On http://distrowatch.com ubuntu is clearly #2. It is still a rock solid distro but its moves to streamline have seriously hindered productivity.....so much in fact that I just put Windowz7 back on my wifes laptop:-(
+dave wilkins distrowatch only tells you how many search for ubuntu on their site, not how many people use it or like it. E.g. Ubuntu is so well known that people do not need distrowatch to find more about it, whereas people are more likely to use it to find out more about mint is my speculation.
Also I personally much more productive with Unity than with Gnome 2: Much more screen space, faster access to programs/files, useful shortcuts...
+Matthew Harris It's also possible to install other shells and desktop environments in the software-center. Not saying that installing Linux Mint was a bad choice but this can save some time and hassle in cases where you have Ubuntu already running and you don't like Unity. Also Gnome Classic will come back in Ubuntu 12.04.
Like playing with ALL of 'em. My main system runs Ubuntu with Unity (12.04), but also have been playing with Mint 12.04 Debian Edition, as well as Bodhi Linux. For my old systems, I've played with multiple flavors of Puppy, but it's got all those old-school core apps, and I find it confusing ("Pick location to store .sfs file..." What the what?). Among the lightweight systems, probably my favorite is Lubuntu.
To all the know it alls....i am very aware what distrowatch is and about....second i have been using linux longer than some of you guys have been alive judging by your photos....all the faboy banter doesnt change shit so deal with it.....ubuntu is only the most well known because its the most heavily supported....financially. Since when did fifty percent of the small amount of people who use linux distros account for anything....how many people contributed to the survey? I didnt say I didnt like Ubuntu.....distrowatch seems to be showing mint has TWICE the traffic....how the hell does that not matter?
Indeed, I like the variety, I wouldn't use Suse though, because of YAST and the MS connection, and because I'm not keen on RPM. I find Fedora too flakey, aswell as having very slow package management, Mint annoys me because they ruined the Firefox search engine management, and i'd rather customize Ubuntu. Debian is fine for older PCs but packages tend to be a little old, and wish i didn't have to say I'm using Iceweiner or whatever...
Oh not to mention, Mr. Facts - Linux is 20 years old. I'm 24, almost 25 now. No, you have not been using Linux longer than any of us have been alive. Take your insulting nature somewhere where its appreciated.
"The DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics are a light-hearted way of measuring the popularity of Linux distributions and other free operating systems among the visitors of this website" Taken from distrowatch webpage. So they dont claim to know what distro is the most popular, just the one ppl that check distrowatch use.
What the hell is your point +Roland Taylor ? Your first response was telling me to save it.....GFY. I dont give a shit how old you are and if your 24 than i am 11 years older than you.....and you would have no idea how long i have been using linux.....whats the problem? I wasnt talking to you earlier anyway.
cool every body ^^. even lot of people don't like unity i still use it, why? because i like it itis my personal choice but i wont force anybody to use unity if they dont like it. same with distro i will use ubuntu even if not no 1 or not in in the distro watch, simply because i like it and everybody have freedom to choose distro what they like. sorry for my bad gramer ^^
Well, I tried a lot of distros. Most of them are like TESTING ON YOU distros that will let you use it for free but they are selling it for others and in better shape. Most of them requires a lot of resources to run. Mostly looking like windows. Most of them were NOT STABLE for long time use. Then, I came cross UBUNTU and since that time never looked back. Running it on all my personal Computers and highly satisfied. I even made some donations in the past. I like ubuntu and I like the way it is made for.
Tim: I lived in Lithuania for like 6 years. I know most of what you are telling me about :). Chris: The Lindows was a 100% commercial project! In the beginning they were using a small distro with their software center which is making software install easy like in windows. Then, they adopt a Ubuntu distro with the same software center with everything you need to pay for. The performance in deep was thanks to ubuntu but the shell was Lindows. I personally didn't like it! And it makes me like ubuntu more.
Before when you want to install something on Linux, you had to go through a lot of commands and some missing packages and so on. Most of the job was done manually. At that time, the Linspire came with the idea of having a software center where you pay for some or you get others for free and they will be installed on your computer with some clicks of the mouse. Before, to install something you get the rpm or the deb (depending on the distro) and then you try to compile. Some of these rpm or deb may require some others library to be installed and many time you had to do the job. Or, you install something and you still need to do some tweaking. Linspire came as salvation for people looking for robust OS with minimum cost. But it wasn't free... Like, for example, I remember installing the WiFi driver on my laptop running Fedora was like mission impossible! while the Linspire didn't in couple clicks.