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Old 08-30-2018, 03:55 AM   #1
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User Rating for Distros - interesting and, yet, puzzling



Hello, All...

I noticed something some time ago, and has recently become a great puzzle to me. Distros go up and down the list at Distrowatch. (A fantastic source of distro information.)


The "User Average Rating" for each distro (shown on each distro's listing sheet) is quite interesting now. Not only is it interesting because of how a distro is "considered" by Users but because there is often an unusual tie back to the distro's parent (and it's Rating).

What puzzles me most is the Rank can often be quite different to the Rating (by the Users). There is no pointing at Distrowatch here. I am only looking at "the numbers".


With regard to those considerations below are distros that I find interesting to look at.


Explanation first:

I picked out...

* the top distros by their current top-10 ranking (I use MX-linux. It's great.)

* Then the next 4 distros (for interest because they get mentioned a bit around the place too)

* Next I pulled out Antix (which I like too)

* PClinuxOS (a good distro of Mandrake origins)

* Puppy (often mentioned, with broad software capability in small footprint)

* Ubuntu MATE (as comparison to parent)

* Slackware (a diehard)

* Mageia (another Mandrake origin, and one I use sometimes)

* ROSA (another Mandrake origin, and another favourite of mine)


PHP Code:
  Rank  Distro       Visitor      Number of 
                    Avg Rating     Reviews


   1    Manjaro        8.64         682 
   2    Mint           8.63         626 
   3    Ubuntu         7.49         344 
   4    Elementary     8.72         136 
   5    MX             9.52         373 
   6    Debian         8.42         378 
   7    Solus          8.64         296 
   8    Fedora         8.44         258 
   9    OpenSUSE       8.82         245 
  10    Zorin          7.85         178 
  

  11    Antergos       8.44         208 
  12    Centos         8.83          40 
  13    Arch           9.26         224 
  14    ReactOS        4.78          58     


  17    Antix          9.01          78 

  20    PClinuxOS      8.94         155 

  24    Puppy          9.29          76 

  25    Ubuntu
-MATE    9.27         153 

  29    Slackware      9.61         140 

  38    Mageia         8.47         108 

  89    ROSA           9.07          55 

Of the list here I find peculiar:

* Slackware at rank # 29 with the highest User Rating.
* MX at rank # 5 but 2nd highest User Rating.
* Puppy, Ubuntu and ROSA with very high User Rating at bizarre low rankings.
* Some higher ranked distros with low User Ratings.
* Some lower ranked distros with high-to-outstanding User Ratings.




P.S.
I have done nothing to change or influence User Ratings, and I would hope they have not been influenced.


Just thought this would be of interest. (No flames intended or wanted. Just sayin'.)



Kind Regards,

boombaby

 
Old 08-30-2018, 05:17 AM   #2
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Per the distrowatch website
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The DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics are a light-hearted way of measuring the popularity of Linux distributions and other free operating systems among the visitors of this website. They correlate neither to usage nor to quality and should not be used to measure the market share of distributions. They simply show the number of times a distribution page on DistroWatch.com was accessed each day, nothing more.
Rank based upon user ratings is here:
https://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=ranking
 
Old 08-30-2018, 08:10 AM   #3
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Hello, michaelk


How interesting! Thanks for posting that link. Never came across it before.

So MX-linux is the only one which is in the top-10 on Rank (aka "page-hit"), and also in the top-10 on User-Avg-Rating (aka "usability" as defined by Users).

[User-Avg-Rating or "usability" seems a bit more worthwhile in meaning to me, although I do recognise the point made on the "light-hearted" approach.]

P.S.
MX-linux is also in the top-10 for number of Respondents too. However that value may not mean much, except that those MX Users were more likely to "respond"?

Regards,

boombaby
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Old 08-30-2018, 09:56 AM   #4
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One of my favourite sayings is "Meaningless statistics were up 5% last year"
 
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Old 08-30-2018, 10:20 AM   #5
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One of my favourite sayings is "Meaningless statistics were up 5% last year"
Excellent!! You should add it on https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...thread-883385/ if you haven't done so yet
 
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i am not putting any faith in user ratings.
not much in page views either. it does reflect on a distro's popularity though - but NOT "people using it", just people interested enough to look it up on distrowatch.
it would be interesting to tie that to actual .iso downloads, and actual installs. probably impossible though, and who cares anyhow: a distro's quality is influenced by all sorts of factors, and the user base is a) only one of them, and b) can influence the quality both positively and negatively.
 
Old 08-30-2018, 05:10 PM   #7
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i am not putting any faith in user ratings.
not much in page views either. it does reflect on a distro's popularity though - but NOT "people using it", just people interested enough to look it up on distrowatch.
it would be interesting to tie that to actual .iso downloads, and actual installs. probably impossible though, and who cares anyhow: a distro's quality is influenced by all sorts of factors, and the user base is a) only one of them, and b) can influence the quality both positively and negatively.
Or using linuxcounter as it is what users uses. But it depends on willingness to register...
 
Old 08-31-2018, 06:09 AM   #8
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Oh, yeah, linuxcounter, I'm registered there, twice at least!

It's something you do when you are new to Linux.....
 
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The only thing my studies in statistics taught me was that if you couldn't make the numbers fit the result you wanted, you weren't doing your job.
 
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Old 08-31-2018, 07:13 AM   #10
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The only thing my studies in statistics taught me was that if you couldn't make the numbers fit the result you wanted, you weren't doing your job.
Numbers lies !
 
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User ratings are biased and rarely mirror a distribution's quality.
 
  


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