Interestingly "Windows" and "Mac OSX" are also loosing popularity, but "Android" (as meego before) is also increasing in popularity exponentialy. So the fact that linux is loosing popularity is probably just a small part of the bigger trend of desktop computing loosing popularity against all things mobile related.
Picking a core like this might be good for bang-for-buck in terms of watts consumed and overall core cost- but most of the players that're worthwhile are being at least somewhat more restrictive with this stuff than the players in the desktop space have been with things.
Maybe the declining popularity of Ubuntu as a search term means Ubuntu is losing popularity?
That doesn't mean the terms Linux, Fedora, Suse, or whatever are losing popularity.
Not with me!Is Linux losing popularity?!
It happened before. But Linux is like this vampire that you can't kill but only sedate (patents, yay) for a while. It isn't going away and it is far from dying, that you can bet your ass on.
Now you'll notice something similar happened with Ubuntu. Something about history and repeating or something. Well anyway I guess that's what happened.
Now there is Windows 7 and no more market depression and so everything is back to normal again. You'll even see the Apple craze fading away with those tiny worms and iPhone4 connection errors and people are starting to see Apple aint so perfect either.
So the marketing hype is gone, but Linux isn't, never was and never will. Linux is now the epic center of FLOSS colaboration of all huge companies all around the globe and so nothing bad is happening.
Just remember Linux != desktop distro's. It is in you tv, phone, watch, microwave, nuclear missile, vacuumcleaner and everything else that runs on a battery, but it certainly not a pop thing so get over it please :P
I don't get it...there are forces at work trying to destroy Linux.
But in the end Linux will only be stronger when FOSS brings out newer and better things to replace the closed source nonsense such as Flash