[kwlug-disc] Linux Journal says Mandriva best distribution

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Fri May 14 14:35:10 EDT 2010

..well, I had to read between the lines to get that little snippet. But 
Linux Journal this month has some very interesting articles.  They 
discuss the history of the various linux distributions including how and 
why they were formed.  And they have a grid of the top 16 linux 
distributions with kernel version, first release date, % of users and a 
variety of other stats like whether it's best for server or desktop.

Ubuntu shows 31% of users.  Suse is next at 11%.  Debian and Fedora have 
9% of users.  Arch linux has 7% of users (I've never even heard of that) 
and Mandriva is next at 6%.  Then there's the next 10.

They also discuss how/why such a wide variety of distro's could be 
problematic.  My opinion is just the opposite - all these distros are 
creating a healthy, competive environment.  I don't know why that would 
be - the opposite seems intuitive.  But nevertheless Linux is not just 
surviving but actually thriving and growing even despite there being 
15-20 common distributions.

If you've got access to the article, it's an interesting read.  Looks 
like they make the articles available online after a month or two.

-- g.

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