Measuring the popularity of distro’s – Part 1 Distrowatch Rankings

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http://thelinuxblog.net – Measuring the popularity of Linux has always been a difficult thing. Since it isn’t a product with a shiny box on a shelf (or at least most distro’s aren’t) you can’t use licenses sold. You could use data from distro downloads, but many distro’s don’t publish these, and you can have the effect where 1 download might be used for multiple PCs, but another download isn’t used at all. A well used method is the Distrowatch rankings. This simply measures the visits on each distro page on (Distributions)