2007 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Award Winners
Linux - NewsThis forum is for original Linux News. If you'd like to write content for LQ, feel free to contact us.
All threads in the forum need to be approved before they will appear.
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
It's still nice to see debian and slackware did so well. There my favorites. I'm using sidux right now and can't believe its speed. I guess I'm just an AppGet kind-a guy. vi/vim is also my favorite editor, even in Windows. 90% of Windows users have no idea. Also I've always wondered about Emacs. Never fully understood those craz keys.
I have been always a fan of Slackware... and for that reason I would like to know how distrowatch works.. almost no mention to my beloved slack.
I think a lot of people have a misperception of how Distrowatch does actually work. It does not show the true popularity of any Linux distribution. It does show how many times each distribution's page within Distrowatch has been accessed. It is a different thing entirely as there are lots of ways of actually downloading or even reading about various distro's on the web.
However, can anybody actually come up with a more accurate way of deciding a specific distro's popularity? I don't think so and that's why we have polls such as the one on here (Linux Questions).
Distrowatch does a fair job of showing popularity of probably the top ten or so distro's but it can never be really accurate. That group of top distro's could probably be shuffled about like a pack of cards.
It's the same with anything really. Take a poll on a specific subject and you'll get a different set of results depending on who you asked and who bothered to take part.
If you think about it a lot of people use distro's that are now considered old. They may not have taken part in any poll about the most favourite flavour of Linux in a long time. So, it's entirely possible that, purely for example mind, there are 10 million people using Red Hat Linux but only 2 million using Ubuntu (I know there are a lot more but this is purely example to illustrate my words). However, of those 2 million Ubuntu users 1.5 million may have just visited the DW Ubuntu page. Of the Red Hat user on a couple of thousand may have visited the DW pages. So, we get a false picture of popularity.
It's the same here, we only know what distro etc is popular with members of this forum not the whole of the Linux community. This does not negate the value of the polls as it can help show trends of newer and active forum users at least.