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Re: Debian is losing its users

On Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:49:32 +0100
Johannes Wiedersich <johannes@physik.blm.tu-muenchen.de> wrote:

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> Wei Chen wrote on 2008-03-26 14:28:
> > 
> > Oh. Sorry. This page: http://www.google.com/trends?q=debian
> - From this [1] it would appear, that debian is presently outperforming
> suse and fedora, but all three are strongly outperformed by ubuntu [2].
> Since ubuntu is based on debian, it would appear that more people are
> searching for debian packets than ever before.

From people i meet, ubuntu has a lot of exposure and a lot of new home users
start with it at the moment, a lot probably has to do with it coming on a live
cd so that you can try it out before committing to it.

On the other hand, quite a few people I know that started with ubuntu
eventually move to debian. I'm guessing that they don't need search for that
word too much at that point.

Also, most time I put debian in the search term it is when I have problems and
I want a debian specific solution, maybe your results just show that there are
a lot less problems with debian rather than a lot less users? ;-)

> I doubt that a simple counting of search strings is a reliable measure
> of usage, though:
> - From comparing the results on 'windows' and 'linux' of that site, it
> would appear that only about three times as many people prefer the first
> to the latter [3].
> Johannes
> [1]
> http://www.google.com/trends?q=debian%2C+suse%2C+fedora&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0
> [2]
> http://www.google.com/trends?q=debian%2C+suse%2C+fedora%2C+ubuntu&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0
> [3]
> http://www.google.com/trends?q=debian%2C+linux&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0
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