- 771 Ubuntu Members is low. Both GNOME and KDE both have thousands of members each (Ohloh claims ~4000–5000).
- Steam does not come first to Ubuntu. Steam is distro-agnostic. Valve just happens to distribute a .deb package which installs perfectly on e.g. openSUSE via Alien.
- Canonical operates at a loss since its founding, Red Hat makes 1bn USD per year.
You apparently just entered this thread to reply to a known troll. Seriously, how stupid can you be? The best reaction to trolls like Honton is to ignore them.
The most pathetic thing about your showing here is that after taking the bait, you lost.
Now get over it and get back on topic which is Plasma-NM, written by Red Hat for KDE, in case you have anything to say about it at all…
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.