but it does keep track of what is downloaded, and like roach pointed out, right now ubuntu is at the top.
that may not reflect the most popular, cuz it's really a matter of personal preference that may not even be able to be measured....plus you have so many different places to download from, or to buy from...so yeah.

my favorite, slackware is a few lines down on the list, so i guess slack wouldn't win that award...

zhy2111314 08-11-2005 06:34 PM

In fact , every one can find a "popular" distro Linux for him.
and I like slack too, and it's kiss principle:)

aysiu 08-11-2005 06:47 PM

According to this website, some survey says it's Mandriva:

http://linux.about.com/b/a/164129.htm

detpenguin 08-11-2005 06:54 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by zhy2111314
In fact , every one can find a "popular" distro Linux for him.
and I like slack too, and it's kiss principle:)

lol...i only found out today what the "kiss" (keep it simple, stupid) principle is, but yeah...thats one reason i love slack....

freakyg 08-11-2005 08:39 PM

according to LQ members.................Slackware is the most popular.................

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=272090

btmiller 08-11-2005 09:31 PM

Red Hat still exists as an enterprise class distro (and there are several free versions of Red hat Enterprise Linux such as CentOS and Whitebox). It's probably the most popular enterprise distro, although Novell and SuSE are probably taking some market share.

Vgui 08-11-2005 09:41 PM

The distrowatch counter isn't exactly accurate, I remember hearing many accounts of Ubuntu fans padding the webpage hits. That may still be happening, since 2500 new hits each day seems a bit high...*shrugs*

joshknape 08-12-2005 01:34 AM

Red Hat has been discontinued? Why--did the company go out of business?

Navyblue 08-12-2005 02:13 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by joshknape
Red Hat has been discontinued? Why--did the company go out of business?
Nope, Red Hat and its RH distro still exists. Just that the free version of RH distro is "discontinued" and what replaced it is the Fedora Core.

Navyblue 08-12-2005 02:21 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by joshknape
Red Hat has been discontinued? Why--did the company go out of business?
Nope, Red Hat and its RH distro still exists. Just that the free version of RH distro is "discontinued" and what replaced it is the Fedora Core.

craigevil 08-12-2005 03:10 AM

Top 10 Distributions
1. Ubuntu Linux (Debian based)
2. Mandriva Linux
3. Fedora Core
4. SUSE LINUX
5. Debian GNU/Linux (uh DEBIAN)
6. MEPIS Linux (Debian based)
7. Gentoo Linux
8. Slackware Linux
8. Knoppix (Debian based)
10. Xandros Desktop (Debian based)


If you go by the number of posts at LQ.org then Slackware seems to be the most popular.

If you go by distrowatch Ubuntu is the number 1 distro. 5 of the top ten are based on Debian, so in a way Debian is the most popular.

joshknape 08-12-2005 09:01 PM

Hmm. Well, although I did ask from curiosity, my fall semester starts in about three weeks, so I need to pick a distribution and stay with it, or else shelve it and go back to the misery of Windows. There is no issue of which one I can word process with, because they all seem to have OpenOffice, so it comes down to which of them can I get my Linksys wireless equipment working with. So far, only Xandros fits that requirement, although the only others I've tried are Mandrake and Knoppix. Mandrake refused to cooperate, and I never figured out why (no one here could explain the error message to me); Knoppix is too slow as a live CD, and I don't have the time or patience to install it on my HD, which some people have told me it wasn't designed for anyway.

0pal_t0ad 08-12-2005 09:54 PM

ummmm.....shouldn't this be in general? :D


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