Ubuntu forums have 1,8 million users, Mint has less than 100 000, FedoraForum.org has 140 000 and openSUSE forums have less than 80 000k.
Ubuntu Google+ community has 340k likes while Gnome has 23k , Fedora 24k, openSUSE 34k, Linux Mint 14k and so on.
Ubuntu reddit page has 38k readers, Mint has 4k, Gnome 2,4k, Fedora 3k, openSUSE under 1000.
Ubuntu Facebook page has 850k likes, Linux Mint has 40k, Fedora 38k, openSUSE 20k, Gnome 40k, KDE 40k...
According to Google Trends Ubuntu is immensely more popular than any other GNU/Linux distribution (multiple times more than all others combined).
Alexa shows similar trend in ammount of page hits. In the global rank Ubuntu is 1559th, Fedora is 8000th, Linux Mint 7500th, Gnome 18000th, openSUSE 10000th... (their respecive home pages).
Ubuntu is being sold in both India and China in hundreds of stores.
...and about Steam:
It can be confirmed from the Steam hardware survey too. You see the trend here?The Steam for Linux Beta client is currently available for installation on Ubuntu 12.04. “An overwhelming majority of beta applicants have reported they’re running the Ubuntu distro of Linux,” according to Frank Crockett, a member of the Steam for Linux team, “We intend to support additional popular distros in the future; we’ll prioritize development for these based on user feedback.”
Also Red Hat doesn't make its money from desktop (altough neither does Ubuntu). If we are talking about desktop environments some server business hardly makes a difference.
Red Hat and Intel.Icaza wanted to cheat us and made unusable, crippled DE which is considered as bad joke by community. Let me help you: KDE has much bigger community and gnome is loosing against Unity as well. KDE has much better code base - not using some crappy objective C, but Qt. It has far better UX while gnome has most crappy one. As for corporate support... I don't see it at all when comes to gnome. Could you give some examples, pleas? If gnome shell was backed by some company just don't mention it! It looks like a trojan horse, to me.
He was part of the management team at Nokia when they decided to ditch the promised "Next billion Linux devices". And today? He is still at Nokia but it is uncertain to me if he will continue at Microsoft or he wil continue at the Nokia-leftovers doing patent trolling. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/matthias-ettrich/28/9b0/aa8
Congratz KDE, your founder is freedom-hating, patent-loving MS-boy. I guess he is also really proud of making KDE into a CLA-accepting DE, worst part this injecting this CLA-virus into the free world. And this is clearly Mark Shuttleworth's inspiration to doing a whole CLA stack.
Quite frankly there really isn't a good way to do this online right now, valve will be in the future but not right now. If you really want legitimate data what you need to do is get a bunch of people to have feet on the ground and go around asking people what OS they use and if Linux what distro, the other alternative is for all distros to start including a hardware and OS reporting software that reports to a central database that tabulates that data, Fedora used to do this but nobody else joined in.
^no group hates amazon integration more than slashdot yet they are sticking with canonical
FWIW, I believe it to be (coincidentally) probably mostly accurate to say that Ubuntu has around 1/3 share of the desktop Linux home user market. It probably has the largest share of any single distro, but certainly isn't used more than other distros counted together. (Plurality, not majority.)
Forum usage statistics are a very invalid method of counting user amounts, as can be shown by a very simple question: How many people have accounts on Windows forums? Compare that to the amount of windows users...
Also, I have an account on Ubuntu forums, despite the fact that I haven't used Ubuntu for quite a while. I'm willing to be that many people who use buntu-derivatives (Mint, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc.) also have accounts on Ubuntu forums. They're, after all, a good resource for troubleshooting for anyone using a buntu-derivative OS. Sadly, that might change soon, as Ubuntu differentiates itself more and more from the rest of Linux OS's...
There really isn't an accurate way to measure distro popularity, as there isn't a really accurate way to measure OS usage stats in general. We can make ballpark guesstimates, but not much beyond that.
suspiciouly fast rise in contributions and very sudden drop to the previous level on activity in KDE. Unless that data is verifiable by other sources you should at very least question it and not draw some clearly false conclusions like "KDE is dying". Also when software projects reach maturity their contributions usually drop. Also I don't see any evidence for your claim that it hasn't anything to do with supposedly "bloated" or "buggy" code.
Yeah and for that reason I brough up no less than eight points that all point to same direction. Like I said people are free to believe what ever they want but I really would like to see some even somewhat notable statistics that prove anything but the utter dominance by Ubuntu. Ohloh.net and DistroWatch being among the worst possible sources imaginable (very specific, small and technical audience). I guess you could also follow the (mainstream) news sites ie. The Verge and Engadget (who almost solely report about Ubuntu), twitter buzz, blogs (most of which focus on Ubuntu)... in the end doing the research takes bit too much time for my liking. I personally would love to see some other distribution pass Ubuntu but I don't see that happening because there doesn't seem to be any distribution anywhere close to Ubuntu's popularity and brand recognition.Originally Posted by LukeWolf