The Linux world is full of options, which please many types and levels of users, and there is always that system that for some reason has a higher affinity. Sometimes with a passion we get caught in a bubble and fail to see its real popularity.
How to measure the real popularity of a Linux distribution? This is the question. Measuring the number of users on Linux is not such a simple task, as there is no control over how many users are using distro X or distro Y, and even if it had it would only be niche distributions that made that control.
"The False Popularity of Distrowatch"
It is not difficult to find Linux users who base the popularity of a Linux-based system solely and exclusively on the site. Distrowatch. That's a huge mistake, you know why? The answer is quite simple, as Distrowatch measures the number of searches within the site itself about a given distribution. As a measure of popularity, we can not rely on Distrowatch, after all the distributions in the high positions of the platform, there are only those who know the site, and we do not want anyone who has heard about Linux or uses, lives searching on Distrowatch. Now a site like Google, much more likely to get an interesting database, because who does not search on it? (I know there are the exceptions, but guys this is the minimum of the minimum, the masses heavily use the search giant searcher).
See the popularity of a site with Alexa
O Alexa It is an Amazon service, in which various relevant information can be raised, such as the position of a particular site worldwide, rank Within each country, countries where it is most popular and more. With the help of this tool, pertinent data on how to access the distro website, give us indications of its popularity, compared to other sites of other Linux systems. Take your tests with some official distro sites, and see which distribution has the most popularity, based on your site's ranking.
As an example see the websites of the distributions: Fedora, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Manjaro. And the comparative of the global ranking of each (the lower the number, the higher the position).
Fedora: global position in 43,291.
Ubuntu: global position in 1.893.
Linux Mint: global position in 3,924.
Manjaro: global position in 17,680.
Based on the world ranking, according to Alexa, the Ubuntu site has the most popularity among the others.
Of course you should not just rely on one site, so the following tool is a great addition.
Compare searches with Google Trends
A powerful tool, and I think, is the best way to measure the popularity of any system (or whatever) the Google Trends. With it you will be able to see graphs comparing the surveys, whether they are worldwide or from our country. Filter certain information and in practice observe how researched, and hence popular, a system is. As Google the most used search engine on the planet, the data assertiveness is extremely high and illustrates the theme of this subject very well (besides getting data from other sources like YouTube).
Using the same systems we compared above, Fedora, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Manjaro. See how popular Ubuntu is compared to other systems.
Social media and community
Another way that can be a plus when gauging the popularity of a distribution is to see other people's engagement in communities and social networks. Seeing the number of followers in the official Linux distro accounts is a way to see how interested people are. And in a general summation, this is the kind of data that cannot be left out.
Popularity Doesn't Mean Superiority
Don't get me wrong, measuring and demonstrating with data (and on the guesswork or "fanboyzisse") that Ubuntu is the most popular Linux system in no way detracts from the quality and work of other Linux-based systems. With that we can observe that yes! Ubuntu is the port for many users, due in large part to its popularity. And why such popularity? I can't say specifically. Perhaps it was his initial tactic of offering installation CDs, or the tools that brought ease to the user. Unity 7 that made your ED different from other systems. I don't know, we can only testify that the data is this.
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