More and more of my friends, both in India and abroad, are switching to PCLOS. Its like a unanimous verdict. It is truly a system that just works and works fine. It's fast, it's decently stable and has all the Desktop oriented configurations by default.
I know many of us rubbish the distrowatch rankings, however, it does give an indication to a distro's popularity. I still remember Ubuntu replacing Mandriva became a big news and then Ubuntu never turned back. History repeats itself, only this time it is Ubuntu which is at receiving end. Today's ( 12th September 2007 ::12:04 PM) stats for the last 6 months are
Here the interesting fact is that page hit of Ubuntu is decreasing, while PCLOS is increasing.
In last 3 months, 1 month and past 7 days, the page hit rankings of PCLOS is much more than Ubuntu. It is just a matter of time when PCLOS will be at the top of 6 months page hit ranking too.
This is not to say that PCLOS is in any way more popular than the mighty Ubuntu. If we look at any other popularity criteria, we find that Ubuntu is way ahead of others ( including PCLOS) . The current Lenovo vote about what Linux distribution would users like to see on Thinkpad also has Ubuntu leading at 47% (16274) of all votes, while PCLOS gets a meager 1%(425) votes.
Another poll by tuxmachines is much more encouraging for PCLOS, where Ubuntu get 26%(1436) votes and PCLOS get 25%(1396) votes. This looks more on the lines of current distrowatch page hit rankings, with Ubuntu and PCLOS being neck to neck or Ubuntu having a very slight edge.
However, lets not forget that Ubuntu has the commercial backing of Cannonical, hence many users would opt for Cannonical support ( a la Dell Ubuntu option) instead of non-commercially supported PCLOS. Also Ubuntu people know how to be in media and hence many users believe Ubuntu to be the most user friendly distro. This might be true for some people ( Ubuntu Fanboys), but for other normal people like me, Pradus, Mint and PCLOS presents a better default desktop.
Lets check some comparisons
- On Dell 1420n Ubuntu Fiesty does not boot into a GUI, PCLOS does.
- Fiesty Crashes, PCLOS is stable.
- GNOME faster in PCLOS.
- People looking forward to OpenSUSE, Mint and PCLOS.
- Ubuntu Fiesty does not work on old hardware, PCLOS does.
- Easy way to get Broadcom 43xx based wireless cards working -- PCLOS.
What PCLOS lack badly is a good community and this is the area where Ubunut scores heavily over others. I think Ubuntu has the best and the most exhaustive forums. This provides users with adequate free support to get their problems resolved.
If PCLOS overcomes this shortcoming then there is no stopping them. Who knows some big commercial player might purchase them and provide commercial support. It is for sure that without support no hardware vendor will pre install PCLOS on desktops and laptops.
I just hope that PCLOs gets some backing, for it has all the elements to make it the best possible desktop Linus distribution.
I do not mean to say that PCLOS is more popular than Ubuntu; definitely not!!!
Ubuntu is anytime more popular.
With respect to comments about Desktop Linux poll, lets take the observations at this site
"Perhaps the most surprising result of our survey was that PCLinuxOS showed so poorly. On DistroWatch, PCLinuxOS has been at the top of the site's page hit ranking for the last 30 days. Frankly, we're not sure why this popular, easy-to-use community distribution didn't do better. The site supporting it had recently had problems, but that problem's long been history. Perhaps, it's simply that unlike the other popular community distributions -- Ubuntu, openSUSE, and Fedora -- PCLinuxOS doesn't have corporate backing. Canonical, Novell, and Red Hat all provide support and hardware partnerships for their community distributions that PCLinuxOS can't match."
All find PCLOS to be user friendly and stable distro, yet its a fact that many users do not know about it, being on top on Distrowatch can bring about the required publicity. As for commercial support --- there is always a hope.......